For Artists

Through the Manitoba Arts Council’s Artists in Schools program, artists are invited to bring their arts practice to the classroom to help motivate and excite students to realize the full potential of who they can be.

How the program works

Educators and artists work together to offer either a short-term project or a three-year project. The Manitoba Arts Council offers a grant that can cover most of the costs of the project. We emphasize the partnership between artists and schools, and recommend that schools contribute financially to the project.


Step One: Preparation

Read the Application Guidelines

Artists and educators work collaboratively to build a project and submit a grant application to the Manitoba Arts Council’s Artists in Schools program.

Be sure to read the Artists in Schools Program Guidelines with Application Preview and the Manitoba Arts Council’s General Guidelines.

Create a profile in the Online Application System

Before you begin, you should know that while we encourage a collaborative approach to writing the grant application, it is the artist that will submit the application in MAC’s Online Application System. This means that you will need to have a valid profile in our system before you are able to apply.


Step Two: Define how you want to work

In this program, artists may submit multiple applications to each deadline. They may want to work differently in different schools. So, each application can be different. Applications for different grant types can be submitted to the same deadline.

  • An application may only include one school;
  • A school may only be part of one application per deadline;
  • A school may only participate in one project per school year;
  • Applicants may receive Manitoba Arts Council grant commitments up to a maximum of $30,000 per year.

Please refer to the Manitoba Arts Council’s School Guide for more detailed information on the program and what is required from the school.


Step Three: Find a school

Educators and artists can find each other in several ways. You can approach a school directly if you wish, or you can register to be included in our Artist Listing.

Join the Artist Listing

Submit your personal listing details to the Artists in Schools’ Artist Listing. This is a public resource for Manitoba educators to search and find artists ready to partner in an Artists in Schools grant application.

Find an eligible school

To be eligible to participate in the program, a school must be listed in either the First Nations Operated School Directory or the Manitoba Education and Training Schools in Manitoba Directory.


Step Four: Build an application collaboratively

  • At any time in the process, contact a MAC program consultant to discuss your project.
  • Begin the conversation with your school contact to collaborate on your application.
  • Draft an application in MAC’s Online Application System.
  • Provide the school with a copy of your draft, and a School Commitment Form for their completion.
  • The school must provide you with a completed and signed School Commitment Form. This form must be submitted as part of the application by the deadline day.

Application deadlines

  • June 5: for projects scheduled between September and the end of June of the next school year.
  • October 5: for projects scheduled between January and the end of June of the current school year.

What happens now?

  • Applications will be assessed by a jury made up of peer artists and educators.
  • After a decision is reached, the applicant will receive an email notification. Applicants can expect to be advised of the results at the following times:
    • June 5 deadline: mid-August;
    • October 5 deadline: mid-December.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to notify the school of decision results.  

For assistance, call 204-945-2237 or (toll-free) 1-866-994-ARTS (2787) or email helpdesk@artscouncil.mb.ca

For assistance,
call 204-945-2237 or
(toll-free) 1-866-994-ARTS (2787)