Guy Rodgers with Patrick Lloyd Brennan, Managing Director of Quebec Drama Federation

Photo by Nasuna Stuart-Ulin

July is a month for the great outdoors, staycations, or whatever form of great escape is most therapeutic for you. It is also a splendid month for day trips and outdoor festivals. Arts Alive! Québec will be at Huntingdon in the Chateauguay valley on Saturday July 8, the Morrin Centre in Quebec City (August 3-4), and Knowlton in the Eastern Townships (August 3-5). These are all beautiful places to visit with wonderful activities and events lined up, so I hope to see you there!

Meanwhile, back in the office we have had some changes in staff. Naima Phillips, who joined ELAN last fall as our Membership Services Coordinator, has had to leave us. During her eight months with us, Naima made a strong contribution toward implementing new services and incorporating membership more deeply into ELAN’s processes, projects, and communications. We wish Naima all the best.

Emily Enhorning, who was working with Naima as membership assistant, has assumed the role of Interim Membership Services Coordinator. Emily will be assisted by Isabelle Shi (Membership Assistant) and Jennifer Broydell (Special Projects Assistant) over the summer months as we complete a major overhaul of ELAN’s on-line membership system. Krista Muir has also joined us for the summer as Arts Alive! Québec Communications Assistant. We are pleased to welcome such a skilled and enthusiastic group to our team.

We are also writing final reports on projects from last winter/spring, and preparing new projects for the fall, as well as ELAN’s 14th Annual General Meeting on August 27. We will have plenty of news next month. For now, let’s make the most of the fleeting pleasures of July.

 

Guy Rodgers
Executive Director
Director's Message June 2018
Guy Rodgers with visual artists based in West Island.
Photo by Kinga Michalska

Summer is upon us and ELAN’s first Arts Alive! Québec 2018 festival takes place in Hudson this weekend. Hudson is a beautiful town full of talented artists, and I highly recommend a cultural, gastronomical day-trip. The schedule of this weekend’s activities can be found here.

In the coming weeks we will unveil programming for Huntingdon (July 8), Knowlton (August 3-5), the Morrin Centre in Quebec City (August 3-4) and Wakefield (September 7-8). CBC is back as our media sponsor and we look forward to working with them. Each regional partner will feature unique programming that consist of fun-filled activities for all ages, which includes a mixture of main-stage shows, outdoor performances in shade-dappled parks, visual arts, and an entertaining range of hands-on workshops.

Another big event in June should be the launch of Quebec’s long awaited Cultural Policy, which has been in development for years under three different Ministers of Culture. Minister Marie Montpetit (Minister of Culture and Communications; Minister responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language) is expected to announce the Action Plan this month. Given the major increase in cultural funding confirmed in April’s budget, the Action Plan should be good news. CALQ and SODEC are keen to discover the actual budgets they have been allocated. ELAN hopes that our interventions during the drafting process result in a clear recognition of the historical contribution of English-speaking artists to Quebec culture, and a strong on-going commitment to support our work.

The provincial election is not scheduled until the fall, but the campaign has already begun. ELAN has been working with the Quebec English-Language (film and TV) Production Council (QPEC), the Quebec Community Newspapers Association (QCNA), the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) and the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) to develop a community Cultural Policy to be shared with all political parties.  We will continue working on it over the summer – between day-trips to Arts Alive! Quebec festivals. I hope to see you there!

 

Guy Rodgers
Executive Director