The Essor Recognition Awards

The Essor Recognition Awards are given out each year to recognize the efforts and enthusiasm of the educators and school authorities who help young people undertake innovative and ambitious projects that promote student retention and the incorporation of the cultural dimension into the school by encouraging student involvement and promoting student success. The promotion of the principles of sustainable development is also an integral part of the Essor Recognition Awards.

By recognizing projects that are simultaneously educational, artistic and cultural, the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications and their partners seek to promote:

  • the importance of quality education in the arts and culture
  • the excellent work done by schools in partnership with artists, writers and cultural organizations in the various regions of Québec.

Congratulations to all the 2017-2018 winners!


The Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur and the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications have joined forces with committed partners, without whom the presentation of the Essor Recognition Awards would not be possible.

  • Association québécoise des comités culturels scolaires (AQCCS)
  • BMO Financial Group
  • Télé-Québec


The following groups and organizations may submit a project:

  • a team representing an elementary or secondary school in the public or private sector, or a group of such schools
  • a team representing one or more adult education centres
  • a school board or a group of school boards that has developed an arts or cultural project in collaboration with a school cultural committee

The project must meet the following requirements:

  • It must be structured around at least one of the four Arts Education subjects (Drama, Visual Arts, Dance, Music).
  • Its activities must be carried out in collaboration with the Arts Education teacher and comply with the approach used in teaching the Arts Education subjects in question.
  • It must be carried out during the current school year, mainly during school hours or as an extension of the Arts Education courses.
  • It must be consistent with the educational orientations and values of the Québec Education Program.
  • It must comply with the provisions of the Copyright Act with respect to the works used in the project.

In addition, a school that has won an Essor Recognition Award must, for the three subsequent years, submit a different project in order to be eligible for an award.

Please note that projects funded as part of the Schools Host an Artist or Writer component of the Culture in the Schools program are eligible only for the Schools Host an Artist or Writer prize.

Selection Criteria

Projects will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • the role of the arts in the project
  • the relevance of the approach used in teaching each arts subject as it relates to the educational orientations and values promoted in the Arts Education programs
  • the quality of the project and creative process involved
  • the collaboration of the following:
    • teachers specialized in Arts Education
    • generalist teachers
    • members of the school team
    • students (as many as possible)
    • partners of one or more schools or school boards
    • artists or organizations in the fields of arts and culture
    • any other partner (parents, business, municipality, community, CEGEP, etc.)
  • the originality and innovative quality of the activities included in the project
  • the project’s visibility and its impact on the school community and the community at large, if applicable
  • the inclusion of activities that involve students in a process that reflects the broad principles of sustainable development as they relate to the environment, social equity and economic efficiency.

Selection process

Stage 1: Examination of the Application Package

A Screening Committee ensures that the application packages contain all the required documents and meet the eligibility criteria. If necessary, the project coordinator may be asked to supply additional information.

Stage 2: Selection of Winners

A second committee, the Selection Committee, chooses the winning projects. Its members are drawn from:

  • art teacher associations (individuals take turns representing the four associations involved)
  • the Association québécoise des comités culturels scolaires
  • the education sector (an Arts Education consultant)
  • the cultural sector
  • the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur
  • the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications


Preparation of documents

The application package must contain:

  1. the duly-completed project submission form (French only)
  2. digital files that present the project (use a support appropriate for the arts subject concerned, e.g. a drama project submission should contain a short video). Choose from among the following:
    • a video or audio recording with a maximum length of 5 minutes and a file size no larger than 40MB, or a hyperlink included in the supporting documentation and connecting to a digital recording lasting no longer than 5 minutes
    • 4 photographs no larger than 2MB each

The combined file size of the attachments cannot exceed 100MB.

When supporting documents contain captured images (video clips, photographs, etc.) or an audio clip that makes it possible to identify a student, the project coordinator must ensure that one of the holders of parental authority has been informed and has given consent. 

Supporting Documents

Candidates may submit up to 4 pages of supporting documents, but are not obliged to do so. This information helps the Selection Committee to look at both the process and the quality of the resulting product—that is, if the project was already completed when submitted. The supporting documents could include, for example:

  • documents that show the various steps in the development of the project
  • documents showing the students at work (tape of a rehearsal, final product, etc.)
  • scanned newspaper articles
  • scanned promotional tools
  • any other documents that might be helpful in evaluating the project

Transmission of the Application Package


  • Open the application form.
  • Save the form on a work station or on a digital support.
  • Complete the form, making sure that the final page bears the required signatures.
  • Scan the duly-signed last page of the form.
  • Prepare the digital files (photographs, video, audio).
  • Prepare the supporting documents, if applicable.
  • Once the application package is complete, send it using the project submission tool.

This tool can be used only once for each application package. Your application must therefore be complete when you send it.

Contact us

Tel.: 418 644-5240, extension 2516


Application deadline: May 15th 2019.