The Portage & District Arts Centre, housed within the William Glesby Centre, is comprised of a Gallery, Gift Shop, Dance Studio, Pottery Studio, Classroom, Boardroom and Art Library.


Our Main Gallery features a new exhibit or installation every few months, and showcases works from Manitoba and across the country. We have 200 running feet of wall space and approximately 1700 square feet of floor space.


A large Classroom is available for classes and workshops. It is also used every Wednesday afternoon as a studio for artists to work independently in the company of other artists. The Pottery Studio is equipped with 8 pottery wheels and an electric kiln. Our Dance Studio has wooden spring flooring, wall mirrors, ballet bars and dedicated washrooms.


Members of the Arts Centre can enjoy the many interesting books housed in our library. These books can be taken out and returned. Talk to any PDAC Staff for more details.


Give a gift of original art...Our gift shop carries a selection of art supplies, as well as giftware by local and regional artists. We partner with Artist's Emporium in Winnipeg, offering the same prices without the cost of traveling there...and we offer a 10% discount to members. Gift Certificates are available for any occasion at the Portage & District Arts Centre Gift Shop.


Adult $25     Family $45     Student (18 and younger) $20     Group $75

Membership benefits include:

  1. Discounts on all classes and workshops.

  2. Discount on tickets for select Arts Centre performances.

  3. 10% discount on all art supplies in the Arts Centre Gift Shop.

  4. Notification of upcoming exhibit openings and other events.

  5. Open invitation to come to the Wednesday afternoon Artist Open Studio.

Group membership benefits include:

  1. Free rental of classroom or boardroom for meetings (maximum one per month).

  2. Mailbox at the Arts Centre, if required.

  3. Notification of upcoming exhibit openings and other events.


Volunteers are the heart of the Portage & District Arts Centre. The smooth functioning of the Arts Centre depends to a large degree on the contribution of the many skills and talents of volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact us. We could really use your help!


Executive Director:

Margaret Bernhardt-Lowdon

Marketing & Events Coordinator:

Lee Beaton

Program Coordinator:

Shira Newman

Communications Coordinator:

Matthew Lacroix

Gift Shop Coordinator:

Jennifer Cromarty

Contact Us

11-2nd Street NE, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, R1N 1R8
phone: (204) 239-6029    fax: (204) 239-1472    e-mail: pdac@mts.net

Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. mailto:pdac@mts.nethttp://https://m.facebook.com/PrairieFusion/?ref=bookmarksshapeimage_4_link_0

Board of Directors

President: Delnora Rice

Past President: Doug Halmarson

Secretary: Carole Lupkowski

Treasurer: Pat McRae

Student Representative:


Annual General Meeting

The Portage & District Arts Centre AGM is Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

All are welcome to attend.

The Portage & District Arts Centre: 25 Years

Thanks to Marguerite Ruddell, the Portage & District Arts Council has a record of its first 25 years. To view this history, please click Portage Arts Centre 25 Years

Vision Statement
To be recognized as a leading arts organization essential to our community.

Mission Statement
To provide opportunities for engagement in diverse arts experience and quality skill development.

Values Statements
To provide a welcoming environment.
To provide a supportive, safe, and respectful workplace.
To maintain standards of sound business practices.

Provide exposure to and education in the arts.
Stimulate and develop projects and activities in the arts.
Promote public interest and understanding of the arts.

Volunteer Board Members

If you are passionate about the arts and believe that art plays an important role in your community, then you should consider joining the Portage & District Arts Council Board of Directors.

PDAC Board of Directors Job Description

For more information contact the Portage & District Arts Centre at 204-239-6029.


The Boardroom Gallery features artwork by local artists every few months in a more intimate setting.


You can rent space at the Portage & District Arts Centre...areas available for rental are the Main Gallery (membership required), the Main Gallery & Kitchen, the Classroom, the Boardroom and the Dance Studio. Contact us to inquire about available dates and fees. Members of the Portage & District Arts Centre get a reduced rate.


Amy Giesbrecht

Barbara Janzen-Dyck

Gabriele Neuschwander