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Libres comme l’art 2013-2014 :Nine Artistic Residencies in Montreal Schools

Montreal, April 10, 2013 – The Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM), the Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal (CRÉ) and the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS), through its A Montreal School for All initiative, are pleased to announce the projects selected for the 5th edition of Libres comme l’art, an artistic residency program held in schools and professional venues throughout Montreal.

By coming into contact with professional artists, students will obtain both scholastic motivation and hands-on instruction in artistic creation. They will make new discoveries, broaden their creative skills, and better understand the realities of the artistic community and its works. In turn, through these encounters, the artists will derive inspiration for their own artistic projects.

For the 2013-2014 academic year, nine artistic residencies will unfold at four elementary schools and five secondary schools. The following artistic organizations were selected.

At primary schools:

• Centre Clark (visual arts)

• Agora de la danse (dance)

• Théâtre Ébouriffé (theatre)

• Trunk collectif (theatre)

At secondary schools:

• Centrale Galerie Powerhouse (visual arts)

• PRIM (film/video)

• Blue Metropolis Foundation (literature)

• Quasar (music)

• Absolu théâtre (theatre)

The Libres comme l’art program provides financial support for artistic residencies in francophone and anglophone public schools on the Island of Montreal, served by its five school boards.

The Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal brings together Montreal’s political and socio-economic leaders. Its mission is to promote the development of its territory through various joint initiatives, and to act as a government spokesman in matters of regional development.

A Montreal School for All, an initiative of the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, aims to promote the personal and scholastic success of students from Montreal’s disadvantaged communities, taking into account their needs and resources while developing a committed scholastic community.

An active contributor to Montreal’s art world, the Conseil des arts de Montréal supports and recognizes excellence in professional creation, production and dissemination through financial assistance, advice and partnerships. It encourages innovation and bold experimentation within Montreal’s artistic community, paying particular attention to emerging and culturally diverse artists. For over 50 years, through its myriad development projects, the Conseil des arts de Montréal has helped make Montreal a true “cultural metropolis.”