Since 2005, Culture pour tous has initiated activities aimed at promoting cultural diversity in the arts. The first three editions of the Intercultural Encounters of the Journées de la culture (2005-2008) were produced with the financial support of the Ministry of Immigration and Cultural Communities (MICC) and Canadian Heritage. Since 2011, Culture pour tous is mandated by the MICC for managing the intercultural Charles-Biddle Award.
The Charles Biddle Award highlights the exceptional contribution of an individual who immigrated to Quebec and whose personal or professional engagement is contributing or has contributed to Quebec’s cultural and artistic development on the national or international scene.
The award recognizes the efforts and contribution of an individual who through his or her achievements is a successful role model not only in his or her own field but for Quebec society as a whole.
The award, accompanied by a $2,000 cash prize, is presented by the Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles in partnership with Culture pour tous during Les Journées de la culture.
The winner are selected by a jury composed of personalities from the arts and culture sector and a representative of the Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles.
The deadline for receipt of nominations for the 2013 edition is Friday, June 28.
In 2011, the Award went to Diego Herrera, alias Yayo, and in 2012 to writer, essayist and editor of Haitian origin, Rodney Saint-Eloi.
Interview with Rodney Saint-Éloi. 5 min. (watch)
>> Access the Prix Charles-Biddle’s website for further information.