The MIAM

An International Centre Dedicated to Puppetry Arts

The Maison internationale des arts de la marionnette (MIAM—International House of Puppetry Arts) is a joint initiative of Casteliers, a specialized presenter of puppet theatre, and the Québec Puppeteer Association (Association québécoise des marionnettistes—AQM). This creative hub, which also serves as a performance venue, and a training and cultural mediation centre, is entirely dedicated to the 11th art! It offers a wide range of services to professional artists and the general public, including a production lab, a puppet-building workshop, a multi-functional space, as well as specialized resources and know-how. On top of that, it is located right next to the Robert-Bourassa Library which houses an outstanding, specialized collection of works on puppetry.

The MIAM is a unique place where members of the local, national and international communities are always welcome. Casteliers and the AQM have their offices in the building and Casteliers is the emphyteutic owner.

The MIAM’s primary mission is to support the creation and development of puppetry, to make this art form better known and to promote it nationally and internationally.

With a puppet-building workshop and a production lab housed in the same building, the MIAM offers a unique research space for puppeteers. Its rental space and activities run by the founders, partners and users are wide-ranging, impromptu and always evolving. It offers artistic residencies, professional training workshops, master classes and lectures.

Activities for the general public are an equally important part of the MIAM’s work. It has developed and runs cultural mediation activities for children, teens and adults interested in learning more about puppetry, and is host to a series of intimate shows presented by Casteliers.

Founded on the basis of collaboration and resource sharing, the MIAM is a centre rooted in its community and open to the world.

 

Mission

Promote puppetry arts

Improve working conditions for puppetry artists

Develop new audiences

Offer excellent services and an inspiring environment

Implement an exciting, mobilizing project

Showcase the MIAM’s work within the international network of puppetry arts centres

 

Activities

Cultural mediation activities

Artistic residencies

Shows (live performances, film screenings, exhibits)

Professional and non-professional training workshops

Rental space (Tool box, creative lab)

Pooling of expertise and specialized resources
The MIAM is a legacy from Montréal’s 375th anniversary. Casteliers and the Québec Puppeteer Association would like to thank everyone who made this project possible, especially Ville de Montréal and the Outremont borough, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, the site workers and the MIAM’s many donors.

MIAM Official Inauguration, 14th Festival de Casteliers, 2019 © Photo Marc Gibert / adecom.ca