Arts and Education are natural partners. The benefits for students in developing identity, creativity, and self-expression are well documented. ELAN’s ArtEd Initiatives include the ACE Initiative and the ArtistsInspire Grants. Click below to see the overview and updates for both projects.
From 2018-20, ACE is providing facilitation and coaching to support school leaders, community partners, arts organizations and artists from 20 schools across Quebec to plan and implement ACE projects. ACE projects take place over an extended time period, are cross-curricular and achieve education program goals in multiple subject areas.
In 2019, ELAN launched the ArtistsInspire Grants (AIG) program in collaboration with LEARN as a new source of funding for official-language minority schools to hire artists. The $1500 ArtistsInspire Grants will enable students and teachers to participate in hands-on creative experiences about and in the arts. The link below redirects to the ArtistsInspire Grants website.
ARTS2U is a feed of arts and culture events listings. Information about arts events is compiled into a structured database and fed to media for display on their websites, and directly to arts audiences, saving producers time and by-passing marketing intermediaries. ARTS2U is currently being developed in partnership with other arts organizations, through surveys, creative partnerships, and hackathons.
To ensure that English-speaking artists can thrive in Quebec and contribute to the vitality of English-speaking communities, there is a need for better communication and relationship-building with decision-makers and program managers in Quebec. The Québec Relations project now seeks to develop better working relationships with relevant agencies and ministries of the provincial government.
We’re All In This Togetheris a web series and community collaboration between ELAN and Seniors Action Quebec, with a mission to connect with and inspire isolated, English speaking seniors across Quebec during the pandemic.
SELFIES (Seeing English-Language Families in Engaging Situations)
SELFIES (Seeing English-Language Families in Engaging Situations) is a series of short documentaries about identity and belonging in Quebec’s English speaking communities. The videos feature participants in five Discussion Groups based on waves of immigration.
Digital Solutions was designed to better understand the problem that inhibits artistic producers from connecting with artistic consumers, and vice versa. This work builds upon other studies which researched parts of the problem, and will identify new solutions that will have a strong economic impact on Canada’s arts and culture sector, as well as on the way Canadians consume arts and culture. Quebec’s English-speaking artists have been hit harder and sooner due to a decline in traditional media than other regions, which has necessitated this research, but solutions identified will be applicable to other regions as well as for French-speaking artists and audiences.
Since 2005, ELAN has built a repertoire of activities to support and celebrate Quebec’s English-speaking artists of all disciplines, regions, and backgrounds. Through networking events, ELANews (monthly email newsletter), needs assessment surveys, and major projects like the Arts Alive! Québec community festival series, ELAN has worked to bring Quebec artists closer together and spread their work far and wide.
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.