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Two local artists receive funding for innovative projects

Two artists from the Haut-Saint-Laurent region will benefit from the MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent’s participation in the Entente de partenariat territorial pour les arts et les lettres en Montérégie, which involves the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation (MAMH), the Table de concertation régionale de la Montérégie, as well as Culture Montérégie and participating MRCs across the Montérégie.

Caroline Caza of Huntingdon will receive a $19,700 grant for her experimental animated film project entitled Arcadia. Caza will work with area youth to produce a script, to conduct visual and sound research, and to create a storyboard for the film.

Saint-Chrysostome-based artist Alyson Champ will receive $16,000 for the creation and presentation of an art installation project on urban sprawl in the Montérégie-Ouest region.

Caza says she is “extremely grateful for this support, and I would like to thank the partners who made it possible to distribute these grants.”

“Thanks to the CALQ, the MAMH, and the MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent, I will have the opportunity to realize my project and share my work with the population,” adds Champ.

The two selected projects stem from the third and final call for projects under the three-year regional partnership agreement, which will see $265,220 in funding distributed to Montérégie-Ouest artists and cultural organizations over the coming year. Project proposals were reviewed by a jury of professional artists assembled by the CALQ, and those selected were based on merit, the quality of the proposal, and how well it reflected the objectives of the program.

“A region that supports art and culture is stronger and more dynamic,” says MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent prefect Louise Lebrun. “As a participant with the Table de concertation régionale de la Montérégie, the MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent firmly believes the artists and organizations that make up our region help define who we are. We should be proud of our local culture and our local artists, and as such we are pleased to contribute to the awarding of grants for artistic projects in the region,” she adds.

The partners to the regional agreement are considering renewing the three-year agreement to continue to support the creation, production, and exposition of projects that promote links between the arts and different Montérégie communities. (SR)

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