34 young Montréal artists share $160 000 under the Vivacité Montréal program

    MONTREAL, June 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Young immigrant and visible minority
artists are sharing $160 000 as a result of the new Vivacité Montréal program.
All told, 34 grants have been awarded for research and artistic creation
    The Vivacité Montréal program stems from a partnership between the
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) and the Conférence régionale
des élus de Montréal (CRE de Montréal). It has been made possible through the
participation of the Canada Council for the Arts, the ministère de
l'Immigration et des Communautés culturelles (MICC), the Fondation du Grand
Montréal (FGM), the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM), the Forum jeunesse de
l'île de Montréal (FJIM) and the Fondation du maire de Montréal pour la
jeunesse (FMMJ).
    On behalf of all of the partners, Yvan Gauthier, Chairman and CEO of the
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, congratulated all of the grant
recipients and expressed his satisfaction that the program is enabling the
artists to carry out their creation projects. Montréal's multicultural
character means that it abounds in artists from all horizons who aspire to be
part of Québec's artistic community. By granting them targeted financial
support, the partner organizations are fostering the development of the
upcoming generation of artists and fruitful intercultural exchanges.
    Some 147 artists and writers submitted over 100 projects to the selection
committee. The grants requested in 2007-2008 totalled $1 159 647. The
committee recommended support for 25 projects submitted by 34 artists,
including artists' groups, for a response rate of 23.1%.
    Of the 25 artist applicants, 72% were born outside Canada and 52%
declared a mother tongue other than French or English. The artists come from
several continents and different regions of the world, i.e. Europe, Asia, the
Middle East, Africa, Central and South America, and the West Indies. Their
average age is 29. Moreover, 10 of the 34 grant recipients are immigrants and
24 belong to a visible minority.

    Breakdown of financial assistance

    Under a three-year partnership agreement, $160 000 has been distributed
in conjunction with the initial registration for the Vivacité Montréal
program. This amount, for the 2007-2008 fiscal year, includes financial
contributions from CALQ ($50 000), the Canada Council for the Arts ($50 000),
the CRE de Montréal ($40 000), MICC ($10 000) and the FGM ($10 000). The Forum
jeunesse de l'île de Montréal, the Fondation du maire de Montréal pour la
jeunesse and the Conseil des arts de Montréal are also collaborating to ensure
the program's success through support in the form of services.
    Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women Christine
St-Pierre, Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities Yolande James, and
First Vice-President of the Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal Manon
Barbe, accompanied by representatives of the other six government and
private-sector partners, launched the Vivacité Montréal program last fall. The
program stems from this agreement that seeks to financially support
professional immigrant and visible minority artists and writers under 35 years
of age in their initial attempts to integrate into and participate in
professional arts and literature milieus and further their career development.
The agreement is also intended to recognize the contribution that these young
professionals make to Montréal's artistic and cultural life, promote the
contribution made by the upcoming generation of professional immigrant and
visible minority artists, and make the artists' work accessible to the public
in Montréal.

    The 2007-2008 Vivacité Montréal program: breakdown of financial support
    by artistic sector

    Artistic sector

                                    Number                      of
                            Number     of  Number              the
                    Number      of   proj-     of            total
                        of  artist   ects  grants   Amount  amount
                  eligible  appli- suppor-  awar-    awar-   awar-   Average
                  projects   cants     ted    ded      ded     ded     grant
    Performing arts     63      86       9    17    $51 000    31.9%   $3 000
    Visual arts,
     media arts,
     arts and crafts    54      55      13    14    $92 000    57.5%   $6 571
    Literature           6       6       3     3    $17 000    10.6%   $5 667
    Total              123     147      25    34   $160 000   100.0%   $4 706

    The deadline for the next registration period for the program is December
    1, 2008.

    A high resolution photo is available on the CALQ's Web site at
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For further information:

For further information: Carl Allen, Director of Public Relations,
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, (514) 864-2930 or 1-800-608-3350

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