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Memorandum of agreement on collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal

June 14, 2012

Yesterday, at the second annual meeting of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, its Chair, Louise Roy, and François Colbert and Johanne Turbide, respectively holder of the Carmelle and Rémi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management and head of the research group on non-profit, community and cultural organizations at HEC Montréal, announced the signing of a memorandum of agreement on collaboration between the two organizations, with the goal of promoting, supporting and advancing research into the management of arts and culture organizations in Montréal. 

The memorandum of agreement will include the different projects carried out in partnership by HEC Montréal and the Conseil des arts de Montréal in a renewable agreement, initially for three years (2012-2015). These joint projects include: 

  • a professional development program for the administrative and artistic management of cultural organizations and for their directors, with group or personalized training sessions;
  • the cultural mentorship program managed by HEC Montréal, in co-operation with the Conseil and other public-sector partners and partner associations;
  • the organization of lunchtime meetings and other research and communications activities bringing together cultural managers and researchers;
  • the Cultural Manager Award, presented at the Prix de Montréal pour les arts et la culture organized by the Conseil and the City of Montréal. 

At HEC Montréal, François Colbert and Johanne Turbide believe that artistic excellence and long-term cultural growth are not possible without investments in training, research, and the promotion and professional development of cultural managers. 

“This agreement will give managers of organizations and their directors access to expertise and quality instruction, which will help them build their knowledge and hone their skills. We are convinced that improving governance will optimize the growth and success of our arts companies, and help them survive,” stated Louise Roy, Chair of the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

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