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Haut-Saint-Laurent artists receive $60,000 for projects

Three artists in the Haut-Saint-Laurent as well as five from the Beauharnois-Salaberry region have been awarded over $140,000 in funding for diverse artistic projects, as part of the Entente de partenariat territorial pour les arts et les lettres en Montérégie.

The agreement was renewed in 2023 between the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MAMH), the twelve MRCs that make up the Montérégie, the agglomeration of Longueil, and the Table de concertation régionale de la Montérégie, in collaboration with Culture Montérégie. This year, a total of 33 artists and eight cultural organizations will receive funding totaling $844,270, of which $300,370 has been earmarked for artists in the Montérégie-Ouest.

The projects were selected by a jury of professional artists assembled by the CALQ based on merit, the excellence of the proposal, and how well the projects corresponded with the program’s objectives.

In the Haut-Saint-Laurent, Havelock-based artist Paul Abraham will receive $20,000 to create a narrative public art piece entitled Les noms anonymes ou la banalité de gens connus. The piece will bring to life different characters who today, for the most part, have been reduced to anonymous names on street signs. This will include some of the men and women whose singular stories have left their mark on this region.

Filmmaker Alain Boisvert of Huntingdon will benefit from a $20,000 boost to complete his stop motion film entitled Aya, which focuses on a young girl rebuilding her home after having been separated from her parents in a war-torn country.

Artist and Dundee resident Nathalie Boisvert will also receive $20,000 to launch a project focused on the life of Mary Reilly, a historical figure from Dundee. The project, entitled Sur les traces de Mary Reilly, will involve the creation of a narrative framework and the spatialization of the visual traces of this notorious individual.

In the Beauharnois-Salaberry region, artist Richard Carrière will be able to complete the second half of his musical project entitled Sérénité, thanks to an injection of $17,500. The project involves the recording of eight songs based on symphonic orchestrations.

André Desrochers will receive $20,000 to produce an artistic film entitled Des arbres et des arts, about the different trees of the Suroît region, while visual artist Mylene Raiche will receive the same amount to create a body of work on the theme of water, landscape, memory, and identity, entitled Érosion et gravités.

Marcel Lalonde will benefit from $20,000 for the illustration of two children’s stories. Lalonde will work with artist-illustrators Diane St-Georges and Maurice Dunberry on the project, which will involve public cultural mediation encounters.

Finally, Audrey Sambeau will receive $3,000 to create an outdoor installation entitled Fragiles et millénaires, which will be installed at an archaeological site that will be open to the public. (SR)

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