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CAPRAC Presents Featured:
An Evening Celebrating the Art and Artists of Prescott & Russell


Alfred, December 12, 2016. Nearly 30 regional artists of different artistic disciplines as well as our region’s very own star, the talented Mélissa Ouimet, will share the stage for an evening of artistic diversity, networking and celebration. On December 17, 2016, you are invited to join the Conseil des arts de Prescott Russell Arts Council (CAPRAC) at 5 p.m. at La Maison des Arts, 2 Lapalme Street in Embrun, to celebrate our regional artists and the arrival of the holidays in a festive environment. This one-of-a-kind showcase will begin with an art exhibition accompanied by a wine and cheese, and end with a variety show which will be sure to appeal to all ages!

Our region’s very own star, Mélissa Ouimet from St-Albert, will be our special musical guest who will charm the audience with her lively and heartfelt music and performance. On the importance of the arts in Prescott & Russell, Ms. Ouimet expressed that “the roots and support of a community are the primary tools for an artist to create the canvas of their future!” And it is with that in mind, that CAPRAC and its partners present Featured, an event with the purpose of not only bringing artists together, but also to offer them a platform on which they can express their art, and share it with the entire art, culture and heritage community of Prescott and Russell.

We invite you to see and experience the work of our exhibiting and performing artists from all corners of the region such as Hawkesbury, Alfred, Curran, Plantagenet, Bourget, Rockland, Clarence-Creek, Limoges, Casselman and Embrun, and network with a dynamic community eager to share their talent and vision through various forms of art such as dance, music, song, slam poetry, storytelling and visual arts. A variety of local food and beverages will also be served throughout the evening.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite, and will also be available at the door ($5-$15). Visit caprac.ca for more details on the showcase and to see the complete list of artists.

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The Conseil des arts Prescott Russell Arts Council is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission consists in informing the community about the various cultural, artistic and heritage events in the region; bringing together actors from the spheres of culture, arts and heritage, supporting the implementation of unifying initiatives and promoting Prescott and Russell’s arts, culture and heritage.

 

 

 

 

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Call to Artists of Prescott and Russell:
150 Reasons to Be Canadian

 

Alfred, Friday, August 26, 2016 – The Conseil des arts Prescott Russell Arts Council (CAPRAC), in partnership with the Prescott and Russell Economic Development and Tourism (PREDT) Office and Tourism Prescott Russell Tourism (TPRT) will be leading a regional signature project titled “150 Reasons to Be Canadian.”

In 2017, Canada will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its confederation. To mark this special occasion, CAPRAC, in partnership with the PREDT and TPRT are calling all artists, artisans, makers and creators of the Prescott and Russell region to participate in a major project created for this once-in-a-lifetime celebration titled “150 Reasons to Be Canadian.” Thus, artists are asked to submit an artwork in the discipline and medium of their choice (painting, poetry, choreography, short film, fine craft, etc.) while respecting the eligibility criteria established by the organisers.

The ultimate goal of this project is to bring together 150 works of art in a grand group exhibition at an opening reception which will held on October 21, 2017. This grand exhibition will be accompanied by music and a wine and cheese. Performing artists will also have the chance to present their work in the evening. Among the 150 artworks gathered, 24 pieces have been reserved for youth. Each high school in the region will be approached in September 2016 so as to choose two young artists and their artwork to represent their respective schools.

In order to emphasize the scale of the project in the community, a unique logo will be created to represent the project's theme and a website www.prescottrussell150.ca will be launched in the new year where all information related to the project will be found, such as the list of all the artists and artworks, partners and sponsors.

This signature project will also be afforded an exhibition catalogue that will be sold and distributed at the grand opening. Following a call for tenders, a chosen photographer from the region will be hired to take professional photographs of each artist and their work. A graphic design firm from the region, also following a call for tenders, will be hired for the layout of the exhibition catalogue.

Those who will have missed the grand group exhibition and opening will have a second chance to see the artworks as the group show will be divided and pieces will be exhibited across Prescott and Russell throughout the month of November 2017 in venues such as Le Chenail Cultural Centre, the Clarence-Rockland Recreational and Cultural Centre (YMCA), Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre, La Maison des Arts de Russell and L'Orignal Old Jail.

For more details on the call to artists, please visit CAPRAC’s website www.caprac.ca under “Opportunities”,

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The Conseil des arts Prescott Russell Arts Council is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission consists in informing the community about the various cultural, artistic and heritage events in the region; bringing together actors from the spheres of culture, arts and heritage, supporting the implementation of unifying initiatives and promoting Prescott and Russell’s arts, culture and heritage.


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CAPRAC at a Crossroads

Alfred, February 12, 2016 – The Conseil des arts Prescott Russell Arts Council (CAPRAC) needs to make some tough decisions about its role, so it is asking the community to attend meetings to review scenarios.

Following last fall’s public meetings, CAPRAC faces a handful of fateful choices. Operating under a Board of Directors formed entirely of volunteers representing their community, CAPRAC wants to hold in-depth conversations and welcomes the participation of everyone who cares about the arts, culture and heritage.

One of the key questions: is CAPRAC an umbrella organization that services the half dozen local cultural centres, and concentrates on making the best local talent known across Ontario and Quebec? On the other hand, does it orient its efforts towards amateurs and supporters of the arts, culture and heritage who live in Prescott & Russell, helping them to grow and expand their abilities? In what ways can we marry the two and help boost the development of partnerships so as to make culture an essential element, at the very heart of what defines Prescott & Russell?

Another hot topic: should membership be free? Presently, you have to pay 20 dollars to become a member. Is it important to pay for what you get, or perhaps, considering that the majority of its funds come from public sources, CAPRAC should open its doors to everyone, for free?

Artists, stakeholders and all those who work in the field of art, culture or heritage are invited to attend one of the following evenings, to help in the development of CAPRAC’s triennial strategic plan:

• February 16, 2016, Embrun, Knights of Columbus Hall, 5 Forget St., 6 :30pm to 9 :30pm
• February 18, 2016, Bourget, Community Centre, 19 Lavigne Rd, 6 :30pm to 9 :30pm
• February 24, 2016, Vankleek Hill, Anglican Church Hall, 5845 Church St (HWY 34), 6 :30pm to 9 :30pm

Please note that consultations will be bilingual. A simultaneous interpretation service will be offered at each event.
Those interested in attending are asked to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm their presence at one of the three consultations.

In addition, people are encouraged to participate in a brief survey by February 15th at the following link:
http://fluidsurveys.com/s/caprac-strategic-plan/

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