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Montreal’s emerging artists deserve support

Their presence contributes to city's reputation as a cultural hub.
April 21, 2016
By Claudine and Stephen Bronfman

We believe that, as part of the Montreal community, we must ensure that the strength of the visual and media arts in the city is protected through the participation of the public in cultural activities, as well as financial investment across sectors.

Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Claudine and Stephen Bronfman

Artists who live and work in our city are essential to the success of these investments. Their presence in Montreal contributes to our reputation as a cultural hub. Their inspired ideas for the use of technology and their fresh take on sociopolitical discourse ensure that the work produced in our city is cutting-edge.

Statistics Canada reported that culture, defined as a creative, artistic activity, the goods produced by it and the preservation of heritage, generates billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs. This cultural production made up 3 per cent of the total Canadian economy in 2010.

Yet increasing pressure on limited public funds makes public sector investments in the arts a constant challenge. We are deeply committed to ensuring our city thrives and finds prosperity from the incredible work being done here. One of the most powerful ways to do this is by supporting emerging artists.

That’s why we have funded the annual Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowships in Contemporary Art since 2010 — to support the work of one graduate student from Concordia’s Faculty of Fine Arts and one graduate student from the faculty of arts of Université du Québec à Montréal.

With an open heart, we invite you to walk around our city imagining “who” is behind each artwork you encounter. We are certain that, in at least some small way, you will be not just enriched by the arts, you may be transformed.


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