State of the Arts is a community consultation aimed to better understand how we as artists, cultural workers, arts organizers, funders, and audiences are all connected, and how we can help each other strengthen our arts community together through thoughtful collaboration and meaningful exchanges.

ELAN recognizes that there are many rapidly evolving conversations regarding access, inclusion, working conditions, economics, appropriation, and other barriers that prevent our community from thriving.

Through this project, we commit to actively listen and find practical ways to recognize and validate the diverse experiences of artists who speak in English and who make up an important segment of Quebec’s evolving identity.

State of the arts will take place primarily in Tiohtiá:ke (Montreal) on unceded Kanien’kehá:ka territory. Tiohtiá:ke, now inhabited by a diversity of Indigenous Nations and settlers, was historically a gathering place of many Nations. We would like to acknowledge that as settlers, we the organizers were not invited to Tiohtiá:ke, but we are honoured to have the opportunity to live here and to host these events.

Through State of the Arts, we will:

  • Compile and share existing resources

  • Build relationships in Montreal and the Regions

  • Have in-person and online conversations...

    …to learn more about your needs, wants, barriers, and actions

  • Host a one-day event on February 28, 2019

    Save the date!

  • Identify and support meaningful opportunities and initiatives...

    …that emerge from our conversations

Contact Farah Fancy – farahfancy@quebec-elan.org or Amy Macdonald – amymacdonald@quebec-elan.org
for more information about ELAN’s State of the Arts project.

Surveys

Your engagement is important! This information will remain confidential, and will be used to help ELAN understand barriers and identify concrete solutions for a more equitable arts community.

Individual artist survey
This survey will take approximately 10 minutes and is open to artists of all disciplines (members and non-members). Please note that this survey is only available in English, however responses in French are welcome.

Organization survey
This survey will take approximately 10 minutes and is open to artists of all disciplines (members and non-members). Please note that this survey is only available in English, however responses in French are welcome.

Upcoming Activities & Events

Affirmation Workshops

are designed to meet your needs.

Assertion Sessions

are designed to amplify your voice.

Activation Conference

aims to establish actions for long-term impact.

Activation Conference

is intended for anyone interested in cultivating creative solutions, finding ways to mobilize, amassing resources, identifying needs for capacity, building networks, and being proactive in a fun and positive atmosphere that will constructively and productively affect the current State of the Arts in Quebec.

Click here to RSVP!

See the full programming here!

 

State of the Arts Public Experts Projects

(SOTA-PEP) Pitches

Are you working on a project or do you have a cool idea that you believe will benefit the arts community? Share your expertise and vision with a group of like-minded individuals who are passionate about arts and culture! If you have a short-term project that you believe will help English-speaking artists in Quebec, send us a short proposal by Tuesday, February 26, 2019. Click here for more information.

*Four SOTA-PEP pitches will be chosen by the public to receive $1500 to complete their project.

This conference will include:

  • A teach-in on how to collaborate ethically with First Nations, Metis and Inuit artists.

  • Break out sessions on themes including:

    The Well-Being of Artists, Artists in Schools, Artists and Identity Politics, Funding, Accessibility in the Arts, and Connecting Across Sectors and Regions.

  • Collective resource sharing and building.

  • Networking opportunities to make meaningful connections.

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AFFIRMATION Session
November 26, 2018

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Assertion Session
January 21, 2019

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Assertion Sessions
February 7, 2019
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Assertion Session  – for New Media & Digital Artists!
February 19, 2019

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Assertion Session  – for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artists of all disciplines
February 17, 2019

Resources for Artists

More to come!

Funding Acknowledgments

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.