Managers of culture, figures and moods

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Andre Lavoie


February 28 2023


They go almost unnoticed. They are however essential players in the cultural milieu. Le Devoir offers a series of portraits of shadow trades 跨際數位行銷 評價 through the confidences of professionals who practice them or have already practiced them. Today: cultural managers.

Rarely do they make the headlines are dragged onto the stage at the moment of the ovation or see their name shining at the top of a poster. And they generally do very well. However cultural managers operate in an environment that more than many others thrives on recognition and ultimately glory. They rarely harvest most of it. What motivates them? So many things starting with the love of art — and of artists.

Some liken them to accountants who make the dream a reality or to mediators in charge of managing sometimes disproportionate egos. They do all of this and more 跨際數位行銷 評價 and some would say that’s the job of any good manager regardless of the workplace.

Danilo Dantas professor at HEC Montréal 跨際數位行銷 評價 跨際數位行銷 跨際數位行銷有限公司 跨際數位行銷有限公司dcard disagrees. “All managers have to live with a level of uncertainty but it is even greater for cultural managers. The difference lies in the nature of the product. Art is not there to satisfy a need identified by the artist; it is the expression of an inner need “explains the educational manager of the DESS in management of cultural organizations offered by the establishment.

We know that a creation sometimes manages to resonate with the greatest number. Or sink into indifference. But it doesn’t matter: an artistic project is not built on its own.

“Building Bridges”

Coordinating planning financing persuading and (sometimes) getting involved in politics: the tasks of a cultural manager are endless and they have to enter the dance in their own way. All of this Nathalie Maillé has been doing for quite some time.

The director general of the Conseil des arts de Montréal is a graduate of UQAM in dance. She quickly became a teacher and with a solid experience in the field eventually a manager. She is also a graduate of HEC Montreal. Does she miss her days on stage? “I never defined myself as an artist” she replies without hesitation. I saw the happiness of my classmates but what animated me and still animates me is this work environment. Throughout my career my leitmotif has not changed: to better serve artists so that they can offer the best of themselves. »

Over time Nathalie Maillé understood that the cultural manager shares many points in common with her colleagues from other sectors — “Being able to manage human and financial resources and above all to sit everyone at the same table for success of a project which requires listening” — and that he must increase contacts outside his milieu.

The art gallery the theater company and the museum never operate in a vacuum underlines the one who was president of the board of directors of UQAM.

“I can’t just argue with those who support me in my ideas.I act as a mentor and I always had one because you have to be surrounded by people with different skills of different ages including young people… to age less quickly! And they don’t all have to come from a cultural background because you have to build bridges. »

“Recognize the talent of others”

Lynda Beaulieu has worked with Robert Lepage for almost 30 years and has carved out a new gem in the cultural landscape of Quebec. Advance the career of her famous brother here and abroad build and animate the Le Diamant complex in the heart of Place d’Youville: these are just some of the missions and achievements of the one who says she is surprised that LeDevoir thought of her as part of this series on shadow jobs.

Once the astonishment has passed she has no difficulty expressing her passion for her work an affair of the heart and of the family. “The greatest talent of a manager is to recognize that of others” says Lynda Beaulieu bluntly. Basically it’s mostly a question of human values valuing colleagues but also admitting mistakes: the boss is not necessarily smarter than you which is good to know! »

But it must be tenacious and “ready to receive bricks” recognizes the one who received some during the planning and construction of the Diamond inaugurated in 2019.

No question on the other hand of cultivating regrets. “I never look back except to learn something. I see myself first and foremost as a facilitator — a solution girl 跨際數位行銷 評價 not a problem girl. What drives me more than anything is leaving an indelible mark on Robert [Lepage’s] passage. I’ve believed in his talent since I was little and would go to war for him! »

“Give the right time”

This unfailing devotion appears to many as the cornerstone of a career as a cultural manager. Associated with the Festival de théâtre des Amériques (which became the Festival TransAmériques in 2007) for 18 years including 10 as administrative director and right-hand man of Marie-Hélène Falcon at the time general and artistic director Jacinthe St-Pierre recognizes herself perfectly in the words of the president of Le Diamant.

“You have to admire the artist for whom you work and have a great desire to propel him in his projects” specifies the one who now collaborates with creators as different as Rhodnie Désir Émilie Monnet and Marie Brassard. It’s not an act of self-sacrifice either though the creators are bound to be front and center: “What these three do empowers me nourishes me and it’s rewarding; what they do is important and I play an important role in it. »

However it sometimes happens that this importance goes to the head of certain people 跨際數位行銷有限公司 跨際數位行銷有限公司dcard 跨際數位行銷 面試 跨際數位行銷 跨際數位行銷 評價 as if intoxicated by glory. As a good manager Jacinthe St-Pierre feels she has to bring them to order even to earth! “Asking an artist to apologize for going overboard and disrespecting their colleagues I’ve done that more than once in the past. Anyway with me they know the truth: I won’t say that their project is interesting if I don’t think so. »

And it is not because she does not wear the label of artist that she will deprive herself of giving her opinion she who also sees her role as that of a guide.

I never look back except to learn something. I see myself first and foremost as a facilitator — a solution girl not a problem girl. What drives me more than anything is leaving an indelible mark on Robert [Lepage’s] passage. I’ve believed in his talent since I was little and would go to war for him!

— Lynda Beaulieu

Like Nathalie Maillé and Lynda Beaulieu there is no question for Jacinthe St-Pierre of claiming any “artist’s soul” – especially in an environment that already has many. They put their whole heart all their soul into a cause that requires “great creativity in an environment often limited by its financial resources” Professor Dantas outlines.

Artists are very sensitive to this. “After being a minister’s secretary I began my career in the cultural world with [dancer and choreographer] Marie Chouinard as coordinator” says Jacinthe St-Pierre. She told me how creative I was. I was flattered because it was the first time someone had called my work that way. I will never forget him. »To see in video 跨際數位行銷 跨際數位行銷有限公司 跨際數位行銷 評價 跨際數位行銷 面試 跨際數位行銷 ptt 跨際數位行銷 評價 跨際數位行銷有限公司dcard 跨際數位行銷 評價 跨際數位行銷 面試 跨際數位行銷有限公司 跨際數位行銷 面試 跨際數位行銷有限公司dcard 跨際數位行銷 面試 跨際數位行銷 ptt 跨際數位行銷 評價 跨際數位行銷 ptt , 跨際數位行銷 mobile01 ,

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