DowntownMOVES Youth Celebration

Winnipeg’s most talented stars take over Portage Place Shopping Centre

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Graffiti Art Programming is pleased to present our annual downtown celebration, DowntownMOVES. Every year, the young people that attend our programming host an amazing showcase in Edmonton Court at Portage Place Shopping Centre. This showcase features the GAP Inc. Dance Troupe, Mic Check Rap Crew, special guest performers, and some of Winnipeg’s best young dance troupes! With over 1,000 people attending every year, it becomes quite the spectacle, and the young energy is contagious! Come out to cheer on the youth and all the hard work and passion they put into their craft.

DowntownMOVES Schedule

Thursday, May 4th, 5-7 PM Art Party
Come make a collaborative art project and listen to music in Edmonton Court!

Friday, May 5th, 5PM - 7PM Dance Party
Try out some breakdance or hip hop choreo in Edmonton Court!

Saturday, May 6th, 12PM - 4PM DowntownMOVES Youth Celebration
As part of National Youth Arts Week, celebrate dance & music featuring Winnipeg's finest dance & music crews!

Northern Manitoba’s talented young artists to exhibit in Winnipeg

Graffiti Gallery will host annual Frontier School Division juried art shoW


 Graffiti Gallery, 109 Higgins Avenue, Winnipeg Manitoba. Frontier School Division Art Show.

Graffiti Art Programming is pleased to announce that Graffiti Gallery will again be hosting works from the annual Frontier School Division Juried Art Show, from February 22nd to April 13th, 2017. Graffiti Gallery will also be offering a NEW sculptural art workshop for tour groups during the Frontier Art Show.

The Frontier School Division Juried Art Show features a selection of artwork by students from Manitoba’s northern schools. Last year’s exhibit at Graffiti Gallery featured works by 44 students from Manitoba’s northern communities. Graffiti Gallery is proud to continue supporting the Frontier School Division in their efforts to encourage youth to communicate through creative self-expression and to develop a dialogue between students and their community.

New Visual Workshop

This year, Graffiti Gallery will also be offering a new, collaborative visual art workshop for tour groups during the Frontier School Division Show. The art workshop will engage youth in creating a large-scale collaborative piece informed by landscapes found throughout Manitoba. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute to a sculptural installation combining painting, printmaking and collage, which will be on display alongside the Frontier students’ artwork.

Groups can choose between two time slots: 10:00am to 11:30am and/or 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Workshops are 1 hour long and groups will receive a 30-minute tour of the exhibit space prior to the workshop. Please note the maximum number of participants per workshop is 30 people.

For more information or to book a workshop, please call Graffiti Art Programming at (204) 667-9960.

For more information about the exhibit, please contact

Julia Wake
st.ART Program Coordinator Graffiti Art Programming Inc.

Job Opportunity: Instructors and Instructor Assistants

 Graffiti Art Programming is looking for new instructors and instructor assistants for 2017.

Graffiti Art Programming Inc. (GAP), also known as The Graffiti Gallery, is looking for new instructors and instructor assistants for children and youth art & dance workshops in 2017.

Currently GAP has instructors working in a variety of mediums in the areas of Visual Arts, Dance and Performance, for example painting, photography, hip hop dance choreography, breaking, building sets and making cool crafts!

GAP delivers workshops at locations around Point Douglas, The North End and Downtown. These workshops are not only a chance for participants to take part in fun creative activities, but also provide an opportunity for youth to engage with the instructors as positive role models and inspirational mentors. Workshops most often take place during after-school hours and weekends.

If you enjoy working with children and/or youth and have an artistic skill that you would love to teach, this might be just what you are looking for!

Please forward your CV and a brief cover letter describing your experience and why you would like to work with children and youth, along with two references to

Only those chosen for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please. 

New exhibit ID will showcase works by Winnipeg Indigenous artists

Art show at Graffiti Gallery features the art of 8 emerging, Indigenous artists. Artist talks by each of the participating artists on opening night.

 ID opens November 24th, 2016 at 7pm

ID opens November 24th, 2016 at 7pm

We are excited to announce our latest exhibit, ID, which will showcase art of 8 young Indigenous artists from Winnipeg. On display November 24, 2016 to February 10, 2017, the opening reception will take place Thursday, November 24, 2016 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Graffiti Gallery, 109 Higgins Avenue. The participating artists will also be discussing the work they created for the exhibit in a series of short artist talks prior to the reception, from 6:30 to 7:00 pm. Both the talks and the reception are open to the public and admission is free with a donation of a non-perishable food item. The artists will be in attendance.

ID features the work of 8 emerging, Indigenous artists currently living in Winnipeg MB. The participating artists work in a diversity of mediums and styles. Each artist’s work focuses on exploring their personal identity and its role in their development as artists. All of the participating artists are either current or former participants of GAP’s youth programming initiatives, who are now at various stages in their careers as professional artists. Graffiti Art Programming was delighted to be able to work with guest curator and mentor, KC Adams for this exhibit. Admission is free with donation of a non-perishable food item and music will be provided by the youth of Studio 393.

Participating artists in ID include: Storm Angeconeb, Jessica Canard, Dakota Chambers-Hourie, Chad Crate, Misty Greyeyes, Teddy Head, René Marriott, and Chad Reeves.
For more information and to arrange interviews, please contact:

Sabrina Sethi, Gallery Assistant
Graffiti Art Programming Inc.

Painting With Purpose: Artist Talk with Clandestinos Collective

An artist talk & community art workshop | September 9 2016, 5:30-8pm

Facilitated by Shalak Attack & Bruno Smoky (the Clandestinos Collective)

Graffiti Gallery is inviting youth aged 13+ to participate in a collaborative painting workshop, led by the Clandestinos Collective which will see the production of a series of works to be installed in JPEG gallery at The Forks.

As a collective, the Clandestinos explore themes of socio-cultural and economic values, their Latin American heritage, and environmental issues that affect our planet.

There is no cost to participate in this project. Pizza will be provided (vegetarian and vegan options available).

Friday September 9, 5:30-8:00pm Graffiti Gallery
109 Higgins Ave

Register by 4:00pm September 2, 2016. Places are limited. Email to reserve your place. 

New exhibition, Cohesive Devices, features photographers Graham Wiebe, Reza Rezai & The Travelling Sign Painters

The event will link large scale photography exhibition with fundraising event for new public art in North End and West Broadway.

Graffiti Gallery and Synonym Art Consultation are pleased to present a new exhibition featuring photographers Graham Wiebe, Reza Rezai & text based artists The Travelling Sign Painters titled Cohesive Devices opening on Friday, June 24th, 7 PM. The opening will not only serve as a showing of the new works but as a fundraiser to support new public art works focused in The North End & West Broadway for Synonym Art Consultation's Wall-to-Wall Mural & Culture Festival 2016.

The opening event will feature 15 of Winnipeg's best DJ's keeping you dancing all night long, local art for purchase, amazing silent auction prizes, food and of course, a bar.

Honouring Indigenous Women

We will be raising funds to execute "The Star Blanket Project" a street art project where artist Kenneth Lavallee will cover Main St walls with Star Blanket patterns to honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women as he mentors artists from Red Road Lodge. We will also
be bringing in artists from Cape Dorset and Toronto to paint massive murals on Main St & Sutherland while continuing to hire local talent to paint murals all through West Broadway.

The art exhibition will be using the street art medium of wheat paste in combination with fine art photographers and text works to create COHESIVE DEVICES.

With Cohesive Devices, Synonym wants to continue the dialogue about contemporary art and its place in our streets. After this show has run its course, the panels on which these works are wheat- pasted will be re-installed outdoors, in their natural habitat, to start a new life, subject to the elements, other street artists, and the imagination of a whole new public viewership.

Cohesive Devices Opening Reception & Fundraiser

Friday, June 24th, 2016
7:00 pm – 1:00 am
Graffiti Gallery, 109 Higgins Avenue
$15 at the door

Graffiti Art Programming Inc. (GAP Inc.) is a community-based arts centre dedicated to celebrating the many roles the arts play in the lives of all Manitobans. GAP Inc. is committed to enhancing the cultural well being of the communities it serves.

Media Contact

Chloe Chafe, Creative Director Synonym Art Consultation

Venue Contact

Pat Lazo, Artistic Director Graffiti Art Programming Inc.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Summer st.ART Project Assistant


This position is 30 hours a week, and will require some evening and weekend shifts.
Wage: $15/hr

The ideal candidate will have an interest in community development and the arts. Experience working with youth is an asset. Candidates must meet eligibility criteria of the Canada Summer Jobs program: be 30 years of age or younger at the start of employment; be registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year; be legally entitled to work in Canada.

st. ART Project Assistant duties will include

  • Coordinating programming, including scheduling staff
  • Assisting with project reporting and data entry
  • Assisting with planning and delivering of summer outreach initiatives
  • Outreach and distribution of publicity materials

Interested candidates should submit a resume and letter of interest by 5pm on June 21, 2016 in anticipation of a start date of July 1, 2016.

Graffiti Art Programming Inc. thanks all candidates for their interest however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Please submit applications to: Julia Wake,

Application deadline

June 21, 2016

Graffiti Art Programming Green Team is hiring!

Now hiring two youth to join GAP Inc and Studio 393 as Green Team Staff for summer

Green Team Job Description:

  • 20-27 Hours/Week
  • $11/hr
  • Schedule will vary (some evenings & weekends required)
  • June 6 - August 31, 2016

Eligibility: Must be a youth aged 15-29, living in Manitoba and legally entitled to work in Canada (valid Social Insurance Number).


  • Assist with summer st.ART programming at Graffiti Gallery and satellite
  • studios (gathering supplies, preparing activities, mentoring youth)
  • Basic maintenance (cleaning, assisting with install / take down of art
  • exhibits)
  • Assisting with data entry
  • Assisting with delivery of summer outreach initiatives, including downtown
  • and north end festivals and events
  • Outreach & distribution of publicity materials, including posters and
  • handbills
  • Community beautification projects (community murals, etc.)

If you are an artist/musician and interested in working with youth, this job is for YOU. Apply today!

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter with two references to: by Friday May 20, 2016.

Only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted. 

DowntownMOVES To Take Over Portage Place Shopping Centre

 A celebration of youth - Winnipegʼs most talented stars will perform on May 5th


Our annual downtown celebration, DowntownMOVES is coming up this weekend! Each year, the young people that attend our programming host an amazing showcase in Edmonton Court at Portage Place Shopping Centre. This showcase features the Graffiti Art Programming Inc. Dance Troupe, Mic Check Rap Crew, special guest performers, and some of Winnipegʼs best young dance troupes. With over 700 people attending every year, it becomes quite the spectacle, and the young energy is contagious! We really hope you can make it out and cheer on the young people and all the hard work and passion they put into their craft.

DowntownMOVES Schedule

  • Thursday, May 5th, 5-7 PM Art Party
    Come make a collaborative art project and listen to music in Edmonton Court
  • Friday, May 6th, 5PM - 7PM • Public Dance Class
    Come practice your dance moves in Edmonton Court
  • Saturday, May 7th, 12PM - 4PM • DowntownMOVES Youth Celebration
    As part of National Youth Arts Week, celebrate dance & music featuring Winnipeg's finest dance & music crews! 

HIP HOP Studio

Interested in Hip Hop culture? 

Get down with Graffiti Gallery's Hip Hop Studio! Hosted by Studio 393, this FREE 14-week intensive workshop involving Rapping/wordplay, Urban Dance, Breakdance, Djing, Recording, and Graffiti/visual Arts Workshops

What will I learn?

Gain necessary skills through the four elements of hip hop, each element (Rap, Djing/Producing, Urban Dance, Visual Art) promotes various essential life skills in each respective art form.

Interest, enthusiasm, and dedication is all that's required to participate in this exciting project! 

How do I sign up?

Deadline to apply is Friday, September 25th, 2015. For more information or to register, please contact us at (204) 667-9960.

Zine Workshops

In conjunction with Dany Reede’s Past Conduits exhibit, Graffiti Art Programming will be offering Zine Workshops.

What's a Zine Workshop?

Our Zine Workshops have an artist facilitator lead youth through the process of creating a DIY style photocopied magazine. Participants will be encouraged to create drawings, collages and written submissions to contribute to these collaborative works.

When are they held?

GAP offers two time slots for bookings: 10:00 am to 11:30 am and 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, Monday through Friday. All 1 hour workshops will include a 30-minute tour of the Past Conduits Exhibit and gallery space. Art workshops cost $50.00 + GST per 15 participants with a maximum number of participants being 30.

How do I sign up?

If you are interested in booking Zine Workshop, please contact Shannon Bunn at

Save The Date: “Past Conduits” by Dany Reede


Graffiti Art Programming and Synonym Art Consultation are pleased to announce their partnership for Dany Reedeʼs upcoming Past Conduits exhibit and mural.

Reedeʼs artwork will be on display at Graffiti Gallery from September 17 to November 20, 2015. There will be an opening reception Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 7:00 pm to 12:00 am at Graffiti Gallery, 109 Higgins Avenue. Admission is free with a donation of a non-perishable food item. The artist will be in attendance.

In conjunction with his exhibit at Graffiti Gallery, Reede will be creating a mural at Hunter & Gunn for Synonym Art Consultationʼs Wall-to-Wall Mural & Culture Festival. The mural project is a mentorship opportunity for youth artists from Graffiti Art Programming. Reede will be working with youth to bring the mural to completion. The mural unveiling will be held September 25, 2015 at Hunter & Gunn, 567 Broadway.

Dany Reede Artist Statement

Dany Reede uses different outlandish and eccentric characters as non-traditional self-portraits, which are frequently the centre of his illustrations and paintings. These reoccurring characters always cohabit the space with different imagery: landscapes, patterns, and text. His studio practice exemplifies the struggle between his mindʼs habitual cravings for a place, while his body is stuck in another. By confronting this disconnect, he is able to create honest, specific, and autobiographical work.

For more information, please contact Pat Lazo, Artistic Director at or Chloe Chafe & Andrew Eastman of Synonym Art Consultation at


Hip Hop Studio Grand Opening

Our Hip Hop Studio Grand Opening is this Thursday, July 2nd from 4pm-8pm. Come celebrate our newly built recording studio located at the Graffiti Gallery. Admission is free!


  • 5:00pm-6:00pm Hip Hop Class
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm 1vs1 B-boy Battle

There will be prizes for the B-boy winner, snacks and refreshments. Come support the youth that continue to do amazing things in our city. We look forward to seeing you there and welcoming you into our new programming space!

4th Annual DowntownMOVES


DowntownMOVES returns on Saturday, May 1st at Portage Place Shopping Centre. Join Studio 393 at Edmonton Court, an exciting 2 days of free art, dance & music as part National Youth Arts Week.  Featuring Winnipeg’s finest youth dance and music crews. Come see Winnipeg’s up and coming artists showcase all of the elements of Hip Hop: Dance, music, art and video. 

  • Friday, May 1st, 5PM - 7PM - Studio 393 Art Party
    Come work on a collaborative, all ages art project.
  • Saturday, May 2nd, 12PM - 4PM - DowntownMOVES
    As part of National Youth Arts Week, celebrating dance & music featuring Winnipeg's finest dance & music crews. 

Check out our Facebook event page for full details, including dance crews, MC's and DJ's.

RE-UP: An upcycling themed group exhibit

Graffiti Gallery is pleased to announce RE-UP, an up-cycling themed group exhibit, as part of National Youth Arts Week featuring artwork from Winnipeg and across Canada. The opening reception will be held Friday, May 1st, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. at Graffiti Art Programming, 109 Higgins Avenue. 

Works on display explore up-cycling and repurposing found objects through an artistic lens. The premise of the show is to explore issues surrounding our environment and our interactions with the environment through the process of creating something new and beautiful out of objects from our daily lives that have been discarded. 

Artists are asked to submit a photograph of their found object to be displayed alongside their completed piece for the exhibit in order to prompt discussion and the exchange of ideas about our societal role in preserving our environment.

Featuring artwork by:

Ashley Brasca
Becky Thiessen
Benj Funk 
Dany Reede
Erika Romualdo
Fred Thomas 
Greg Hanec
Gabrielle Funk
Jan Castillo
Joseph Pilapil
Julia Wake
Landen Stachiw
Mal Grey
Matea Radic
Neal Mckinnon
Pat Lazo
Patrick Skene
Troy Lovegates

Featuring music by DJ KINETIK & BIRDAPRES. Admission is free with a donation of a non-perishable food item.

On display until July 3rd, 2015.

The Collage Party at Graffiti Art Programming

Graffiti Art Programming is pleased to host Paul Butler’s Collage Party Pavilion for the first time at Graffiti Gallery on March 27, 2015. 

The Collage Party Pavilion is an interactive sculpture designed to accommodate The Collage Party - a nomadic, collective studio where Winnipeg artist Paul Butler invites the public to collage along side each other in a social setting.  Since 1997, Collage Party has traveled all over Canada, the United States and Europe and has been staged in a range of venues including museums, universities, elementary schools, galleries, department stores and centres for artists with mental and physical disabilities. Conceived by Butler and designed by Craig Alun Smith, the Collage Party Pavilion is equipped with everything required for the production and exhibition of collage. Featuring music by the Record Club. On display until April 24, 2015.

When: Friday, March 27, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Where: Graffiti Gallery, 109 Higgins Avenue

Cost: Admission is free with a donation of a non-perishable food item

For more information contact:
Pat Lazo
Artistic Director