LOVE returns to the Museum

From February 6, 2019 to March 31, 2019

Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion – Level S1

This exhibition is a result of the fifth partnership between LOVE (Québec) and the Montreal Museum of Fine Art’s Sharing the Museum program. The photographs and texts showcased here were produced by LOVE (Québec) participants, including a group of youths who took part in a two-week long program at the Museum during the summer of 2018. Inspired by the Museum’s collection and the exhibition From Africa to the Americas: Picasso Face to Face, Past and Present, they had group discussions about art and social issues while working with the artist and Museum mediator, Moridja Kitenge Banza. The objectives of this program were to explore identity, build the participants’ sense of accomplishment and self-esteem, encourage autonomy, contribute to their sense of empathy and communicate their messages of non-violence.

For 25 years, the Montreal-based, non-profit organization LOVE (Québec) has empowered at-risk youth to thrive, radically changing the trajectory of their lives through innovative educational projects that foster emotional intelligence to overcome the challenges they face. LOVE (Québec)’s programs are essential and successful, creating inspirational community leaders and giving them a voice that needs to be heard.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Sharing the Museum provides thousands of Montreal’s disadvantaged citizens, including at-risk youth, with access to the Montreal Museum of Fine Art’s educational programs free of charge. This exceptional initiative also allows group leaders to co-create with the Museum’s educational staff programs such as this long-term project with LOVE (Québec).

EducArt Expo
Art speaks to us

From February 12, 2019 to May 5, 2019

Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion – Level S1

EducArt, the Museum’s new digital educational platform, is undergoing a redesign! It will now be a resource for Quebec primary teachers wishing to use the artworks in the MMFA’s encyclopedic collection as a starting point for a range of themes.

This exhibition, exploring themes of resilience and communication, bears witness to the interactions of the students from Evergreen Elementary, in the Lester B. Pearson School Board, and those from École primaire des Hauts-Bois, in the Commission scolaire des Affluents. Co-created and inspired by the works in the Museum’s universal collection, the project’s educational activities were rooted in an interdisciplinary approach, which gave us access to the students’ creativity in a variety of ways. Through their treatment of the themes, the young artists have revealed their perceptions and predilections.