April 3 2019

New agreement to stimulate arts and literature on the Island of Montreal

Provoke Peace (2011) Carlito Dalceggio
Mural at Parc Howard (Park Extension) © MU

Montréal, April 3, 2019 - The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) and the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM), in partnership with Culture Montréal, are pleased to announce the signature of the Entente de partenariat territorial en lien avec la collectivité du territoire de l’île de Montréal. Over the next three years, the partners will invest $750,000 to support Montréal arts projects and organizations.

“The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec is very proud of this agreement with the CAM and Culture Montréal. Like us, our partners are committed to supporting and stimulating the Island of Montréal’s effervescent cultural scene and to assisting the development and blossoming of talent from all backgrounds.”
Anne-Marie Jean, chair and managing director, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

“Culture Montréal is pleased to be a partner to this agreement, which will allow emerging artists to create strong ties with their communities. The agreement’s two components will pursue cultural development efforts in Montréal’s boroughs and provide next-generation artists with essential support for developing their artistic practices.”
Valérie Beaulieu, executive director, Culture Montréal

“It’s wonderful that we can join forces to boost the exposure of Montréal artists in their communities. One of the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s priorities is to help creators contribute to the artistic vitality of our boroughs and municipalities through large-scale projects that we believe will truly bring people together.”
Nathalie Maillé, executive director, Conseil des arts de Montréal

Island of Montréal partnership program – two components to help boroughs and artists forge ties

The Programme de partenariat territorial de l’île de Montréal emerged from a three-year agreement (2019–2022) that has two separate components, one supported by the CALQ and the other by the CAM. The program’s objectives are:

• Stimulate artistic and literary creation throughout the Island of Montréal.
• Contribute to the artistic development, success, and disseminaiton of artists and writers from all backgrounds.
• Encourage the emergence and development of digital technology in arts and literary practices.
• Promote the creation and dissemination of professional artistic productions in the Island of Montréal’s boroughs and municipalities.
• Recognize and support the presence of artists in local neighbourhoods and promote local dissemination.

Component 1: Support an initial CALQ grant
Administrated by the CALQ, this first component aims to encourage artistic and literary initiatives by awarding an initial grant to an emerging artist or writer from the Montréal region. The CALQ hopes this grant will contribute to the development of next-generation artists from all backgrounds. A call for projects will be announced in spring 2019.

Component 2: Support the project of an arts organization or collective in the Island of Montréal’s boroughs or municipalities
Administrated by the CAM, this component aims to support the creation and distribution of professional arts productions in various boroughs or municipalities on the Island of Montréal. The CAM hopes this will increase and enhance local initiatives while also supporting projects that correspond to the priorities outlined in boroughs’ and municipalities’ cultural development or action plans. Calls for projects will take place throughout 2019 in targeted areas. Selected projects must develop audiences for and build loyalty toward artistic works from the Island of Montréal.

About the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
Within a vision of equitable and sustainable artistic development, the CALQ supports, throughout Québec, creation, experimentation, and production in the realms of the fine arts and literature, and seeks to broaden their influence and works in Québec, Canada, and abroad.

About the Conseil des arts des Montréal
A dynamic partner of professional artistic creativity in Montréal, the Conseil des arts de Montréal identifies, guides, supports, and recognizes excellence in the creation, production, and presentation of artistic endeavours. Its initiatives encourage open-mindedness, discovery, and daring at the heart of Montréal’s artistic landscape. Since 1956, the Conseil des arts de Montréal has been an influential player in the development of “Montréal, Cultural Metropolis.”

About Culture Montréal
Culture Montréal is an independent non-profit and non-partisan organization that mobilizes citizens who recognize the fundamental role of culture in the city’s development. Culture Montréal is a venue for reflection, partnership, and action whose mission is to place culture at the centre of Montréal’s development. The organization is recognized as a regional cultural council by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications.

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Mélinda Wolstenholme
Communications advisor
Culture Montréal
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Tania Orméjuste
Director of Communications and Territorial Initiatives
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