The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is joining forces with the second edition of Early Childhood Week, being presented in the week of November 19. Again this year, the event will contribute to making early childhood a priority for Quebec society. The MMFA is pleased to announce that its Director General and Chief Curator, Nathalie Bondil, will be one of the ambassadors for this major initiative taking place throughout Quebec. For the occasion, the Museum will be offering a series of free activities, such as film screenings and yoga, as well as workshops designed especially for children up to age five.
A varied programme for children up to age five at the MMFA
From November 19 to 26, the MMFA will be presenting many free activities as part of Early Childhood Week’s extensive programme, which includes more than 400 activities throughout Quebec. The educational activities at the MMFA are a first step toward art and integrating culture and creativity into family life. Parents will also find tools for introducing their children to art in a simple, natural way.
The Little Western
The Little Western offers families the perfect setting to learning and reflection while having fun. In connection with the major exhibition Once upon a Time… The Western, the space invites families to explore the myth of the Western – and deconstruct it – through creative activities, workshops and films aimed at fostering a better understanding of its myths and examining its stereotypes.
November 18, 19, 24 and 25, 2017 | 10: 15 and 11: 15 a.m.
Four Handed Workshop: At the Gates of the West
The four handed workshop offers families to explore materials and ideas in a relaxed atmosphere. In this workshop, children will create a scene inspired by Western landscapes through collage techniques. In French and English.
Passes are distributed from 10 a.m. on the day of the activity, at the Museum’s ticket counter. Maximum of 30 participants. Duration: 45 minutes
November 19, 2017 | 1:00 p.m.
Cinéma jeunesse: Ma maman est en Amérique, elle a rencontré Buffalo Bill (2013)
Dir.: Marc Boreal and Thibaut Chatel. France, 2013, animation, 75 minutes. In French.
This film is presented in collaboration the Festival international du film pour enfants de Montréal (FIFEM).
Passes are distributed from 10 a.m. on the day of the activity, at the Museum’s ticket counter.
November 24, 2017 | 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Art and yoga
A moment of well-being to spend with family at the museum, to admire artworks, move and create together. Open to all, this activity includes a yoga session followed by a visual arts workshop. In French and English Passes are distributed from 10 a.m. on the day of the activity, at the Museum’s ticket counter. Maximum of 20 participants. Please bring comfortable clothes. Yoga mats will be available. Duration: 90 minutes
November 26, 2017 | 1:30 p.m.
The Soul of the Western
This innovative activity combining visual arts and music is specially designed for families. Inspired by the exhibition Once Upon a Time … the Western, multi-instrumentalist Michael Jerome Browne presents music infused with landscapes, stories and characters that emerge from the genre. Discover the sounds that evoke the soul of the western! The activity combines a musical performance and a visual arts workshop. In French and in English.
Passes are distributed from 10 a.m. on the day of the activity, at the Museum’s ticket counter. Maximum of 30 participants. Duration: 90 minutes (music workshop 45 minutes, and visual arts workshop 45 minutes)
The Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy would not exist without the generous and vital support of the Fondation de la Chenelière. The Museum would like to acknowledge the commitment of its partners that support access for families: the BMO Financial Group for Family Weekends, Ubisoft Montreal and its Ubisoft-Codex programme, dedicated to education and encouraging kids to stay in school, as well as the Angel Circle, which supports the Coup de pouce aux familles programme. The Sharing the Museum programme is made possible with major support from Bell and the Fondation J.-A. DeSève, in collaboration with the Trottier Family Foundation, Great West Life, London Life and Canada Life and Borden Ladner Gervais. The Museum offers its heartfelt thanks to France and Raymond Royer for their generous support of The Little Western.