When we explore something as “simple” as a canoe from functional, cultural, and historical perspectives, we quickly realize that these vehicles served both function and  form.  Those who designed and built canoes over the last centuries were artists, too.  Their skills were functional and creative.  Life skills if you will. Even Carty said that “it is a marvel in design and technology.”

Though we’re disappointed to take down last month’s exhibit, we look forward to making way for 27 new artworks created by gouache and pencil artist, David Carty. November 5 will be the day we put up another full exhibit called The Canoe and Its People.

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“Hockey is Art, you say?”

Well…yes.  I guess I do.

Let me explain.

Mirriam-Webster’s dictionary defines art as follows:

  1. skill acquired by experience, study, or observation
  2. a branch of learning
  3. an occupation requiring knowledge or skill
  4. the conscious use of skill and creative imagination.

Searching the definition of art online will find you many more ideas, like my personal favourite, “a skill at doing a specified thing, typically one acquired through practice: the art of conversation.”

In my mind, the definitions speak for themselves.  But let me elaborate a little.

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As we look back on the recent generosity of our community, and the huge success of our “50/50 for kids” fundraising campaign, I want to encourage us, as those who desire to invest in our community, to continue finding all the opportunities we can to help develop the next generation of leaders in our region. Even if those opportunities are through a different outlet…one that we may or may not understand entirely.  Whether it’s in the arts…or not.

It’s important that I put youth in the room with someone I know will inspire them to develop both creative skills, AND life skills.  To pair them with the best mentors I can find.  Leaders in the community that demonstrate dedication, hard work, kindness, integrity, and passion for what they do.  People who realize that wealth is found in unexpected places, and the most important thing THEY can strive to do is impact others.  Besides the artistic skills they pick up along the way, I hope they remember the people they meet along the way.

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Recently I interviewed Naomi Woo, Assistant Conductor with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.  We talked about the real people behind the famous composers who lived one story above and below one another in their European apartments, and how they influenced each other in their writing.  Apparently, being influenced by our neighbor hasn’t changed over the last couple of centuries!

We also talked about her work as Music Director of Sistema Winnipeg, a free program for kids who want to study music, and a group of professional musicians and teachers who want to inspire social change. 

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Up here on my soap box, my message is always that the arts build skills beyond singing, dancing, acting, or painting; the arts help build the Whole Human.

The Steinbach Arts Council has a long tradition of hosting a huge community event in support of our programming. This year’s “Paint the Town, Virtual Fundraising Gala” is no exception! We’ve taken a new approach (out of pandemic necessity) and pulled out all the virtual stops!

In the last two weeks, we’ve put together a list of classes and activities for our region, from preschoolers to adults in every discipline.  How do we do it, you ask?

Early on in the pandemic, while we were planning for a year of unknowns, we decided, (together with our Board of Directors) that the health and safety of our members and their families is our number one priority.

Madeline Hildebrand in Concert…New Technology? No problem.

My dad once said to me, “David, with your musical training, you can succeed at anything you want.”

I guess that might have had some influence on my approach to new projects, including our latest concert with Madeline Hildebrand.

For our 40th Anniversary year, here are 40 reasons why the After School Art Program (A.S.A.P.) is “ESSENTIAL!”

Studying Art, Music, Theatre, Dance and Wellness at SAC…

Nurtures creativity
Encourages self-expression
Encourages exploration
Improves academic performance