As you know, St Norbert Arts Centre is rich in community history and our heritage designated building with the several gardens throughout the grounds has been the special events venue choice for many.  The community has been able to experience the calming beauty of the grounds on their family walks, daily fitness commitment and/or relaxing under their favourite tree for a touch of respite.  And, looking towards the future (once the COVID Red regulations have been lifted), we are hoping to be first choice for a variety of indoor and outdoor events once again.

St. Norbert Arts Centre – A Place for Inspiration for All

SNAC is a diverse community dedicated to the cultural, environmental, and spiritual preservation of its home—the historical Trappist Monastery site located in St. Norbert, Manitoba.

Our motto is Earth, Spirit, and Culture.

2020 has been an interesting year for sure – balance is one of the key words that comes to mind when I think about all that is “happening” throughout the world.  The St. Norbert Arts Centre is where you can find balance and serenity.

On behalf of our Board of Directors, we would like to invite you to stay connected with SNAC through a yearly or two-year membership.

For your SNAC experience and enjoyment, we offer:

  • Acres of eco-forest which is surrounded by the La Salle River
  • Variety of gardens and paths that host many Manitoba indigenous plants
  • Home to Indigenous spiritual grounds, Buddha and the Pagoda neighbouring the Trappist Monastery Ruins Provincial Park
  • An up & coming variety of programs (once COVID regulations are lifted): concert series, art exhibits, community outreach camps, outdoor dance productions, artisan market and the second Annual Gerry Festival in August to entice your artistic side of life.

Thank you in advance for considering a St. Norbert Arts Centre Membership of:

 One YearTwo Year
Non Profit$75.00$125.00
Community Group (min 10)$5.00/person$7.50/person

Please email us at your membership interest and contact information.  Then we can arrange for you to forward your payment through e-transfer or via cheque by Canada post.  Please do note hesitate to contact me, Deborah at 204-797-8215 if you would like additional information.

Deborah Giesbrecht
Executive Director
St. Norbert Arts Centre

Naomi Gerrard
Chairperson, Board of Directors
St. Norbert Arts Centre

GerryFest – 1st Annual Festival dedicated to the life and work of Gerry Atwell

August 14th-16th, 2020 at the St. Norbert Arts Centre

Music – Art – Theatre – Friendship

Friday, August 14th 3pm-8pm CBC Presents Live!

Tune in to CBC Up to Speed – Live at GerryFest 3pm-6pm

GerryFest Mainstage CBC Live 7pm-8pm

Featuring Indian City – Super Duty Tough Work – and many other artistic friends of Gerry Atwell

Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm – Free and open to all to tour the gallery featuring an exhibition of the Life and Work of Gerry Atwell.

Sunday 11am-4pm Special Market and Showcase of Black Owned Business of Manitoba

All weekend! Free “Express Yourself” art-making station to make your own statement about Gerry’s most important topic: cultural equity. Hang your poster, banner, postcard on our fences which will be up for a month after Gerry Fest.

Recent events around the globe have helped to refocus everyone’s attention on cultural equity. Many of us are asking ourselves “What would Gerry say”? Gerry Atwell’s work as a multi-disciplinary artist was dedicated to expressing the Black Canadian experience and the empowerment of others in need. GerryFest is dedicated to the journey of Gerry’s life and how we as a community of caring friends and family can continue that work to finally end racism.

GerryFest is a fundraiser for the Gerry Atwell Memorial Mentorship Endowment Fund – dedicated to encouraging young people of diverse backgrounds, who may not have opportunities and access to pursue their artistic dreams. Just as Gerry did throughout his lifetime. This fund is being held in trust at the Winnipeg Foundation through the St. Norbert Arts Centre.


October 15 – Heather Stewart – local violinist, who has performed nationally and internationally and locally at the St. Norbert Farmer’s Market. Heather is an Artist-in-Residence at the St. Norbert Arts Centre for a three month studio term. 

November 19 – The Broken Song Band – features novelist/playwright/singer/harmonica player Margaret Sweatman, composer/guitarist/pianist/songwriter Glenn Buhr and bassist Gilles Fournier.  The band will be performing some recent music, and launching their new CD, High and Lonesome Songs, which was recorded in isolation during the spring/summer lockdown.


Thursday & Friday September 24th & 25th at 6pm

Saturday & Sunday September 26th & 27th at 3pm & 5pm

Tickets: $20 & $12 Children under 12

For more information visit

NAfro Dance Artistic Director Casimiro Nhussi, presents “Matope” inspired by the mystic tale from the Makonde people of northern Mozambique and south of Tanzania. Matope, meaning ‘mud’ in Swahili, is the spirit that comes from muddy land in Namaua village who comes out at sunset to pay a visit to the villagers. Its entire body is covered with mud and is unknown to the villagers and therefore it creates fear. Matope dance production examines the fear of living with an unknown spirit.

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