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Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA)

  • Status:
    Artist-run Centre, Non-profit 
  • Main Communities Served:
  • Main Catchment Area:
    Manitoba, primarily Winnipeg 
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  • Main Community-Engaged Arts / Arts for Social Change Activities:
    MAWA offers mentorships (of varying lengths and focuses), lectures, artist talks, skills based workshops, professional practices workshops, critical reading groups, studio visits, an artist­mothers group, screenings, symposia, field trips and more.

    We provide a platform for critical writing as well, by commissioning text that appears in our newsletter and on our website, and offer a resource library for use by our members and the community. Although our mentorship programs are for women artists, recognizing historical and present­day inequalities, the majority of our programs are open to people of all genders, and are offered at low or no cost.

    MAWA believes that by sharing skills, networks and critique, we create a healthier community for us all.

    The International and Indigenous Craft Program offers free afternoon workshops in traditional craft practices and a cross­cultural beading group which invites participants to bring their own projects. Want to learn an Afghani embroidery practice? Or work alongside Somali and Anishinaabe beaders? This program is for you!

    Longer workshops, in more involved crafts, are also offered at low cost. 
  • Mandate/Mission:
    Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) was founded in 1984 to “encourage the intellectual and creative development of women in the visual arts by providing a forum for education and critical dialogue.” 
  • ArtBridging Section:
  • Main Contact Name:
    Lisa Wood, Program and Administrative Director 
  • Phone:
  • Main Contact Email: 
  • Website:
  • Address:
    611 Main St.
    Winnipeg, MB  R3B 1E1 

Last updated on 2014-12-04 11:51:04. Submitted by: Shawna Dempsey