Making culture accessible to all is at the very heart of the social mission of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Thanks to its vast cultural and educational programme, the Museum gives people from underprivileged areas an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of art. From June 11 to September 5, the Museum is pleased to present, for the second year in a row, I AM THE ARTIST OF MY LIFE, a display of the works created by children from two Montreal schools that take part in the Breakfast Club of Canada programme.
A joint initiative of the Breakfast Club of Canada and the MMFA, which contributed its expertise and educational facilities, this project gave the children a chance to participate in the creative process in significant ways while achieving a goal. The goal of this project, whose theme was transformation, was also to inspire participants to reflect on the transformative power of art, a metaphor for the capacity of every individual, at whatever age, to take charge of his or her own fate.
The project I Am the Artist of My Life is part of the Breakfast Makes Me ShineTM approach of the Breakfast Club of Canada, which ensures that all the Club’s activities respect the dignity of the students, improve their self-esteem, help them acquire healthy life habits and help them accomplish their dreams. This approach recognizes that, as well as offering students the food they need to succeed in their day, the Club can offer young people opportunities to improve their understanding of nutrition, create positive connections and develop their leadership and life skills.