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Visual Art: October 2012 Archives

Arts organizations get creative with funding

fundraising.jpgMany young professionals don't feel like they've reached the age and stage in life where they could be considered "patrons of the arts".

With careers to build, families to feed and mortgages to pay, being a philanthropsist seems far off.

But arts organizations are increasingly reaching out to young people of more modest means.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has a newly-formed group of young philanthropists. The group is called Le Cercle, and it aims to get young professionals involved in the museum events. It allows young people to network and get involved in museum activities.

The cost to join Le Cercle is relatively modest (around $50 per event), but it serves to build a link between the instution and donors who will hopefully remain involved for decade to come.

The MMFA isn't the only institution looking to recruit young donors. The Montreal Symphony Orchestra also has a group of Young Ambassadors which gives members access to trendy evenings with cocktails and special performances.

Meanwhile, smaller arts organizations are turning to the internet.

The magazine Nouveau Projet got off the ground using crowdfunding, and musician Katie Moore used crowdfunding to help bankroll her latest album. 

Montreal-based Talisman Theatre, which adapts French-language Quebecois plays for an English audience, used crowdfunding site Indiegogo to fund it's upcoming production of The Medea Effect. (Opening October 11.) 

Listen to Jeanette's conversation with Marc-Antoine Saumier, President of Le Cercle, and Lyne Paquette, Artistic Director of The Medea Effect at the Talisman Theatre.   

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(Pictured, left to right: Lyne Paquette, Jeanette Kelly, Marc-Antoine Saumier)