COVID-19: Temporary measures in DAM and the community at large
Given the exceptional situation, and in response to government directives aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19, Diversité artistique Montréal (DAM) has decided to suspend all of its activities involving meetings or public gatherings (training for members, networking, debate evenings, Auditions de la diversité, La Cellule iDAM’s training, meetings with partners, etc.). These activities are postponed and the offices are physically closed until further notice.
The organization remains virtually open and the entire team will telework to answer members’ questions or to make progress on certain files. We will get in touch with our contacts and partners to follow up on current projects. The team is currently reorganizing the work to ensure minimum service while taking into account public health recommendations.
In the near future, we will inform members and participants in our activities of the measures put in place, given the circumstances, to continue to offer certain services by videoconference, such as the mentorship program, the accompaniment of La Cellule iDAM, or individual consultation. During this period, we invite you to communicate with the team by e-mail only.
The scope of this unprecedented and highly versatile crisis directly affects artists, most of whom are self-employed, as well as the entire artistic and cultural sector. Our Executive Director, Jérôme Pruneau, will be in direct contact with the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec to follow the evolution of the measures taken by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec with regard to the arts community. DAM will follow up regularly with members to keep them informed of developments.
Furthermore, DAM invites its members, the cultural community and individual citizens to show civic-mindedness, human solidarity and mutual aid in order to collectively get through these difficult and surprising times. If you have tickets for any cultural event, DAM suggests, in the wake of the #billetsolidaire movement, that you consider the purchase of these tickets as a donation to the artists and organizations affected by this crisis and that you do not ask for reimbursement, as long as your means allow.
In light of the ongoing mobilization, we remain optimistic (and vigilant) about the means implemented by the government to adequately support workers in the sector, during and after these exceptional times.
We hope that this period of health crisis, with its social and economic repercussions, will also be a time for reflection and a change in mentality to think about a societal reorganization that is equal to the challenges that await us.
Take care of yourself and your loved ones!
MORE INFORMATION AND RESOURCES COMING SOON!
To adapt to this new reality of social distancing, DAM suggests two tools to set up an effective communication channel with your collaborators.
Zoom is a platform that allows you to organize webcasts and meetings remotely.
This tool offers a number of features that allow you to interact in several ways during group meetings.
Note that Zoom will require a small module or application to be installed on your device in order to work. Make sure that the module or application is up to date in order to benefit from the optimal functionalities of the platform.