A conference on the under-representation of culturally diverse individuals in Montreal’s visual arts scene
Friday May 24, 3pm-5pm at MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels): 3680, rue Jeanne-Mance, Montreal
In 2005, a report submitted to the city of Montreal confirmed that there was an under-representation of ethnically diverse artists and arts organisations within professional networks, cultural institutions and venues. In response some institutions cited the lack of skilled immigrants for its industry.
Where are we now and where do we go from here?
What are these skills that are said to be less common among immigrants? What measures can be set up to insure a more equitable representation within our cultural organisations? How can we create a climate that will nullify invisible hiring barriers faced by immigrants? Is there a genuine interest in the contribution these individuals might bring within our institutions?
Organised by articule in collaboration with Montréal, arts interculturels (MAI),this conference will serve to reflect on this necessary question, to advance ideas and to share exemplary practices so that Montreal’s cultural sector might more accurately reflect the city’s population.
Three speakers, three perspectives
Charmaine Nelson, Ph.D is an ssociate professor of Art History at McGill University and the author of Racism eh? A Critical Inter-Disciplinary Anthology of Race and Racism in Canada
Yves Alavo is a Montreal municipal public servant and the co-author of a 2005 report to the Montreal task force on cultural diversity that confirmed the under-representation of minorities in the city’s cultural sector.
Karen Tam is an artists whose installation work focuses on constructions of seemingly opposing cultures. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of London’s Goldsmith Centre for cultural studies.
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