Le Plateau: culture in its veins


As an emblem of the city's cultural life, the Plateau-Mont-Royal has no intention of giving up its place in the collective imagination any time soon. True to its tradition as a thriving home for the arts, the borough has taken up the co-desgin challenge for drafting its 2015-2025 cultural development plan and the action plan that will follow.

The build-up to the Plateau’s 2015-2025 Cultural Development Plan has lasted not 100 days but nearly 365. The preparation stage was begun at the end of 2013, with a bold co-design approach that included residents, cultural organizations and stake-holders from a variety of fields. The research and consultations have resulted in many important ideas for reflection and action on the cultural future of the city’s –perhaps Canada’s – most vibrant artistic neighbourhood.

The plan’s guiding principles are to preserve and enhance the cultural vitality of the borough, its heritage and its cultural districts; support new ways of developing public spaces and other sites; promote diverse cultural  experiences; support amateur and professional arts practices; and raise awareness about local artists and their work.

The residents, as participants, creators and spectators, are at the heart of a cultural offering that is based on excellence, proximity and a human scale.

The Cultural Development Plan and its action plan will be adopted for the Plateau-Mont-Royal in 2015. And in the near future we may well see new cultural planning initiatives in co-design launched by other boroughs in the city.