Arts outreach during COVID-19: Creating ties

Last updated August 5, 2022
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Discover arts outreach projects with Montrealers all across the city and take a virtual tour of your neighbourhood.

Virtual walks across Montréal

Take advantage of these unusual times to discover Montréal through virtual tours and urban arts projects in some boroughs.

My Words, My Neighbourhood: A virtual poetic stroll through Rosemont

This poetic stroll was launched by Caroline Barber and the TOPO digital arts centre for artists. In workshops, participants of all ages created short poems that were then put online on mesmots.ca (in French). This virtual stroll to discover geolocalized poems is an unusual way to discover the city!

Radio Ontario: Meeting Centre-Sud merchants

Radio-Ontario” (in French) is the result of sound creation workshops inspired by the life of merchants on Rue Ontario in the Centre-Sud neighbourhood. Musicians Chantal Dumas and Kathy Kennedy taught neighbourhood residents and kids at the École primaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys to listen to their sonic environment. In teams or by themselves, participants learned how to record audio before conducting an interview and editing it to create their podcast.

Verdun: Imagining your ideal neighbourhood with augmented reality

Young people in Verdun reinvented their neighbourhood through urban ballads and works of art (in French). Through workshops with artist Emmanuelle Jacques, they used cartography to share their ideas and dreams about their neighbourhood. With the SAT, they created augmented reality videos that passersby could watch on their phone through different listening points across the neighbourhood.

LaSalle: Discover collective maps co-created by artist Suzanne Joos and neighbou

As part of celebrations for Montréal’s 375th anniversary, artist Suzanne Joos created a collective outdoor work (in French) that explores personal cartography. People passing through the  Parc des Rapides were invited to add their path on a large vellum paper map covering the original map of LaSalle

Listen to the city with the “Villeray Acoustique” sonic map

The Db collective (musicians Magali Babin and Chantal Dumas) and the Espace Projet team invited Villeray residents to visit and reclaim their borough. They organized acoustic discovery workshops with seniors from the Maison des Grands-Parents de Villeray and kids from several neighbourhood schools. On the Web site (in French), you can discover the sonic dimension of this environment online.

Projects to honour seniors

During these difficult times, check out these arts outreach projects (in French) dedicated to seniors. Collective readings, dance, music, film and visual arts come to long-term care centres so that seniors and people with reduced mobility can discover art and reappropriate their creativity.

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Find out about ongoing arts outreach activities in Montréal on Facebook.

Visit the city’s arts outreach site (in French).

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