On May 18, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) hosted the 10th Rencontres de la Diversité, organized by Vision Diversité in partnership with UNESCO and the MMFA. This event brought together over 150 representatives from the arts, culture and education. They examined the theme “Des cultures autochtones aux expressions métissées, notre culture en mouvement.”
“More than ever, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is committed to encouraging interculturality. In keeping with the ‘NOUS (Nos Origines, Une Société)’ motto proclaimed by Aïda Kamar, president-director general of Vision Diversité, I envision the future of our Museum in a city that weaves and blends our different influences together,” said Nathalie Bondil, Director and Chief Curator of the MMFA.
During this day of reflection and discussion, forty artists and creators – fifteen of whom are of aboriginal descent – took the floor. They chose to express themselves through emerging practices and approaches that combine influences from around the world. In seven multidisciplinary workshops, they demonstrated the importance of this diversity to key actors in the arts and culture sphere: the industry, its institutions, professional associations, and production and performance venues. Participants reflected on specific courses of action that could make this creativity of diversity a driving force in a progressive Quebec culture.
From May 18 to 22, as part of Rencontres de la Diversité, young people from Saint‐Laurent High School presented the collective work REFUGE in Studio 3 of the MMFA’s Studios Art & Education Michel de la Chenelière. Produced in collaboration with Vision Diversité, this project is part of the “Vivre ensemble” initiative of Montreal’s Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys (CSMB). It is the brainchild of Tasnim, a grade ten student who was worried about the fate of the migrants on the European coasts. Over 250 students from this school were compelled by the refugee theme and took part in this collective work under the supervision of their art teachers.