A shared passion that truly helps Domaine Forget de Charlevoix.
Le Domaine Forget’s,’’ Créateur de talents!’’ fundraising campaign had one main objective: to ensure the organization’s long-term sustainability by establishing and augmenting three endowment funds as well as benefiting from the income generated through these investments. Launched in 2015, the capital appeal concluded six years later and raised $20 million. The success of this major campaign ensures a promising future for Domaine Forget.
Thanks to the generous contributions of donors, concrete actions have been carried out in recent years. These include the renovation of heritage buildings, the enhancement of the site, the development of new cultural activities and the creation of new study programs. Generations of artists, students, and audiences will continue to benefit from the impact of the important donations.
A love for music and dance and a deep desire to provide a vibrant learning environment has been at the heart of our mission from the very beginning. At every turn in the history of Domaine Forget de Charlevoix, donors have understood the importance of giving students a state-of-the-art learning environment and curriculum. Thanks to them, scholarships are awarded each year to many promising young artists.
A summer at the Domaine Forget Academy opens the doors to music ensembles and dance companies of all sizes across Canada, the United States and Europe. Other Domaine Forget alumni find teaching opportunities at major institutions or pursue prolific careers as soloists.
The construction of the Concert Hall in 1996 marked a turning point in the history of Domaine Forget de Charlevoix and has been a source of pride ever since. DFC’s first major fundraising campaign, co-chaired by late Jacqueline Desmarais, generous benefactor and friend, and Québec violinist Angèle Dubeau, a Domaine Forget alumni, raised over $1M toward its construction. Important contributions by both the Federal and Québec governments completed the funding required. To this day, the hall remains the locomotive behind the Academy’s and Festival’s growth and evolution. Every year it attracts more students, more artists and more art enthusiasts.
Passion also means wanting to discover new artistic horizons. In a continuing effort to diversify its offering and make art ever more accessible, Domaine Forget de Charlevoix now offers many on-site activities to help bring the art of monumental sculpture to the public. Thanks to the support of our donors, the Harmonic Sculpture Garden has evolved from cultural mediation project to landmark success. From children’s workshops in visual arts to guided tours, from interactive app to artists in residence adding to the permanent collection, the Harmonic Sculpture Garden is one of DFC’s proudest… and biggest achievements!
In 2005, the building that served as the cafeteria, the former concert hall and the home to many other services critical to running DFC activities was destroyed by fire. Barely two years later, a new state-of-the-art building was inaugurated, following a $4M investment mostly coming from private donations. Ever since, the Joseph-Rouleau Pavilion is a favourite of students, teachers, staff and visitors alike, thanks of those who rallied to raise the money needed to build this building and make it a pillar of DFC’s growth.
In 2010, another successful fundraising campaign paved the way for the construction of a brand-new housing building: the Paul-Lafleur Pavilion. The 30-room residence-style building was inaugurated in 2013, to the delight of the Academy students and staff, in addition to the different clienteles that come to Domaine Forget on a regular basis: school groups, creation seminars, artists-in-residence and wellness retreats. With up-to-date housing, the Academy is able to offer more sessions and reach more students. Once again, without the support of loyal donors, the construction of such a stunning pavilion would not have been possible.