Creative Hubs and Community Programs

Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, @1860 Winnipeg is an evolving, grassroots digital arts and cultural entrepreneurship program supporting training and professional development for emerging, urban and newly urban Indigenous youth artists and cultural connectors.

Since its launch in 2021 with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, this unique program has grown beyond its original scope to support urban, rural and northern participation as well as internationally.

As a hybrid program, the @1860 Winnipeg project supported arts opportunities for 23 Indigenous youth from Winnipeg, Lac du Bonnet and Melgund Township:

Participation in this first year saw 38% Inuit, 42% Metis and 23% First Nations participation.

With the aim of nurturing resilient communities, the Gallery on 603 Project is a non-profit, volunteer-driven arts and culture collective incubating opportunities for Black and Indigenous youth and artists in Melgund Township, Northwestern Ontario.

Safe, diverse and dedicated spaces for creation, curation, and presentation are high priorities.

The Gallery on 603 will be able to enhance in-person and hybrid arts, culture and heritage programming to seasonal and full-time area residents and visitors to the community.

Visit the the Gallery on 603 Project web site for more information.

Led by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Our People, Our Climate is a ground-breaking digital storytelling initiative, aiming to develop the skills of Indigenous youth and young adults.

Indigenous communities across Canada are essential to current climate change discussions, and this project brings together a range of young people in these communities to tell important stories through a unique and distinct cultural lens.

Using this virtual platform, youth and community artists become active researchers gathering and documenting the impacts of climate change on their communities. 

Visit the Our People Our Climate web site for more information.


These community-driven, interdisciplinary and arts focused initiative would not be possible without our partners and supporters.

This incubator gallery program was made possible with support from the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Greenhouse program.
We're thankful to local St. Boniface Entrepreneur Constance Menzies and the incredible staff at Chocolatier Constance Popp for supporting our program. One of Canada's best chocolatiers, we hope you'll pay them a visit and support local businesses!
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