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Renewal of the Vivacité Montréal grant program



Montreal, January 13, 2011 – Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women Christine St-Pierre, Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities Kathleen Weil, and
Chief Executive Officer of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec Yvan Gauthier, along with representatives of the other partners, announced the renewal of the Vivacité Montréal grant program for the next three years (2011-2013) during a public meeting held at the Maison de la Culture Ahuntsic-Cartierville.

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This program is intended for immigrant and visible minority artists and writers in Montreal working in the realms of circus arts, media arts, multidisciplinary arts, visual arts, popular songs, dance, literature, arts and crafts, music, theatre and architectural research. Starting this year, the program is open to applicants of all ages.

“The government of Quebec encourages the active participation of all immigrant and visible minority writers and artists, who can thus share their vision of the world with the Quebec population. This program responds to important needs in the Montreal region, and we are proud to contribute to it,” said Christine St-Pierre, Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women.

“I am happy to announce the financial participation of Immigration and Cultural Communities in the Vivacité Montréal grant program, which is aimed at supporting and encouraging the work of professional creators who have come here from around the world. Immigrant and visible minority artists and writers contribute to the enrichment of our society. Montreal is renowned for a cultural life that is open to the world, and its vitality owes much to the importance it accords to diversity,” said Kathleen Weil, Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities.

“The Vivacité Montréal program revealed the considerable potential of immigrant and visible minority artists in Montreal. The artists’ enthusiasm and the quality of their works have convinced all of the partners of the importance of renewing this program,” noted
Yvan Gauthier, CEO of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, which manages the project on behalf of all of the partners.

Simon Brault, Vice-Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts added, “We believe that by offering a broad-based stimulus to the artistic practices of our culturally diverse artists through public funding mechanisms and, especially, public partnerships, we will enrich the creative life of our country.”

“Our cultural diversity is an important driver of development in our region. We cannot envisage our future without taking full advantage of this wealth, and we are proud to support this grant program,” said Manon Barbe, Chair of the Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal.

“Montreal, as an internationally recognized cultural metropolis, has to take advantage of all its creative energies and all its artistic vitality in order to develop. By opening Vivacité Montréal to our many immigrant creators, I have every confidence that we will be opening ourselves up to some surprising and exciting discoveries,” said Louise Roy of the Conseil des arts de Montréal. 

An outstanding partnership

The six partners under the program are the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, whose contribution is $150 000; the Canada Council for the Arts, $150 000; the Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal, $120 000; the Ministry of Immigration and Cultural Communities,
$30 000; the Conseil des arts de Montréal, $30 000; and the Ministry of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women, which is a signatory. In 2010-11, the Foundation of Greater Montreal will also contribute $10 000 to the program. The $490 000 overall budget of this program will be paid in the form of grants in the coming years.

Vivacité Montréal seeks to recognize the contribution to artistic and cultural life that immigrant and visible minority artists and writers from Montreal make. The renewal of the program for three years will better support these artists, who will benefit from guidance to facilitate their efforts to integrate into and participate in professional artistic and literary circles while making their works more accessible to Montrealers. During the first three years of the program, 85 artists were able to advance their careers through grants totaling $480 000.

Registration

The registration deadline is February 7, 2011. Details of the program and application forms are available at the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec’s offices and on its website. To obtain additional information on the program’s partners, please consult their websites:

Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec 
Conseil des Arts du Canada 
Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal 
Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles 
Conseil des arts de Montréal
Ministère de la Culture, des Communications
et de la Condition féminine 
Fondation du Grand Montréal

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Source :
Carl Allen
Directeur des relations publiques,
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
514 864-2930 ou 1 800-608-3350