MBAM – The art of being unique
February 16 to March 27, 2016
The Art of Being Unique is an artist-in-residence programme for young adults with an autism spectrum disorder or an intellectual handicap. This programme gives participants the opportunity to create an art project that will develop their talents and social skills through contact with art.
For the first edition of this programme, Maxwell Bitton, a twenty-four year-old artist with autism, took part in an art training programme three days a week for seven weeks with artists and educators. After visiting the Museum’s galleries to gain inspiration from the works in the Museum’s collections, he created the works presented in this educational display. This presentation also features works he created in 2015 with Lucie Chicoine, a painter he has been working with for three years, as well as works he created during the past year with the artist Pierre Durette.
In anticipation of the opening of the Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy in late 2016, the MMFA is developing innovative research projects with partners in health care and art therapy to assess the impact of a Museum visit, studio practices and even employment reintegration in the healing or rehabilitation process. In the area of autism spectrum disorder, the Museum is working in partnership with Concordia University on pilot projects with the Miriam Foundation, Les Petits Rois, Giant Steps and École Irénée-Lussier. And, a world first, Education and Community Programmes at the Museum has added two employees to its team, one with autism and the other with an intellectual disability.
J.A. DeSève Gallery
Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion – Level S1