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Visual Arts

ARTreach Programme

Director: Amber Berson
School of Art ARTreach Project Manager:
Marie-Renée Vial, Director, Fine Arts, Youth & Teens Departments 

Art and Community

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Intergenerational Project with École primaire Charles-Lemoyne and Centre des aînés de Pointe-Saint-Charles, 2018.

ARTreach is the Visual Arts Centre’s free community outreach programme. Through a variety of projects, we reach out to and creatively engage with different populations in the broader community. Our goal is to reach those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in visual arts education. We have been actively involved in community outreach projects for over twenty-five years. We work collaboratively with other educational institutions, community organisations, independent artists, and social workers, lending our expertise to projects that embrace art as a means of community and individual well-being and social change. Our programs are constantly evolving.

This winter, the primary means of connecting with the community will be through a new partnership with the Saint-Henri library located less than 2 km from the VAC. We will be offering two art hives hosted by one of our teachers, Hazel Thexton. These activities are free (including all materials) with no reservation required, offering everyone an opportunity to let their imagination run free and create without pressure or expectations.

Also, the McClure Gallery is happy to host a monthly Art Hive, a welcoming arts-based community space that encourages self-directed and group creative learning. Participants are encouraged to experiment and exchange their knowledge and skills and all events are free, and materials are provided.

Funding ARTreach – You can help!

ARTreach projects are dependent on funding. As a non-profit registered charity, we seek funding each year from foundations, corporations, government agencies, as well as individual donors for specific ARTreach projects. In addition, we contribute ten percent of the Centre’s fundraising revenues to ARTreach programs.

A Grateful Thank You

We are deeply grateful to the many generous donors who have supported ARTreach. We extend a heartfelt thank you to an anonymous foundation for generously supporting the Intergenerational Art project, to Yellow Pad Sessions’ sponsorship of the McClure Gallery Art Hive, and to the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts de Montréal for their support of our digital initiatives during the pandemic, including our art hive.

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