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Safe at Home Grant

The Pas Arts Council received news on January 22, 2021, from the Safe at Home Committee that the Council will be awarded $39,557.53 for the project Stay at Home in Northern Manitoba.  All the events will be free to local residents.


The funds are allocated as follows:

Virtual Jamming Equipment - $9,152.80 -equipment required to allow musicians to play together from remote areas.
The Northland - a reading with music and pictures of the North in the background - $2,250
Virtual Concerts - $15,700 - includes honorariums for performers, technical support, licensing, portable green, and a video camera with stand.
Online Workshops - $5,589.73 - Boreal Forest Crafts, Acrylic Painting, Figure Drawing, Value, Composition, and Harmony, Photography, Beading, iMovie Workshop, Ukrainian Easter Eggs, Cardmaking, plus 3 children's workshops Penguins, National Polar Bear Day, Easter Craft.
Online Exhibits, -$ 5,500 - My Covid Winter, 3 solo exhibits.


My Covid Winter - Local artists living in The Pas and surrounding area are invited to submit their work on the topic of My Covid Winter.  The online show will run March 7- March 31.  The deadline for submission is  March 1.  Please send a photo of your submission to with My Covid Winter in the subject line, along with the photo.  Please include the title of the work, size, medium and your name.   One piece per artist with a total of 25 entries.  $3,000 in honorariums will be distributed among the showing artists.


Three solo exhibits - If you are an artist living in The Pas and area and would like to exhibit your work, please email 3 photos of your work along with a bio to, state Stay at Home exhibit in the subject line.  Each exhibit should consist of 12 to 20 pieces of work.   Artists can also partner with another artist to do an exhibit.  Deadline to apply is February 23.  Three exhibits will be picked from the submissions.  An honorarium of $500 will be paid per exhibit.


Artwork displayed will be at the discretion of the Arts Council.  For more information on the online exhibits contact Cheryl Antonio at or Jan McDonald at



For those of you unfamiliar with The Pas Arts Council:  The Pas Arts Council Inc. was incorporated in 1981; however, the group existed for decades before. The concert series group and the visual arts formed an Arts Council and invited arts and culture groups to join the organization. The purpose is to provide arts and culture to the community and surrounding area through education, exposure, and participation.


The Pas Arts Council is made up of multiple organizations: the Community Choir, the Arts Guild, Sam Waller Museum, 4H Helping Hands, the Film Festival, The Pas Square Dancers, Band Boosters, Metis Fiddlers, Theatre 53, and the Drama Group are a few of the organizations that work together to bring projects to our community.


The Pas Arts Council has been delivering in person concerts, exhibits, and workshops for over 50 years. We have hosted the Men of the Deeps, Leona Boyd, Fred Penner, MTC, PTE, Concert Hour Ballet and many more performers. We have held Culture Days festivals for 10 years. This last Culture Days, 2020, we hosted 25 online/virtual events with 132 volunteers and 2647 participants.


For more information on The Pas Arts Council please contact The Pas Arts Council Coordinator, Debbie Howell, at   Listen to CJ120.9 and watch for the Stay at Home events schedule in the Opasquia Times.

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