The mayor of Saint-Eustache launched on the 30th of September, the overhaul of the Cultural Policy of the City of Saint-Eustache. He was accompanied by Ms. Nicole Carignan-Lefebvre and Mr. Raymond Tessier, municipal councillors as well as representatives of the cultural community. This change aims to align with the “Everywhere Culture” policy adopted in 2018 by the Government of Quebec. The Cultural Policy of the City of Saint-Eustache is accompanied by a five-year action plan including concrete interventions to be carried out in two phases for the coming years.
Looking towards the future
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One of the most important additions to the Policy is the inclusion of an intervention axis “projects and perspectives for the future”. With this addition, the City of Saint-Eustache wishes to highlight the multi-ethnic origins of its citizens through several activities, including multicultural events and workshops. In addition, it focuses on the optimal use of new technologies, at a time when they are omnipresent and constantly evolving. In addition, the Policy encourages the holding of targeted training offered to stakeholders, cultural workers and artisans themselves.
The new version of the Policy also retains the four existing fields of intervention, namely “accessibility and participation”, “cultural dynamism”, “identity, pride and belonging”, and “cultural environment”. Among the many actions targeted, we find the improvement of cultural activities as well as a local cultural offer, very accessible to citizens who pursue their objective of promoting the cities’ rich heritage.
Reflecting the Saint-Eustachian of today
In order to take into account, the expectations, needs and interests of citizens, the Arts and Culture Department made sure to collect the opinions of the population and those involved in the cultural sector, using surveys, public consultations and individual meetings that took place from winter 2020 to spring 2021. This initiative is the result of the City of Saint-Eustache’s Arts and Culture Development Commission and according to the city, the overhaul of the Policy offers a current, original and open vision, which corresponds well to the ideas and major concerns related to this environment.
Photo: Standing: the mayor of Saint-Eustache, Pierre Charron, municipal councillors Raymond Tessier and Nicole Carignan-Lefebvre, in the company of Sophie Tessier, coordinator of the Arts and Culture Department, Maxime Cool-Lévesque , communications technician at the Arts and Culture Department, Nicole Grimard, Director of the Library Department, Renée Paiement, Arts and Culture Department attendant, Marie-Claude Pichette, administrative agent in the Arts and Culture Department, Nicole Carignan-Lefebvre, municipal councillor, Mylène Sauvé, development officer in the Arts and Culture Department, and Thomas Langevin, student of the Holiday Corporation of the Emploi-été Canada program .