Artists Illuminated was a project that aimed to delve deeper into the unique artistic and creative lives of ELAN members. These features described the intimate processes behind art-making and served as a firsthand introduction of ELAN members to the wider public.
State of the Arts was a community consultation aimed to better understand how artists, cultural workers, arts organizers, funders, and audiences are connected, and how we can help each other strengthen our arts community together.
Prior to the Activation Conference, State of the Arts presented a series of workshops aimed to discuss various topics in the arts and cultural world in Quebec, as well as provide artists with useful resources.
Details about the workshops, also known as Assertion Sessions and Affirmation Workshops can be found here.
At the Activation Conference, selected artists made public pitches for projects that were aimed to make a positive impact in the artistic community. Top voted artists received up to $1500 to make their project come to life. The top-voted artists were:
In 2015/2016, ELAN conducted a research project at the request of the Canada Council for the Arts to identify the needs of tour-ready English-speaking artists in Quebec. The result was the creation of ELAN’s Savvy Sessions (workshops for performing artists) and producing showcases for tour-ready artists.
Performing Arts Market Access Showcase project led to national and international festival showcases at Pop Montreal, Fierce Festival (Birmingham, UK), Northside Festival (Brooklyn, NY), with the support of FACTOR: Halifax Pop Explosion Festival, and CINARS.
The Performing Arts Market Access Savvy Sessions were free professional development workshops forPerforming Artists aimed at enhancing the skills needed to successfully navigate a career in the arts. With a focus on Dance, Music, and Theatre, these workshopswere open to all performing artists.
The Performing Arts Market Access Savvy Sessions project was managed by June Park.
The Savvy Sessions project produced over 2 dozen workshops led by talented and experienced workshop leaders.
Made au Québec aimed to bring together two linguistic solitudes (ENG/FRE) by following media coverage of their arts scenes.
This project was a result of the English-speaking arts community becoming increasingly visible in Québec, with major international recognition for such artists as: Arcade Fire, Louise Penny, and Jay Baruchel.
Aimed to provide a flexible understanding of language in Québec. Many artists speak, create, play, write, work, and live in several languages.
Made au Québec was developed with the financial support of the Government of Canada.
Visiting Curators Series
ELAN’s Visiting Curators Series sought to create links between Québec artists and cultural centres outside Québec, to increase career opportunities and market awareness.
Three visiting curators: Emelie Chhangur (Toronto), Alex Fialho (NYC), and Larry Ossei-Mensah (NYC) viewed the work of 12 artists based in Montreal and West Québec
On October, 2017 at the Parisian Laundry, the three participating curators presented strategies for artists on exhibiting their works; art markets observations; and some tips from their own curatorial practices.
Fostered province-wide connections between practitioners in these four sectors
Discussion groups with major organizations and with CHSSN (Community Health and Social Services Network) members produced a list of 12 of the most important issues among youth in various Quebec communities
Examples of successful projects and best practices were shared in an online directory accessible to remote communities
Created to help Quebec’s English-language artists and arts organizations adapt to the shift towards digital media and reduction in arts coverage, with the goal of pooling community efforts and determining pragmatic next steps
226 artists/arts organizations, journalists, and publicists answered online surveys
20 artists/arts organizations, journalists, and publicists participated in focus groups
ELAN is an official minority language organization within a country that recognizes two languages as official. ELAN is located in Tiohtiak:ke, the original name for Montreal in Kanien’kéha, the language of the Mohawk—also known as Mooniyang, which is the Anishinaabeg name given to the city by the Algonquin. While we are based in this city, our projects have also taken place in many regions across Quebec.
We acknowledge the colonial origin of English and French in Canada, and recognize that both languages benefit from official status throughout the land. The province that we know as Quebec is an amalgamation of the traditional territories of the Innu and Inuit nations, Algonquian nations, as well as the Mohawk nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Kanien’kéha and Anishinaabeg are but two of the original languages of this province; Atikamekw, Cree, Inuktitut, and Innu-aimun are also among the many Indigenous languages spoken across Quebec as majority languages, all well before French and English.
ELAN acknowledges the important work being done by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to revive the traditional languages of these territories, and their advocacy for the official status of Indigenous languages.