CURATING A CULTURE OF RESPECT
The Clark Art Institute, the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, the musée Fabre in Montpellier and the musées de Strasbourg are part of this four-year pilot project established in 2013 to address violence (from bullying to terrorism) with a goal of prevention.
• The Clark partners with MASS MoCA and Williams College Museum of Art, and has created a program that utilizes art as a vehicle to expand awareness of human relationships, perspectives, choices, and, in particular, our capacity for acting with both cruelty and compassion.
• Students in Lille worked with a theater company and a photographer to portray the situations represented in the collection’s works.
• In Strasbourg students made a zine echoing the collections and the questions raised throughout the year.
• In Montpellier students created posters referencing the program and posted them at their schools.
BRIDGES ACROSS BORDERS
Through the discovery and knowledge of art and heritage, this language program – that promotes English or French classes to pupils 7th-9th grades – gives thought to geographical or psychological borders between countries and people.
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Collegiate School of Richmond along with the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux and the Collège Cassignol in Bordeaux have been participating in this program since 2015 and organized correspondence exchanges between students in 2017.
In the 2016-2017 school year, they were joined by the Saint Louis Art Museum and Ladue School, and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours and the Collège Lamartine in Tours. The program is also an opportunity to become better acquainted with American and French Art.
Several conversations have already taken place, including some about Alexander Calder whose works are in both Saint Louis and Tours. The artist used to work near Tours at his studio in Saché from 1953. The French students visited his studio and made a mobile inspired by Calder that they gifted to the American students.
ART OF INCLUSION
This program was launched in 2016 by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Its goal is to foster social cohesion and to make the museum a welcoming place where cultures can meet and exchange, and where everyone realizes that they have a place in society. This program is aimed at young people (under 25 years old) who come from diverse backgrounds.
• The musée des Augustins de Toulouse, the musées de Marseille, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts began partnering in 2016.
• In Lyon, The musée des Beaux-Arts presented three pieces choreographed by Abdou N’Gom, Stylistik company in 2017. The event included a press conference with the project partners (FRAME, Maison de la Danse in Lyon, etc) and was an opportunity to bring together several heads of Educational Department from FRAME French museums.