Municipalities at heart of Quebec’s cultural development
The president of the Union des municipalites du Quebec (UMQ) and mayor of Sherbrooke, Bernard Sevigny, took part on August 29th in the public consultations on the renewal of the Politique culturelle du Quebec. He made several recommendations to stimulate cultural dynamism, to democratize culture and better protect and conserve the heritage of Quebec.
“Culture is at the heart of our identity and it is also an economic development and social motor in all the regions of Quebec. Often, the first contact the public has with culture happens on the local stage. By contributing to the cultural vitality of communities, the municipalities support artists and create quality and attractive places to live. The new Politique culturelle du Quebec must take into account this reality, recognize the central role of municipalities and offer them adequate support,” commented Mr. Sevigny.
The UMQ proposes different action plans to review the governance and financing of cultural development agreements, recognize and develop the role of public libraries and stimulate citizen participation in cultural activities. The Union also hopes that the new policy will favour protection and conservation of local heritage, notable by revising the agreements between Quebec and the municipalities on heritage as well as financial measures for the private owners of heritage buildings.