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Support the Arts

In pursuing our mission to support the arts, Place des Arts helps to produce, fund and present hundreds of activities and shows each year as part of the Access to the Performing Arts Program.

The Fondation de la Place des Arts is a key partner in carrying out Place des Arts’ cultural mission. Since its beginnings, the Fondation has contributed more than $2 million toward Place des Arts’ Access to the Performing Arts Program, which falls into five endeavors.

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Cultural Activities Program: Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme and Esplanade

Every year, the Fondation’s support makes it possible to present some 200 free workshops, exhibitions, conversations, and activities in the Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme. The Program, which aims to raise public awareness and increase participation in the arts—be they performing, visual, or digital—, reaches tens of thousands of people.

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Youth and Family Program: shows for the whole family

Place des Arts presents some fifteen shows each year at affordable prices as part of the Place des Arts junior series. Music, circus, theatre and dance shows are accompanied by participatory awareness-raising activities for kids and families. Numerous free activities are also offered during Les fêtes familles at the opening and conclusion of the Place des Arts junior series and during the winter break.


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Co-productions/Residencies Program : a support for artists

The Co-productions and Residencies Program supports artistic research, experimentation and creation. Every year, dozens of artists benefit from the program for the creation and presentation of original works. In 2018-2019, three also received financial assistance: HOTEL, by Cirque Eloize; Chansons pour filles et garçons perdus, by Loui Mauffette, and Chante, Edmond!, by the theater company Sacré Tympan.

Photo credit: Marzia Pellissier

Educational Program: cultural mediation projects for teens

The Fondation supports the development and delivery of cultural mediation projects for teens, most of whom are from underprivileged areas. The four projects (slam poetry, rap, words and humor) aim to raise awareness and introduce young students to the performing arts, while allowing them to develop key knowledge and skills for academic and social success.


Photo credit: Mikael Theimer

Adaptive Arts Program

Launched in the Fall of 2018, the Adaptive Arts Program is for adults whose access to cultural activities is often compromised as a result of psychological trouble, physical limitations, or social exclusion. The Program enables participants to explore different artistic disciplines with professional artist-mediators and gives them the opportunity to present the result of their creative process in front of an audience.





Remarkable accomplishments each year

In 2018-2019, the Fondation’s support meant:



150,000 people

take part in the hundreds of free activities and exhibitions presented in Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme and on the Esplanade.

Over 200 free participative activities

to create exceptional encounters
between the public and artists.

7 free exhibitions

to raise awareness and make the general public
discover the different aspects of the performing arts.

64 workshops

and public performances allow people with
special needs to participate in cultural mediation projects in singing, writing and dance.

150 people

from 16 organizations present the result of their creative process to the public in the Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme.


4 projects

built around humor, words, slam poetry, and rap for teenagers from less privileged environments.

3,345 high school students

develop knowledge and skills essential
to academic and social success through
cultural mediation projects.

256 workshops

in class and at Place des Arts with artist-mediators to support young people in their creative process.

14 shows

and a total of 22 affordably priced performances
to introduce and educate children
about the performing arts.

5,000 spectators

at the shows presented as part of the 
Place des Arts junior series.

6 days

of free activities for children, parents, 
and grandparents as part of the Fêtes famille 
and La Relâche à la Place des Arts!

3 co-productions

for the creation and presentation of original works.

HOTEL, Cirque Eloize
Chansons pour filles et garçons perdus, Loui Mauffette

Chante, Edmond!, Sacré Tympan

200 artists

and creators benefit from over 150 days of residency in a rehearsal room or a performance venue.



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