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Policy Update: Montreal, Cultural Metropolis 2017-2022

The City of Montreal recently concluded consultations for its Cultural Development Project 2017-2022. Thanks to your input, ELAN had a lot to say about the policy in our own brief, which we presented to the Commission responsible for the policy at City Hall on April 6.

Many of ELAN’s recommendations, especially for increased encounters between artists from different linguistic groups and for clearer commitments to diversity and equity, were echoed by other groups who participated.

We were pleased to see that the Commission has adopted several promising recommendations along these lines, including:

An increased focus on equity, inclusion, and diversity;
Measures to ensure representation and document systemic barriers;
Encouraging encounters between French- and English-speaking artists and artists of other linguistic backgrounds;
Integrating universal accessibility into the planning of cultural activities;
Promoting use of the City’s cultural infrastructure among English-speaking and Allophone artistic communities.

What’s next? A Rendez-vous in 2018 will result in an action plan to implement the policy. We will share news as soon as it’s announced.

Read the Commission’s full report here (FR) and consult the list of recommendations here (FR).

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More Notes from ELAN’s meeting with the Canada Council

The Canada Council for the Arts is on the brink of implementing its New Funding Model, and wants to make sure Quebec’s English-speaking artists have the information they need to make the leap.

ELAN’s Board of Directors met with Simon Brault, CEO of Canada Council, on March 24. Mr. Brault, plus Council staff Sarah Dingle and Claude Schryer, were generous with their time, answering questions from ELAN members and clarifying elements of the new model.

Answers to ELAN member questions submitted in advance are available in this summary.  Supplementary notes from the meeting and answers to questions from board members are now available here.

Take a look at the Council’s website to get a sense of the new programs and processes. And register as an applicant in the online portal to get a head start – applications will open very soon!

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Cultural Policy Brief

The City of Montreal has launched its Cultural Development Project 2017-2022, titled Savoir conjuguer la créativité et l’expérience culturelle citoyenne à l’ère du numérique (Knowing how to combine creativity and citizens’ cultural experience in the digital age).

On March 7th ELAN held a community consultation to discuss the proposed policy, the issues at stake, and the next five years of Montreal’s cultural development. Thank you to all attendees for their participation and ideas at this event. Many of your suggestions have been incorporated into the official brief. Click here to read ELAN’s brief in full!

On April 6th ELAN will present our brief to the Commission sur la culture, le patrimoine et les sports de la Ville de Montreal at City Hall around 2:30pm. Community members are welcome to attend.

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Notes from ELAN meeting with Canada Council for the Arts

** IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Canada Council for the Arts has postponed the launch of its new online application portal until June 5. For more information, including updated grant deadlines, click here.**

The Canada Council for the Arts is on the brink of implementing its New Funding Model, and wants to make sure Quebec’s English-speaking artists have the information they need to make the leap.

ELAN’s Board of Directors met with Simon Brault, CEO of Canada Council, on March 24. Mr. Brault, plus Council staff Sarah Dingle and Claude Schryer, were generous with their time, answering questions from ELAN members and clarifying elements of the new model.

Answers to ELAN member questions submitted in advance are available in this summary. Supplementary notes from the meeting and answers to questions from board members are now available here.

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ELAN Community Consultation: Montreal’s Cultural Development Policy 2017-2022

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Ask Simon Brault, Director & CEO of Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts is on the brink of implementing its New Funding Model, and wants to make sure you have the information you need to make the leap.

First, take a look at the Council’s website, where you will get a sense of the new programs and processes.

Then, if you still have questions about the New Funding Model, send them our way. ELAN’s Board of Directors will be meeting with Simon Brault, CEO of Canada Council, on March 24. We will submit your questions directly to Mr. Brault. Answers will be compiled into a summary and posted on our website (we’ll send you a link).

Submit your questions by March 20 by e-mailing admin@quebec-elan.org!

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Speakers Series: Where to Now? (In collaboration with Art Matters)

Does a sustainable artistic practise mean throwing down roots, building community, and staying put? Or does it mean striking out and finding opportunity in other places? How can artists working in English balance the importance of community with the linguistic realities of Montreal?

Join ELAN and Art Matters for a free panel discussion:

Thursday February 16th, 6-8pm
EV 6.720,  Concordia University
1515 Rue Sainte-Catherine O

To RSVP, click ‘going’ in the Facebook Event

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#DigiCanCon Brief

Last week we met with a group of enthusiastic arts professionals to talk about Canadian content in a digital world, and how to move forward in the arts as media changes.

We received so many creative ideas and insightful feedback. Thank you to all those who attended! We incorporated what we heard from you into our brief for the Government of Canada.

READ THE BRIEF