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Churchill Art Council: A Little Different

The town of Churchill cradles a population of under 1,000 souls; not many, considering the role the community plays on the international, federal, and provincial stage.

Located in the centre of Canada on the Hudson Bay coast with the converging habitats of marine, northern boreal forest and tundra we enjoy a rich diversity of plants, birds, mammals and human cultures. Although Churchill is the polar bear and beluga whale capital of the world it is our unique and strong human population that has a huge impact helping to create an oasis of activities year round for visitors and locals to enjoy. The Churchill Arts Council is made up of some of those individuals. Organized activities of the arts dates back to the 1940s with the American military USO shows; the Churchill Arts Council emerged in 1985. The Council is a member of the Manitoba Arts Council and the Manitoba Arts Network.

The list of sponsored events is long Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Northern Juried Art Show, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Doc Walker, Fred Penner, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Portraits of the North, workshops – moccasin making, painting, pottery, beading, etc.

We work very closely with all other Churchill community organizations; local businesses and agencies, sponsors and the Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport Department to support these activities. What is done would not be possible without this extraordinary level of support.

This Council is a little different – opportunistic in the good sense of the word. Cost is always a factor in what we can do so when the Manitoba Arts Network has a group booking opportunity we jump on board. New members come out with an idea, if it is doable with community interest we try to make it happen.

Since our population is around 900 we gage our success by the quality of the audience and the quality of participation not on the numbers.

To date the only confirmed booking we have is Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Tempting Providence February 7th, 2010 but we expect to host at least 8 workshops and performances. Ticket and workshop prices range from a loonie to $10.00.

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