By Marianne Curtis
Cindy Rempel Patrick, founder of the Steinbach Arts Council was recently named as vice chairperson of the Manitoba Arts Council.
Patrick was appointed to the position by the Minster of Culture, Heritage and Toursim Flor Marcelino.
Patrick is the executive director and founder of the Steinbach Arts Centre. Under her direction the centre is home to over 60 arts development programs for residents from throughout the southeast. Her extensive portfolio includes experience within the Department of Cultural Development, Associated Manitoba Arts Festivals, The Treble Teens, Southeastern Music and Arts Festival and the Manitoba Arts Network.
Patrick says she “finds it rewarding to give back to the community with her participation on numerous other boards in the non-profit sector.”
Douglas Riske Executive Director of Manitoba Arts Council says he is pleased with Patrick’s appointment.
“Cindi has served on the Council for a number of years and brings a strong voice to the Council table given her background in the arts and her commitment to the arts as an integral part of Manitoba community life,” says Riske. “Her work through the founding of the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre has made a significant difference to the lives of the citizens of Steinbach and it is that shared experience that will enrich the discussions and directions of the Manitoba Arts Council.”
The Manitoba Arts Council is an arms length agency of the province established to promote the study, enjoyment, production and performance of the arts. The council gives awards to professional organizations and individuals in all art forms including arts education, literary, performing and visual arts through a peer assessment process.