Quebec Initiatives

An Art Hive is an interactive community art space that welcomes everyone as an artist. It is open to all community members, especially individuals living at the lowest incomes or marginalized due to age, mental health issues, physical disability, immigration dislocation, and other complex social challenges.

Part of Les Grands Ballets’ broader vision, the National Centre for Dance Therapy uses dance to promote the health and well-being of individuals. Currently in its first phase of operations, 

Créée en mars 2009, la Société pour les arts en milieux de santé (SAMS) a pour objet d'éduquer le public et d'accroître l'appréciation des arts en offrant des prestations par des artistes professionnels en milieux de santé pour le bénéfice des patients, des travailleurs de la santé et des visiteurs.

Montreal is also home to Concordia University, which offers a Masters program in Creative Arts Therapies, with a Drama Therapy Option. Only four other countries offer such accredited Drama Therapy training. Concordia also has The Centre for the Arts in Human Development, which uses Creative Arts Therapies in a team approach with other disciplines to "promote growth and development for people with intellectual, developmental and mental health disabilities." Objectives include increased self-esteem and social integration for their clients.

The YEAH!  (Youth, Education, Arts and Health) Network is in place to connect with service providers in Quebec working in these areas. The YEAH! Online Resource Centre features successful projects listed by youth issue or artistic discipline, and access to professional development opportunities.