First Art Hive in a museum at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

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The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), in collaboration with Concordia University, has inaugurated yesterday its Art Hive in the Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy. This new facility for multidisciplinary creative projects is the 105th in the Art Hives Network, and the first one in a museum. Open to all, this art studio will be supervised and facilitated by an art therapist.

The MMFA’s Art Hive will serve as a place where everyone can come together to share ideas. It will take the form of a creative community studio supervised by an art therapist, with art materials provided free of charge. A wide range of activities is to be scheduled, from unravelling old wool sweaters in order to knit something new, building a sculpture from recycled materials, drawing, sewing and painting. This welcoming, intergenerational space is also a place where participants can meet to discuss, perform or exhibit. The Art Hive is a user‐friendly place that participants can re‐organize to meet their needs.

The Art Hive is currently open two days a week: Wednesdays from 3 to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

Founded in Montreal in 2011 by Dr. Janis Timm‐Bottos, Associate Professor at Concordia, the Art Hives Network now comprises 104 projects across Canada and around the world, including 45 in Quebec. These creative arts studios are aimed at promoting community spirit and arts‐based social inclusion. They provide numerous opportunities for dialogue, sharing of expertise and artistic creation among people from a variety of socio‐economic backgrounds, ages, cultures and abilities.


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