For Schools

The Manitoba Arts Council’s Artists in Schools program empowers students across Manitoba to discover their creativity. Artists and educators work together using arts-enriched learning experiences in the classroom to motivate students to realize their full potential and recognize their role in the community.

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 help cover the costs of the project. We emphasize the partnership between artists and schools, and recommend that schools also contribute financially to the project.

Step One: Preparation


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.

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. Please refer to the Artists in Schools Program Guidelines with Application Form Preview for more information on the program and what is required in the application.

School Guide

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 Two: Find an artist

Educators and artists can find each other in several ways. You can choose to collaborate with a professional Manitoba artist, arts/cultural professional, Indigenous Knowledge Keeper, arts group or organization registered in the Artists in Schools’ Artist Listing, or approach another arts professional directly.

The artist you choose to work with doesn’t need to be in our Artist Listing, but they will need a valid profile in our Online Application System before they are able to apply.

Step Three: Build an application collaboratively

  • Begin planning with the artist you wish to work with. Discuss the ways in which their artistic program can provide a fulfilling arts experience for your students while helping to meet educational goals.
  • The artist will draft an application in MAC’s Online Application System.
  • The artist will supply you with a copy of the draft, together with a School Commitment Form that you must complete and return to them 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 artist 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
  • Artist communicates results of assessment (award or decline) to school

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