Press Release – October 14, 2021


Vankleek Hill– Thursday, October 14, 2021

Community Arts Public Consultations to be Held in November to Discuss a Possible Artists in Residence Project in Vankleek Hill

Excellent Events, has recently been awarded a grant by the Community Innovation Grant Program granted by the Prescott and Russell Community Services. The purpose of the grant is to consult with the community to learn how an artists in residence program to possibly be held on the second floor of Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre could add to the active art community of Champlain Township. Starting in November, artists, art lovers and all those interested will be invited to attend in person and virtual consultations to discuss what innovative shape the artists in residence project could take to compliment the bustling cultural activities of Champlain Township.

Nathalie Ladouceur, who initiated this pilot project, working with Excellent Events expressed how excited she is at the endless possibilities of this new project 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. 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.”

A series of bilingual public consultations will be held in person at the Creating Centre de Créativité at 11 High Street in Vankleek Hill, and virtually via Zoom in November. An online survey will also be circulated in late November to validate the information gathered by the consultations. Those wishing to attend one of the four consultations are asked to sign up via the online form:

Consultation schedule:
Monday, November 1, 2021: 6:30pm (English, virtual)
Wednesday, November 3, 2021: 6:30 pm (French, in person)
Monday, November 8, 2021: 6:30pm (French, virtual)
Wednesday, November 10, 2021: 6:30pm (English, in person)

Excellent Events wishes to recognize that this 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.