ELAN’s projects create opportunities for Quebec artists working in English to connect with industry leaders, explore unique partnerships, and connect the arts with community wellbeing. Our projects are designed to respond to community needs and to help nurture the English-language arts community in Quebec.

ArtEd Initiatives

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.

Mental Health Initiative

ArtEd’s Mental Health Initiative supports Artists in their professional practices, with a special focus on equipping Teaching Artists in meeting student needs. This initiative offers workshops and materials on mental health as it applies to artists and professional development for Teaching Artists on mental health as it applies to their work with children and pre-teens ages 5-14, youth ages 15-29 and seniors ages 65+.

ArtistsInspire Grants

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.

CDAH – Community Digital Arts Hub

The Community Digital Arts Hub (CDAH) project was an initiative of the Arts, Culture, and Heritage Co-leaders and ELAN. It offers artists and arts & heritage organizations across disciplines access to a professional studio space outfitted with photo, video, sound recording and editing technology at affordable rates.

CDAH offers technical support to individuals and organizations in producing high quality digital media as well as training opportunities and equipment rentals. The Hub serves as a resource to make digital production accessible to folks who face financial and systemic barriers. The project is funded by the Government of Canada.

Québec Relations

The Québec Relations (QR) project seeks to develop better working relationships with relevant agencies and ministries of the provincial government and to connect artists and organizations to the information and funding they need. The QR project provides Quebec funding and grant-writing consultations. As well, the project has developed a search engine which allows users to search Quebec funding programs and information in English.

State of the Arts: Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

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.

Waves of Change & What We Choose to Remember

Waves of Change is ELAN’s documentary series (6 x 30 mins) about identity and belonging in Quebec’s English-Speaking Communities. Click the button to watch the series.

What We Choose To Remember is ELAN’s feature-length documentary that takes a deep dive into the thorny history of identity and belonging in Quebec. Produced with the assistance of the National Film Board of Canada. Click below to see the documentary.

Past Projects

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.

The future is bright.

Through projects, advocacy, and many other activities, ELAN is committed to helping artists and communities contribute to Quebec’s unique cultural life. Become a member now!