The arts and cultural organizations of Manitoba, funded by the Arts Branch, play a significant role in the health, well-being, social cohesion and social inclusion of Manitobans. They also contribute to the growth of our economy through support, training and employment of artists and arts professionals; and by fostering the development of tomorrow’s creative minds essential to Manitoba’s success in the new knowledge-based economy.
To achieve this objective, the branch assists and supports community initiatives to promote access by all Manitobans to the study, creation, production, exhibition and publication of works in the arts. The branch delivers support to the development of Manitoba’s film and sound recording, publishing, visual arts and crafts industries, including support to the Manitoba Film and Sound Recording Development Corporation.
The branch coordinates involvement in interprovincial, national and international cultural initiatives, and provides support services and consultation in both official languages in the areas of marketing, arts management, resource development, skills training, events coordination and cultural policy.
The Arts Branch also maintains responsibility for the management of the Manitoba government art collection, including acquisition of art, maintenance and care of the existing collection and development of the policy and legislation that governs the collection.