The Adaptive Arts Program offers an introduction to the performing arts through workshops that have been custom designed for individuals with functional limitations.
We have always firmly believed that the performing arts can play an important role in revealing the potential inherent in us all.
The Adaptive Arts Program has, to date, allowed hundreds of participants and dozens of organizations to explore the performing arts through workshops led by professional artists.
Workshops take place at Place des Arts, in various spaces arranged to suit the needs of the participants’ specific situations, allowing them to take part comfortably, securely, and confidently.
At the conclusion of each series of workshops, participants are invited to share the fruits of their explorations in a public performance at Place des Arts. Ultimately, all of these activities help foster the participants’ social and cultural inclusion.
Note: in the exceptional context of the current COVID-19 pandemic, workshops and final performances are being held virtually.
Profile of participants
The Adaptive Arts Program targets adults with functional limitations (mental health issues; physical, sensory, or intellectual limitations) or who are experiencing social and cultural exclusion (francisation, literacy, new arrivals).
Participants must be affiliated with a socio-community, cultural, or health-care organization.
Through the Youth Adaptive Arts Program, workshops are also available for young people with functional limitations.
Projects for the 2020-2021 season
For the 2020-2021 season, the Adaptive Arts Program consists of five projects centred on dance, singing, music, theater and writing. Each project is broken down into a series of practical workshops offering an introduction to the performing arts, led by an artist-mediator.
Monique-Lefebvre Prize, awarded by the AlterGo organization
In 2020, Place des Arts’ Adaptive Arts Program won the very first Monique-Lefebvre Prize, awarded by the AlterGo organization. To date, our program has allowed over 450 participants and 24 organizations to explore the performing arts through workshops and public performances.
We have always firmly believed that the performing arts can play an important role in revealing the potential inherent in us all. We sincerely thank the AlterGo organization for the prize and the Théâtre Aphasique for nominating us.
From the very start, the program has also benefitted from the support of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications.