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Through its active engagement in developing a regional cultural policy, the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges demonstrates the importance it gives to regional identity and the vitality of its territory in terms of culture. Through its actions, the MRC exhibits its willingness to intervene in improving the quality of life of all citizens and affirms the importance of the cultural dimension that it wishes to bring forward in all of its initiatives.
The cultural policy is an essential tool for harmonious regional cultural development, which recognizes the role arts and culture play as a key elements for the quality of life in Vaudreuil-Soulanges, and consequently promotes the emergence of innovative, stimulating and inclusive cultural projects that are accessible to all.
Cultural policy of the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges focuses on five areas of intervention supported by key goals and objectives:
• Development and strengthening of a regional cultural identity which reflects the particularities of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region;
• Increased accessibility and citizen participation in the region's cultural life;
• Protection and enhancement of the rich heritage rooted in the strong identity of Vaudreuil-Soulanges;
• Recognition, support and promote of both professional and amateur cultural activities practiced through all forms of artistic expression;
• Consultation and partnership in the development and promotion of arts and culture within the region
Adopted in 2006, the Cultural Policy of the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges is a central pillar of the MRC's action strategy regarding the dissemination of culture. Supported by an action plan, this policy allows numerous projects to take hold and illustrates the passion motivating citizens and creators in the region.
Our heritage at the heart of our identity
For several years we have witnessed an erosion and loss of our heritage, due in part to certain factors, including:
• rapid growth of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region;
• considerable real estate development;
• a general lack of knowledge regarding our built up heritage.
In 2010, the MRC came to an agreement on cultural development with the ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine, which provided the MRC the financial opportunity to catalogue the vast inventory of heritage buildings and landscapes, in order to better understand this important aspect of our collective identity.
The MRC has established a partnership with the Musée régional de Vaudreuil-Soulanges and the Canada Research Chair on Urban Heritage at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) to develop and implement this inventory project. To date, nearly 8000 kms have been covered in the territory of the MRC and no less than 10,000 photographs of buildings and landscapes have been taken. Analysis of the 3000 buildings provides the first identifying characteristics of the territory.
The region will benefit from this intervention tool to obtain a better understanding of its assets the land and thereby establish proper interventions to envure their preservation.
Art in the Workplace
Art in the Workplace is a custom program enabling companies and organizations to develop creativity in the workplace, to beautify common spaces and strengthen the sense of team dynamic. This project fostered a stronger sense of belonging among MRC employees and enabled them to put their artistic talent to work in creating two collective works of art.
Both works, “Justitia” and “Sortir du cadre”, created by the employees of the MRC, are respectively on display at the Regional Municipal Court and MRC headquarters.
Conceived in 2011 by two local artists, Madeleine Turgeon and Gerard Poirier, “Imperceptible” is a work of art that helped solve an aesthetic and functional problem that the MRC had with regards to a centennial tree. Made of metal, cedar, Virginia creeper and plastic, the sculpture is shaped like an oversized bird's nest, with a resting place for three giant eggs carved from maple and pine and covered with acrylic. An object of intrigue and conversation, the fourth egg is anchored at the foot of the tree as if it had fallen from the nest.
Although this work of art can be seen in the main entrance, it was originally created to be admired from the Administrative Committee room on the second floor of the MRC headquarters.
The boardroom, an exhibition space
Since 2011, visitors have come to admire works from the following artists:
• Yvon Duranleau (Coteau-du-Lac)
• Suzanne Caron (Rigaud)
• Rene Tellier (Coteau-du-Lac)
• Claude Thivierge (Saint-Zotique)
• Manon Côté (Terrasse-Vaudreuil)
As part of implementing its action plan for Cultural Policy, the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges has established a support program for cultural initiatives in Vaudreuil-Soulanges, for artists and community organizations by means of grants or scholarships.
2013 Edition - The scholarships of the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges
- Support to professional artists
- Support to artists being professional
All the details in the form below.
Registration form (PDF) (in French only)
Filing date : from September 10 to october 10, 2013
To view a summary of scholarships and grants allocated in 2011 as part of this program, please consult the following document.
The Policy for Acquisition and Distribution of works of art not only allows the MRC to purchase them, but it also creates a process for art recognition, support for the artists and their creations, which reflects the commitment and approach of the MRC to support all forms of art. This policy is part of the actions taken under the Cultural Policy.
The development of a regional collection is a tribute to the excellence of the artists of Vaudreuil-Soulanges, in addition to being a distinctive tool of great value for the promotion and distribution of regional cultural programs.
To find out more, download the policy for acquiring works of art. (in French only)