WAG to Host Sold-Out ArtWorks Student Symposium

Winnipeg, Manitoba, February 25, 2019:  The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) will hold its inaugural ArtWorks Symposium for students and youth aged 15-25 on Tuesday, February 26 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. The ArtWorks Symposium, funded in part by the RBC Foundation, in support of RBC Future Launch, is sold-out and will draw 200 plus local participants who will explore career possibilities in the arts, spanning exhibition curation and conservation, education, communications and marketing, and studio arts practices.

WAG and community experts will lead workshops in the galleries to allow attendees to engage with the art through hands-on experiences such as taking a behind-the-scenes look at the conservation lab, giving a virtual tour, leading an art instructor activity, learning about art handling in the freight elevator, curating a mock-up exhibition, and developing marketing tools for an exhibition.

Kerri Twigg, M. Ed, Career Coach and Job Search Strategist at Career Stories will give a keynote speech, exposing the diversity of paths that can lead to fulfilling careers in the arts. Attendees will enjoy a free networking lunch with arts industry guests as well as a performance by local artist DJ Mama Cutsworth.

The program is inspired, developed, and led by the young members of the WAG Student Council (SWAG).


“Arts education is a core pillar of the WAG’s mission and we are committed to supporting the growth of Winnipeg’s diverse and talented arts and cultural workforce along with our partner RBC Future Launch. We are delighted to host this convergence of bright young minds at the WAG for a career development symposium on the vast and exciting world of art, and thank the RBC Foundation for making it all possible.”
—Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO

“We’re so excited to launch this event and thrilled with the opportunity for our Student Council at the WAG to take charge and conceptualize an exciting career in the arts symposium for youth in Winnipeg.  This event will not only create awareness of potential careers in the arts, but will equip students with hands-on experience, providing a springboard for them to pursue a future job in the arts sector.”
— Rachel Baerg, WAG Head of Education

“RBC Future Launch is a 10-year, $500 million commitment to help Canadian youth prepare for the jobs of tomorrow.  As part of this initiative, we are pleased to partner with the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Artworks Student Symposium to help create awareness and inspire students to consider a future career in the arts.  We recognize the important role the arts play in helping our clients thrive and communities prosper and are excited to support of this initiative.”
— Alan S. Dunnett, Regional Director, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Northern Ontariom, RBC Wealth Management

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For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Catherine Maksymiuk
Director, Development & Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Amber O’Reilly
Communications & Marketing Officer
Winnipeg Art Gallery
T 204.789.1295

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate using art to connect, inspire, and inform. The WAG holds in trust the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world. To celebrate the art and to honour the Inuit, the Gallery is building the Inuit Art Centre, the first of its kind. Opening in 2020, the Centre will bridge Canada’s North and South through exhibitions, research, education, and art making.



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