With the goal of supporting artistic creation and dissemination in conjunction with the Nord-du-Québec community (Kativik sector), the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), the Kativik Regional Government (KRG) and the AVATAQ Cultural Institute are launching a call for projects from professional artists and writers.
Call for Projects by Inuit artists
Inuit artists from all disciplines may submit a project involving research, creation, exploration, production, presentation or promotion in connection or in partnership with their community. The project must meet at least one of the following objectives:
reinforce ties of solidarity by involving other artists, writers or participants from the community
include sponsorship or mentoring between experienced and emerging artists
promote the development and recognition of artists within the community.
Professional artists and writers wishing to undertake a two-month creation/inspiration residency in Montreal are also invited to apply.
To be eligible for this program, artists and writers must engage in traditional or contemporary practices, and be part of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (or born in Nunavik).
Nunavik Residency: Call for applications from Quebec artists
Professional Quebec artists and writers from all disciplines may apply for a two-month, research and creation residency north of the 55th parallel, in Nunavik, either in Inukjuak, Kangiqsujuaq or other northern villages. The project must meet at least one of the following objectives:
support and stimulate the creation and dissemination of works
foster inspiration through an exchanges of artistic views
help to forge long-lasting bonds between Nunavik artists and those from other regions of Quebec.
The Arts and Literature in Nord-du-Québec Territorial Partnership (Kativik sector) is an agreement involving CALQ, KRG, AVATAQ, the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Occupation du territoire (MAMOT), the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications (MCC), the Ministre responsable de la région de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue et de la région du Nord-du-Québec, and the Ministre responsable des Affaires autochtones.
With a view to attaining equitable and sustainable development, CALQ supports creation, experimentation and production in the arts, while helping to raise the profile of Quebec artists locally, nationally and internationally.
Created in 1980, the Avataq Cultural Institute is dedicated to protecting and promoting the language and culture of Nunavimmiuts (Inuit in Nunavik). A non-profit organization, Avataq receives its mandate at the biannual Nunavik Inuit Elders’ Conference. Its board of directors is composed of five Inuit members elected for two-year terms. In the spring of 2009, Avataq set up a department called Aumaaggiivik, the Nunavik Arts Secretariat, with the financial assistance of the Kativik Regional Government and Makivik Corporation.
Taking its name from the Inuktitut word meaning “the place where sparks are born,” Aumaaggiivik was created with the goal of promoting the arts in Nunavik, as well as encouraging economic development and the creation of long-term employment in the region’s arts and culture sector. To this end, it supports artists in all disciplines (visual arts, music, media arts, literature, story-telling, etc.) by advancing their careers through a program of grants and specialized training. Aumaaggiivik also provides artistic residencies, and supports the creation of local infrastructures to provide workspaces for artists and promote the arts both within and outside the region.
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