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Le Conseil des arts de Montréal fête ses 60 ans!

Montréal and its artistic community have long love story

Published on
May 27, 2016
The Conseil des arts de Montréal celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Take a look at this unique institution.

Montréal and its artistic community have long shared a beautiful love story. Today, Montréal ranks among the great cultural metropolises due to no small degree to the consistent support of the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM) for homegrown creative talent.

An inspired choice

In marking this anniversary, we salute the City’s profound belief in its artists and its bold decision to put them centre stage, literally and figuratively, making them accessible to all. This inspired choice (a bold one given that the year was 1956!) paved the way for several decades of whirlwind artistic activity. Montréal’s cultural vitality, which is almost universally recognized around the world, has been an intrinsic element of the city for long time. From the Refus global in 1948 that accompanied the movement to open up ideas and mores, to the creation of numerous international events (the Montréal World Film Festival, FIFA, the Montréal International Jazz Festival and many others) and the presentation of landmark works, such as Les Belles-Sœurs or L’Ostid’show, the arts scene in Montréal has been constantly innovating.

Several partners

Over time, the creation of such organizations as the Conseil québécois de la musique, the Agora de la danse and the Société des arts technologiques has supported and strengthened the work of the Conseil in promoting and disseminating the arts. Together with several other partners, they have imbued the city with a unique character that fosters, among other things, the emergence of new artists and the diversity of self-expression for the pleasure of everyone. 

The burgeoning of disciplines and electronic content, and the multiplication of dissemination sites and media, continue to push creative talent to explore new frontiers. With the support of the Conseil, which provides guidance and financial assistance, as well as access to rehearsal halls, Montréal’s professional artists continue to inspire dreams, to dazzle us and to stir our emotions.

Today, the cultural sector is one of the mainstays of Montréal’s economy. Cultural activities generate almost $11 billion annually in direct and indirect benefits and provide more than 80,000 jobs. 

Artists and Montrealers

But there’s more: the Conseil des arts de Montréal promotes direct meetings between artists and citizens and establishes residencies for artists in neighbourhoods, providing them with a truly unique participatory and democratic approach to work in collaboration with Montrealers.

Finally, the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée, which was created more than 30 years ago, brings some 400 shows, exhibitions and quality concerts to local neighbourhoods each year for the enjoyment of residents, free of charge or at a low cost. This touring program provides special and intimate moments for both the artists and the general public.

To learn more about the Conseil des arts de Montréal and its various programs