MONTREAL, June 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Conseil des arts et des lettres du
Québec (CALQ) and the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) are jointly launching an
artistic residence program, under which Québec and Ontario artists and writers
may apply for a grant of up to $9 000 to engage in a period of residence in
the neighbouring province in order to carry out an artistic or professional
enrichment project.
    "The Québec-Ontario artistic residence program will foster exchanges and
help forge ties between the arts communities in both provinces," noted OAC
Chair Martha Durdin. "It could also open up new outlets for the dissemination
of the work of participating artists."
    "Periods of residence geared to creation and professional enrichment
allow grant recipients to enjoy unique professional experiences that
contribute to their career development," added Yvan Gauthier, President and
CEO of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. "The program affords
artists an opportunity to broaden their circle of partners, engage in
discussions with their peers, and meet new audiences."
    The program is intended for writers and artists in all disciplines, with
the exception of artists' or writers' groups. Applicants must satisfy the
eligibility criteria set by their provincial arts council. The evaluation of
applications will take into account the quality of the applicants' artistic
output, the artists' or writers' contribution to their discipline, the
influence that their work exerts in the arts community, and the feasibility of
the projects submitted. The grant covers travel, accommodation and living
expenses and the cost of the material required to carry out the project.
Applicants must find their own accommodation and establish the professional
ties necessary to realize their projects in the host province.

    The registration deadline is October 5, 2007. Full details of the program
    and an application form are available on the CALQ Website

    "I'm delighted that CALQ is enabling Québec artists and writers to engage
in periods of residence in neighbouring provinces and allowing them complete
autonomy in defining the objectives and scope of their projects," Christine
St-Pierre, Québec Minister of Culture, Communications and Women's Affairs
said. "Through its flexibility, this new type of exchange program offers
possibilities that complement those stemming from the impressive network of
studios and studio apartments that CALQ has already developed."
    "Artists are at the centre of our creative society, reflecting the best
of who we are to ourselves and to the world," said Caroline Di Cocco, Minister
of Culture. "I'm so pleased that Ontario and Québec are working together to
provide artists with this wonderful opportunity to participate in the cultural
life of each others' province."

    Since 1994, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec 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. The Conseil also supports the
development of professional artists. Visit

    The Ontario Arts Council is the province'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. In 2006-2007, OAC funded 1224 individual
artists and 867 organizations for a total of $36.4 million. These grants were
of benefit to artists and arts organizations in 255 communities across
Ontario. OAC is an agency of the Government of Ontario. For more information,
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For further information:

For further information: Julie Dufresne, Communications Advisor, Conseil
des arts et des lettres du Québec, (514) 864-4295, 1-800-608-3350 (toll-free);
Kirsten Gunter, Director of Communications, Ontario Arts Council, (416)
969-7403, 1-800-387-0058 ext.7403 (toll-free),

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