$57,000 to Nine Recipients in the new Ontario-Québec Artist Residencies program

    TORONTO, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - The Chair of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC),
Martha Durdin, and the President and CEO of the Conseil des arts et des
lettres du Québec (CALQ), Yvan Gauthier, are pleased to announce today the
names of the nine Ontario and Québec artists who will share $57,000 in grants
under the first edition of the Ontario-Québec Artist Residencies Program.
    Arising out of a reciprocal agreement signed in 2006, this annual program
enables artists from Québec and Ontario to undertake a creation-based or
professional development project in another province. The artists have
complete autonomy and are responsible for finding their own accommodations and
determining the objectives and scope of their residency in collaboration with
the host organization that they have found.
    "Exchanges can open doors for our artists and provide a tremendous
opportunity for artistic growth," said Martha Durdin. "An artist residency can
also have a significant impact on community life that may reverberate long
after the residency is over. These projects build ties between artists and
communities in deep and lasting ways."
    "I want the participating artists to experience residencies that are
enriching both artistically and personally and to establish new collaborations
in the host province while introducing their artistic work to new audiences,"
said Yvan Gauthier. "In developing its network of artist residencies, CALQ is
contributing to the outreach of Québec's artists and culture."

    Grant Recipients

    The Ontario Arts Council awarded dance artists Malgorzata Nowacka and
Holly Small grants of $6,000 and $2,000 respectively, music artists Mohammad
El M'rabet and Jayme Stone grants of $8,000 and $6,000, and theatre artist
Chris Dupuis a grant of $8,000.
    The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec awarded theatre artists
Nathalie Claude and Patrick Leroux grants of $6,000 each and media artists
Alana Cymerman and Zack Joel Settel grants of $7,000 and $8,000.
    Under this program, a total of $27,000 has been awarded by the Conseil
des arts et des lettres du Québec and a total of $30,000 by the Ontario Arts
Council. A jury of peers from both provinces assessed the applications on the
quality of the artistic work, the artist's contribution to their discipline,
their work's impact on the arts scene as well as the feasibility of the
proposed arts project.

    Next Deadline

    The application deadline for the second edition of this residency program
is April 1st, 2008.
    Since 1994, CALQ has had a mandate to support throughout Québec creation,
experimentation and production in the realms of the performing arts, the
visual arts, the media arts, architectural research, the arts and crafts, and
literature and to broaden their influence in Québec, Canada and abroad. CALQ
also supports the development of professional artists. CALQ manages close to
twenty residencies, including four Québec studios abroad and thirteen
residencies centred on artist exchanges.

    The Ontario Arts Council is the province of Ontario's primary funding
body for professional arts activity. Since 1963, OAC has played a vital role
in promoting and assisting the development of the arts and artists for the
enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. For more information, visit the OAC
website at www.arts.on.ca.

For further information:

For further information: For CALQ information, please contact: Carl
Allen, Director of Public Relations, Conseil des arts et des lettres du
Québec, Tel.: (514) 864-2928 or 1-800-608-3350, www.calq.gouv.qc.ca; For OAC
information, please contact: Hamal Docter, Communications Coordinator, Ontario
Arts Council, Tel.: (416) 969-7434, hdocter@arts.on.ca

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