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TEAM ACI – Flash Photographic Festival runs from Oct 1-31

- by Jamie Lou Morneau

Tables Turned

ACI Manitoba is the Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba. We are a not for profit organization dedicated to supporting the arts and cultural industries of Manitoba. We’ve turned the tables on ourselves and are presenting a group exhibition featuring the photographic work of the staff of ACI Manitoba.

We are exploring how photography shapes our ideas and informs how we perceive ourselves, the world around us and our connection to the Manitoba art scene. It is the view from us, giving insight into who we are, and why we do what we do for our artistic community. Works in the exhibition will range from landscape to figurative, portraiture to abstract. With each one of us an individual expressing the idea of who we are, our passions and our drive to create.

Participating artists are:

Thom Sparling, Carol Finlay, Kate Vermette, Kaitlin Aiello, Arlea Ashcroft, Alicia Faucher, Jamie Lou Morneau, Jan Skene, Christie Fischer, and Kathe Meseman.

We will be displaying the photographs till the end of October so be sure to stop by and check them out!

FLASH is Winnipeg's Annual Photographic Festival. Each October the city sees photographs on walls in cafes, shops and galleries; giving a venue for established and emerging artists. Founded in 2014, The Flash Photographic Festival educates, demonstrates, and illuminates.


Funding Through Kickstarter

- by Jamie Lou Morneau

Check out this video with Hope Nicholson on Funding through Kickstarter. To learn more about Kickstarter and online campaigning, register for the Kickstart Your Art! workshop coming up September 21st, 2016.


Art Strengthens

- by Jamie Lou Morneau

Art strengthens & heals – Art is great therapy. It occupies the mind, it exercises the brain, it warms the heart, and it calms the soul. It can lead to self-discovery. It strengthens our mental and emotional being.

Art educates – Art challenges us and it teaches us patience. It builds character and imagination. It teaches us to read and write and draw and sing and... It teaches us to grow. It instills in us a desire to continue to learn and to create.

Art connects – It brings people together and it builds relationships. It engages us. It inspires us. It entertains us.

Art expresses & communicates – Communication through art has real impact. It can be a form of self-expression or a statement. It can be political. It can portray so much about one's personality. It can stir a wide range of emotion. It can relay messages. It can speaks volumes.


Get ready for Culture Days with SpaceFinder!

- by Jamie Lou Morneau

Want to get your rental space noticed?

List your space on SpaceFinder Manitoba in time for Culture Days and show it off to a new renter audience!

Culture Days

Culture Days is the perfect occasion to open your doors to potential renters.

SpaceFinder helps venues market unbooked rental space and makes it easy for creatives to discover space based on location, price, amenities and up-to-date availability.

Be ready for new renters by listing your space on SpaceFinder and taking advantage of the many FREE site features.

How can you promote your rental space during Culture Days?

1. Make your listing stand out

Photos and rates are the two most common searches renters use to find the space they need. Ensure you have those and your contact information included in your listing and you'll likely catch the eye of prospective renters.

Other handy tips:

2. Use the SpaceFinder button on your website

Let your website users know your rental space is listed on SpaceFinder Manitoba with the web button. Link it to your SpaceFinder listing and potential renters will see everything your space has to offer.

Save the web button below.

SFMB Web Button

3. Connect with us on Twitter

When you list on SpaceFinder, we notice! Get shout outs and retweeted during Culture Days from SpaceFinder Manitoba. Use the hashtag #SpaceFinderMB and follow us at @SpaceFinderMB.

Have questions about listing your space?
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Coach Access Program: Financial Management for Small Non-Profits

- by Jamie Lou Morneau

Financial ManagementBoard members and executives receive a basic understanding of what they need to know to manage money in a non-profit setting. Participation in two afternoon seminars, followed by individual coaching sessions, creates a powerful learning experience with theoretical and practical application built in. This course is open to rural and Winnipeg ACI organizational members. A limited number of subsidized spots will be available.

Seminar Dates: October 12 & 19
Application deadline: September 30
Instructor/Coach: Cheryl Baldwin

Last year’s successful pilot sold out! Fourteen organizations sent board and staff members who reported that the Coach Access Program helped them dedicate time to financial management. By identifying what they did and did not know, the seminars assisted in deciding where to focus their energy and set priorities. The coaching was reportedly the most helpful aspect of the program because they could complete real work under the guidance of an expert who answered questions and kept them on track.

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​Examples of Creative Clusters Around the World

- by Kaitlin Aiello

Winnipeg's Exchange District

Winnipeg’s Historical Exchange District has long been a centre for creative innovation in the province. In the late 1800’s, large industrial factories who manufactured goods such as textiles and print publishing, dominated this once thriving downtown core. With the announcement of World War I and the construction of the Panama Canal in 1913, this booming fast-paced city was slowed to a halt, leaving grand turn of the twentieth century buildings to stand empty.

Since then, creative industries have flocked to the once abandoned historical warehouse district for an organic clustering of artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, programmers and digital entrepreneurs—who have all gained creative, social and economic benefits from being in close proximity to each other. These large buildings offered the perfect spaces that have fostered creative innovation; supported the success of Winnipeg’s internationally renowned art scene; and nurtured the continual growth of specialty retailers, restaurants and boutiques.

ACI Manitoba has been developing a Creative Cluster Strategy for the Exchange District that:

  • advocates for a deliberate approach that builds on the district’s existing assets,
  • accelerates investment in the historical downtown centre,
  • aids as a catalyst for further development of Winnipeg’s creative-sector workforce,
  • assists in the continued revitalization of the Exchange and downtown neighbourhoods.

The following list of articles will provide some insights into similar activity from a range of places that help define the term Creative Cluster and its benefits as a vehicle of notable change to the local, provincial and national economy.

  1. Preliminary Literature Review – Creative Clusters in Western Context

Summary: This blog helps define the term Creative Cluster and discusses its role in the economy. It reflects on such topics as economics, culture, top down or bottom up governance, production, consumption, local or global identity, and geography locations (city or suburb).

  1. The Creative Ecology by Creative Cluster

Summary: The Creative Cluster website has sadly been inactive but does provide a great definition on the subject and helps break down the principles of the cluster.

  1. Nashville Music Industry: Impact, Contribution and Cluster Analysis

Summary: This a report is written by the Nashville Chamber and is a reflective report on the music industry in the city. In the report discusses the impact of the industry, the contribution it has made globally and analyzes the effects of a cluster of creative individual in close proximity to each other.

  1. Introduction: Ontario's Creative Cluster

Summary: The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport recognizes the significance of the creative workforce in their report on the Creative Cluster of Ontario. The repost demonstrates a relational graph between core, content, creative and supporting industries and how they are represented under a broader sense of a Creative Cluster.

  1. Creative Milieus and Open Spaces in Hamburg

Summary: This report was produced by the State Ministry for Urban Development and Environment for the city of Hamburg, Germany. This outlines Hamburg’s model for fabricating their industry clusters around the city. Although it is very different from ACI Manitoba’s initiative, it demonstrates the various methods of generating Creative Clusters around the world.

  1. Creative clusters and innovation

Summary: A research report done in 2010 by the NESTA, argues for a new approach to local economic policy as it concerns to the Creative Industries. The article concludes that the Creative Cluster goes beyond ‘urban branding’ rationales, and acknowledges their great potential as active players in local innovation systems.

  1. The Geography of Creativity in the UK: Creative clusters, creative people and creative networks

Summary: This report was sponsored by NESTA and Creative England to examine local economic importance of the creative industries and the significance of location of the Creative Clusters in the United Kingdom. This report provides numerous figures and stats that are not related to the Creative Cluster Strategy in the Exchange District, but responsively discusses the theory of one size does not fit all when it comes to the Creative Cluster ideology.

  1. CHAPTER ONE: The Rise of the Creative Cluster

Summary: This paper explored the Creative Cluster in Singapore and the economic impact the cluster has made around the world.


NFB documentary this river wins the Coup de coeur du jury award

- by Jamie Lou Morneau

NFB documentary this river wins the Coup de coeur du jury award at Montreal's Présence autochtone

Winnipeg – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

Katherena Vermette and Erika MacPherson’s National Film Board of Canada documentary this river has received the Coup de coeur du jury award at the 2016 Festival Présence autochtone/Montréal First Peoples Festival, with MacPherson on hand in Montreal to accept the award on August 8.

this river is a 20-minute documentary offering an Indigenous perspective on the devastating experience of searching for a loved one who has disappeared. this river is written and directed by Katherena Vermette and fellow Winnipeg filmmaker Erika MacPherson, produced by Alicia Smith and executive-produced by David Christensen for the NFB’s North West Studio.

“I’m humbled by the generosity and grace of Winnipeg’s Drag the Red community, and honoured that they welcomed us to witness and document their crucial work. I’m buoyed by the incredible skill and camaraderie of our all-women filmmaking crew. And I’m grateful to work for Canada’s public producer―a place where this kind of storytelling, from these kinds of perspectives, is valued and encouraged,” said producer Alicia Smith.

On October 5, this river will have its Winnipeg premiere starting at 7 p.m. at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, as part of “The Decolonizing Lens, a film screening and discussion series co-organized by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of Manitoba. The film was selected to screen at the gallery by curator Jaimie Isaac. The evening will be moderated by producer Alicia Smith.

About the film

Kyle Kematch and Katherena Vermette have both experienced the heartbreak of losing a loved one. Kyle has a sister who went missing over five years ago. He now works with Drag the Red, a volunteer organization that searches the Red River for clues relating to missing members of the Indigenous community. Katherena is a poet and writer whose work stems from a family tragedy that happened over 20 years ago. Though their stories are different, they each exemplify the beauty, grace, resilience, and activism born out of the need to do something.

About the directors

Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry, fiction and children’s literature. Her first book, North End Love Songs, won the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry and was the 2015 selection for On the Same Page, Manitoba’s province-wide book club. Her work has appeared in several literary magazines and anthologies. In addition to co-directing this NFB doc, she is releasing a novel this year, entitled The Break. Vermette lives, works and plays in Winnipeg.

Erika MacPherson’s video art and documentary films have screened at festivals and galleries internationally. She recently completed this river, which she edited, co-wrote and co-directed for the NFB, and is currently in post-production on a film about her settler heritage. Erika makes her home in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Treaty One territory.


CHRC launches Talent to Lead (T2L) program

- by Jamie Lou Morneau

The Cultural Human Resouces Council (CHRC) is pleased to announce that its new pilot program Talent to Lead (T2L), is launched at

Talent to Lead (T2L) is designed for mid-career cultural managers seeking to take their careers to the next level of leadership. It creates opportunities to learn from one another and build relationships with other leaders, while also getting expert support from top-notch executives in the field.

Each month, participants will sign into a learning webinar that focuses on management fundamentals and competencies sourced from CHRC’s soon-to-be-released updated HR Management Toolkit. Each session will cover a variety of HR topics, have take-aways , stream video interviews with executive cultural leaders and offer an opportunity for a Q&A with our expert facilitators.

Alongside the webinar learning series, participants will have the opportunity to work one-on-one in a mentorship relationship with an executive level leader and gain insight into how to put their learning into practice to advance their career.

Consider applying to be part of this exciting program – the deadline for applications for the first cohort (English) is September 15. The call for applications for the second cohort (French/English) will be in December.


4 easy tips for creating a great SpaceFinder listing!

- by Jamie Lou Morneau

SpaceFinder Manitoba will be announced to renters September 30th and we want you to be ready.

Are you a small business or organization with creative space for rent? SpaceFinder Manitoba can hep you promote underused space and increase your rental revenue potential!

Creating a listing that catches a renter's eye means being as detailed as possible about what your venue has to offer. Here are 4 helpful tips for creating a SpaceFinder listing that really stands out!

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1. List Each Space Separately

If you have more than one space rental in your venue, SpaceFinder makes it easy to list each space individually using the "clone" feature. Listing each space allows you to promote the unique aspects of your rentals available when renters filter their search. Free listings are unlimited, and the "clone" duplication feature saves you time.

List Each Space Separately

2. Enter Rental Rates

One of the top search criteria used by renters is rental rate. If you haven’t entered rental rates for your space, it won't appear when renters search by rate.

Enter Rental Rates

3. Add Photos/Videos

Use photos with high contrast and colour.

Manitoba Children's Museum
Use photos that show the space used in a compelling way. Théâtre Cercle Molière: Théâtre
Use photos that show renters using your space. Winnipeg Film Group's Cinematheque Use photos that feature windows, or light sources.245 McDermot: Large Classroom

4. Promote Empty Time Slots

Uploading your online calendar makes it easier for new renters to discover your underused space. Promote up-to-date available time slots by syncing your online calendar with SpaceFinder. Upload a link to the digital calendar you use (Google, Outlook, iCal, etc.) to manage your rentals.

Promote Empty Time Slots

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Fringe Show JONNO a Success

- by Jamie Lou Morneau

ACI Manitoba would like to congratulate a group of graduates from its The Art of Managing Your Career course for their successful mounting of the play JONNO, based on a familiar story of a popular radio personality and the women who suffer abuse at his hands. Written by Alix Sobler, directed by Kevin Klassen and produced by ECHO theatre, JONNO also features the talents of AMYC grads Elena Anciro (cast), Darryl Audette (lighting and set design), and Leif Norman (video finishing). The play heart-wrenchingly digs deep into topics of sexual, emotional and mental abuse, gaslighting and how one man's cognitive bias perpetuated repeated violence against his victims.


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