DAM’s mission is to promote inclusion and cultural equity by supporting immigrant and racialized artists of all disciplines in the development of their careers. DAM strives to increase awareness of ethnocultural diversity issues as well as empower the community to address them.
DAM’s service mission is to provide ongoing support to professional and developing artists, primarily through one-on-one career development consultations, training and a mentoring program. Several key projects and various partnerships in the arts community create opportunities for racialized and immigrant artists who are faced with systemic barriers to full professional integration.
On the political front, DAM keeps abreast of issues related to racism and inclusion, makes recommendations for achieving cultural equity in the arts and encourages initiatives to overcome systemic barriers that hinder the equitable development of culturally diverse artists and organizations.
Services offered to members
- Artistic career consulting: one-on-one guidance sessions.
- Networking events and information resources on arts and culture news in Montreal.
- Promoting art projects on DAM communication platforms: cultural calendar, artists’ Directory, Diversinfo newsletter, social networks.
- Training and workshops.
Diversité artistique Montréal (DAM) was established by the Delegation for Cultural Diversity Montreal, a group created in March 2004 following a day focused on cultural diversity in the arts organized by the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM). (Click here for a record of the day’s proceedings [PDF])
The primary mandate of this delegation composed of about 30 representatives from Montreal’s various artistic milieus, was to identify ways to increase the presence of artists, organizations and communities of cultural diversity in the artistic landscape of Montreal.
The Delegation’s work produced concrete results, including the presentation in February 2005 of a brief to the Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM) at the public hearings on the City of Montréal’s cultural development policy.
In September 2005, the Delegation also made recommendations to the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM). These recommendations were to:
- introduce a Diversity and Equity Policy,
- ensure systematic representation of members of cultural communities on juries and committees,
- hire an individual to communicate with and support artists from cultural communities.
The Conseil agreed with these proposals and has since adopted a number of measures, including the creation of an advisory committee on cultural diversity, the hiring of a liaison and development officer for cultural diversity and the drafting of an official policy on the promotion of cultural diversity.
In January 2006, the Delegation decided to become an independent body in order to expand its mandate. A Founding Committee was created and on Thursday, December 7, 2006, some 100 people gathered at the Maison du Conseil des arts de Montréal to officially launch Diversité artistique Montréal, a new entity dedicated to promoting cultural diversity in the arts.