The Conseil des arts de Montréal, together with the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal and United Way, helped to create this unique and innovative organization, whose mission is to create links between Montreal’s business and cultural communities. Bénévoles d’affaires offers a twinning service, free of charge, between a volunteer from the business world and a non-profit organization, based on the needs of the organization and the interests and expertise of the volunteer.
Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain
Among the collaborative projects of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, that of the Arts-Business Award of Montreal is probably the one that most typifies the new relationship developing between the two communities. In tandem with the Conseil des Arts de Montréal, the Chamber of Commerce undertakes various initiatives designed to make business people more aware of the arts, and to encourage them to get involved; at the same time, it informs the arts community of the expectations and modus operandi of the business world. In particular, the Chamber and Conseil collaborated on Culture in Montreal: Economic Impact and Private Funding, a study that is “both a reflection of the economic dynamism of our cultural sector and a rallying cry for business people to take part in its development.” They also collaborated on a guide for the business world entitled The Art of Investing in Culture.
Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal
For several years now, the Conseil des arts de Montréal has enjoyed a special relationship with the Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal, which has resulted in various cultural development projects. These include Support for Emerging Practices to encourage artistic innovation, Libres comme l’art for the cultural enrichment of primary and high school students through creative residencies with professional artists, and Vivacité Montréal, which helps artists from diverse cultural backgrounds to integrate into Montreal’s artistic community.
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec is another important partner of the Conseil des arts de Montréal. It is the driving force behind the Vivacité Montréal program, for example, and contributes to the funding of the Atelier-résidence Saguenay Montréal. The aim of these two projects is to support creation, innovation and diversity of artistic practices in the Montreal region, particularly in organizations working in the field of cultural diversity and mixed media. In addition, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec will collaborate on our new awards ceremonies, the inaugural edition of which is scheduled for November 2011.
The Conseil des arts de Montréal and Culture Montréal are natural allies when it comes to affirming the role of the arts and culture in the city’s development. Together, they have organized such promotional projects as Le soutien public aux arts à l’ère de la montée culturelle des grandes villes : enjeux et perspectives, part of the Entretiens Jacques-Cartier 2010 conference. They also joined forces on the study Culture in Montreal: Economic Impact and Private Funding (published by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal), and on the protest against federal cuts to the cultural sector in 2008.
Diversité artistique Montréal
Diversité artistique Montréal (DAM) arose from the Délégation de la diversité culturelle dans les arts, a consultancy group set up by the Conseil in 2004. DAM is now a partner of the Conseil, with whom it published 167 Worlds to Discover—Directory of Artistic Diversity in Montreal(2008); the Internet version is administered by DAM. The latter’s website also contains the Guide des publics, an original idea stemming from the joint research of the two institutions. With the collaboration of DAM, the Conseil also offers the program démArt-Mtl, which provides culturally diverse artists with on-the-job training with well-known professional organizations.
Forum jeunesse de l’île de Montréal
Since 2004, the Forum jeunesse de l’île de Montréal (FJIM) has collaborated with the Conseil on various projects supporting emerging artists. Now grouped together under the Agreement to Support Creation, Innovation and Diversity of Professional Artistic Practices in Montreal, several initiatives of the Providing Tools for Montreal Artists (ORAM) have been implemented, including Artère, Support for First Work Experiences in Arts-Related Positions, and Support for Networking and Professional Integration Activities. As stated in the Bilan 2005-2010 d’ORAM, all of these joint projects aim to help young artists and cultural workers integrate into the professional community.
Jeune chambre de commerce de Montréal
With a view to attracting young entrepreneurs to the world of the arts, and to pave the way for a new generation of corporate sponsors, the Arrimages project was created in conjunction with the Jeune chambre de commerce de Montréal. Its goal is to increase young business people’s awareness and appreciation of the arts community, and to foster mutually enriching exchanges. The Jeune Chambre de commerce is also a member of the Table d’action arts-affaires, which brings together various promoters of arts-business alliances.