An initiative resulting from the Cultural Policy, the Arts-Business Award was created in 2016 to support and promote the arts, culture and heritage community. More specifically, this award serves to encourage collaborative projects between local business people and artists.
This brand-new award is made possible thanks to the collaboration of Québec’s Ministère de la Culture et des Communications and the Corporation for the Commercial Development of the City of Saint-Lambert.
Through this award, the City seeks to pay official tribute to a local business that has distinguished itself in our community by one or more initiatives aimed at supporting the arts or culture.
The Selection Committee is responsible for studying the nominations based on a list of predetermined criteria in order to reach a consensus on a winner. The committee is composed of three representatives, including one each of the business and cultural communities and one of the City of Saint-Lambert. It is supported throughout the process by a representative of the City’s Library Services, Arts and Culture Office.
There was no Art-Business Award in 2017. Do you know a place of business that deserves this award? Submit your idea by contacting the Arts and Culture Division at 450-466-3889 ext. 3130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City would like to introduce the nominees, whose achievements deserve the spotlight.
1. TD Bank, Saint-Lambert branch
For the past five years, the Saint-Lambert branch of TD bank has handed out annual TD scholarships for excellence totalling $2,500, to the new generation of aspiring young musicians at the Conservatoire de musique de la Montérégie (CMM). The scholarships are designed to help these youngsters gain admission to a college-level music program where they can develop and hone their skills. The recipients then take active part in publicly accessible cultural events held in Saint-Lambert, such as Festival Classica.
2. Les marchés IGA Louise-Ménard
For more than 15 years, Les marchés IGA Louise-Ménard has lent its financial support to the Maison des arts Rive-Sud in the form of goods and services. This non-profit organization can count on IGA Louise-Ménard for assistance (snacks, beverages, dishes, etc.) at its vernissages, for publicity about its activities, and for funding (participation in fund-raising activities, sponsorships, etc.). The Maison des arts Rive-Sud wishes to salute the company’s quick and always-receptive responses to their requests, which undoubtedly contribute to the success of their art activities.
3. Le Castel seniors’ residence
Le Castel seniors’ residence has forged a true partnership with the Société chorale de Saint-Lambert (SCSL). In addition to assisting the SCSL by, among other things, purchasing tickets and selling sweets, Le Castel has made its facility available to the SCSL for some of its musical activities, such as rehearsals. The choral society can thus meet one of its objectives, which is to offer activities outside its own premises to individuals who are unable attend its concerts. Le Castel has helped introduce the SCSL to its residents, their families and other seniors in the community as a choir that enriches artistic life in Saint-Lambert.
4. Librairie Le Fureteur
Librairie Le Fureteur has always worked to promote reading and develop a book culture in Saint-Lambert. It organizes many free activities with authors and has become a place where booklovers gather and exchange ideas. The bookstore also offers financial support or volunteer support for a number of cultural initiatives in our community, such as the Open-Air Museum.
For the Friends of the Saint-Lambert Library Foundation, Le Fureteur bookstore has shown itself to be an invaluable collaborator on numerous occasions. For years, the bookstore has funded the Préludes à l’opéra evenings, offered books free of charge to each member during the organization’s annual general meeting, purchased 100 roses annually to give out to library goers on World Book and Copyright Day, and sat on the Foundation’s board of directors. All these actions, to name but a few, contribute directly to the development and outreach of the municipal library.
The first Arts-Business Award goes to Librairie Le Fureteur for its many achievements that enrich cultural life in our community.