Diversified and representative creations. Easy access and a large audience. A solid artistic community, committed to the eco-responsible transition. A philanthropic culture. This is what the Conseil des arts de Montréal supports by encouraging experimentation and boldness in the creation, production and presentation of the arts.
We wish to acknowledge the ancestral presence of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation, the People of the Flint, as the past and present custodian of the lands and waters on which we gather today.
This territory known as Tiohtià:ke/Montréal has also been a gathering place and home to several Indigenous peoples, such as the Anishinaabeg, the W8banakiak, and the Wendat, who have inhabited the area at different times in history and who have shared and transmitted their artistic practices and cultural knowledges.
With the conviction that the arts contribute beneficially to our collective quality of life and that the past, the present, and the future must be honoured, the Conseil des arts de Montréal commits to supporting Indigenous arts practices through its programs and initiatives, to engage and build relationships with the Kanien’kehá:ka and other Indigenous peoples here in Tiohtià:ke, and to showcase their own practices, histories and sovereignties.
As an institution that exists within a Western colonial framework, we acknowledge this as our origin. We continue to expand our awareness and our initiatives with the hope of honouring our place in the TwoRow Wampun Belt Agreement and its message of a future marked with mutual friendship, peace and respect.
Our impact targets
Composed of some 30 members, our team believes in the essential role of the artistic community to ensure the cultural vitality of Montreal. This is why we appointed some 60 artists and cultural workers to the Board of Directors and its Evaluation Committees. Together, they promote opportunities for collaboration between the arts, business and the wider community.
For the Conseil, partnerships help us multiply our potential. They give leverage to our efforts at providing comprehensive support for the arts through a wide variety of programs.