Montréal, November 10, 2021 – The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) and the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM), in collaboration with Culture Montréal, announced a new Territorial Partnership Agreement for the Island of Montréal today. The CAM and CALQ will invest $1,000,000 over three years (2022–2025) under this agreement, which will result in a new program to support environmentally responsible projects.
This new agreement and its program were unveiled this afternoon by Nathalie Maillé, Executive Director of the CAM, and Anne-Marie Jean, President and CEO of the CALQ, at the “Culture et environnement, vers une alliance durable” virtual forum hosted by Culture Montréal in connection with the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).
“The global crisis we have just experienced has highlighted the importance of meeting today’s challenges and preparing for those of tomorrow. Montréal aims to be resilient and committed to the ecological transition, more supportive and inclusive, more participatory and innovative. Better funding the arts from a sustainable development perspective is one of the CAM’s primary concerns, and doing so by working with the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec was essential to developing a shared vision of environmental responsibility,” said Nathalie Maillé, Executive Director of the CAM.
“The arts community is already an ambassador of sustainable development practices, and it also informs the Conseil’s thinking in this area. I am therefore extremely pleased to announce this new agreement today as it will support the efforts of organizations that, through their environmentally responsible initiatives, will have a positive impact on Montrealers. Art has proven itself as a catalyst for ecological change and it is from this perspective that the Conseil wishes to pursue its commitment to sustainable development,” said Anne-Marie Jean, President and CEO of the CALQ.
Supporting environmentally responsible projects
The new program resulting from the eco-responsibility agreement will focus particularly on partnering initiatives. It will encourage professional arts organizations to adopt sustainable development practices and engage in their communities to raise awareness of environmental and social issues. Projects submitted by arts organizations must meet one of the following specific objectives:
- support environmentally responsible creation, production, promotion and/or dissemination projects;
- support a consolidation project enabling organizational adaptation and transition towards environmentally responsible practices or providing the community with shared tools, resources or knowledge that promote sustainable development.
A call for projects under this new agreement will be issued in spring 2022 by the CAM and the CALQ.