The cultural community has been quietly regaining momentum over the past month, with venues back to maximum capacity. With warmer weather and more sunshine on the way, the gloom that has been surrounding us is slowly clearing, making way for brighter days ahead, and it feels great!
Like you, I have noticed some semblance of normalcy in the city. It is a sign that now more than ever before, we must work together so that Montréal can recover and once again tap into its creativity.
Another sign that life is returning to normal is the exciting news that we shared a few weeks ago. The 36th Grand Prix, the signature event of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, will take place in person!
The whole team and I are excited to see you and celebrate the artists who captivated us in 2021. It was not easy to select 10 outstanding initiatives that were launched last year. However, our finalists stood out due to their inspiring approaches, innovation and close ties to their communities—values that the Conseil des arts de Montréal holds dear. One of the new features of this year’s event called on the public to vote. They stepped up to the plate, and we felt their desire to get closer to the artists. It has been a great reminder of the importance of art in the quality of life of people in general, and of Montrealers in particular.
I am personally inviting you to participate in this flagship event, hosted by the incomparable Marc Labrèche on April 14 at noon, and vote for your favourite finalist, if you have not already done so.
To conclude, I would like to mention that March is Women’s History Month, which was established to highlight women’s contributions to society. This duty to remember is important for me not only on a more personal level, but also for the CAM, since inclusion and parity are central to our daily work and concerns. Above all, it is important for you to trust yourself and live life to the full!