Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal
Nature of the award
Each year, since 1985, the Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal has recognized the excellence and outstanding vitality of a Montréal arts organization. The winner is unveiled during the annual Grand Prix luncheon held in March, which brings together representatives from the municipal, business and arts communities.
The 29th Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal was awarded to choreographer Louise Lecavalier’s company Fou glorieux for its legendary contribution to contemporary dance, in recognition of the choreographer/ performer herself and of the company’s performance of the So Blue show at the 2013 Festival TransAmériques, a significant artistic event.
The Festival du nouveau cinéma, Cirque du Soleil and Compagnie Marie Chouinard are just a few of the winners who have contributed to building Montréal’s culture of creativity and innovation, which is celebrated during this event.
Method of evaluation and bursaries
In December, the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s evaluation committee reviews Montréal’s arts scene of the past year and draws up a shortlist of finalists. An outside jury composed of well-known Montrealers and presided over by the Chair of the Conseil chooses the winner. The award represents an important recognition for the city’s arts organizations.
Each of the finalists receives a $5,000 bursary donated by Montréal philanthropists. The winner of the Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal receives a $25,000 bursary and a commissioned work of art by a Montréal artist.