In the context of the program, Dialogues Riopelle, cultural mediation is seen as an opportunity to approach others by celebrating the work of Jean Paul Riopelle. The role of the artist-mediator is to create this encounter, to be the link. All in all, it is about forming a relationship between the artist-mediator and the citizen, where creation is also a pretext for forging links.
Dialogues: Encounters with Riopelle’s Œuvre from Sea to Sea aims to mobilize artists, cultural workers, organizations and local communities to create works of art, participatory workshops or other concrete initiatives in public spaces, in order to generate a series of dialogues between Riopelle’s work and history, culture and heritage in Canada. A cultural mediation project that has social impact is an artistic or cultural project that hopes to address or propose a response to a situation or to a targeted social issue that is specific to a locality, region or territory. The involvement and participation of citizens are essential in cultural projects. It is fundamental that the final recipient of a project be included in its development. Mobilizing citizen expertise enables true appropriation of cultural projects.