What We Do
ELAN works in six key areas to:
Provide support, services and networking opportunities to English-speaking artists of all disciplines in all regions of Quebec.
As an artists' network, ELAN helps artists share resources, ideas and inspiration across all disciplines.
- ELAN connects artists through our regular Schmoozer events around Montreal. During the summer months we host Schmoozers in the Townships, Gatineau, Quebec City and other regions around the province.
- Schmoozers are always free and open to everyone, members and non-members alike! Keep an eye on the ELANews section of our site for event announcements, and check out our photo gallery for images of previous gatherings.
- We frequently organize panel discussions, workshops, and networking events in partnership with organizations (including Diversité Artistique Montréal, Culture Montréal, YES Montreal, and more) and festivals (including the St-Ambroise Montreal International Fringe Festival, POP Montreal, Expozine, and more).
- We provide members with information on funding, services, and organizations through the Arts Services Kit (ASK).
- We're also here to provide support and answers for specific questions regarding our members' career or practice. If there's something we can't help with directly, we'll refer our members to someone who can.
Promote artists' work so they receive greater recognition and visibility.
We believe in the importance of celebrating our artists and their contributions to Quebec culture.
- Every month we publish ELANews, an email bulletin featuring our members' latest news and events - plus job and volunteer opportunities, grants, prizes, calls for submission, and more. Click here to sign up for our mailing list.
- We're always posting about our members' events, successes, and news on Facebook and Twitter - plus jobs, calls for submissions, news that affects Quebec artists, and all that good stuff.
- We are currently working on two Canada Council-funded projects hoping to increase market access for visual and performing artists.
- Our website Made au Québec gathers local, national, and international press coverage of English-speaking artists with summaries in both English and French, to help spread the word among francophone audiences.
- Previous projects include Recognizing Artists: Enfin Visibles! which presented snapshots of 150+ prominent and emerging Quebec artists.
Collaborate with sister organizations to coordinate and instigate support services, such as professional development and mentorship opportunities.
ELAN works closely with our three sister organizations - the Quebec Writers' Federation (QWF), the Quebec Drama Federation (QDF), and the Association of English Language Publishers (AELAQ) - to promote English-language artists and their work. Each of these organizations holds a seat on our board of directors, and we often collaborate to host events, workshops, and refer our members when they need specialized assistance.
Build bridges between English-speaking and French-speaking communities.
ELAN encourages an evolving Quebec identity that recognizes French as the public language and celebrates social, cultural, and artistic diversity.
- Most recently, ELAN supported Diversité Artistique Montréal in compiling an issue of its magazine, TicArtToc, which tackles linguistic diversity in Montreal arts and culture under the theme of "Made au Québec" - borrowed from ELAN's highly successful project of the same name.
- ELAN is actively involved and has co-produced networking events with Culture Montréal and Diversité Artistique Montréal. We are also involved with the Forum of National Arts Service Organizations as well as discipline-specific associations such as le Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels and le Regroupement québécois de la danse.
- In the past, ELAN has also run a summer language exchange program that brought together English-speaking and French-speaking cultural workers to improve their second language skills.
Advocate on behalf of English-speaking artists and their community in critical areas such as public broadcasting.
ELAN works behind the scenes to increase recognition and funding support for Quebec's English-language artists, and for arts and culture in general.
- We voice the concerns of Quebec's official language minority artists to bodies such as the CRTC, Telefilm, the National Film Board, and the Canada Council.
- We have advocated for the return of English-language community television to Montreal's airwaves, including holding public meetings for community consultations with Videotron and during the CRTC's recent "Let's Talk TV" discussions. Click here for a summary of our recent work in the area of community television.
- Consult our archives for past briefs, presentations, reports, surveys, and other documents reflecting our advocacy work.
Promote arts and culture as a means to enrich education, develop the creative economy and serve as a motor for economic development.
We believe in the power of the arts in every aspect of our lives.
- In 2013-14, our YEAH! project (Youth, Education, Arts, and Culture) brought together artists and professionals using arts-based techniques with youth to address issues such as boredom and isolation, mental health, and bullying and discrimination. The resulting website provides a database of these service providers and organizations, along with information on some of the most successful programs they've offered.
- We're often consulted as participants in research studies on arts and culture and the economy in Quebec and Montreal.