One of the most remarkable public art collectives in Canada needs your support. ATSA (the collective name for artists Annie Roy and Pierre Allard) have created some of the most striking public art interventions. They have won numerous international awards.* Last year, the federal government cut their funding. They need public support to continue their work. For every dollar donated to ATSA in the next few months, the Quebec government will double it up to $45,000.
For those unfamiliar with the work of ATSA, here are some highlights. Etat d’urgence is a five day cultural festival for the homeless that ran for over a decade every December in downtown Montreal, bringing together hundreds of homeless and thousands of Montrealers for performances, music, art exhibitions, gourmet food, shelter, clothing, medical treatment. In 2002, Parc Industriel presented an archeological site in an empty urban lot where the remains of our current civilization were being “rediscovered” in the form of architectural structures made from compressed metal waste. Since 2003, ATSA has been creating ATTACK#! in various cities — the public installation of a bombed-out SUV accompanied by audio-visual material (inside the destroyed car) that position the installation as a critique of automobile dependence and its impacts. Wild Capitalism Hunting Games (2005), was an installation at Olympic Plaza in Montreal where participants were encouraged to use attache cases mounted in a water park for target practice.
There are many many more projects that ATSA has done over the years — check out their website for more information.
ATSA recently qualified for the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec’s Mécénat Placements Culture (cultural sponsorship) program. For each donation made to ATSA during this funding drive, the Québec government will not only match the dollar amount but double it. For instance, your $100 donation will result in $300 going to ATSA. For any donation of $20 or more, ATSA will issue a receipt for income tax purposes.
Donations can be made online or by cheque mailed to ATSA, 4430 Drolet, Montreal, QC H2W 2L8. An income tax receipt will be issued in the weeks that follow your donation.
For more information, contact ATSA directly.
*ATSA’s international awards include: 2011 Giverny Capital prize; 2010 Pratt & Whitney Canada Nature de l’art prize from the Conseil des Arts de Montréal; Citoyen de la Culture prize from Les Arts et la Ville for the 2008 edition of État d’Urgence; 2008 Artistes pour la Paix prize.