May 25 2020

Postponement of cycle start date for the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s General Funding Program

For: Organizations receiving four-year and two-year operating grants under the General Funding Program The uncertainty caused by the pandemic is currently making it impossible for activities to resume in Montreal’s arts community. Given this situation, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) announced earlier today that it is deferring the evaluation of applications under its Mission support (grant) program. For several years, the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM) has aligned the cycle for...

May 22 2020

Appel de candidatures : Résidence de recherche | RIO (Brésil)

In French Only Date limite appel de dossiers: 21 juin 2020 Résidence: 1 au 31 mars 2021* Désireux d’offrir un contexte de réflexion permettant aux artistes de se confronter à des enjeux culturels et socio-politiques autres, Diagonale propose une résidence de recherche au centre d’art brésilien DESPINA. Cette initiative de soutien à la création contemporaine s’adresse aux artistes en arts visuels professionnels résidant à Montréal dont le projet de recherche intègre la fibre - en terme de matière ou de...

May 19 2020

Financial position of the Conseil des arts de Montréal

At the end of March, the Conseil, in an exceptional measure, issued payments of $13 million out of its $17 million grant program, waving the usual conditions for the general funding program, fiscal sponsorship, the CAM touring program, and artist workshops. The Conseil has also reduced its administrative expenses and reviewed its organizational structure. We made this decision because, like most organizations, we are currently experiencing losses in self-generated income from partner contributions and rental...

May 19 2020

Feedback from the arts community: the Conseil listens to and meets with professional associations and groups

In its efforts to stay in tune with the cultural milieu and better understand the impacts of the crisis on artists and on arts organizations and collectives, the Conseil des arts de Montréal had an opportunity to speak with representatives of a dozen professional associations and groups on April 29. These informative discussions were a chance to talk about the many challenges faced by the arts and culture sector. Here is an overview of the concerns, which...

May 19 2020

Catherine Vidal, winner of the first-ever Jovette-Marchessault Award

Montreal, Tuesday, May 19, 2020 — The Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM) is proud to announce that director Catherine Vidal is the winner of the first edition of the Jovette-Marchessault Award. This new award, which honours and promotes the contribution of women to Montreal’s theatre community, comes with a $20,000 cash prize from the Conseil. WINNER OF THE FIRST EDITION – DIRECTORS Click HERE to view the winner’s video presentation. ...

May 19 2020

A word from the executive director

We have all been weathering a storm over the past two months. Every day brings emotional ups and downs. Many have lost their incomes, some are experiencing loneliness or despair, and others have unfortunately lost loved ones. This crisis has drawn our attention to human frailty, but also to human strength and generosity. Artists have quickly organized to offer performances across alleys or on balconies, bringing smiles and good cheer to neighbours. Arts lovers have...

May 19 2020

The MUNART forum discusses the crisis

On May 8, the Conseil took part in an initial web conference with heads of arts councils in other Canadian cities. MUNART is a platform for discussing the realities of cultural and artistic development, which are changing across the country. Whether in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, or Winnipeg, the crisis is having a considerable impact on arts communities. The precarious positions of these communities are deteriorating, and practices based on unequal systems are resurfacing. From the start of...

May 19 2020

Message from Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski, Chair of the Conseil des arts de Montréal

Photo : Bernard Préfontaine On behalf of all members of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, I want to send you a message of hope today. Despite all the uncertainty our families, organizations, and communities have been facing over the past two months, we must show solidarity and a willingness to rethink how we operate in all sectors, and the arts and culture is no exception. We have already seen many organizations demonstrate flexibility, quickly adopting...

May 19 2020

Avenues of action

Avenues of action The CAM’s entire staff took part in internal work sessions inspired by the “design thinking” method to come up with solutions to the problems faced by our community. Based on the resources available, we identified which actions we could take by the end of 2020 related to five types of needs expressed by Montréal arts organizations and collectives: 1. Guidance in developing/strengthening organizations’ capacities (management, human resources, business model, philanthropy, etc.) 2. Financial...

May 19 2020

Inspiring initiatives of the artistic community

Numerous initiatives have emerged in recent weeks thanks to the creativity and innovation of arts organizations and collectives, artists, and cultural workers in order to maintain a connection with audiences during the crisis, or to offer time and resources to the community. Balcony art by Drôldadon and on Facebook (en français) During these difficult times, Marie-Paule Rozon, head of the company Drôldadon, wanted to use laughter and the zany world of street theatre to help people...