Jewish General Hospital
Valoriser la différence is a programme designed to break the isolation experienced by some adults with mental health issues, and to expose them to the pure pleasure of discovering art. This project is the product of a longstanding collaboration between the Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital and the MMFA, which gives access to its collections.
During this activity, which is both social and cultural, the participants become acquainted with some works of art, learn about them, discuss them, and take part in a creative workshop. Art arouses emotions and, in order to talk about them and even to create, a climate of trust, respect and openness is required. This is what participants find in these workshops. The context, both stimulating and pleasant, fosters autonomy and self-esteem. Not only does it stimulate creativity, but it also encourages the expression of ideas and opinions, thus fostering team spirit and each participant’s particular knowledge.
Seeds of hope – Concordia University
Co-directed by the MMFA and the Department of Creative Arts Therapies, chaired by Yehudit Silverman, at Montreal’s Concordia University, the project Seeds of Hope aims to sensitize visitors to suicide and its effects on the family, loved ones and the community with the presentation of masks made by persons affected by suicide. For the project participants, tours focused on themes of resilience and expression of feelings, and creative workshops supervised by art therapists provided an opportunity to break through the isolation and veil of silence that too often cloaks this event. From the spring to the fall of 2016, four groups participated in this project, including Inuit from Nunavut and Nunavik with the organization Ivirtivik.
La dramathérapie et l’art-thérapie pour l’intégration – École Barthélemy-Vimont
La dramathérapie et l’art-thérapie pour l’intégration is a project designed to use the arts to create a feeling of belonging between children in regular classes and recently arrived children from Parc-Extension, one of Montreal’s most impoverished neighbourhoods, in which the school dropout rate is close to 50%.
Born of a partnership between the École Barthélémy-Vimont, belonging to the Commission scolaire de Montréal, and the Museum, this project brings together a Grade 4 class of mostly immigrant children and a reception class of recent arrivals. Following tours of the Museum’s collections, discussions and workshops, the 25 young people will together create a little play inspired by Quebec works seen at the MMFA. The Grade 4 class will help the newly arrived pupils to express themselves, translate for them and, if necessary, help the creative process along.
Under the watchful eye of Marie-Émilie Louis, a drama therapist, and Julie Vignola, an art therapist, these young people will thus discover the culture of Quebec while forging links among themselves.