About Us

MAWA Balloon Bombing at our 30th Anniversary celebrations.  September, 2014.  

Mandate: Mentoring Artists for Women's Art encourages and supports the intellectual and creative development of women in the visual arts by providing an ongoing forum for education and critical dialogue.  

Vision: All people in the visual arts have full access to opportunities and achieve equal representation.

Mission: MAWA empowers women, non-binary, trans and 2-Spirit woman-identifying people in the visual arts, and fosters their practices and professional development by providing diverse programming within a supportive community.

Values/ Guiding Principles:



  • Excellence
  • Leadership
  • Ethic of kindness


  • Critical evaluations
  • Fairness and transparency


  • Innovation
  • Adaptability
  • Creativity

Knowledge Sharing

  • Empowerment through mentorship
  • Ongoing learning

Connecting Through Community

  • Collaboration
  • Advocacy


  • Accessibility
  • Diversity


  • MAWA as a living legacy (honouring our histories and building a future)