The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), in cooperation with the Administration régionale Baie-James, the AVATAQ Cultural Institute and La Fabrique culturelle de Télé-Québec, is pleased to announce a new prize for professional artists and writers in the region of Nord-du-Québec. Called the Prix du CALQ – Artiste de l’année au Nord-du-Québec, with a cash award of $10,000, it recognizes a resident of the region for the vitality of their artistic or literary career.
This award reflects the CALQ’s desire to offer tangible support to the careers of those who are making an outstanding contribution to the cultural vitality of their region through their work and talent. To promote artistic creation from the region and the award recipients, La Fabrique culturelle de Télé-Québec will create a video portrait during the year the prize is awarded (with certain exceptions).
From a perspective of equitable, sustainable artistic development, the CALQ supports, throughout Québec, creation, experimentation, and production in the arts and literature and promotes dissemination and the influence of Québec, in Canada and abroad.
The Administration régionale Baie-James (ARBJ)
The Administration régionale Baie-James promotes the interests of residents when it comes to regional development. As such, it is a key representative with government. It supports dialogue with partners and provides opinions to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing as needed. It also enters into agreements with government departments and agencies involved in regional development, to exercise certain powers and responsibilities for implementing regional priorities and adapting government efforts and programs to regional concerns.
Avataq Cultural Institute
Mandated since 1981 by the Nunavik Elders Conference, and now joined by fifteen Local Cultural Committees, Avataq is dedicated to protecting and promoting the language and culture of the Inuit of Nunavik. Over the years, Avataq’s Museology, Archaeology, Research, Archives, and Documentation services have acquired, analyzed, and catalogued a wealth of information, which is available in various media for both the Inuit and non-Inuit populations to consult. Aumaaggiivik, the Nunavik Arts Secretariat, was created in 2009 with the mandate to develop all artistic disciplines of the region with a grant program for research and creation, and to support artists in their professionalization as well as leading project of creation and diffusion.
La Fabrique culturelle de Télé-Québec
La Fabrique culturelle is Télé-Québec’s digital cultural platform. It is fuelled by the ten regional offices of Télé-Québec and some 100 partners from the cultural milieu and members of the community. Its mandate is to promote arts and culture by embracing Québec’s cultural identity across the province, mainly through the creativity of its artists and craftspeople. La Fabrique culturelle is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and lafabriqueculturelle.tv.
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