This week, news broke of a potential fiscal precipice faced by arts organizations across the Canadian Prairies.  

Twenty signatories, including four of this province’s foremost arts institutions (Manitoba Opera, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra), sent a joint letter to Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez requesting additional federal funding.  

A Nanos Research survey for Business/Arts found that younger culture-goers (18-54) are more likely to spend less money on art/culture in 2023 than in the year previous, especially in the Prairies.  

Learn more about the challenges faced by arts organizations, how the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra faired financially through the pandemic, and plans for the upcoming season in the sit-down interview with WSO executive director Angela Birdsell.