Streets closed for the festivals

On September 21 and 22, many streets around Place des Arts will be closed. More info / see plan

Photo credit : Cindy Boyce
Photo credit : Cindy Boyce

Support the Arts

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.


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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. It falls into 3 projects (singing, dancing, and writing and speaking) and gives participants the opportunity to present the result of their creative process in front of an audience.





Remarkable accomplishments each year

In 2017-2018, the Fondation’s support meant:


14 shows

and 22 affordably priced performances to raise youth awareness of the performing arts.

5,000 spectators

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

1 week

of free activities for children, parents, and grandparents during the winter break. It’s La relâche à la Place des Arts!

2,340 high school students

including some 200 in reception classes,
take part in a cultural mediation project.

3 projects

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


3 public events

in Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme allow teenagers to present the results of their artistic process.

36,550 participants

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

On average, 12,000 visitors

see the exhibitions produced by Place des Arts.


Over 200 free activities

allow for extraordinary encounters to take place between the public and artists.

3 co-productions

for the creation and presentation of original works.

Temporel, by Lemieux-Pilon 4D Art et Les 7 doigts
Espièglerie, by Jamie Adkins
This Will Kill That / Ceci tuera cela, by Gunilla Heilborn


19 artists

benefit from a residency in a rehearsal room
or a performance venue.

129 days

of residency for artists of various disciplines
of the performing arts.


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