Northern Manitoba Arts Sector Development

Strategic Moves has been collaborating with several Manitoba arts and arts service organizations since 2011. With COVID that engagement accelerated significantly. In 2021, we developed a Digital Action Plan with the Manitoba Arts Network and delivered an initiative to better understand how to Power Up the Arts in Manitoba. Resulting from this work provincially, Strategic Moves has been working with ImagiNorthern (spearheaded by the Flin Flon Arts Council), Creative Manitoba and the University College of the North, along with the Manitoba Arts Network on strengthening the arts in Northern Manitoba through a number of initiatives. During 2022, we undertook a baseline study of the Arts Sector in Northern Manitoba. In March 2023, Inga Petri was invited to co-facilitate the Northern Arts Workshop, which featured a keynote by Jesse Wente, chair of the Canada Council for the Arts, and a highly engaging and engaged 3-day-long intensive conversation about pathways forward among participants. In the fall of 2023, Inga Petri presented a series of four workshops at the Manitoba Arts Network’s Manitoba Showcase. This was followed by serving on the Organizing Committee for the Second Annual Northern Arts and Food Workshop that took place in The Pas, MB, in March 2024, organized by UCN, in collaboration with Creative Manitoba and Food and Beverage Manitoba, and a local host committee.

The following documents are foundational to the ambitions for the arts sector in Northern Manitoba. Documents are sorted by recency.

2024 – Strategy

Artists and Arts Organizations in Northern Manitoba: A Baseline Study, Strategic Moves/ImagiNorthern, 2022

Northern Arts Workshop Presentations in March 2023

Digital Playbook for the Performing Arts

Making Tomorrow Better: Taking Digital Action in the Performing Arts - Digital Literacy

Starting prior to the COVID pandemic, Strategic Moves ran a national digital literacy and intelligence project, Making Tomorrow Better: Taking Action in the Digital World, on behalf of the Atlantic Presenters Association and in partnership with the Manitoba Arts Network, BC Touring Council, Island Mountain Arts, the Yukon Arts Centre and the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre. As COVID struck we pivoted to digital training.

We delivered 84 workshops between 2019 and 2021 that culminated in National Digital Arts Nation Online Conference in November 2021. We also published a substantial Digital Playbook for the Arts that anyone in the sector is welcome to use in their day to day work.

Digital Playbook Series (2021 to 2022)

How to Assess and Benchmark Your Digital Presence

Building an Effective Web Presence in 2022: Understanding Search Engine Optimization

Social Media Marketing 

How to master discoverability of your events, organization and artists 

Embracing Wikidata: How to Increase Discoverability for Musicians Online in 2022

How to Design and Deliver Awesome Online Conferences and Events

How to Create Effective Conferences and Events for Blended (in person and digital) Audiences

As part of Yukon Innovation Week, Kari Interviewed Inga Petri about the work I do in arts & culture in the digital world. I discuss my mission to help artists and arts & culture organizations use digital technologies in profound and new ways and build successful digital business models. It’s not about merely building a website, but about leveraging the latest web technologies and ways in which web 3.0 works to secure viable spaces for artistic and cultural expression and experiences.


Digital Innovation Council for the Performing Arts

MEDIA Coverage

Arts in the Digital World, January 2018, Canada Council for the Arts/Yukon Government

Yukon Arts Digital Day Presentation by Inga Petri

CRD Arts Development Service – Public Consultation on Arts Plan Implementation Priorities

Growing a Sustainable Performing Arts Eco-system in Rural Communities

Book Strategy Group/Association of Canadian Publishers

Canada Dance Mapping Study  (Canada Council for the Arts/Ontario Arts Council)

Two research projects I worked on within that study are:

Plenary Presentation at Tourism Industry Association of Yukon

The Value of Presenting: A Study of Performing Arts Presentation in Canada (CAPACOA)

Keynotes/Presentations (Video)

  • SPARC – Supporting Performing Arts in Rural Communities. Network Summit – November 2014

SPARC Summit from Sticks and Stones Productions on Vimeo.

Canadian Geographic – Canadian Atlas Online

(Inga has scripted 37 of these thematics between 2003 and 2013; she wrote the Performing Arts Presentation thematic based on The Value of Presenting study’s original research.)

Supplementary Reports and Webinars

Training: Atlantic Presenters Association and Ontario Presents

Media Coverage

Sistema Canada