Future Stars’ Grand Premiere: The Fondation de la Place des Arts raises a record amount to support access to the performing arts
Montreal, June 8, 2022 – In a dazzling return to the stage of Théâtre Maisonneuve yesterday evening, the 2022 Future Stars’ Grand Premiere was a resounding success. The event gave the Fondation de la Place des Arts the opportunity to raise a record amount of more than $688,000 thanks to the work of its organizing committee, co-chaired by Sylvie Chagnon (Lallemand), Sandra Chartrand (Sandra and Alain Bouchard Foundation), and Jacques Marchand (LCI Education). The funds will allow the Fondation to pursue its mission by continuing to support the two components of Place des Arts’ L’Art en soi program—Education and Communities—which, each year, offer cultural and educational activities to benefit all citizens, introducing them to the performing arts with support from professional artists.
“Place des Arts is truly a place to learn and to live, where almost every day there is a free or low-cost activity taking place, either for the public or for targeted groups of participants. Dance evenings, the Adaptive Arts program for people with special needs, an Education program for high school students, conversations, exhibitions, and so much more—the options are many, reaching tens of thousands of people each year. The Fondation is proud to contribute to these activities and I am extremely grateful to the event’s donors and partners for their commitment to supporting access to the arts,” stated Jean-Philippe Lemay, President of the Fondation de la Place des Arts’ board of directors.
A performance by exceptionally talented young artists
With artistic direction by Valérie Milot (an internationally renowned musician and the first harpist in over 100 years to win the Prix d’Europe), the event was a showcase for exceptionally talented young artists working in various disciplines of the performing arts. An audience of hundreds of spectators—businesspeople, philanthropists, and art lovers of all stripes—enthusiastically applauded the performances by these future stars. The audience also included hundreds of students and accompanying adults from high schools, colleges, reception centres for new arrivals, and francization groups, who were invited to attend the show through the generosity of the Fondation’s partners and donors.
“Art connects human beings to one another, uniting them before the beauty, talent, dreams, passions, and emotions it arouses; it holds our society together. Yesterday, the future stars, who I chose with my heart, once again showed us that art does us good,” said Valérie Milot.
Communications Manager, Place des Arts