ELAN’s projects are working hard all year round to bring important services, creations, and resources to the Quebec Arts community. Once a quarter, we do a round-up of project news so you can take a peek at what’s on the go.

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ArtistsInspire Grants – Teaching Artists

Are you or do you know a Teaching Artist interested in joining the ArtistsInspire Roster?

ELAN ArtEd aims to support Teaching Artists in their work and chosen career path, providing opportunities to learn, grow and support students. Currently in its fourth year, ArtistsInspire School Grants provide $1500 in funding to English public elementary and secondary schools in Quebec to provide quality in-person and virtual arts & culture experiences with a professional artist.

The ArtEd team loves meeting new Teaching Artists and hearing about what they can bring to Quebec schools. Our recruitment period for the 2023-2024 school year begins mid-March and ends mid-April. We encourage you to have a look at the FAQ for Artists section on our website and our Teaching Artist Roster to see the variety of Artists already involved in the project. To receive all of the details during our recruitment period, subscribe our mailing list HERE and follow our Facebook page HERE.

Community Digital Arts Hub – Affordable Studio & Gear Rentals

The CDA Hub continues to grow into its new space, and their equipment rental kits are in use.

The first rental was used for the upcoming play directed by Sophie Gee, Bonnes Bonnes, aux Écuries in April. Theatre companies are getting into podcasting and Imago and Black Theatre Workshop both recorded at the Hub last month. 

Look forward to more workshops in March, including one on podcasting, Advertising in the Arts (With QDF), as well as a livestreamed concert and CDAH’s Media Camp for teens (ages 13-17) from March 2-6. For more info on our events click here. Stay up to date with events at the Hub with CDAH’s monthly newsletter here.

Québec Relations – Grant Assistance

Register for this year’s in-person CALQ grant-writing workshop!

Curious about applying to the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec (CALQ) but looking for some help? Québec Relations has you covered!

Join us at ELAN’s offices on March 23rd from 11 AM to 2 PM for our first ever in-person version of our CALQ grant-writing workshop. During this session, our experienced grant advisor and strategist will walk you through the ins and outs of CALQ funding: we’ll cover the basics of what artists need to know to apply with greater confidence and highlight the fundamentals that go into writing a strong grant application. And because we’ll all be in the same room for a change, our advisor will have more time to be able to go in-depth with your questions and actually look at your work-in-progress application with you. Plus, we’ll tell you how you can access Québec Relations’ free funding consultations and grant assistance for additional one-on-one support!

Spaces for this session are limited, and priority will be given to ELAN members, so please click here to reserve your spot today. If for any reason you are unable to attend, please let us know at least 48 hours in advance so we can make your spot available for someone else.

This workshop will take place at ELAN’s offices in Suite 714, 460 Sainte-Catherine West. The session will consist of an initial hour followed by a half-hour break for lunch, and finally a 1.5 afternoon session. Refreshments will be provided!

For those of you who are unable to make it, or who live outside of Montreal, fear not! We’ll be back next month with a Zoom-based version of the workshop, with priority spots for our community members living in other regions of the province. Stay tuned for more info in next month’s newsletter.

State of the Arts: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The State of the Arts on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion project is conducting focus groups to continue learning and engaging with the English-speaking Quebec arts, culture, and heritage sector. 

If you want to be involved, we are currently looking for English-speaking BIPOC artists, cultural workers, and heritage workers in Quebec to be part of an online focus group. Get in touch at reasonedi@quebec-elan.org.

The State of the Arts: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (SOTA on EDI) is a project to capture the current landscape of the English-speaking Quebec arts, heritage, and culture sector.

By exploring what equity, diversity, and inclusion means and looks like within our vibrant milieu, we wish to reflect on the specific ways these principles and practices show up on an individual, organizational, and communal level. We welcome the contributions of individual artists, cultural workers, and arts and heritage organizations to help build from where we are at to move to even greater heights.

What We Choose to Remember – Film

ELAN’s feature-length documentary  What We Choose To Remember has resonated with viewers because it reflects a lived reality that is rarely acknowledged in the media or in the official history of Quebec. 

Since launching at the Hudson and Knowlton film festival’s last summer What We Choose To Remember has been touring communities around Quebec: Gaspé, Barachois, Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec City, Chateauguay, Ormstown, Pincourt, Cote St-Luc, St-Bruno, Beloeil, Baie-Comeau, Sept-Iles, Chambly and Brossard.  Another 20 screenings are already scheduled for 2023. 

Each screening is accompanied by a Q+A with director Guy Rex Rodgers so audience members can share their own experiences about living in Quebec. The conversations have been particularly animated in the context of Bill 96 and the federal revision of the Official Languages Act.  Click here to check our webpage for dates and locations of screenings. 

The National Film Board, as part of its Filmmaker Assistance Program, provided additional on-line editing, colour correction and audio mixing in January and we are now creating a subtitled version of the film (Ce qu’on choisit de se souvenir) for presentation to French-speaking audiences.