Manitoba Printmakers' Association Inc.

11 Martha Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1A2
ph: 204-779-6253
fx: 204-944-1804

Registered Charitable Number: 107660680RR0001

Arts & Culture (Main Focus Area)

Education (Secondary Focus Area)




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Mission

The Manitoba Printmakers Association maintains the heritage of excellence in printmaking while advancing artists and innovation through technique, education and community engagement at its sustainable Martha Street Studio facility.


Description

The Manitoba Printmakers Association, also known as Martha Street Studio is a community-based printmaking facility. Its 4,000 square foot production space, studio, sales area, and gallery occupy a fully–renovated heritage structure bordering on the newly developing Waterfront Drive neighbourhood. It offers the artistic community equipment, facilities and support to produce, exhibit, and to disseminate cutting-edge print-based works on a local, national, and international level. The studio offers the public access to classes both in traditional and digital printing processes, and runs ongoing outreach programs with youth and aboriginal artists.


History

MPA was formed in the spring of 1984 by a group of Manitoba print artists. In 1985, MPA became an incorporated member-based non-profit organization. In 1997, cuts in operational funding forced MPA to close its facility previously located at 114 Market Avenue East. In 1998 the Association established a new printmaking facility following the model outlined in a strategic study. In 2000, MPA was designated a "Charitable Organization". MPA was thus able to re-established a community printmaking facility with special projects and ongoing community programming now taking place at 11 Martha Street.


Programs/Services

Youth Outreach Program The Youth Outreach Program is a free after school program for youth between the ages of 16 and 25. It teaches participants a variety of printmaking techniques in a safe environment. This program targets Winnipeg high schools and community groups with a focus placed on those in the inner city.
INKubator Program The INKubator program is a free 12 week self-directed printmaking program, supported by an instructor. It allows graduates of the Youth Outreach Program to expand their skills and become more independent in the studio. Participants also benefit from professional critical feedback.
School Workshops Martha Street Studio provides professional development opportunities for arts educators wishing to incorporate print techniques into their curricula and works together with educators to bring students to the studio for workhsop sessions.
Adult Classes Martha Street Studio offers exciting opportunities for new and experienced artists to improve their craft. Each spring, fall and winter we offer adult education classes in the print arts that include etching/intaglio, digital darkroom, screen printing, letterpress, lithography and more.
Making Our Mark: Artists with Disabilities Mentorship Program Making Our Mark, in partnership with Arts and Disability Network Manitoba offers a year-long printmaking program to artists identifying as having a disability. This year, the participating artists will explore 4 different printmaking techniques and develop their professional practice.

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