The Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy is the largest educational complex in a North American art museum. Occupying 3,588m2 in the museum complex, it welcomes 300,000 participants per year, an attendance record among Canadian museums and a 207% increase in three years. Located in the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace, the Atelier was expanded in 2016 to enable the MMFA to further develop its ambitious educational and community programmes for children, families, adults and people with special needs. It also broadened the scope of its activities by launching innovative projects in health and art therapy to enable everyone to enjoy the benefits of art.
Born in Normandy, Michel de la Chenelière moved to Montreal when he was 20. After 15 years of working in the publishing field, he founded his own company. Over the years and the acquisitions, Chenelière Éducation became the largest French-language publisher of educational works in North America. Since selling the business in 2006, Mr. de la Chenelière has dedicated himself to his philanthropic activities. The gifts of this art and education enthusiast made it possible to undertake the expansion of the educational spaces at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
After a first gift of $3 million to the Museum in 2011, and deeply convinced that art can transform a person’s life, he made a further exceptional gift of $2 million in 2015. In addition to his generous contributions, this benefactor’s passion for education permeates the 3,588 m2 of the Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy, the largest educational space in a North-American art museum.
Michel de la Chenelière has also created with the MMFA a scholarship program to acknowledge the quality of a master’s thesis pertaining to the Museum’s collections.
The Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy would not exist were it not for the generous and crucial support of the Michel de la Chenelière Foundation.
The Museum wishes to underline the support for school activities given by the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, with the assistance of CN and CIBC, and also Cominar, Desjardins and the Molson Foundation, for their support for these educational initiatives, as well as the Volunteer Association, and the Museum’s partner Keolis.
The program Sharing the Museum is made possible through the major support of Bell and the Fondation J.A. DeSève in collaboration with the Trottier Family Foundation. The Museum also wishes to underscore the assistance of Borden Ladner Gervais, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada-Vie, as well as the participation of the Fonds Lethbridge, Fonds Merlin and Fonds de la Famille Malouf in these activities for special needs clientèles.
For its family activities, the Museum is thankful for the essential support provided by BMO Financial Group and DeSerres for its support for workshops. The participation of the Fournelle Family, Michal and Renata Hornstein, Erin and Joe Battat, the Anne D. Fish Fund, the Jacques and Michel Auger Foundation and the Shirley Baerwald Estate should be noted.
The Museum’s cultural activities enjoy major support from Domtar Personal Care, the presenter of cultural programs for adults and from Réseau Sélection, presenter of Thursdays at the Museum for seniors, as well as from the contribution of Magdeleine Loevenbruck.
The TD Bank Group is the proud presenter of music programming in Bourgie Hall. The Museum’s Art-therapy and Wellness programme, including the Art Hive, is made possible through the major support of the Rossy Family Foundation.