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17.05.2010 COLLOQUIUM – Cultivating the City : the Sowers of Cultural Participation

Guest speakers from Québec, the United States and Europe discuss cultural participation and its crucial contribution to urban cultural development. An event presented by Culture Montreal and Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec

Monday, May 17, 2010
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Grande Bibliothèque Auditorium
475, de Maisonneuve East Blvd, Montréal

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Many cultural organizations and institutions are currently exploring new ways to promote the development of their publics and stimulate cultural participation.

For 50 years now, significant effort has gone into expanding and supporting what is offered culturally. The continuity of the world of the arts and culture now depends on its ability to refresh its techniques and ways of doing things in order to reach the citizen as well as the consumer.

On the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the Grande Bibliothèque, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec and Culture Montréal held an event on the theme of cultural participation, along with knowledgeable experts from France, the United States and Québec.

Designed to order for cultural organizations, this day allocated a large portion of its content to concrete solutions, based on first-hand experience in the educational sector and among various local communities.


Keynote Speakers

Christine St-Pierre, Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine, gouvernement du Québec

Christophe Girard, Assistant to the Mayor of Paris, in charge of Culture

Assistant to the Mayor of Paris, in charge of Culture Assistant to the Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoé, since 2001, re-elected in 2008, Christophe Girard has initiated a number of major cultural projects, including the Nuit blanche. He has also produced documentaries (Hold Up Films) and published two books (La Défaillance des Pudeurs, a novel, and Père comme les autres, an essay on homosexual parenting).

He is on many boards of directors in academic and cultural spheres (Centre national d’art et de culture Georges Pompidou, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme, Foundation for Arts Initiative, CENTQUATRE, among others). He is also a wine producer in the Côtes du Rhône (Gigondas)

David Flatley, Executive Director, Center for Community Arts Partnerships, Columbia College, Chicago

David Flatley has nearly twenty years experience in developing and implementing educational arts initiatives designed to affect whole-school change. He has an M.A. in Arts Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently serves on the Americans for the Arts’ Arts Education Council, the Illinois Federation for Community Schools Board, the Arts Schools Network Board, and the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education Advisory Board. He is a jazz pianist and writer.

Nathalie Bondil, Director, Montréal Museum of Fine Arts (Québec)

An art historian by training, Nathalie Bondil, a dual citizen of France and Canada, was appointed director of the Museum in January 2007. Ms. Bondil rapidly initiated new exhibition programming, inviting first fashion and then music to the Museum with the Yves Saint Laurent retrospective and Warhol Live: Music and Dance in Andy Warhol’s Work. In 2009, Ms. Bondil co-curates the exhibition Van Dongen: Painting the Town Fauve, the first major retrospective of the artist’s work in North America. In 2009, six other cities have presented exhibitions produced by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts: San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Paris, Vancouver, Groningen and Barcelona.

Prior to joining the Museum in 1999, Ms. Bondil was curator at the Musée national des Monuments français, Paris. After graduating in art history from the École du Louvre, she was admitted to the École nationale du Patrimoine, Paris, where she specialized in late 18th- to early 20th-century European art and civilization. In December 2008, Nathalie Bondil received the insignia of the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic.

Round-tables speakers
Round-table no.1 “Schools, Cultural Institutions and Citizen Participation and Creativity”

The educational community, because of its involvement with children from all social classes and backgrounds, holds a special place that gives it important responsibilities when it comes to introducing the arts and culture. As partners with the educational community, how do cultural institutions help to put children in touch with creativity, artists and culture? How do these institutions create and sustain a long-lasting interest among children in the arts and culture, and even inspire them to find a career in the milieu? How can cultural institutions go about creating an enduring – or even an initial – interest among new arrivals and the general public? This round table discussion is designed to be a dialogue among specialists and people working in the field, all of whom have this desire to inspire the public to love culture and to bring it to life for them.

With :
Pauline Beaudin, Head of educational projects and coordinator of the Centre muséopédagogique, Musée de la civilisation de Québec
Fred J. Gitner, Assistant Director, New Americans Program/Special Services and International Relations, Queens Library, New York
Pierre Vachon, Director, communications-marketing, education and special projects, Montréal Opera Company

Moderator: Bernard Motulsky, Chairholder, Chair in Public Relations and Marketing Communication, University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM)

Round-table no.2 “Culture in the City: Promoting Participation at Various Levels”
In recent decades, many initiatives have taken hold that have helped open up the traditional spaces and contexts of disseminating the arts and culture, and even transforming the relationships between artists and spectators. These initiatives are now often used to actively contribute to creative projects and to bring the arts and culture into everyday life, into spaces that are an integral part of local communities and contemporary lifestyles. This round table is a dialogue with the “sowers of culture” within the city and its diverse communities.

Maryse Baribeau, Director, Trois-Rivières International Poetry Festival
Sylvain Émard, Choreographer, Le Très Grand Continental, presented at the TransAmériques Festival 2010
Jean Payeur, Director, L’Institut Canadien de Québec

Moderator: Claude Benoît, President and CEO, Old Port of Montreal Corporation


Simon Brault, Chairman, Culture Montréal
Guy Berthiaume, President and Executive Director of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ)

Documents to download:
Colloquium Program (2010-05-17) (394 kb)

A bit more about us

Culture Montreal is an independent organization and place for reflexion and action that contributes to building Montreal’s future as a cultural metropolis through research, analysis and communication activities. Its mission is to assert the central role of the arts and culture in all areas of Montreal’s development: economy, buisness, politics, land-use planning, education, and social and community life while encouraging cultural diversity, emerging artists and practices and public art.

We wish to thank all our members as well as:

Je deviens membre.
Le français en scène. Projet de valorisation de la langue française.
Micro Culture, pour parler culture quartier par quartier
Agenda 21. Culture aujourd'hui demain.

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  • Les Arts et la Ville
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  • Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain
  • Coalition canadienne des arts
  • Conseil des relations internationales de Montréal
  • Diversité Artistique Montréal
  • Héritage Montréal
  • Le Réseau des conseils régionaux de la culture