How can art help re-enchant the work environment?

A First International Symposium on

Artistic Mediation & Managerial Innovation

MONTREAL, Nov. 21, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - On Monday and Tuesday, December 5 and 6, 2011, Culture pour tous, in partnership with the Department of Social and Public Communication of Université du Québec à Montréal, is pleased to invite you to the first edition of the International Symposium on Artistic Mediation & Managerial Innovation. The event will take place at Espace La Fontaine in Parc La Fontaine, at the heart of a natural urban setting that is ideal for stimulating creativity.

On the program
Intended for managers, researchers and practitioners, this international gathering aims to offer a space for experimentation and discussion on creative, sustainable and innovative management practices in the form of lectures, workshops, artistic and performances.

The symposium will bring together some 25 guest speakers from Québec, France, Switzerland, Italy and Finland, including Giovanni Schiuma, Professor of Innovation Management, Università della Basilicata, Chair of the Arts for Business Institute (Italy) and author of the book The Value of Arts for Business (Cambridge University Press, 2011); Laurent Simon, Professor and co-founder of the MosaiC research group at HEC Montréal; Anne Pässilä, Art Educator and Researcher at the Lahti School of Innovation, Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland); and Massimo Guerrera, plastic artist, performer, and participant in the Québec Triennal 2011 at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal.

This international meeting will address subjects such as the value of art for businesses, theatre improvisation and leader coaching, art therapy in the organizational setting, co-creation processes, and more. Please note that some sessions will take place in French only. For further details, see the full program and schedule online:

Art, innovation and change
"How can art contribute to developing collective intelligence, innovation and the process of social change? And how can a more creative perspective give new life to studies on sustainable, personal and collective change? These are the questions we want to address at the symposium," says Isabelle Mahy, Professor in the Department of Social and Public Communication at UQAM and researcher at the Centre de recherche sur les innovations sociales (CRISES).
For her part, Louise Sicuro, President and CEO of Culture pour tous, notes: "This symposium fits with the mission of Culture pour tous, which aims to encourage people's participation in culture by bringing artists and creative processes into everyday life, including the work environment. In 2007, our organization developed the collective creation program Art at Work, and to date, more than 30 artistic projects have been created across Québec through the program."

About Culture pour tous
Culture pour tous is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to contribute to the democratization of culture in Quebec. The goals and actions of Culture pour tous serve to facilitate access to, and appropriation of, the arts and culture for as many people as possible. Its best-known project, Les Journées de la culture, has been taking place all over Québec since 1997.

With a view to documenting and showcasing the impacts of shared mediation and creation projects, in 2006 Culture pour tous joined forces with sociology and communication researchers to create a partnered research group on cultural mediation. The  International Symposium on Artistic Mediation & Managerial Innovation was developed with Isabelle Mahy, social innovation researcher, co-founder of the U-Lab research group on collective creation processes, author of the book Les coulisses de l'innovation, création et gestion au Cirque du Soleil and professor at UQAM.

The International Symposium on Artistic Mediation & Managerial Innovation is supported by Heritage Canada and the Centre de recherche sur les innovations sociales (CRISES).

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