Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec agreements under the UNESCO-Aschberg program

Canada (Quebec)
Key objectives of the measure:

From 1994 to 2014, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) participated in the UNESCO-Aschberg program. This bursary program offered creation residencies in literature, music and visual arts to artists aged 25 to 35 in developing countries to give them the opportunity for personal growth through contact with other cultures. The program also helped facilitate the mobility and exchange of artists and cultural professionals in order to improve their expertise through training, exchanges and hospitality.

Scope of the measure:
National, International
Nature of the measure:
financial, institutional
Main feature of the measure:

The CALQ participated in this program by providing grants to Quebec organizations that bring young artists on board. The CALQ notably associated itself with La Chambre blanche organization to support bringing artists from Francophone African countries on board for a residency in network and web arts production. The purpose of the artistic project was to explore the various possibilities of digital technologies, such as interactivity, participatory art, hyperlinks, sound exploration, processing still or moving images, etc.

From 2011 to 2014, Musique Multi Montréal, along with the Amis d'Ahuntsic-Cartierville (Babel Musique) also brought foreign artist on board as part of this program.

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

As part of the UNESCO-Aschberg program, the CALQ supported Quebec organizations' bringing on board seven foreign artists from 2011-2012 to 2014-2015.

In addition to that number, La Chambre blanche brought artists on board from Francophone African countries, including Cameroon and Burkina Faso. Musique Multi Montreal brought two artists on board from Togo and Madagascar. Babel Musique also brought one artist on board from Mexico.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

2011-2013: $CAD 51,6K