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Episode 5: ArtsJunktion

Art­sJunk­tion start­ed with a dream to share resources, repur­pose waste’ mate­ri­als, and pro­vide teach­ers, artists, orga­ni­za­tions and all com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers with access to high qual­i­ty arts and crafts sup­plies. Since ArtsJunktion’s incor­po­ra­tion in 2007, Art­sJunk­tion mb has grown from a cre­ative reuse’ dream into an orga­ni­za­tion with 2000 mem­bers, a group of loy­al mate­ri­als donors, its own depot space in the heart of Winnipeg’s Exchange Dis­trict, and art and cre­ative reuse work­shops. Art­sJunk­tion gath­ers reusable mate­ri­als from busi­ness­es — mate­ri­als that would oth­er­wise be con­sid­ered waste — sorts them and makes them avail­able to the pub­lic at our depot. All sup­plies are avail­able take-what-you-need, pay-what-you-can.

They also offer work­shops that are fun, friend­ly and open to every­one! They hire local artists (who are paid fair wages) to facil­i­tate skill-devel­op­ing
work­shops on var­i­ous art tech­niques. You can learn, make, and explore cre­ative reuse and sus­tain­able art prac­tices. Plus, all work­shops are
an Art­sJunk­tion Social Enter­prise: grow your artis­tic abil­i­ties while sup­port­ing local artists AND invest­ing in ArtsJunktion!


  • Helga Jakobson - Co-Executive Director / Program Director

    Helga Jakobson is a trans-disciplinary visual artist who produces innovative work that blurs boundaries between traditional forms of art and science. She acts as a catalyst and role model for women who want to create tech-based work or to explore tech-based experimentation. She believes strongly that for an art ecology to function, new ideas must cross-pollinate to produce cultural expansiveness and intellectual health.

  • Lou Gandier - Co-Executive Director / Depot Manager and Community Outreach Coordinator

    Lou Gandier (they/them) lives in Treaty 1 Territory/Winnipeg and has been working at Artsjunktion for 4 years as the Community Outreach Coordinator and recently as a Co-Executive Director. Lou applies their harm reduction training to create a space where art is accessible to everyone. Lou believes that art is healing and is passionate in how community is created in spaces like Artsjunktion.