Getting art off the street and into the museum


An important part of the St-James Drop-In Centre’s mission is to develop and encourage the creative talents of people experiencing homelessness. Since 1996, this community organization has helped such individuals break out of their isolation with workshops enabling them to explore their creativity and express themselves through art.

This year, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) put the results of these workshops—works on canvas, and even a video—on view in an exhibition entitled Intuition, tangible recognition for artists from the street by one of the country’s most prestigious cultural institutions.

One way of promoting cultural diversity, the initiative demonstrates the MMFA’s openness to artists from every possible background, without exclusion, and we salute it for its social commitment! Among other things, it has developed a community action program known as Sharing the Museum.