In praise of St. Norbert Art Centre


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This article was published 15/06/2022 (349 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

I encourage all Manitobans who are interested in experiencing local arts and culture to visit the St. Norbert Arts Centre this summer.

It is a multi-use space, located on the La Salle River in St. Norbert, that serves as a hub for artists to work and showcase their art through public exhibitions. Its goal is to help local artists reach a broader audience while engaging with the community in meaningful ways. The top two floors of the three-storey building provide housing for artists and other tenants, while the main floor is available to be rented out to the public for weddings, art exhibitions, and more.

After two long years of living through the COVID-19 pandemic, SNAC is beginning to restart its programming, events, and make improvements to its property. This summer, you can head to the SNAC to watch local concerts, take a tour of the grounds, experience local art exhibitions, or take part in its athletic programs and guided meditations.

Naomi Gerrard (left) and Deborah Giesbrecht recently gave Winnipeg South MP Terry Duguid a tour of St. Norbert Arts Centre.

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting with the president of SNAC, Deborah Giesbrecht, and board chairperson Naomi Gerrard, as they showed me around. They told me about their upcoming programs and upgrades that they are planning for the summer.

One exciting project they have planned is the construction of a new outdoor amphitheatre which will increase their space for outdoor performances and create more seating for visitors. As SNAC continues to expand its capacity, it will be able to offer more concerts and art exhibitions, helping local artists gain more exposure. I cannot wait to see the new amphitheatre being used for outdoor concerts during the upcoming summer months.

Adding to the ambience of the centre, SNAC is located beside the historic, 130-year-old Trappist monastery, now a provincial park and heritage site. The monastery unfortunately burned down in 1983, but the frame of the building still stands and the remaining structure is used for various exhibitions and events. A tour of SNAC will guide you around the art installations, the monastery, and the park’s many green spaces.

Make sure you pay a visit to the St. Norbert Arts Centre this summer, you’ll be glad you did.

Terry Duguid

Terry Duguid
Winnipeg South constituency report

Terry Duguid is the Liberal MP for Winnipeg South.

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