EducArt is an invitation to discover the Museum’s collection through online resources for high school teachers of all subjects, as part of pilot projects in each of Quebec’s seventeen administrative regions.
Through a cross-disciplinary reading of its encyclopedic collection, the Museum explores various subjects such as freedom, the body, peace and cultural diversity. Through a resolutely interdisciplinary approach, works from its collection will be shared with a community of experts to elicit viewpoints that go beyond art history: for example, what does a neuroscientist have to say about art dealing with memory, or a biologist about works that are associated with the environment? Each of the seventeen themes developed by the Museum is also a joint project with a Quebec school, where students were invited to choose works of art for different areas of study, from art to science. With this novel approach, the works are presented from new angles, allowing teachers to address various notions and concepts in the curriculum. The result of these collaborative initiatives across Quebec is a bank of living educational projects created jointly by the schools and the Museum. The EducArt project has already involved more than 600 students in the province’s seventeen regions — and it’s only the beginning!
EducArt offers a cultural approach to teaching, as promoted in the reformed Québec Education Program. The works in the Museum’s collection provide teachers with versatile, inspiring resources. This cross-disciplinary approach engages art from the present and the past in a dialogue on current social issues. In keeping with the Museum’s social mission, EducArt has developed unifying projects for teaching students how to live together. As they connect with EducArt’s works and the topics, students become aware of their role as active citizens in their society.
EducArt is funded by the Ville de Montréal and the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, under the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal. It is also part of the implementation of Quebec’s digital cultural plan.
EducArt.ca is an online educational project created and distributed by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), with the support of the Fondation de la Chenelière, the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, as part of the Plan culturel numérique du Québec, and the Ville de Montréal under the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal.