A joint venture of AQM and Casteliers, the International House of Puppetry Arts (Maison internationale des arts de la marionnette – MIAM) opened its doors in the Fall of 2018. This centre for creation, performance, training and arts outreach is devoted entirely to the puppet arts.
The MIAM provides artists, citizens and visitors with :
- an equipped creative laboratory (rehearsal and performance space),
- a fully equipped puppet-building workshop,
- a multi-purpose room open to the community,
- specialized resources and expertise.
Based on cooperation and the mutualization of resources, the MIAM is first and foremost a community-oriented and open space. Year-round, public and professional activities are proposed and creative spaces are rented, sometimes by the cofounders, sometimes by puppeteers or other community users. This allows for versatile, spontaneous and agile programming.
By combining a puppet-building workshop with a rehearsal and performance laboratory, the MIAM defines itself as a unique research and creation space for puppeteers. It offers a rare combination of environment, infrastructure and services suited to this unique art form. AQM also holds several of its professional training workshops there, providing development opportunities for puppeteers from Quebec and beyond.