Manitoba Foundation for the Arts exists to promote sustainability and vibrancy in the arts sector.

Our role is to act as a catalyst in encouraging collaboration and innovation with the goal of elevating the entire sector and ensuring it continues to flourish.

Manitoba Foundation for the Arts is a small foundation dedicated to big ideas and transformative initiatives to support arts and culture.

While started as a seed project of the Manitoba Arts Council, the Manitoba Foundation for the Arts is a separate entity, incorporated in 1999.

Arts & Culture in Manitoba

Manitoba’s arts and cultural organizations are our calling card and the basis of our collective identity.

They tell our stories, enrich our lives and are a significant economic driver. We need these organizations to be strong and resilient to ensure a rich, vibrant and progressive society.

Arts and cultural organizations are grappling with enormous changes, ranging from changing demographics to new technologies. We recognize their ability to grow, change and take risks within a rapidly evolving environment may be a challenge.

We aim to help Manitoba arts and culture organizations respond to this changing environment by providing support to projects that build arts infrastructure. Over the last few years, Manitobans for the Arts has developed partnership and funded initiatives to help organizations adapt.

Purpose and Board


Manitoba Foundation for the Arts cultivates relationships and encourages collaboration that helps influence the arts sector as a whole to adapt to change, innovate, and survive.


A thriving, diverse, and agile arts sector that represents the community and serves Manitobans.

Board of Directors

Roberta Christianson, Chair

Scott Baldwin

Lou-Anne Buhr

Rosalind Dick

Stuart Duncan

Katarina Kupca

Sara Stasiuk

Deborah Thorlakson


Manitoba Foundation for the Arts

Please note, Manitoba Foundation for the Arts does not accept unsolicited requests for funding.

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