First Fridays, September 2 2022: Performances b.p., Memorypond and Season of Upheaval

Join us on September 2nd, 2022 for an evening of experimental sound work by b.p, Memorypond and Season of Upheaval.

Doors at 6:30pm, show at 7:00pm until 9:30pm.

Admission is free. Up to date accessibility information to be provided in the coming days as we launch our new website.

Memorypond (Sarah Borbridge) is a sound artist based in Treaty 1 territory/Winnipeg, MB. She is interested in investigating the depths of the sonic world that encompasses her lived experience. Using field recordings of the urban and domestic environments and synthetic sounds that she manipulates and distorts, Memorypond aims to create droney soundscapes that induce a meditative response from the listener.

Bret Parenteau is a sound artist from Winnipeg, MB, Treaty 1 Territory and Historic Métis Nation Homeland. Primarily performing under his B.P. moniker, he is head of the Makade Star label; a tape label solely focused on local experimental artists present and past. He helped compose the soundtrack to Métis filmmaker Rhayne Vermette’s “Ste. Anne” (2021). Parenteau has released a steady amount of work across Canada, US & internationally.

Season of Upheaval is a drone collaboration between Marie-France Hollier and Doreen Girard. Their self titled tape was released on Makade Star in September 2021.

We’re Seeking Board Members

Background has layers of brightly coloured squares overlapping each other. The overlaid text says: We're seeking Board Members at ace art inc. Deadline to apply is: Monday, June 27. Interested candidates should submit a CV and cover letter to board@aceart.org

We are seeking enthusiastic individuals who have a passion for the arts and wish to play a part in the redevelopment of ace. We are looking for people from the community to participate in committees for fundraising, policy-making, finance, and human resources. Previous experience in non-profits, fundraising, law, business, HR conflict mediation, and marketing, are considered assets. 

Please send a CV and cover letter outlining why you would like to join to board@aceart.org by Monday, June 27 at 4 pm CDT.

We’re hiring a Program Assistant

Program Assistant Job Description

Terms: 30 hours per week, 12 months, health benefits

Pay: $19.00/hour

Deadline: Friday, June 10 2022, 4 pm CDT

Desired start date: Monday, July 4 2022  (some training in last week of June- flexible dates) 

Apply to: admin@aceart.org  

We are seeking an organized, reliable, energetic, and cheerful individual who understands and champions Artist-Run Centres and contemporary art. Working with a small, enthusiastic, fierce, and friendly team, you will carry out duties necessary to realize ace’s mandate and vision. Full job description below.

This position is an excellent opportunity for a motivated individual with strong communication and organizing skills who has a deep interest in artist-run centres, arts administration, and contemporary art.

Skills & Competencies:

  • Experience in arts administration
  • Experience with online promotion.
  • Experience with artist-run centres and/or non-profit organizations including voluntary experience
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Excellent communication, design, and writing skills.
  • The ability to work independently and in a collaborative environment.


Key Responsibilities: 

Promotion & Fundraising 

  • Update and maintain website hosted on WordPress
  • Implement and monitor an ongoing social media strategy for the gallery, referring to ace’s Social Media Policy, in consultation with the Program Director
  • Maintain a professional presence on social media platforms under the management of the Program Director
  • Create and distribute an organizational newsletter via MailChimp on bi-weekly basis
  • Create graphics for digital and printed promotional materials, send to printers, online billboards, post to website and social media platforms 
  • Coordinate the distribution of mailings to members, arts organizations, and political and social leaders
  • Assist with fundraising coordination
  • Provide assistance to exhibiting artists as required
  • Arrange hospitality for openings, talks or other events in conjunction with other staff

Administration 

  • Keep statistics on online and in person visitors
  • Assist with the completion of CADAC data spreadsheets
  • Assist in writing and editing grant applications
  • Coordinate Volunteers
  • Contribute to monthly operations and programming board reports 
  • Actively assist in daily operations of gallery under the management of the Program Director and the Director of Finance and Administration
  • Oversee tasks assigned to interns, as needed 
  • Oversee programming archive
  • Help prepare contracts in regards to events, exhibitions, or contract employment
  • Recruit new members, maintain existing membership
  • Undertake tasks assigned by the Program Director and the Director of Finance & Administration on an ongoing basis

Maintenance 

  • Clean, patch and paint walls
  • Assist with installation/striking of exhibition
  • Organize the storage areas
  • Tidy office, water plants, take out trash and recycling
  • Supervise contract technicians when appropriate

General

  • Respond to gallery email correspondence, record keeping, filing, answering phones
  • Greet visitors and track attendance
  • Invigilate gallery 
  • Ensure smooth operation of gallery day to day, including keeping regular hours of operation, supplies maintained, maintenance of office, galleries, and storage areas
  • Occasionally working evening events
  • Available to work Saturdays
  • Opening and closing the gallery 

Applicants must submit a cover letter detailing their relevant experience as it relates to the job description and why they want to be part of ace (two pages maximum), and a resume (2 pages maximum), to admin@aceart.org. Subject line: Application- Program Assistant. 

aceartinc. is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all applicants especially Indigenous, Black, People Of Colour, women, and 2SLGBTQIA+ folks. We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, though only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

PEOPLE FIGURE: dance + draw happening

Black background with loose drawing of a human figure in faded white lines. Overlaid text reads: PEOPLE FIGURE: dance + draw at 206 Princess St. Friday, June 17, 6-8 pm drop in. Closing performance at 8:30, limited seating, advance reserve. In partnership with ace art inc. Spontaneous compositions short/long & still/moving, materials provided. gallery@aceart.org. Eventbrite. $ donate. Mozdzen, Kuby, Bohrn, Sim, Brueckner, Ramprashad.

June 17, 2022

DROP-IN dance + draw 6-8 pm, materials provided

closing performance at 8:30 pm; limited seating — advance reserve.

INDEPENDENT DANCERS in partnership with artists & aceartinc.

PEOPLE FIGURE: dance + draw happening

nude & not

Visual artists Robert SIM, Derek BRUECKNER and Shereen RAMPRASHAD put pencil to the paper LIVE to draw the spontaneous human figuring of dancers D-Anne KUBY, Carol-Ann BOHRN and Ian MOZDZEN in this DURATIONAL dance + draw happening. PEOPLE FIGURE closes at 8:30 pm with a timed 25-minute INSTANT COMPOSITION dance awash in the evening’s flurry of figures and figuring.

QUESTION: Why PEOPLE FIGURE? … ANSWER: Figure it out.

WANT TO DRAW?

Figure poses long/short & still/moving by PEOPLE; 6-8 pm, drawing materials provided.

WANT TO DANCE?

Figure poses long/short & still/moving by PEOPLE, 6-8 pm; dancing space provided.

WANT TO WATCH?

Observe figure poses long/short & still/moving by PEOPLE; observe the drawings of Robert SIM, Derek BUECKNER and Shereen RAMPRASHAD, 6-8 pm. CLOSING 25-minute DANCE PERFORMANCE by D-Anne, 8:30-9 pm; limited seating — advance reserve.

$donate/reserve on EVENTBRITE

INFO: gallery@aceart.org / aceart.org

206 Princess Street has 3 steps up from the sidewalk. Wheelchair ramp access is available through the 216 Princess Street entrance. 

Please bring a cushion or folding chair to sit on; some chairs are also available at aceart.

ARTISTS

Carol-Ann BOHRN

Carol-Ann Frances Bohrn grew up in Brandon, Manitoba and has been residing in Winnipeg since 2011. Select performance credits: Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (Jolene Bailie & Jera Wolfe), four seasons with Gearshifting Performance Works (Bailie, Marie-Josée Chartier & Rachel Browne), Sick + Twisted Theatre, Odette Heyn, Saskatoon’s White Birch Ballet (Darlene Williams, Gioconda Barbuto & Josh Beamish), and for television commercials. Carol-Ann participated in the Cartae Open School at aceartinc.; and the Foundation Mentorship Program at MAWA. Carol-Ann was nominated for a 2020 Evie Award for her choreographic collaboration with Alexandra Garrido and Thom Morgan Jones for the full-length song cycle show By Grand Central Station at the Prairie Theatre Exchange’s Mainstage season, 2020. Carol-Ann is a graduate of The School of Contemporary Dancers and also trained at Ryerson University and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Teacher Training Program.

D-Anne KUBY

Over the past 5 decades, D-Anne‘s movement practice has spanned the breadth of this country we call Canada and beyond. The list of folks with whom she has worked and/or studied who have had lasting influence is vast and weaves a complex tapestry. Touring highlights include Mexico with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers in 1987 and Greece/Montenegro with Kinesis Dance in 1996. Career highlights include performing Charles Moulton’s “18 Person All-Star Ball Passing” at the Lincoln Centre in New York, and having her solo appearance at fFIDA recognized by Now Magazine as one of the top 10 dance performances to happen in Toronto in 1994. D-Anne currently makes her home in Winnipeg where she continues her ongoing exploration of the body; how it works, how it communicates, how it serve us, and how it doesn’t.

Ian MOZDZEN

Ian was raised on a farm in rural Manitoba. Creative writing, performance poetry, editorship & event organization since middle & high school turned into a B.H. English Literature & Theatre degree from Simon Fraser University & University of Winnipeg. What proceeded was two decades of study + practice of dance, theatre, anti-art, performance art, classical arts & ritual arts here in Manitoba, across Canada & abroad. The performance practices of South India & Japan, as well as nearly 15 years of figure modelling, also highly influence Ian’s approach to dance. Ian has supported organizations like Young Lungs Dance Exchange & Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers in positions of administration, programming & assistance, and coached actors & assisted professors in UW departments of English & Theatre. From it all, INDEPENDENT projects of dance, dance + music, theatre + music and dance + drawing result — loose partnerships of local dancers, artists and arts organizations devoted to sovereign programs of creative presentation and art-full contemplation. Ian is humbled by the presence of all these fine individual artists in PEOPLE FIGURE. Ian is also thankful for support from organizations like The Gas Station Arts Centre and aceartinc. PEOPLE FIGURE is an extension of the SILENT … LAB DANCE series, part I: people in between, recently presented April 10th in partnership with GSAC.

see the instant composition with D-Anne KUBY here: https://youtu.be/3MCq3BmARMQ

Without the dancer there is no dance. Long live these creatures of the day: the epheme-roi. 😉

Robert SIM

Robert Sim has been an artist and sculptor, who was born, raised, and lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He studied at the School of Art at the University of Manitoba, where he was the recipient of the Robert Bruce Scholarship for sculpture.

Robert’s work encompasses a wide variety of media and styles. Whatever the media, in general, he tries to represent what he sees as simply as possible, without any embellishment. He works without any preconceived ideas, and prefers to let the work develop on its own as it proceeds. Like many other artists, he believes visual art is language of its own and explains itself in its own terms. One of his favourite quotes regarding art comes from the Polish – French painter, Balthus;

“ Painting is a language which cannot be replaced by another language. I don’t know what to say about what I paint, really.”

Robert and his wife travel extensively, and, whenever possible, he tries to combine travel with work. He has painted and drawn across Canada, in Europe, and in Asia. Robert is the recipient of two Manitoba Arts Council grants, and he has exhibited internationally, nationally, and locally. His work is in public, corporate, and private collections across Canada, the United States, Japan, and Europe.

Derek BRUECKNER

Derek Brueckner is a Winnipeg-born visual artist and art educator. His most recent work encompasses video harvested from socially collaborative and unscripted performances. Using a multi-disciplinary practice of drawing, painting, live feed projections, performance and video he re-inscribes and re-imagines the human figure through his collaborators’ processes of improvisation and facilitated play. Artist residencies have included spaces in Italy, Vermont, Brooklyn, New Orleans, and Toronto. Solo exhibitions and participatory projects in the US have been presented at arts spaces in Brooklyn, Queens, and New Orleans. Derek also co-hosts an arts radio talk show on CKUW 95.9 FM at University of Winnipeg. Media coverage of his work includes Globe & Mail, Border Crossings, Queens Courier Magazine, and the NOLA Defender. Awarded grants from Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council and Vermont Studio Center. Education includes MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York.

Shereen RAMPRASHAD

Miss Shereen Ramprashad is classically trained illustrator and multitalented in performance, soundart and spokenword. She marches to her own creativity irregardless of trends. Miss Shereen … art is life and life is art.

We’re Hiring a Program Director

We're hiring a Program Director at ace art inc. See job posting for details. Deadline to apply is: Friday, March 25. Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter outlining their experience to: Hiring Committee at board@aceart.org

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Monday, April 4th or until filled.

aceartinc is an Artist Run Centre dedicated to the support, exhibition, and dissemination of contemporary art located on Treaty 1 territory, unceded Dakota Nation territory, and the homeland and birthplace of the Metis Nation, otherwise known as Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

Exhibiting five major exhibitions a year by contemporary visual artists, we welcome submissions from all emerging contemporary artists and curators working in any media to our annual call for submission each August.

The gallery also runs several ongoing projects and hosts numerous one-offs. This Artist Run Centre is passionate about the work being produced by contemporary artists and arts writers and critics in Canada and abroad. Many successful, well-known, and not-so-well-known Canadian artists have shown work at ace early in their careers—we are an established (but not establishment) part of the unique ecosystem of Canadian contemporary art.

The Position

We are currently looking to hire our next Program Director to ensure smooth operation of the gallery’s day-to-day operations. This role is responsible for the oversight, coordination and scheduling of all duties related to the programming including exhibitions, talks, publications and special events. The Program Director is also responsible for supervising the Gallery Assistant and other program contract staff, temporary workers and interns. The position is a 6-month term with the possibility of an extension.

Salary: $1538.46 – $1730.77 biweekly for 32 hours per week.

Responsibilities include:

Curatorial Vision and Programming 

  • Re-establish and/or re-imagine institutional programming, including creating of a 5-year curatorial vision for the organization
  • Develop an exhibition and build working relationships with artists 
  • Direct the installation and strike of exhibitions
  • Turn a concept into a project and effectively communicate ideas

Marketing, Outreach and Community Engagement

  • Liaise with local/national/international arts organizations for program and partnership development
  • Liaise with Indigenous governments and organizations local to the territory on which aceartinc. resides
  • Maintain a good relationship with funders and donors
  • Ensure aceartinc. branding standards are developed and maintained
  • Maintain regular contact with membership and local arts community
  • Speak on behalf of the organization at various events and/or engagements

Grant Writing

  • Initiate and seek funding for aceartinc. initiatives
  • Develop program outlines and project descriptions, prepare support material
  • Ensure that all projects pertaining to grants and funding are carried through in collaboration with the Director of Finance and Administration as well as ensuring that the final reports are completed when required

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 3 years demonstrated experience in a similar scope of work
  • Has an appropriate post-secondary degree and/or or a combination of equivalent training and experience at an upper level of responsibility
  • Passion for contemporary arts 
  • Strong relationship management and communication skills.
  • Has demonstrated communications and budgeting skills
  • Has familiarity and appreciation with the not-for-profit sector and/or arts organizations
  • Is very knowledgeable about contemporary art and the contemporary art community in Manitoba and beyond
  • Has experience with fundraising, donor development, and grants
  • Has the ability to initiate and implement new programs and procedures
  • Demonstrated ability to develop budgets and make recommendations to a Board of Directors
  • Direct experience managing and social media efforts
  • Able to attend monthly board meetings and deliver a programming report 
  • Has a strong ability to relate to others, to motivate and lead colleagues; ability to set priorities

Interested candidates should submit a resume to Hiring Committee at board@aceart.org

We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

aceartinc. encourages all qualified applicants to apply. aceartinc. welcomes applicants from Government of Canada job equity groups (i.e., women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous candidates).

PDF version available here.

Annual General Meeting, Feb. 28, 7 pm CST

ace art inc. Annual General Meeting, Monday, February 28, 7 pm CST. Meeting will be held via Zoom. RSVP to brianna@aceart.org

Our AGM will be taking place on Monday, February 28 at 7 pm CST. The meeting will be held via Zoom, please RSVP to brianna@aceart.org to receive the meeting link.

Everyone is welcome but only members are entitled to vote. Memberships can be purchased for $25 from our website: https://www.aceart.org/membership. To vote, you must be a member in good standing at least 15 days before the AGM.

We will be presenting our new 3-year strategic plan, so we hope to see you there!

Annual General Meeting | February 23, 6 pm CST

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 23 at 6 pm CST via Zoom. Please RSVP to brianna@aceart.org to receive the meeting link. The agenda will be made available closer to the meeting date.

A Tribute to Sigrid Dahle

Many of you may have probably heard of the enormous loss in our community of Sigrid Dahle, a brilliant artist, writer, curator, teacher, mentor and friend. 

During her long, prolific career, she wrote several essays and curated multiple exhibitions at aceart, including after the gleaners; me, me, me, and me; and Play, Precarity, and Survival

As a way to honour her contributions to the community and offer our thanks, we invited Sigrid’s close friend and fellow artist, Jeanne Randolph, to write a short tribute. Jeanne then reached out to Sigrid’s daughter, Emma Kusch Dahle. Thank you Jeanne and Emma for sharing your reminiscences of your dear friend and mother. We’re with you in your time of grief.

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EMMA KUSCH DAHLE Moon Child

My childhood moments with my mom meant more to me than most kids. Then again, I have no clue what other kids think. All I know is that my childhood was special thanks to my beautiful and loving mom. We never travelled far, she didn’t buy me a pony. I didn’t wear designer baby clothes. Why didn’t you buy me baby Ugg boots, mom? But she gave me everything I could have wanted and more— her love. I can’t find the words to describe the love I felt from my mom. 

For me, love was taking me out in the rain and stomping through puddles together. Love was the story books she read over and over, until we both memorized the words. Love was the late night window shopping in Osborne Village, my eyes widened as the jewelry store windows seemed to dance and twinkle. Sometimes we would go to Baked Expectations and share a slice of strawberry pie that I only ate because it looked pretty. Love was the time and effort she put in to braiding my hair EXACTLY how I wanted, even when she was busy and had more important things to do like, I don’t know, organize an art show?? Love was letting me make messes and installations in the living room. Watching from afar as she gave me space to be creative. Love was protecting me from seeing the daily chaos of the world on TV, immediately switching channels at the first sight of traumatic news. Love was the Friday night movie nights we had when dad worked late. Vegetarian hot dogs wrapped in pillsbury crescent rolls were usually on the menu. Love was dragging me to Dim Sum Garden, even when I didn’t want to go. As a kid I resented my Asian heritage and culture and wanted nothing to do with it. Now that I’m older I’m glad I have memories of going to Chinatown and celebrating Chinese New Years each year. Love was the many shopping trips to the Gap Kids, when I was growing out of my clothes alongside the changing seasons. Picking out my outfit to see the Nutcracker ballet at Christmas gave me goosebumps. If the dress had sparkles on it, I was buying it.

I can’t stop thinking of all the times mom would just hold me, stroke my hair, and kiss my forehead. For no apparent reasons other than giving me her love. Our bond is one I wish all mothers and daughters would have. Then again, maybe I don’t because I want ours to be the most special and only ours. 

Now we’re millions of miles apart, but connected by the moon. Each morning and evening I look for the moon, knowing somewhere my mom is too. I look up and smile at her, and sometimes it feels like I can hear her heartbeat along with mine. 

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JEANNE RANDOLPH Tribute to Sigrid Dahle

Sigrid championed many artists, inspired curators and writers; she participated and orchestrated. I am agog at her accomplishments. What I will forever miss is when Sigrid and I would unleash and intermingle imaginations, lounging of an evening at her place martinis in hand and potato chips nearby.  Many sentences began with, “What if…..?”  Inquiries, proclamations, insights – all to be enacted or assembled as art projects; they rolled from her expansive intelligence like cocktail olives from an overturned jar. Bright, fully formed, complementary colours, glistening – salty with just enough sour to prevent a saccharine effect.  Honestly, we weren’t drinkin’ buddies.  We were thinkin’ buddies.

Image: Sigrid Dahle, Dairy Barn Ruminations, 2012.
Photo credit: Larry Glawson

School of Art mourns passing of SOA alumna, colleague, and friend Sigrid Dahle (U of M)
Sigrid Dahle’s Obituary (Winnipeg Free Press)

Nominees for the Board of Directors

Thank you to our members for putting yourselves forward for election as part of the new contingent of board directors. Nominees will be elected at the Special General Meeting on November 26 at 7PM CST. If you plan to attend the SGM, please send an RSVP to brianna@aceart.org and we will send you a meeting invitation when it is closer to the SGM date. 

We look forward to embarking on this new chapter of aceartinc. See you at the SGM! 

Allison Yearwood

She is an alumni of the University of Winnipeg, with a political science and business administration degree, and brings a fresh focus to the business of arts administration. Allison returns to her hometown, Winnipeg, from the Banff Centre, where she was Program Manager at the Indigenous Arts Department. Previously, Allison served as Art and Business Manager at Yamaji Art, an Aboriginal art centre in Australia, and was the General Manager of Collective of Black Artists in Toronto. Allison was the Programming and Events Coordinator at the Northern Life Museum & Cultural Centre in Fort Smith, North West Territories, and was the first non-Indigenous staff member at Urban Shaman Gallery in Winnipeg. Allison advocates for racialized and disenfranchised groups to decolonize institutions of power from the ground up. She is exceptionally skilled on issues of equity and a powerful and transformative voice for anti-racism action. Allison’s institutional critique articulates the creation of safe spaces for underserved communities within the institution. 

Albyn Carias

Albyn Carias is an interdisciplinary artist living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He immigrated to Canada from El Salvador at the age of 13 and has a BFA from Brandon University Ishkabatens waasa Gaa inaabateg, Visual and Aboriginal Arts Department. Carias’ process focuses on experimentation with unconventional materials, pushing against imposed social and artistic borders. This is achieved through meaningful engagement with his Latino community in Manitoba. The collaborative nature of community-based artwork addresses the barriers that Latino immigrants face every day. Carias served as Vice-President and Arts Coordinator for Brandon’s Latin based organization, Hispanic Association of Manitoba Inc. (HAMI). He developed intercultural art programs that created space to raise the voices of his community. He worked as Gathering Helper for the Beading Symposium: Ziigimineshin, complimenting his ability to navigate the responsibilities he holds as an ally and person living on these territories.

Michelle Panting

I am an alumnus of aceartinc.’s Cartae Open School and have spent years attending aceartinc.’s shows and engaging with its community. I understand that aceartinc. is in a period of transition and intends to move forward with a commitment to dismantle the systemic oppression that has long been a part of our artistic community. I understand that this will not be a quick or simple issue to address, and as a queer white artist who has benefitted from ace’s programming and community, I hope to be a part of this new direction.

In my work as a manager of the local cafe Fools & Horses, I have attended anti-oppression training hosted by the Red Tent. I also worked with the management team to consult on the development of anti-oppression policy as part of their employee and management handbooks. I have spent years volunteering my time as a photographer with local festivals such as send + receive and Synonym’s Wall-to-Wall Mural and Cultural Festival. Through these experiences, I have come to understand the vital role that art can play in the development of community. I also know that in any community organization, the failure to address unchecked power and privilege can fundamentally undermine its aims.

I believe I would be a good board member due to my strong work ethic, communication skills, and attention to detail. Thank you for your time in considering my nomination.

Rob Crooks

I am the Development Coordinator at Graffiti Art Programming, where I have worked for over a decade. During my time with GAP, I have delivered and supported youth arts programming, handled grant writing and reporting, and worked as a gallery technician. This wide range of experiences has given me a thorough understanding of the challenges that arts organizations face. A year ago, I joined the Board of Directors at CKUW where I have participated in subcommittees dealing with issues such as: finding a more accessible space for the station; organizing an in-person SGM during the pandemic; and planning the annual fundraising drive in a way that respects the necessity for physical distancing. As a musician, I believe that one’s art should be the reflection of their community engagement, not the extent of it. Until COVID-19, I volunteered in English classes at Mosaic Newcomer Family Resource Centre. I am also involved with various grassroots groups organizing for the universal right to housing, fighting against evictions, and the privatization of social housing. It’s often taken for granted that artists and arts organizations improve the lives of everyone equally. What is perhaps less easily accepted is the potentially conservative or even reactionary role they can play, if not acting with intention. The position aceartinc. finds itself in today holds a lot of potential. I believe that I have a skill set that would be of value to the staff in achieving its vision for a new kind of arts organization. 

Darryl Nepinak

Darryl Nepinak is an Indian, writer, film maker, committed youth mentor and educator, occasional curator and performer. Darryl is interested in education and using personal experience when creating work. Primarily known for his playful and pointed videos, Nepinak was introduced to filmmaking at the Winnipeg Film Group and his first short was Last of the Nepinaks, 2005. Since then his work has been shown from Aotearoa all the way to New Zealand. Darryl is currently intrigued by studying and experimenting with pinhole photography. And lives in the Courtyard Village in Winnipeg.

We are seeking feedback from our community

As part of our commitment to engage in broad community consultations as we work to define a new organization vision for the future of aceartinc., we have launched an online survey and one-on-one confidential feedback appointments with an external consultant. The information gathered through these consultation mechanisms will serve to guide the new incoming board that will be elected at a Special General Meeting to be held on November 26.

Cecilia Araneda (see bio below) has been contracted by aceartinc. to provide one-on-one confidential appointments. Araneda will review and analyze the feedback presented, and will prepare a document for aceartinc. that will capture a summary of this feedback, without identifying names.

Those interested in booking a half-hour video call appointment with Araneda can email her at:

aceart@ceciliaaraneda.ca by Fri Nov 6 at 5 PM (CST).

We invite you to complete this survey by Fri Dec 11 at 12 PM (CST) or meet with Araneda to share your thoughts and experiences. We thank you in advance for your participation as your comments will be invaluable in informing the future direction of aceartinc.


About Cecilia Araneda

Chilean-born filmmaker and media art curator Cecilia Araneda is a well-known member of the Latinx art community nationally. She holds a BFA hons from York University (Toronto) and an MFA from UBC (Vancouver). In 2018, she became the first ever recipient from the prairies to receive the Joan Lowndes Award from the Canada Council for the Arts, a national prize recognizing excellence in independent curatorial practice in the visual and media arts. Araneda served as Executive Director of the Winnipeg Film Group / Winnipeg Cinematheque from 2006 to 2017, transforming the $1M organization into a new era of artistic clarity, financial stability, facility and technology modernization, and significantly increased diversity, inclusion and participation. She was additionally co-founder and President of the WNDX festival from 2005-2014, and has sat on the boards of Artspace, the Independent Media Arts Alliance and the Elmwood Community Resource Centre. Araneda currently works as an independent filmmaker, curator and cultural worker, with a strong focus on community-based approaches that serve as interventions against the Institution.