ArtsforTots Preschool Program - Encouraging Creativity and Learning

ArtsForTots Mission: To provide a safe and caring environment where early childhood development is creatively nurtured and encouraged through the arts.....Dance.....Drama....Music....Visual Arts. 


Here it from our ArtsforTots Parents!

Testimonial #1

I love the Arts for Tots Program at the Steinbach Arts Council. There are many activities to keep children with all different interests busy and engaged. I love the different specialized classes they offer within the program such as dance, drama, and music. I love that they learn about daily events and the weather. I love that they take the kids on field trips and have fun days such as pajama day. Last but not least I love the directors of the program. They are such loving staff who genuinely just love children and want to help them learn while making it as fun as possible for the children.


AFT Flute Image                        AFT Puppet Show                

Testimonial #2

Last year - our now five year old was enrolled and throughout the program we watched him grow and blossom so it was a natural progression to enroll our now four year old this year. We love that the program encompasses music and drama along with a regular preschool program. The staff is amazing and the program organized and well run. We highly recommend Arts 4 

AFT Drama                                    AFT Music


Backbeat School of Music!


Aged 12-17 years – who love to play or sing music – solo and together! Jam out to styles of rock, pop, country, jazz or blues

We provide a place to play, encourage  oung artists to learn, grow and perform under the guidance of music mentors.


(                              Left: Trevor Schellenberg, Middle: Siobhan Toews-Thiessen, Right: Caleb Penenr

On selected Saturdays - The Backbeat School of Music members meet at The Steinbach Arts Council to jam under the guidance of Trevor Schellenberg. This is the first round of sessions for Backbeat School of Music - we are looking for young artists to come out share their talent and have fun jammin' out in our studios.

Thriving Traditions by the Village Quilters

Mennonite Heritage Village Quilters - Fibre Arts

Wednesday Nov. 5th, The Mennonite Heritage Village Quilters celebrate their 1st Gallery Exhibit Opening at The Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre.  The Steinbach Arts Council is thrilled to partner with The Mennonite Heritage Village on this wonderful exhibit.  The event was well attended and such a display of creative fibre arts will be available for viewing until Dec 19th at The Steinbach Arts Council's Hall Gallary.

Quilters - Nov 6

Mennonite Village Quilters standing before their beautiful Quilts on display at The Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre's Hall Gallary. 


Quilters Gallery Exhibit - Nov 6


'Celebrate the Arts' ... 35 Years of Memories

This year's 'Celebrate the Arts' Gala Fundraiser featured Trev Schellenberg and Corny Rempel as emcees/entertainment. Getting rid of their formal attire, our comical emcees revealed 70s costumes and sang a medley of music leading us through the decades. They were joined by dancers from XCOMPANY. Other entertainment included Sheila Ardies singing "Climb Every Mountain" from The Sound of Music, dancing by Harry & Lorna Warkentin and Ken & Cheryl Barkman, and a photo booth by Kathy Harder from Soul Pix. Unique creations were auctioned off this year. Hand painted by our 'celebrity artists' Crystal Hildebrandt; Radio Station Manager, Brian Guenther; Steinbach Golf Head Pro, and Graham Pollock; Pistons Assistant Coach, guests also voted for their favorite planter design. The award went to Brian Guenther. A jewelry tombola and Fine Art Auction were a part of our Gala again this year. A big thanks to our local artists for their donation of artwork, and to this year's Gala sponsors Ernie & Linda Penner, Appelt's Diamonds, Country Meat Deli, David Banman & Anne Barkman, Derksen Printers, Let's Celebrate Rentals, Signex, Steinbach's Flooring Canada and Valeant Pharmaceuticals. And thanks to our 35th anniversary sponsor Three Way Builders, and our 35th anniversary Treble Teens sponsor Golden West Radio. Thanks to our local community and guests who made this year's Gala Fundraiser such a success!

Recycled Talent in Steinbach

The Recycled Orchestra This upright bass was the first instrument the audience wanted to "meet" at The Recycled Orchestra concert on April 30, 2014. The concert, held at Steinbach Mennonite Church, was part of a Canadian tour. The orchestra was from Paraguay. The instruments were from the landfill where the student musicians live. And the orchestra's enthusiastic conductor invited the audience of over 850 to pick which instruments they would like to meet. He explained (through a translator) what each instrument was made out of. The bass was an oil can of some kind, with a neck made out of pallet wood, and the strings had been purchased. The Recycled Orchestra The orchestra's repertoire included John Lennon's "Imagine," "Suite No.1" by Bach, "Canon in D," and the "Pink Panther." Instruments included everything from trumpets to violas, flutes, saxophones and a cello. And the materials used to make the instruments included cookie tins, paint cans, containers, baking pans, wooden spoons, forks, pipes, buttons, beer caps and coins. The Recycled Orchestra In talking about the sax, the conductor explained that this particular sax had a key made out of a Guarani (Paraguayan currency). One Guarani is equivalent to $0.00025 Canadian dollars. They had another saxophone where they used $1 Canadian as a key. So technically, that sax should have been worth much more. But the Canadian coin broke, and the Guarani is still going. So, he explained, in music the Guarani is worth much more than the dollar. The Recycled Orchestra A big thank you to Global Family Foundation who is coordinating The Recycled Orchestra's Canadian tour, and to G & E Homes for their sponsorship of a fundraising event for the tour earlier this year.

The Highlight of Our Visual Arts Season

This year's Southeast Open Judged Art Exhibit was a celebration of artwork by over 80 local artists from the Southeast. An estimated 150 people attended the exhibit opening on Friday, April 11th. Our open judged exhibit was open to all amateur artists in the southeast region and to all art mediums. Steinbach Arts Council is pleased to be able to expose the artwork of local artists and share it with the community. Thank you to Mayor Chris Goertzen who brought greetings on behalf of the City of Steinbach, Member of Parliament Mr. Ted Falk, MLA Kelvin Goertzen, and Lynn Lemoine from the Children & Youth Opportunities Division of the Recreation and Regional Services Eastman Region. Thanks to our other dignitaries Reeve Bernie Stahn from the RM of Hanover, and Rick Ardies Superintendent of Hanover School Division. These exhibits would not be possible without the support and donations from our community businesses. A very special thank you to Dennis and Linda Schroeder of Good 'n' Natural, our sponsor for this year's Open Judged Exhibit. The Southeast Open Art Exhibit will be on display until May 16, 2014. Come and check it out at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre Hall Gallery, 304 Second Street.

It's an Extravaganza!

Our Art Adventures and Art X-Travaganza students (ages 5-8 and 9-12) held their first annual Exhibition of Art on Monday, March 24th... and had a lot of fun doing it! Parents, family and friends really enjoyed viewing the student's mini exhibit. Instructor Ray Heidinger says, "The reason for the exhibit is to showcase the art created over the 10 week period and also to bring the works of art to an audience. Art needs to be seen and appreciated by an audience but also gives the artists exposure to see how people react to their pieces. Some felt a little nervous at first but adapted quickly with the success of their exhibit. Artists were all introduced and the audience was able to interact with, chat and ask questions with the artists about their art work. The artists were exposed to many mediums, techniques and some famous artists styles over the 10 week period. This reflected in their personal art work. Many are looking forward to returning to the next session to continue their artistic growth and development." We're very proud of our young artists. Thanks to everyone who came out to show their support and enjoy the artwork.

Southeast Artists Group on Display

The Southeast Artists Group Exhibit Opening on Wednesday, February 19th had a great turn out! Thanks to all who came to support our local artists.

Kim Gwozdz was the artist selected as the Southeast Artists Group spokesperson at the Opening Ceremony. She shared several interesting quotes:

"Painting is our way of communicating our thoughts; it may not always be understood by others, but we know what we mean." Marion Boddy-Evans

"I was totally absorbed! I was in another world, or another dimension; all sense of time evaporated." Prince Charles

"Artists are better at finding a way to kill time." John Baldessari

And then Kim said, "Southeast Artist Group was formed to give a home for local (and not so local) artists, to practice their painting abilities. We are a support group run by local artists to give guidance - weather it be in composition, color, or in exhibits. The SAC has allowed us to have a social gathering place to make new friends and exchange of ideas, and occasionally get to paint! I personally would like to thank the artists for the support and friendship that I receive every single week.

Thank you to Cindi & the SAC board for the use of Studio B. To Pauline and the office staff for the coffee, snacks and helpful support. Thanks to Gary Holden for his guidance in finding venues, such as the SAC, Clearspring Mall & Great West Life to display and sell our works of art."

After thanking everyone for coming, Kim invited the crowd to enjoy the paintings. And you can too! The Southeast Artists Group exhibit runs until Thurs, March 20th. Stop by the Hall Gallery at 304 Second Street and check it out! Or you may want to check out the Southeast Artists Group at the Cultural Arts Centre on Tuesday mornings, 9:30-11:30am. Further inquiries can be directed to Gary Holden at (204) 346-9623.

A Concert with a Cause

Since 1977, Sweet Water Creek Band has been entertaining folks at local fundraisers, private concerts and family functions. Some new members have been added along the way, and recently, one of its members has gone on to a new stage and a Heavenly choir. The late Garry Dueck, co-founder and member of Sweet Water Creek Band, was passionate about both music and helping young, emerging musicians. He had a dream of bringing "The Recycled Orchestra" here, to Steinbach, as part of a Canadian tour. The Recycled Orchestra is an unlikely orchestra from the slums of Paraguay, who play instruments made from the trash found on the landfill. Before his passing, Garry had offered his band to be part of a fundraising event to enable them to perform in a Canadian tour.

The fundraiser happened on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the Steinbach Mennonite Church and was called Concert With A Cause. Sweet Water Creek Band did play - not with Garry, but in tribute to him, and played several songs that Garry had written. Thank you to Garry's band members and friends - Cody Leroy, Myron Hiebert, Wes Peters and Trev Schellenberg.

Sweet Water Creek Band wasn't the only entertainment at Concert With A Cause. Local magician Chris Loewen amazed audiences with his ability to pull a bowling ball out of a seemingly empty bag, magically exchange cards between two strangers sitting on opposite sides of the church... and somehow get Whitney Reimer's autographed $20 into a small, sealed box he'd given to a gentleman in the audience before he started the act.

Many locals know John Lepp as "John the Painter." He is both a commercial painter and visual artist. In his spare time, John loves singing songs with his guitar and harmonica. The audience roared with laughter as John started to play and realized that his harmonica was backwards, then thoroughly enjoyed the blues music.

Clint Toews was also present at the variety night fundraiser, sharing a story about a heart warming, real life character he'd come across doing volunteer work at a nearby mission.

Cheryl Dueck shared some thoughts with us about the event. She said, Concert With A Cause was "Garry's brainchild. Garry was passionate about helping people and his community. Together with Steinbach Arts Council, this dream became a reality. Garry's excitement about this idea was contagious. Garry loved deeply. He loved his community and he loved music. Garry is so humbly honoured and blessed by this tribute. His spirit is with us. It is with overwhelming gratitude that I say thank you to every one of you who are here to support this terrific community event. God bless. - Cheryl" is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

About the Steinbach Arts Council

The Steinbach Arts Council, an umbrella organization for performing and visual arts groups, enriches the lives of our community through development of local artists and musicians and exposure to professional art forms. The Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre is a home for all these groups and their programs. It’s purpose is to create an environment where all arts disciplines can work together under one roof and share their resources and their talents with each other, and the entire Arts Community!

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