Public consultations to be held to discuss a possible artists-in-residence program in Vankleek Hill

Champlain Township’s community artists will be putting forward a proposal to community residents for an artists-in-residence program at the Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre, in Vankleek Hill, thanks to a grant recently awarded to Excellent Events by the Community Innovation Grant Program, through Prescott-Russell Community Services.

Starting in November, artists, art lovers, and all other interested parties, will be invited to attend one of four bilingual in-person consultations, at the Creating Centre de Créativité, 11 High Street in Vankleek Hill, or virtual consultations via Zoom, to discuss what innovative shape the proposed artists-in-residence project could take to complement the bustling cultural activities of Champlain Township.

Nathalie Ladouceur, pilot project initiator, expressed to Excellent Events how excited she is with the possibilities this project will create for the community.

“We’re really looking forward to hearing what ideas the art community and residents of Champlain Township and surrounding areas will bring to the consultations,” Ladoucer said. “It’s important to us that the community feels that this vision is theirs to co-create.”

“There are many ways in which artists of all disciplines can come work and create with this rich artistic community – a legacy inspired over 40 years by Phil Arber. We hope that this project will generate interest in artists and art lovers alike to come discuss how an artists-in-residence program can add to the cultural tapestry of Vankleek Hill, Champlain Township and even Prescott and Russell at large.”

Those wishing to attend one of the four consultations are asked to sign up via this online form.

An online survey will also be circulated in late November to validate the information gathered by the consultations.

Consultation schedule:

Monday, November 1, 2021: 6:30 p.m. (English, virtual)
Wednesday, November 3, 2021: 6:30 p.m. (French, in person)
Monday, November 8, 2021: 6:30 p.m. (French, virtual)
Wednesday, November 10, 2021: 6:30 p.m. (English, in person)

The pilot project is funded by the Ontario Social Services Relief Fund and led by Prescott-Russell Community Services in partnership with United Way East Ontario and the United Counties of Prescott and Russell.