Change ways to help the culture in Montreal

Photo: Pedro Ruiz The Duty
Christine Gosselin, new responsible for culture, heritage and design to the executive committee of the City of Montreal

The cultural vision of the new administration in Montreal ? Continue on the axes named in the Policy development cultural 2017-2022. Work on the deployment of cultural districts, using more often the libraries as the heart. But most importantly, think of new structures, of ways to equip artists and companies to help the environment to be ” more resistant “. It is as well as Christine Gosselin, just arrived as new responsible for culture, heritage and design to the executive committee of the City of Montreal, shall appoint, in interview to the Duty, its priorities.


“I am aware that I face a lot of challenges,” said the councillor in Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie. “The challenges that are alike in the fact that we have arrived at a limit. We need to think about the preservation of our cultural background otherwise if we want to continue. The digital, the decrease of the number of distribution sites, the lower the income, the rise in real estate values and taxes put pressure on the cultural activity, which weakens the middle, which is hard to find in the new economic landscape. […] We continue to consider the culture of the ancient way, with programmes and the punctual assistance, and we do not think of culture in its “economic development” basis. We should think about it more, and do more tie-down ” with the economic development corporations that have understood that the culture can obtain a signature. Ms. Gosselin gives the festival Mural Saint-Laurent boulevard, in the example. Or the new gallery ArtGang and the exterior landscaping next around the théâtre Plaza, for the Plaza Saint-Hubert.


In the aftermath of the announcement of an injection of $ 2.5 million in the budget of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, made to give “the oxygen of the most direct way for creators and for the ecosystem, for the reward of wearing the pyramid of culture on their shoulders,” the one who has made its first weapons as an advisor and responsible for culture in the borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal indicates that the two priority issues are, in the lineage of the new cultural policies of Montreal, the funding and the digital challenge. “The proverb is a cliché, but we need to stop giving fish and teaching how to fish. This is a bit of our perspective, because there will come more with the old formula. Our ambitions go beyond what we could conceive as a support. “


The cultural Policy as the action Plan on the heritage remain, therefore, the structures of work, even if they have been filed by the administration Coderre. “What are statements of collective. It is there that they share. It is necessary to think how to implement this cultural Policy. It is not yet known what will be the paths to do so. And it needs to work with provincial and federal policies, this is where you will find the finance major. And it was a good listen. “


The library joint


In concrete terms, the head of the culture already knows that she wants to push ” the deployment of the cultural offer and of the creation in the districts outlying “, pursuing the concept of cultural districts and cultural district. “Starting of course by the program libraries, which are often spaces mixed (with show rooms and exhibition), and are the cultural hubs. We want to continue the transformations, and expansions of libraries and to accelerate the pace compared to previous years, taking maximum advantage of the program, Renovation, expansion and construction of libraries (RAC). “And these places should explode out of their walls. “It goes through the valorisation of the cultural activity through facilities preferred, from a portion of a pole ; and it was the cultural activity in the walls, which is also reflected in the public space. It can be benches that are significant, fountains, dance programs that need to be developed so that all citizens can enjoy a range of cultural proximity. At times, in certain areas, it may take the form of amateur art or cultural recreation. It is variable geometry. “


Inclusion and diversity are also in its sights, in order to ” move forward in Montreal to an identity that is truly representative of its population “. Christine Gosselin indicated that it needed a bit of time to advance more. “It is necessary to continue research of tools and solutions, she repeats. I know this is a bit vague and bureaucratic, but it is necessary to think of a holistic approach that adapts to each environment. “

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