Programs and actions
The Conseil des arts de Montréal is strongly committed to making its programs and services accessible to all Montrealers. Since 2018, the Conseil has undertaken numerous consultations with the arts community to improve its internal practices and create tools for the community. We also hired accessibility consultant Charlotte Jacob-Maguire, who established the Conseil’s Advisory Committee on Universal Accessibility and Anti-Ableism.
Over the past three years, many initiatives have been implemented to make the Conseil’s services more accessible for people who are D/deaf and/or living with a disability.
Sustainability of inclusive practices programs
Following the launch of a pilot program to support inclusive practices in 2019, two complementary funding programs will now be available on a permanent basis:
- the Grant for Artists who are Deaf or have a disability, which allows artists who are D/deaf and/or living with a disability and collectives and organizations with at least one member who is D/deaf and/or living with a disability to obtain project funding.
- the Support Fund for Accessibility Costs, which provides additional financial support to people who are D/deaf and/or living with a disability to cover additional costs.
Access to existing programs
It is now possible to view some of our calls for applications in various formats on our website to meet the needs of people who are D/deaf and/or living with a disability (interpretation in Quebec Sign Language and American Sign language, accessibility widget etc.).
The Conseil also develops specific training courses for artists who are D/deaf and/or living with a disability. For example, the Conseil held its first-ever workshop on financial support applications for people who are D/deaf and hard of hearing people in October 2021 through a collaboration with Seeing Voices Montréal.
How do I get support?
If you have special needs, make them known by completing an Access Rider. This will allow the Conseil and its stakeholders to respond to it in the best possible way.
Guides and tools
In November 2021, the Conseil launched several tools and guides to share best practices for collaborating with artists who are D/deaf and/or living with a disability. Developed with our consultant, these relevant, practical resources are intended for both the arts community and the Conseil itself.