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access to the performing arts program

This year, the Fondation de la Place des Arts is contributing to four components of Place des Arts’ Access-to-the-Performing-Arts Program:

Photo credit : La société de la Place des Arts

1. Free activities - Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme

The Espace Culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme is a unique cultural space comprising of 3 zones: a public area, a gallery and a mosaic of screens. Open to all, it welcomes more than 250 artists annually, who are involved in 190 free activities that engage and raise the awareness of tens of thousands of people every year, through performances, readings, exhibitions and digital works. This year, two exhibitions and four digital works as well as all the activities in the public area are supported by the Foundation, on its own or in collaboration with other cultural partners





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2. Programs for families and children

Children’s programs, whether free of charge or affordably priced, reach a wide audience of more than 5,000 children through Place des Arts Junior, a multidisciplinary series for children and their families. The shows reflect the diversity of disciplines in the performing arts, from music to circus, theatre and dance, and are often accompanied by participatory awareness-raising activities. Children’s programs also come to life with “La Relâche à la Place des Arts” which offers a week-long of activities including an exhibition and an indoor show.  

3. Co-productions and artists residencies

Place des Arts directly supports creative works through co-productions and residencies, which are both closely linked. In so doing, it also supports research, experimentation and artistic creation—objectives that are shared by the Fondation de la Place des Arts. These projects, spearheaded by talented young artists, also serve to raise awareness among various clienteles, including those aged 18 to 30. This year, the Foundation supports 3 coproductions: Huit, by producer Mani Soleymanlou, 9, by choreographer Hélène Blackburn and Satongé, by artistic director Patricia Bergeron.. 




Queen Ka

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4. Program for teens

Every year, Place des Arts develops a cultural mediation project aimed specifically at teens. For the past two years, this activity has been preceded by a school visit, supported by a teaching guide. More than 1,000 students from low-income neighbourhoods then attend a show at Théâtre Maisonneuve and take part in a discussion with the guest artist. The project Enfant de la terre by artist Samian is renewed for a third year by Place des Arts. A new project, led by Slam Poet Queen KA, will offer students the opportunity to take part in writing workshops.