Special Programs


Wellness@WAG: Art to Inspire

Thursday, January 16 to Thursday, June 25

Art to Inspire is a program designed to creatively engage people living with dementia, and their care partners, with visual art. Developed in partnership by the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, and University of Manitoba College of Rehabilitation Sciences.

Led by specially trained art educators and artists, Art to Inspire offers six afternoon sessions in the Gallery where participants can enjoy conversations, works of art, and artmaking in a supportive setting. Each session will explore a different theme, and engage participants in different ways that celebrate present-moment awareness and meaningful creative expression.

Six Week Sessions: Alternate Thursdays, 2-3:30pm

  • Winter Session Dates: Jan 16, 30; Feb 13, 27; Mar 12, 26
  • Spring Session Dates: Apr 16, 30; May 14, 28; Jun 11, 25



Developed in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba and University of Manitoba Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences.

Featured artwork: Hannah Claus. cloudscape (detail), 2012.

Film Night: The Decolonizing Lens

Thursday February 6 at 6pm

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is pleased to host the Decolonizing Lens film and discussion series, featuring free screenings of work by Indigenous filmmakers.

FREE entry
6 pm • Doors open & reception
7pm • Screening
Discussion to follow

Presented by The Decolonizing Lens, join us for a screening of nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, followed by a discussion with the director Tasha Hubbard, Stacey Soldier from Swan Lake First Nation, and others, organized in partnership with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and the University of Manitoba.

About the film:

On August 9, 2016, a young Cree man named Colten Boushie died from a gunshot to the back of his head after entering Gerald Stanley’s rural property with his friends. The jury’s subsequent acquittal of Stanley captured international attention, raising questions about racism embedded within Canada’s legal system and propelling Colten’s family to national and international stages in their pursuit of justice. Sensitively directed by Tasha Hubbard, nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up weaves a profound narrative encompassing the filmmaker’s own adoption, the stark history of colonialism on the Prairies, and a vision of a future where Indigenous children can live safely on their homelands.The Grandfather Drum: Revered for its healing powers by the Anishinabek of the upper Berens River, Naamowin’s drum can restore life. This stunning animation tells the story of how Naamowin’s drum became trapped by colonial forces, disrupting the delicate balance between the sky-world and the underworld.

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