Research centre

ARTENSO is a Centre collégial de transfert en pratiques sociales novatrices (College centre for transfer of innovative social practices) affiliated with Cégep de Saint-Laurent in Montréal. Its mission is to promote the general interests and specific issues related to research and innovation in art and social engagement in the field of cultural mediation. Its activities fall into three categories:

  • Applied research projects (surveys, evaluations, creative research, etc.);
  • Training and support activities (workshops, seminars, assessments, etc.);
  • Production of tools and resources (practical guides, digital mediation tools, etc.)


Discover our mission, vision and values


Our field of intervention?

The centre’s field of research and intervention is that of cultural mediation, understood as a professional field of cultural action in which strategies, mechanisms, and tools are formulated to improve access to cultural productions and encourage citizens’ cultural expression. At the crossroads of the cultural and social spheres, cultural mediation is defined as a process of transmission and appropriation of meaning through a personalized and living relationship between cultural references and individuals. Ultimately, cultural mediation aims for personal development and empowerment, as well as cultural inclusion and citizen participation.


Our targets ?

Social and cultural organizations, educational institutions, municipal administrations, and professional art circles are invited to take part in the centre’s projects and become members of the organization.

ARTENSO trains, supports, and coaches all groups wishing to initiate research and cultural mediation projects involving creation or intervention. The centre contributes to the implementation of projects, from conception to evaluation, from mobilization to dissemination.


ARTENSO receives support from the Ministère de l’Éducation du Québec and the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation du Québec. It is a member of the Synchronex and QuébecInnove networks, the Association pour la recherche au collégial, the  Laboratoire de recherche sur les publics de la culture (UQTR), the Observatoire des médiations culturelles,(INRS) and the Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique (OICRM).