Opéra de Montréal
- Acoustic instruments
- Rock band instruments
- Community associations
- Mental health
- Special needs (e.g. Down
Prends garde à toi! After Bizet’s opera Carmen
A co creation project with adults faced with mental deficiency and autism issues through the reinvention of Carmen. With workshops on opera, meeting with creators, and trainers helping them producing it as well.
For many years, Opéra de Montréal has offered inclusive community-engaged activities with the objective of initiating underrepresented and underprivileged publics to opera. Several co-creation projects have been led, such as YO’péra for mental health, in collaboration with Espace Transition (CHU Saint-Justine) and La Gang à Rambrou for this with intellectual disabilities. In collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal, Pierre Vachon, our Director for Community Engagement and Education, has developed in collaboration four videos explaining the principal stages of a project in partnership with non artistic organizations and with groups that are under-represented.
Capsule #1: How to find and partner with organizations
Understanding the mission and objectives of the artistic organization
Identifying an organization with whom to build a partnership
Exploratory meetings: understanding the values and social factors for the organization and potential collaborations
Capsule #2: Defining the project
After identifying the organization you want to work with, it is the moment to determine the nature of the project. Pierre Vachon, Director of Community Engagement and Education at the Opéra de Montréal, and Suzanne Beaulieu, Director of La Gang à Rambrou, explain the foundational premises of their collaboration.
Ideation: the project
Roles: artistic team, facilitators, and participants
Contributions: (financial, human, resources, etc.)
Budget: investment by partners
Capsule #3: Project realization
Now is the time to take action and establish timelines, plan workshops, let your creativity take wings, write the plot, in brief, put the project together!
Project framework: scheduling, roles, workshop content
Taking participants’ stories into account
Flexibility and production
Capsule #4: An deceivingly simple but essential step: Evaluating impact!
You will want to collect observations from participants, partner organization and members of the public. Often, we deal with this information quantitatively. It’s also important to evaluate the effects on participants’ personal development. Discover how La Gang à Rambrou and their team has led this stage of the project.
Evaluation: understanding impact (artistic, personal, professional)
Measured and ‘felt’ results
Research: contribute to the methodology for evaluation of the impact of social action on organizations and participants