Arts Partnerships
Funding for University of Manitoba faculty, students, and staff to foster work on creative and critical projects that involve writing, storytelling, performance, film or oral history.  The partnerships are also available to support creative collaborations with community members and community groups.  Please approach the Centre with your ideas.

The following are a few projects that CCWOC has funded:

Car Stories: A feature film that looks at "students dealing with the sociological effects of modernity, exploring the way students relate and the problems that can arise from differences in race, economic status and gender, all taking place in what has become today's proverbial park bench, a person's car."  The authors of this project are University of Manitoba students John Titley and Mark Neufeld.

Manie Tobie:  A Life On Tape, a project inspired by Manie Tobie (Marie Therese Courchaine), the famous Métis poet, teacher and radio personality, and the treasure of audiotapes of her stories, radio shows and poetry that she left her family.  The authors of this project are her great grandson Sam Vint, a filmmaker, and her granddaughter Val Vint, a multi-media artist who also works as an academic counselor with the University’s Access Program.  The Vints will digitize Manie Tobie’s recordings and donate them to the St. Boniface Historical Society.

Spirit Menders: Expressions of Trauma in Art Practices by Manitoba Aboriginal Women, a project that utilizes Medicine Wheel methodologies and interviews to consider the ways in which Manitoba Aboriginal women utilize and transmit art in various mediums in order to combat the political, social and cultural injustices that have been forced upon their lives, much as their colonized female art-making predecessors did.  The author of this project is Leah Fontaine, a graduate student in the Department of Native Studies.

Beet:  A performance project utilizing video installation, traditional Noh and Kabuki theatre techniques and contemporary physical theatre to relate the World War II era story of a Japanese man classified as an Enemy Alien and forced out of British Columbia to work on the sugar beet farms of Southern Manitoba.  The project’s authors, Brenda McLean, a sessional instructor in the Theatre Department, and Kaoru Ryan Klatt, a student of Fine Arts whose great-grandfather’s experiences inspired Beet, also grapple with the issues of loss of tradition and assimilation into white culture as well as the small-scale effects of a large-scale war.  To sample Beet, please click here.

Antipode/Gorilla:  Performed at the 2009 Winnipeg Fringe Festival, a double-bill of new, student-written plays.  Megan Andres wrote Antipode and Ken Rudderham wrote Gorilla.  Both are students in the University’s Theatre Department and for this project they directed each other’s work.  Professor Chris Johnson produced and supervised direction, student Matthew Lagace stage-managed, and students Tim Bandfield, Natasha Durand, Liz Madden, Christine Reinfort and Charlize Botha acted, along with alumnus Ray Strachan.