September 11 2012




Montreal, September 11, 2012 – Encouraged by the results obtained since the adoption, on December 5, 2006, of its Policy for the Promotion and Development of Cultural Diversity in the Arts, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, under the direction of its Chair, Ms. Louise Roy, announced today the launch of the 2012-2015 Action Plan for Cultural Diversity. This plan will enable the Conseil des arts and Ville de Montréal to pursue one of their most important priorities: that is, to face the challenges surrounding the inclusion and sense of belonging of culturally diverse artists and deepen the sharing of cultures, which enriches the collective life of a metropolis known for its vibrant artistic scene.

Helen Fotopulos, member of the Executive Committee of the Ville de Montréal, responsible for culture, heritage, design, and women’s issues, was delighted with the news. “Montreal, by all accounts a rich and diversified city, would not have become the internationally recognized cultural metropolis that it is without the many and steadfast contributions of our cultural communities, she remarked. “We are proud to offer those who enrich our city’s creative and artistic output another opportunity for them to showcase the full range of their talent.” Mary Deros, member of the Executive Committee and responsible for cultural communities and youth, added: “The Ville de Montréal, by way of the Conseil des arts and its démArt-Mtl program, encourages young people from multicultural communities to participate in the cultural development and reputation of our city. It is another way for our Administration to join the integration effort and pay attention to the inclusion of those who make our metropolis known around the world for its harmonious diversity.”

After having met over 600 artists and various organizations between 2006 and 2010, as well as having consulted numerous partners, the Conseil was able to better understand the artists, improve its expertise and methods of operation, and involve several of this sector’s players. This process also confirmed the relevance of maintaining the main themes identified in the previously adopted plan:  recognition, professional development, participation, and dialogue – to which a fifth theme has now been added, optimization. The latter aims to provide greater visibility to culturally diverse artists and organizations and sensitize the partners, in order to encourage them to support the projects in place, in a variety of ways.

The Conseil des arts de Montréal’s achievements so far have confirmed its expertise and leadership in Quebec in terms of integrating artists of cultural diversity. Thus encouraged, we intend to pursue this new action plan that will enable us all, over the coming years, to fully benefit from the richness offered by diverse visions, local and foreign talents, and professional artistic practices (non-Western, hybridized or Native). However, many challenges remain. To reach our objectives, the Conseil will continue to collaborate with the Ville de Montréal and all of the partners involved in promoting diversity, whether through the actions outlined in the 2005-2015 Cultural Development Policy or the guidelines set out in the 2007-2017 Action Plan of Montréal, Cultural Metropolis.

“The inclusion of culturally diverse artists, said Louise Roy, Chair of the Conseil, as well as the recognition of artistic practices reflecting artists of all backgrounds, continue to be very current issues despite all that has been achieved over the past 10 years. It is a collective challenge that we must all face together in order to make Montreal an even more united and inclusive metropolis.”

Lastly, the Conseil des arts de Montréal has decided to invest $60,000 in order to pursue démArt-Mtl, an internship program for immigrant artists within well-established artistic organizations. Five paid internships lasting 21 weeks will be offered to newly arrived and first generation artists; they will be welcomed by five well-known arts groups between January 7 and June 29, 2013. Interested artists and organizations are invited to attend an information session on September 19, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., at the Maison du Conseil des arts, 1210 Sherbrooke Street East.



Danielle Sauvage
Executive Director
Conseil des arts de Montréal
514 280 3582

Martine Painchaud
Press agent
Ville de Montréal
514 872 9998