The MRC des Collines is known for its great artistic and cultural wealth. Numerous artists, organizations and cultural enterprises energize our territory through their projects and initiatives, contributing to our identity and local pride.
The arts and culture found in the MRC des Collines are important tools for economic development, social cohesion and land use planning. The MRC des Collines recognizes the value of integrating arts and culture into all facets of sustainable development, as well as the importance of recognizing and protecting natural and cultural heritage.
The MRC des Collines’ commitment to cultural development is achieved primarily through a three-year agreement with the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications. This agreement allows for the financing of cultural events and activities throughout the territory as part of the Cultural Development Fund.
POLICY AND ORIENTATIONS
REVISION OF THE CULTURAL POLICY
Since the last cultural policy was launched in 2010, the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais is now initiating a process to revise it.
The development of the cultural policy will take the form of a participatory process that will take into account the reflections and comments of a group of people who care about the evolution of arts and culture on the territory of the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais.
The cultural policy is a political and public gesture of recognition of the importance of culture in the development of a community. It constitutes the pivotal point of the MRC’s action strategy with regard to the development of culture and communications, with a view to ensuring greater integration and better planning of activities in a perspective of improving the quality of life.
THE CULTURAL POLICY SERVES TO :
- Integrate culture into all of the MRC’s concerns by promoting the definition of priorities, first within the cultural sectors, but also with regard to other sectors of intervention for which the MRC’s assistance and resources are sought ;
- Better define the cultural identity of the MRC ;
- To define a long-term vision and better plan the services offered by the MRC in the multiple sectors of intervention of culture.
Culture Outaouais has been mandated by the MRC des Collines to develop a cultural policy within the framework of the Fonds d’appui au rayonnement des régions (FARR) of the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation. Culture Outaouais is collaborating with the Les Arts et la Ville network for the presentation of cultural clinics.
The main guidelines will be the guidelines of the Agenda 21 de la culture du Québec and the cultural policy of Québec: Partout, la culture.
Public consultations are planned for the summer of 2022 to hear different points of view, build consensus, highlight the interest of potential partners and mobilize stakeholders.
FUNDS AND PROGRAMS
CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT FUND
The Cultural Development Fund is the result of the Cultural Development Agreement between the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais and the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec (MCC).
Its purpose is to encourage the development of the cultural offer on the territory of the six municipalities that make up the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais, namely Cantley, Chelsea, L’Ange-Gardien, La Pêche, Pontiac and Val-des-Monts.
The purpose of this fund is to ensure the implementation of the strategic orientations defined in the Cultural Policy of the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais, as well as the objectives of the Quebec Cultural Policy.
CALL FOR PROJECTS 2023
Non-profit organizations and municipalities are invited to submit projects of a cultural and heritage nature to the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais Cultural Development Fund (CDF).
Please consult the following documents to apply for funding (documents in French only):
* These documents are available in French only. If you require help with translation please contact us. You may submit your project in English using the form above.
Requests for funding can be submitted at any time throughout the year, until all funds have been allocated.
The following deadlines are planned ahead of our selection committee meetings: March 3, May 5 and September 1st.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss the eligibility of your project, please do not hesitate to contact Christine Butt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARTS AND LITERATURE IN THE OUTAOUAIS REGION – TERRITORIAL PARTNERSHIP – CONSEIL DES ARTS ET DES LETTRES DU QUÉBEC (CALQ)
The MRC des Collines participates in a territorial partnership agreement in the Outaouais that aims to support creation, production or dissemination projects that promote links between the arts and the community. This program, intended for artists in the region, is managed by the CALQ and calls for applications are announced on their website.
SUPPORT FOR CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS
The MRC des Collines offers a support service to cultural organizations in its territory. This service can include, for example
- Advice on starting a new NPO;
- Strategic planning and orientation advice;
- Search for funding;
- Networking and links with other local and regional organizations.
Certain cultural organizations that wish to implement structuring projects may be eligible for the Regions and Rurality Fund.
For any questions or requests for coaching services, please contact Christine Butt email@example.com.
- La Fab sur Mill – Centre des arts
- Place des artistes de Farrelton (PAF)
- Galerie Old Chelsea
- Tour des ateliers Chelsea Wakefield
- Art de l’Ordinaire
- Centre Moon Rain
The youth of the MRC contrasts with the ancientity of its history. The geomorphology of its territory bears witness to the earliest times of the planet with the Eardley Escarpment at the southern end́ of the Canadian Shield. As glaciers moved, they chiseled our hills, lakes and rivers. The forces of nature that have forged the MRC’s terroir now make it an exceptional habitat to preserve and enhance.
INVENTORY OF THE BUILT HERITAGE
The MRC des Collines completed an inventory of built heritage on its territory in 2009, the results of which are included in the Répertoire du patrimoine culturel du Québec. An update of the inventory of built heritage in the MRC des Collines is planned for 2022 – 2023.
HILLS AND WATER ROUTE
The Hills and Water route is a public art circuit that highlights the historical, cultural and natural heritage of the six municipalities of the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais. Artists from the region were called upon to create these sculptures, which represent an important story for each community. Each story is related to water, the unifying theme of the tour. Visitors are invited to explore the territory to discover these permanent works of public art that are the pride of the communities of the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais.