Reaching out to the community, sharing knowledge and discussing current and past events is critical to our success as a Faculty. Engaging with local communities in and around Winnipeg and sharing the important and innovative work undertaken here in the Faculty of Arts is a rewarding experience for all those involved. Outreach in the community takes a variety of forms, from public presentations at events such as art exhibitions or film screenings to engaging local communities in research activities and outcomes.
Institute for the Humanities at the Winnipeg Art Gallery – the Institute sponsors public discussions and tours of new exhibitions at the WAG. Recently, Dr. Jorge Nallim, History, led a group of art enthusiasts around the new exhibit ‘The Baroque World of Fernando Botero’ at the WAG while discussing the history of Colombia and Latin America and providing the audience with a political, social and historical context to situate the artist and his paintings.
Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture – the Centre hosts and sponsors outreach events throughout the year that connect students, writers, and storytellers, with various audiences in and around Winnipeg. In October 2010, the Centre hosted Thompson Highway as Playwright in Residence during which Highway met with budding playwrights, gave public lectures and staged a memorable cabaret performance.
Black Hole Theatre and the Department of English, Film and Theatre produce and stage performances of local, emerging and influential playwrights. Students and faculty members are involved in all aspects of stage production and performance. Recently, the company staged Thompson Highway’s compelling play Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing. In January 2011, the company will contribute to the annual Master Playwright Festival with their rendition of A Dream Play, by August Strindberg, addressed by Caryl Churchill.