February 12 2020

The Conseil des arts de Montreal signs an historic agreement with eight major cultural institutions


Press release
For immediate release 


Montreal, February 12, 2020 – The Conseil des arts de Montréal is announcing today that it has signed an historic agreement with eight major Montreal cultural institutions. The goal of the agreement is to encourage the sharing of expertise for the benefit of the city’s entire arts community.

At the Conseil’s invitation, the following institutions have agreed to put their resources, expertise and/or networks at the disposal of the arts community with a view to developing new projects.

• The Cinémathèque québécoise – Making French-language Québec cultural content more accessible on the Web

The initiative: The Cinémathèque will share its expertise in the Semantic Web and open data to help make Québec artists easier to find on the Web. It will also call on residents and organizations to create innovative projects leveraging open data.

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens – Putting Édifice Wilder facilities to work for artists

The initiative: Les Grands Ballets will provide residencies for choreographers, artists’ collectives and creation/production companies.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – Promoting inclusion and the equitable representation of different cultures

The initiative: The MMFA will share its humanist, caring vision at the TEDxMontréal “Diversity: The Golden Thread of Unity” salon (February 18) and through its “rethinking the museum” research project.

McCord Museum – Raising awareness of Indigenous issues and realities and strengthening ties with Indigenous creators.

The initiative: The Museum will hold a co-creation workshop for students with Innu filmmaker Donavan Vollant and Wapikoni mobile. A best practice sharing session will be held to indigenize and raise awareness about Indigenous issues and realities.

Opéra de Montréal – Making arts and culture more accessible to under-represented segments of the population, including marginalized groups

The initiative: Opéra de Montréal filmed every step in the co-creation of the opera Carmen with La Gang à Rambrou, composed of adults with an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder. The videos will serve as guides and references for the entire community.

Orchestre Métropolitain – Supporting the presence of artists in city neighbourhoods and promoting local performances

The initiative: The OM will roll out cultural mediation initiatives in Montreal’s boroughs in parallel with its concerts (e.g., a forum for young musicians, master classes, etc.). It will also form partnerships with community organizations, schools and cultural venues.

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal – Developing a strong culture of giving

The initiative: In conjunction with its senior managers and board of directors, the OSM will host a discussion forum for some 60 cultural organizations with a view to pooling their philanthropic know-how.

Théâtre du Nouveau Monde – Achieving greater intergenerational equity and supporting knowledge sharing

The initiative: TNM will host a new troop for an artistic residency program and organize acting workshops with seasoned actors and emerging artists. It will also hold discussion forums and round tables on intergenerational equity, to be made available by podcast.

“This is an historic step forward: it’s the first time in over 60 years that the city’s major institutions, the arts community and the Conseil des arts de Montréal have decided to work in close cooperation on projects benefiting the community,” explained Nathalie Maillé, Executive Director of the Conseil des arts de Montréal. “These projects will help advance progress on the arts community’s main priorities regarding inclusion, reach and innovation.”

All projects will be carried out in 2020.


About the Conseil des arts de Montréal
A dynamic partner of Montreal’s professional arts community, the Conseil des arts de Montréal identifies, supports and recognizes excellence in artistic creation, production and presentation. Its initiatives foster the openness, exploration and sense of daring that are hallmarks of Montreal’s artistic landscape. Since 1956, the Conseil’s actions have played a decisive role in the development of “Montreal, Cultural Metropolis.”

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