A Message from Nathalie Maillé, Executive Director
With the year drawing to a close, now is a good time to take stock of the ups and downs of 2021, and also give a thought to our hopes for 2022. When I think back on the last year, the exceptionally agile way our community navigated it stands out… and will have to continue to do so. Although compassion will be key, I think patience is our most powerful tool as we face the end of this year and head into the next.
Following last week's announcements, our thoughts are with all the venues, especially the box office staff.
The Conseil has enlisted the talented multidisciplinary artist Alice Picard to convey its holiday wishes. This work, cleverly titled The Village, captures the very essence of the Conseil: a village of people who come together to support and help one another—the symbol of a close-knit community. It’s an excellent representation of Montréal in all its diversity!
The Chair of the Board, Ben Marc Diendéré, and I wanted to convey our gratitude and appreciation for all the wonderful people who work with us and support us.
tools for the arts community
Did you know that in Canada, more than one in five people live with a disability?
Last November, the Conseil launched several tools and guides to share best practices for collaborating with artists who are D/deaf and/or living with a disability. These relevant, practical resources are intended for both the arts community and the Conseil itself.
New Artistic Practices Now Referred to as Non-disciplinary Artistic Practices
The world around us is constantly changing, and the arts milieu is no exception. Starting January 1, 2022, the Conseil will use the name “non-disciplinary artistic practices” to refer to what it used to call “new artistic practices.”
To better reflect the realities of the new artistic practices and multidisciplinary programming, which have seen major transformations in recent years, the names and definitions used for these two categories have been revised.
CAM Touring Program revamped
The pandemic gave the Conseil the opportunity to update its flagship CAM Touring Program. It conducted an in-depth review with artists and presenters from the Accès Culture and ADICIM networks to implement tailored solutions offering artists greater visibility across the Island of Montréal.
Upcoming addition: the Art Out in the Open program will be incorporated into the updated CAM Touring Program, which will be unveiled in February 2022. Stay tuned for details!
Important notices: ORORA portal
Our online application platform, ORORA, may be unstable or temporarily unavailable from Monday, January 3, 2022, 8 a.m. to Friday, January 7, 2022, 8 p.m. due to maintenance work. During this period, please use the platform exclusively to view your files in read-only mode.
Please also note that from January 1, 2022, all calls for applications will now automatically close at 5 p.m.
Residency recipients in action
Words that resonate
Recipients of in-school residencies for writers
Children’s writers Tania Baladi, Anne Bernard-Lenoir, Alexandra Guimont, Jeanne Painchaud and Marie-Hélène Poitras will enjoy a unique experience in children’s literature from February to April 2022.
These residencies are offered through a collaboration between the Conseil, the Ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, through its A Montréal School for All program, and Communication-Jeunesse.
Vincent Brault and Flavia Garcia, recipients of the bookstore residency for writers
From March to May 2022, Vincent Brault will be in residence at the Librairie Saga Bookstore to pursue his Histoires de fantômes project and Flavia Garcia will be hosted at La Livrerie to carry out Du grand Nord au Centre-Sud project.
This initiative is a collaboration between the Conseil and the Association des libraires du Québec.
Symon Henry wins the Bibliothèque du Vieux-Saint-Laurent writer’s residency
The artist will get the opportunity to carry out his cultural mediation project consisting of inclusive and multidisciplinary workshops focused on gender and identity issues, which will be ingrained in the mission of the Bibliothèque.
This program is delivered through a partnership between the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois, in collaboration with Bibliothèques de Montréal.
Hoda Adra will benefit from a theatrical mentorship from the Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD) and a mentorship from LA SERRE – arts vivants, which will also offer a presentation of her project in lab format as part of the OFFTA festival.
Creations at the heart of Montréal’s neighbourhoods
The Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles and Sud-Ouest boroughs as well as the cities of Pointe-Claire and Côte Saint-Luc will have the opportunity to support the creation projects of L’Idylle – arts vivants, the Tableau d’Hôte Théâtre, the Collectif Fló and the collective YidLife Crisis, respectively.
Des ponts culturels, d'une rive à l'autre: four new co-creation projects
Drôldadon, DynamO Théâtre, Élyse De Lafontaine and Alejandra Odgers were selected to produce a work in collaboration with citizens of the municipalities of Laval, Longueuil, Terrebonne and the municipalities of the MRC Vaudreuil-Soulanges.