The Association des écoles supérieures d’art du Québec (ADÉSAQ) is a non-profit organization that brings together and represents some 20 institutions that specialize in performing and media arts. Each year, these schools are attended by over 1,500 students seeking professional training and some 18,000 others for whom it is part of their preparatory or continuing education, or personal development.
Our member schools specialize in training the next generation of artists in the performing arts sector, such as theatre, dance (contemporary and classical), circus, comedy, music (including songwriting and sound production), as well as in the media and digital arts, and animation and design sectors. The technical training programs of each of these educational institutions are accredited by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur and/or the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, and all are geared towards professional careers.
The Association des écoles supérieures d’art du Québec (ADÉSAQ)’s mission is to promote dialogue and the sharing of ideas, experience and expertise between its members, thereby furthering their development and the advancement of professional training in various artistic disciplines in Quebec.
L’ADÉSAQ acts as a catalyst to the network’s driving forces. Its activities based on exchanges and dialogue have led to the realization of various projects and training activities aimed at improving practices within the organization as well as the advancement of higher education in the artistic disciplines of its members.
The Association des écoles supérieures d’art de Montréal (ADÉSAM) was founded in 2002 and became the Association des écoles supérieures d’art du Québec (ADÉSAQ) on May 23, 2019.
Through dialogue and the sharing of ideas, various projects and activities emerged addressing specific needs or proving to be beneficial when jointly carried out: student activities and customized training through external resources, joint arts projects (shows, films, interdisciplinary labs), a guide to copyright laws, a welcome kit for foreign students, and helpful information on studies, dissertations, and performing.
For students and recent graduates, activities are designed to break down the barriers to interdisciplinary exchanges and foster networking. Every year since 2009, ADÉSAQ Day (Journée ADÉSAQ) has provided the opportunity for nearly 150 students from the various institutions to partake in a day of training at a school other than their own. This unique experience allows them to discover new dimensions of artistic expression and to connect with other emerging artists.
In 2013, ADÉSAM celebrated its 10th anniversary with the first edition of a show created to involve all the schools and disciplines. The second edition took place on April 11, 2015, at Club Soda in Montreal, this time as part of the Festival Vue sur la Relève. The 2015 ADÉSAM show is available online and on the Savoir media channel.
In 2017, for Montreal’s 375th anniversary , the Association produced a short film entitled ASPIRATIONS, an ambitious joint project carried out in collaboration with emerging artists and showcasing all the disciplines taught in our member schools.
In 2019 and 2020, the Association and 9 participating schools ran a campaign for the promotion of the French language, reaching 4,000 students and employees. The release of the documentary Créer en français also enabled the general public to gain an understanding of the language issues faced by students within the network.
Our Team and Board of Directors
ADÉSAQ is governed by a Board of Directors made up of a representative of each of its members and the Executive Director.
Mr. Yves Rocray
École de danse contemporaine de Montréal
Mr. Bruno Robitaille
École nationale de la chanson
Mr. Alix Laurent
École supérieure de ballet du Québec
Mr. Luc Pelletier
National Theatre School of Canada
Mrs. Chantal Boulanger
Association des écoles supérieures d’art du Québec
Mrs. Chantal Garon
Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Québec
Mrs. Suzanne Guèvremont
École des arts numériques, de l’animation et du design – UQAC
Mr. Jean Hamel
Mr. Éric Langlois
École nationale de cirque
Mr. Francisco Rendiles
Mrs. Louise Richer
École nationale de l’humour
Mr. Tim Roberts
École de cirque de Québec
ADÉSAQ’s activities are supported by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec. ADÉSAQ is a member of Compétence Culture and Culture Montréal.