MAWA provides opportunities for artists to come together to create art, learn new skills, and improve art-business practices.
All MAWA Bootcamps are presented in partnership with Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba (ACI).
Artist Bootcamps are a series of single-evening workshops on professional art practices. In this past these sessions have explored how to put together an exhibition proposal (with Curator Mary Reid), how to decide if you want to go to grad school (with Concordia University Graduate Instructor Eleanor Bond), how to promote your work via the media (with freelance journalists and art critics Jenny Henkelman and Stacey Abramson), and how to build your own website using on-line resources (with web mistress Pamela Habing). These brass-tacks skills sessions are particularly beneficial for emerging artists. In addition, participants benefit from the networking opportunities the group setting provides.
These hands on workshops offer a “how-to”, as well as a discussion of the history of the media. The facilitator imparts techniques, illustrates with examples, and exposes participants to further resources. Past skills-based workshops have included Janet Carroll’s three-week workshop on book making for artists in May 2010 and Leslie Supnet’s three-session introduction to animation in September 2010.
Crafternoons feature instruction by North American Indigenous and New Canadian women artists. Each workshop will provide a cultural context to help you understand how and why the craft developed. Traditional material practices have had origins both spiritual and material, and many have histories that are thousands of years old. Everyone, of all ages and skill levels, are welcome. Plus, materials, childminding and snacks are provided free of charge! Because these techniques take time, we ask that you plan on attending for the duration (1-4 pm). MAWA thanks the partners and funders who have made this program possible: Neechi Commons, Manitoba Community Services Council, Assiniboine Credit Union, Thomas Sill Foundation and The Winnipeg Foundation.
Every year in September, MAWA runs a workshop about mentorship: its benefits and pitfalls, sample structures, dos and don’ts. This is an excellent course for anyone interested in mentoring or setting up a mentorship program.