Founded in 1983, the Centre d'Apprentissage Parallèle (CAP) is a regional mental health community organization. Over the years, it has become a full-fledged creative hub. Through art, the CAP helps people living with mental illness reintegrate into the community and the workforce. With an eye to the future, the CAP is continuously innovating to meet mental health needs.

The 80's

First steps: A document is created outlining the CAP's service offering—daytime art therapy and fine craft services.

The CAP's Board of Directors is established.

The CAP is incorporated.

For the first time, volunteers provide services in facilities offered by the McConnell Foundation.

Funding is secured from the Conseil Régional de la Santé et des Services Sociaux du Montréal Métropolitain. A 1,500 ft.² centre serving the Centre Est community is opened at the CAP's head office, 4861 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, in Montreal. The day centre program is established.

The CAP's facilities expand to 3,000 ft.², now occupying 4861 and 4863 Boulevard Saint-Laurent. The program becomes semester based (fall, winter, etc.).

The 90's

The CAP begins offering different levels of courses: introductory, intensive and production.

Facilities expand to 6,000 ft.², now occupying 4859 to 4865 Boulevard Saint-Laurent. The CAP becomes a regional centre, now offering career training. A community kitchen is established with a restaurant permit. The organization opens a boutique.

Actor Luc Picard becomes the CAP's spokesperson.

The CAP partners with a Centre Local d'Emploi to fund a portion of its new career training service.

The CAP launches a new product—an arts calendar—illustrated by our clients to increase our visibility.

The 2000s

The CAP participates in the Journées de la culture event on September 28–30 and hosts its own fall show.

Participation a l'événement "Les journées de la culture" les 28, 29 et 30 septembre. Salon maison "Exposition automne 2001"

The Boutique Captivant is created.

Période de structuration des services. Approche cognitive

Our workshops are reoriented toward the decorative arts.

The Boutique Captivant is officially opened and the CAP's website is online.

The CAP participates in an exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from May 4 to November 6, with a mural created at the centre with the participation of six of Montreal's community mental health organizations.

The CAP celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Since 1985, the organization has been putting on an annual show in its Saint-Laurent centre or at other locations like local cultural centres, the Complexe Guy Favreau, Centre Culturel Georges Vanier, or the Les Impatients gallery.

moi-m'aime goes on tour.

The CAP puts on a number of exhibitions: Yvon Lamy, Surmoïque and Possibles dans l'impossible.

2013  A new workshop is added to our programs: sculpturing and ceramic.

2014  May 14th: First edition of MOI M'AIME, fund-raising auction taking place at the MX gallery with the delightful author Kim Thuy as spokesperson of the event.

2015  CAP hits 30 years of age! A retrospective of CAP's artworks are exhibited at the Michel de la Chenelière studio at the MBAM to underline CAP's anniversary.

2016  Art-therapy workshops entitled "RENAISSANCE are offered by the CAP to Syrian refugee families, in partnership with HAY DOUN, initiator of the project that sponsors these families. And Francis Reddy becomes our spokesperson for the 3rd edition of MOI M'AIME which took place on May 4th at the Michel-Ange gallery.

2017  April 27th, Yvon Lamy and Xavier Bonpunt are invited by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to participate to an important forum on the theme "Demystifying art-therapy" next to other experts at the Arsenal gallery.

2018  MOI M'AIME fundraising auction comes back for a 5th consecutive year. This time with Myriam et Philippe Fehmiu as godmother and godfather of the event which took place at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, May 29th. Exhibitions of Jean-Sébastien Lajeunesse in the summer, and of Yvon Colbert in the fall. Finally, CAP's presence at the National Congress of the Canadian Mental Health Association - "Ready for Another Century" - at the end of October.