The Conseil des arts de Montréal is delighted to announce the winners of the Support Program for the Development of Collective Cultural Property Projects for 2021.
The program was launched in 2020 by the Conseil in cooperation with the City of Montréal to help artists, artists’ collectives and cultural organizations develop and secure the future of their creative spaces. Addressing the needs expressed by members of the arts community during consultations held by the Conseil and Montréal, the initiative has been extended to encompass the full range of artistic disciplines and craft arts. It offers artists and arts organizations the resources and concrete support they need to meet challenges involving the viability and preservation of artist studios in Montréal. This second edition also provides opportunities for the Conseil and City to continue pooling their expertise to better support artisans’ and artists’ studios.
From among the 27 applications filed this year, eight collectives and organizations will receive support from a technical resource group (TRG*) with their cultural property projects.
- Studio 303 (cross-disciplinary dance and performance) and Théâtre de la LNI (improv theatre) will receive support from Atelier Habitation Montréal.
- Collectif Lutherie Montréal (craft arts) and Oboro (visual and media arts) will receive assistance from Bâtir son quartier.
- École de joaillerie de Montréal (craft arts) and Ondinnok (a co-sponsor of the Indigenous creative space project) will receive assistance from Le Groupe Conseil en développement de l’habitation (Groupe CDH).
- Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata (dance) and Groupe Le Vivier (new music) will work with Romel (Regroupement des organismes du Montréal ethnique pour le logement).
As the program proceeds, these cultural organizations will have opportunities to come together and discuss the status of their projects. The process will be documented by the technical resource groups and cultural organizations with a view to sharing the lessons learned with the rest of the Montréal arts community. Introduced during the program’s first edition, this initiative led to the production of an introductory guide to developing collective artist studio projects. The guide can be found on our website.
The City and Conseil have been working together since January 2020 on this initiative, a follow-up to the plan of action launched by the City in partnership with Québec’s Ministère de la Culture et des Communications. One major program component is already being rolled out in the form of the Renovation Support Program for Buildings Housing Artist Studios.
Since the City and Conseil launched the collaborative venture, they have taken a number of joint steps:
- Enhancements to the Subsidy for Artists in the Visual Arts and Craft Arts support program
- Publication of a practical guide and the Les baux et les arts informative videos (in French only) in cooperation with the legal information and education organization Éducaloi
- Publication of the Introduction à la mise en œuvre d’un projet immobilier collectif d’ateliers d’artistes guide (a summary of the pilot project supporting artists’ collectives through the development of studio projects by technical resource groups)
* Technical resource groups are social economy enterprises that help organizations and citizens’ groups develop community-based building projects on a cooperative or non-profit basis.
Cultural Planning Consultant