Thirty-five personalities from Québec will be awarded the Ordre of the Arts and Letters of Québec during a ceremony organized by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) that will be held next March 23, celebrating its 20th anniversary. This honorary distinction recognizes personalities for their remarkable contribution, their engagement and devotion to the development, promotion and impact on Arts and Letters in Québec. The CALQ will pay tribute to Ms. Liza Frulla, ex-Minister of Culture, who established the CALQ in the wake of the adoption of Québec’s first cultural policy. Members of the first CALQ board of directors will be honoured: Guy Morin, first chief executive officer, Jean-Claude Germain, vice-president, as well as Godefroy-M. Cardinal, Marie Laberge, Ginette Laurin, Gilles Maheu, Monique Mercure, Élise Paré-Tousignant, Luc Plamondon, Guy Rodgers and William St-Hilaire. The order will also be granted posthumously to Melvin Charney and Jovette Marchessault. The Ordre will also be awarded to the following figures whose noteworthy achievements have contributed to the evolution of Arts and Letters: David Altmejd, Denys Arcand, Marie Chouinard, Leonard Cohen, Clémence Desrochers, Xavier Dolan, Réjean Ducharme, Marie-Hélène Falcon, Oliver Jones, Dany Laferrière, Phyllis Lambert, Michel Lemieux, Louise Lemieux-Bérubé, Louise Lecavalier, Robert Lepage, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Alanis Obomsawin, Fred Pellerin, Victor Pilon, Françoise Sullivan and Michel Tremblay. The Conseil de l'Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec has selected members among professional artists and writers, but also among those who support them, encourage them, including: patrons, art managers, cultural workers or teachers who have made a major contribution to the regional, national or international scene. The Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec does not include a cash prize or other material reward.
Christian O'Leary, directeur des communications et de la promotion des arts et des lettes, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.
Translated from French by Louise Charland.
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