Exeko,in collaboration with the Groupe des onze—made up of eleven of Montreal’s largest cultural institutions, including the Opéra de Montréal—has created the Inclusive Culture Lab, a three-year project under the patronage of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

The lab combines participatory research with creative research and action-based research as a means of promoting accessibility to the institutional cultural milieu by identifying and disseminating best practices that foster inclusion. The Inclusive Culture Lab seeks to embody the Groupe des onze’s will to challenge factors that hinder access to culture by giving Exeko an open door to its programming and by actively collaborating in the research over the three-year period.

The Opéra de Montréal will host one of the project’s partner community organizations, its participants, and Exeko’s mediators during La bohème in May 2017.