Creative Organizations

Méduse is made up of ten artistic and cultural organizations dedicated to artistic research, production, and presentation. Member organizations work both independently and together, each contributing to the global reputation of Quebec culture and to international artistic exchanges. The cooperative’s production spaces serve a broad community, hosting and presenting hundreds of artists from Quebec and beyond every year for workshop stays and short and long term creative residencies. Member organizations put on over 300 public activities, enjoy the support of several thousand members, and reach an estimated audience of 50,000 people every year.

Community art workshop

Atelier de la mezzanine
© 2011  Atelier de la mezzanine, Charles-f. Ouellet. All Rights Reserved.

Atelier de la mezzanine is a unique concept that was created in 1999 by Folie/Culture. The idea was to offer an art workshop to people who are often marginalized because of their past or ongoing mental or emotional health problems. What’s unique about the initiative is that these people have the opportunity to work side by side with professional artists, and are integrated into the operations and structure of the organization.

A decade later, now comfortably housed at the Méduse artistic cooperative, this independent community organization provides opportunities to over forty member artists who explore, develop, or pursue their passion for visual arts. Many are self-taught; others have training in the arts. In addition to working on individual projects, members are also invited to take part in workshops and group endeavors. Over the years, an exhibition component has been added to the organization’s original mission, allowing member artists to display their works to the public.