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As the Reginald J. P. Dawson Library prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in a big way next week, it is interesting to note just how this institution so valued by Townies has been able to carve out a special place for itself on the local cultural scene. Building on natural affinities, our library has succeeded in expanding its focus far beyond the confines of literature. Whoever visits it—and your numbers are legion—knows full well that the library celebrates culture in all its forms all year round.
Home to many works of art in the Town’s permanent collection, the library also features temporary exhibitions, in particular by members of artMont-Royal (TRAM), and provides an impressive showcase for local artists. It hosts shows of various types during the Journées de la culture and other events. It constantly and imaginatively refreshes its youth activities and regularly welcomes speakers to talk to Townies about travel, horticulture and many other subjects. Knowledge and pleasure go hand in hand at this establishment.
Although 2017 already has featured a number of special events at the library, May 31 will be the climax of our celebration of culture. Along with all the Town’s other elected officials, I will be on hand and will take advantage of the occasion to present the new Town of Mount Royal cultural policy, an inspired and inspiring document.
First published in 2008, the cultural policy has, for the last decade, guided all municipal initiatives in the areas of artistic promotion and the showcasing of heritage. It is because of this policy that public art has found a place in Mount Royal in recent years: the document breathes life into a vision that, without proper reflection or enunciation, would risk never becoming a reality. Like its predecessor, the second edition of our cultural policy was developed in the winter and spring based on comments received from citizens and the Town’s cultural organizations. At its launch on Wednesday, May 31, all members of the Mount Royal community should be able to recognize themselves in its pages.
I therefore invite all Townies keen on culture to attend this launch, which will take the form of a reception, a 5 à 7, in the library’s atrium. Music students from the Pierre Laporte High School will provide a musical accompaniment. In addition to the new cultural policy, the Town councillors and I will also present the first-ever catalogue of the artworks in the Town’s collection, a project carried out in collaboration with the Townschool Council, which each year brings together a dozen young people elected by their peers at the Town’s elementary schools. Lastly, we will unveil The Reader, a magnificent bronze sculpture donated to Mount Royal by Townie and renowned artist Dr. Megerditch Tarakdjian. This latest addition to the Town’s collection will now be on prominent display near the library’s main entrance.
On May 31, starting at 17:00, join us to celebrate your long love affair with the Reginald J. P. Dawson Library and your attachment to the arts. Don’t miss this exceptional occasion! I look forward to seeing you there.