Montreal·CINQ À SIX

Not enough support for black creators, say Montreal artists

Keithy Antoine, Kosi Nnebe and Stefan Verna talk to Cinq à six host Jeanette Kelly about the challenges they face trying to tell their own stories.

Quebec's structure for supporting artists doesn't see the forest for the trees

Kosi Nnebe, Jeanette Kelly, Keithy Antoine and Stefan Verna in Studio A. The three young creators talk about obstacles to telling their stories in the mainstream media. (Nantali Indongo/CBC)

Creating art is often about telling your own story. That's true for many musicians, painters, writers and filmmakers.

And to get your story out to an audience, you need support. That comes in many forms: funding, spaces, TV slots, airwaves, production houses, festivals, councils, committees and an audience.

That's the cultural infrastructure that ideally would recognize the value of your story and the way you want to tell it.

But what if you're an artist who feels that infrastructure here in Quebec is not supportive of your art?

Today on Cinq à six, Jeanette Kelly talks to three artistic creators in Montreal working in various mediums who feel the system is not working for them. 

Keithy Antoine is a journalist, who has created her own web platform www.loungeurbain.com. Kosi Nnebe is a self-taught painter and Stefan Verna is a filmmaker. 

Listen to Cinq à six on Saturdays from 5–6 p.m. on CBC Radio One (88.5FM or 104.7FM in the west end).

Keithy Antoine is part of a panel coming up this weekend on Cinq à six talking about the obstacles to getting stories from the black community into the mainstream media.
Jeanette Kelly with Keithy Antoine, Kosi Nnebe and Stefan Verna on Cinq à six. (Nantali Indongo/CBC)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jeanette Kelly works as the arts reporter at CBC Montreal. She's also the host of Cinq à Six, Quebec's Saturday afternoon culture show on CBC Radio One.

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