The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and the Conseil des arts de Montréal launch the 2009 edition of the Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal



    MONTREAL, June 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The 2009 edition of the Prix
Arts-Affaires de Montréal was kicked off yesterday by the co-chairs of the
Honourary Committee: Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade
of Metropolitan Montreal, and Louise Roy, Chair of the Conseil des arts de
Montréal. They invite arts and cultural organizations in the metropolitan area
to participate in this annual competition, which aims to reward the business
community's sponsorship of culture.
    This year's competition targets Greater Montréal cultural and artistic
organizations that received support from a large enterprise, an SME, or an
individual member of the business community between September 1, 2008, and
August 31, 2009. These organizations have until September 28, 2009, to
nominate their business partners.
    "The Prix Arts-Affaires provide cultural organizations with a wonderful
opportunity to thank and acknowledge the efforts of their sponsors, thereby
encouraging others to follow in their footsteps. These are inspiring examples
for the entire business community, and it's important to let people know about
them. Supporting culture means giving fresh impetus to Montréal's creativity,"
declared Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade of
Metropolitan Montreal.
    "Business people are passionate entrepreneurs, and they work hard to make
their dreams come true. It's this ability to achieve, as much as their
financial contribution, that can help artistic organizations realize their
full potential. This commitment assures the success of their own companies
while proving they also care about the development of our society. The
involvement of business people in making Montréal a creative metropolis is
crucial: it must be recognized and rewarded. That's what the Prix
Arts-Affaires are all about!" added Louise Roy, Chair of the Conseil des arts
de Montréal.
    The 2008 edition honoured the Société de transport de Montréal (Large
enterprise category), sponsored by the Board of Montreal Museum Directors and
supported by artist Rose-Marie E. Goulet; Vasco Design International (SME
category), sponsored by the Groupe de la Veillée theatre company and the
Ballets Jazz de Montréal; and Peter McAuslan (Arts/business personality
category), sponsored by the St. Ambroise Fringe Festival and the Montreal
Chamber Music Festival.
    Full details about these awards are available on the following two Web
sites: www.ccmm.qc.ca/prix-arts-affaires and
www.artsmontreal.org/prixartsaffaires.php.

    About the Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal

    The Prix Arts-Affaires de Montréal are an initiative of the Board of
Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and the Conseil des arts de Montréal, in
collaboration with daily newspaper Le Devoir and ARTV, that aims to reward
businesses and individuals who have shown their support for Montréal arts and
cultural organizations. The work of art presented to Prix Arts-Affaires
winners is created by Rita, a multidisciplinary design collective composed of
Stéphane Halmai-Voisard, Karine Corbeil, and Francis Rollin.

    The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has some 7,000 members. Its
primary 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.

    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."




For further information:

For further information: Sylvie Paquette, Coordinator, Media Relations,
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, (514) 871-4000, extension 4015,
sylvie.paquette@ccmm.qc.ca; Christian O'Leary, Director of Communications and
Development, Conseil des arts de Montréal, (514) 280-3991,
coleary.p@ville.montreal.qc.ca


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