Montréal, January 21, 2014 – The co-chairs of the Honorary Committee for the Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal, Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, and Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski, Interim Chair of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, kicked off the 2013 edition of the competition today.
Ties between arts and business have been growing stronger for a number of years. Since 1992, the Prix Arts-Affaires have been doing their part to ensure that those ties expand, diversify and multiply. The Prix Arts-Affaires were created to give Greater Montréal arts and cultural organizations the chance to thank members of the business community who have offered invaluable support during the year. The awards recognize the innovative spirit of business people and promote different forms of support to the arts to encourage other people and businesses to find their own ways to contribute.
“There are many ways to support culture, and the Prix Arts-Affaires are a chance for artists to showcase these,” said Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. “Since these awards were created, we have seen business people in Montréal finding many ways to develop new partnerships and mutually enriching relationships. I encourage cultural organizations to tell us their stories to inspire the business community to seek out new ones.”
“What people don’t always realize about the relationship between business and the arts is how close and complementary artists and business people are,” said Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski, Interim Chair of the Conseil des arts de Montréal. “These awards give Montréal artists a chance to shine a light on their partnership stories and show how effectively business people can contribute. I encourage arts organizations to share their stories by nominating men and women from different companies that have demonstrated their commitment and openness.”
Arts organizations are encouraged to nominate business partners by March 10, 2014. Nominees need to have been involved with the arts organization during the reference period from January 1 to December 31, 2013.
Details, rules and the nomination process for the Prix Arts-Affaires are available at: www.btmm.qc.ca/prix_arts_affaires and www.artsmontreal.org/en/prizes/prix-arts-affaires.
The winners of the Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal for 2012 were: Hydro-Québec, sponsored by the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (Large Enterprise category); the Société de transport de Montréal, sponsored by Nuit blanche (MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE) (award of excellence in the Large Enterprise category); the Antonopoulos Group, sponsored by the Fondation du Musée d’art contemporain (SME category); Marcel Côté, former Strategic Advisor, KPMG-SECOR, sponsored by the Compagnie Marie-Chouinard (Arts-Business Personality category); and Michel de la Chenelière, President, Fondation de la Chenelière, sponsored by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Business Volunteer category).
About the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal is made up of some 7,000 members. Its mission is to represent the interests of the business community of Greater Montreal and to provide individuals, merchants and local businesses of all sizes with a variety of specialized services to help them achieve their full potential in terms of innovation, productivity, and competitiveness. The Board of Trade is Quebec's leading private economic development organization.
About the Conseil des arts de Montréal
A dynamic partner of Montréal artistic creation, the Conseil des arts de Montréal supports and recognizes excellence in professional artistic creation, production, and distribution through financial support, advice, and cooperative and development actions. For over 50 years, the Conseil des arts de Montréal has contributed through its actions to the development of “Montréal, cultural metropolis.”
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