The organization behind this flagship event
Culture pour tous is an independent, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to foster recognition of arts and culture as vitally important aspects of individual and collective development through awareness and education programs nurturing public participation. For more than 20 years, the organization has been increasing ways and opportunities to promote culture in all fields of activity, from schools to the workplace.
During the 1996 Summit on the Economy and Employment, a large-scale project to democratize and raise awareness of arts and culture was presented to the leaders of Quebec’s cultural communities. A few months later, the first financial, public-sector and private-sector commitments were made: the cultural communities were preparing the first edition of the Journées de la culture, which was held in September 1997 under the theme of “There’s Something Missing in Our Culture.” Five hundred organizations, artists and artisans hosted more than 160,000 visitors!
On June 17, 1997, Quebec’s National Assembly unanimously adopted a motion proclaiming the last Friday in September and the two days thereafter in each year to be the Journées nationales de la culture.
To date, 594 municipalities have officially adopted a resolution in that regard.