About Us

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The Forum Art Centre (Institute) endeavors to develop & encourage art appreciation & artistic enlightenment. As a registered charitable organization we provide this service to the community through various approaches of art instruction & awareness.

Our instructors excel in developing the full artistic potential of each student who wants to participate in exploring their own artist within. Students’ innovative & experimental work is encouraged, nurtured, & promoted with enthusiasm by the instructors and other students for creating art for its own sake. We are dedicated to enhancing art comprehension by exposure to history, global cultures & styles of the visual arts.

Students can participate from seven years old & onwards, from all backgrounds & all cultures to create new forms & ideas that portray the personality of each individual & stimulate the imagination.



Forum Art Institute was established in 1964 to provide educational & cultural enrichment for the art community in & around Manitoba. It was founded by two artists & university instructors Nikola Bjelajac & Steve Repa. They worked diligently to create a non-credit art organization with instruction available to anyone willing to learn. After Steve passed away Nik remained as a very active influence & educator at the Forum Art until 2006 when he passed away in his 86th year. Their inspiration & dedication in making art education an important part of our art community continues at the Forum Art.

We have grown over the years & changed facilities 8 times in locations throughout the city of Winnipeg & currently lease an old city library building built in 1961 from the City of Winnipeg.