About Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) invests in the imagination and celebrates the successes of those who create memorable works, shape Québec’s cultural identity, and make it shine. With a view to equitable, sustainable artistic development, the CALQ supports creation, experimentation, and production in the arts and literature in all regions of Québec and promotes dissemination in Québec, Canada, and abroad.

Every year, the CALQ financially supports some 1200 artists and 800 non-profit arts organizations, contributing to the expression of a vibrant culture accessible across Québec. It encourages landmark artistic and literary works that generate pride among citizens, nourish our culture, and above all, create a timeless imprint.

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Three core values

In 2019, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) celebrated its 25th anniversary. In preparing for this anniversary and in drafting a new four-year plan, the CALQ engaged in a thorough reflection about organizational values, which are now expressed as:

  • Equity
  • Excellence
  • Integrity

Show rigor, objectivity and equity

Equity ensures objectivity and rigor in every situation. It supports decisions that respect difference, diversity and everyone’s ideas and skills. It also means that artists, cultural workers and colleagues are treated with respect, courtesy, empathy and cordiality.

Support excellence in all its forms, while respecting the autonomy, creative freedom and independence of artists and organizations

Supporting excellence in all its forms, while respecting the autonomy, creative freedom and independence of artists and organizations and celebrating success is the essence of the CALQ. Excellence also comes through in the ability to innovate, adapt, show creativity and give the best one has to offer, while behaving professionally.

Act ethically, honestly and responsibly

Integrity means ethics and honesty in managing public funds. It means loyalty to the CALQ and transparency in our communications and efforts. It is expressed through the disclosure of any real or apparent conflict of interest, processes for awarding financial aid, the publication of results and the dissemination of relevant information.

These values are articulated in the issues and orientations of the CALQ’s 2018-2022 strategic plan.