Spring-Summer 2016 Newsletter Edition

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation just launched the Spring-Summer 2016 edition of its Info FMJF newsletter. The newsletter invites the public to track the daily progress of its programming, become more familiar with Foundation activities and support the projects of its bursary recipients. The Michaëlle Jean Foundation is convinced that the arts can indeed save lives, and it thanks all partners and donors for their support and for ensuring that the Foundation can continue its important work in favour of underserved youth. The newsletter can be viewed here.

Call for Applications: Entrepreneurship Fund

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation is inviting underserved youth, aged 18-30, to apply for its Young Arts Entrepreneur business fund. The initiative provides successful applicants with $7,500 in start-up funds, over a two-year period, as well as seasoned mentors from the business sector. To learn more about the opportunity and apply, please visit the information page. Deadline for applications is August 1, 2016 at 11:59 pm E.T. 

The program was designed with the assistance of youth business organization Futurpreneur Canada to fill a gap identified by community youth and arts organizations across the country. It is supported by BMO Financial Group and CIBC.

Canadian Leaders Back Foundation’s Work on Justice

A group of distinguished Canadians from the fields of government, law, business, health, academia, culture and community are lending their voice to our initiative, which empowers Nova Scotian youth to use the arts to advance peace, safety, reconciliation and justice in their communities.

Some of the “Justice Champions” attended a special workshop on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, that kicked-off a province-wide consultation on enhancing peace and justice throughout the province. The event included art creation, artist talks and community feedback stations inside the 4th Wall exhibition space. Citing recent high profile cases of gun violence rocking the province and the hate-based  attack in Orlando, the Justice Champions are calling for Nova Scotians of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in the Foundation’s efforts to support young people working tirelessly to use the arts to improve quality of life in their communities.

Residents of the province are invited to submit recommendations for a three-year action plan to enhance safety, wellbeing, reconciliation, and rehabilitation in their communities. A special fund will then be created to enable youth-driven community organizations to work with the business, government, health, law, cultural and social service organizations to implement the plan over a three-year period.

Justice Champions include such luminaries as: Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament; The Honourable Diana Whalen, Minister of Justice and Attorney General;The Honourable Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage; His Honour Michael Savage, Mayor of Halifax; Marie Wilson, Commissioner at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2009-2015); Jean-Michel Blais, Chief, Halifax Regional Police; JRDN, Juno-Award winning artist; Quentrel Provo, Founder and CEO, Stop the Violence Spread the Love; and  Alan Syliboy, Coady Chair in Social Justice, St. Francis Xavier University. To see the complete list of Justice Champions visit this page. 

Contest for Muslim Youth in Quebec

Muslim youth from Quebec, aged 15 to 30, are invited to submit proposals of artwork (paintings, multimedia, videography, sculpture etc.) as part of The Art of Inclusion: Muslim Youth Take the Lead project. Ten submissions will be selected by a jury to be part of a groundbreaking exhibition on Muslim youth to be unveiled at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in November 2016. Each winning submission will receive:

  • $1,000 award,
  • Up to $250 to cover the cost of materials needed to create the artwork, and
  • Unprecedented visibility at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

The proposed artwork must articulate a vision of Quebec’s diverse identity and offer suggestions on ways to foster the full inclusion of Muslim youth in Quebec society. The application deadline is May 24, 2016, at 11:59 pm. Follow this link to apply.