La grande migration
École Curé-Antoine-Labelle
Commission scolaire de Laval
Laval Region

Director General of the school board: Yves-Michel Volcy
School principal: Stéphane Côté
Project coordinator: Anne Deslauriers
Principal resources or partners: Chantale Harvey, Jean Désy, Chloé Sainte-Marie and Edouard Kaltush

La grande migration is a collective work that allowed migratory birds to take flight on a path through 13 schools in 6 school boards, ending in an Innu community in the Côte-Nord. Inspired by their reflections on the environment, migration and northernness, participants created or transformed sculptures of Canadian geese using branches, recycled paper or biodegradable materials.  Multidisciplinary artist Chantal Harvey served as a cultural mediator between the Innu community and the schools in the south of the region to facilitate exchanges that were respectful of Innu traditions. To close this wide-ranging project, texts were collected containing the reflections of students who helped share culture and identity using the geese.

Subjects targeted by the project: Visual Arts, French (language of instruction), Ethics and Religious Culture

Territoire en création
École Pierre-Laporte
Partner schools: École Monseigneur-Richard, École Saint-Laurent, École Saint-Georges and École Dalbé-Viau
Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys
Montréal Region

Director General of the school board: Dominic Bertrand
School principal: René Bernier
Project coordinators: Pascale Bouchard, Brigitte Beaudry, Laurence Faidutti, Nathalie Beaudin, Hugo Lachance, Ann-Lisa Kessi, Johanne Lavigne and Julie Parenteau
Principal resources or partners: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Association des groupes en arts visuels francophones, Association canadienne d’éducation de langue française, Collectif Escargo and Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys       

Students from the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys, twinned with young people from four other Canadian provinces, took part in a francophone artistic exchange based on work associated with the theme Territory and Identity and hosted on the ÉducArt platform of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Based on questioning the influence of place on the person that we become, 375 students from 170 countries created a project called Terrotire en création. The Collectif Escargo acted as the commissioner of the exhibition and created a plan to demonstrate the diversity of the student creations. All of the works of art created in response to this large dialogue were integrated into a massive immersive installation exhibited at the museum for six weeks, which visitors could interact with by walking from one identity territory to another. This project created links between Francophone communities that students will certainly be pleased to benefit from in the future.

Subject targeted by the project: Visual Arts

Le manifeste
Collège de Champigny
Capitale-Nationale Region

School principal: Jean Garneau
Project coordinators: Catherine Tessier, Jean Garneau, Nancy Grenier, Marie Lachance Forget, Audrey Harrison Boisvert and Lory St-Laurent
Principal resources or partners: Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Julie Valois, Christophe Bolduc, Stéphanie Thellen, Martine Castera and Karine Cloutier

Some 70 years after the publication of Refus global, 94 students from Collège de Champigny took up the challenge of creating bridges between historical resistance and resistance today. Based on the societal issues that prompted the uprising, students created choreography that allowed them to speak with their bodies to underline failures in society. In addition to a visit to the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, where works on related themes were on display, the project was also shaped by various cultural references that fueled the students’ creative process. During the presentation of Le manifeste, the audience also had the opportunity to express their anxieties, meaning that the dance performance became a moment of connection with one and the same voice.

Subjects targeted by the project: Dance, History, Drama, Visual Arts

Je m’accroche
École secondaire Amos
Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île
Région de Montréal

Director General of the school board: Antoine El-Khoury
School principal: Nathalie Labelle
Project coordinators: Séverine Giroux-LeBel, Steve Collins, Tanyalie Brabant-Carrier, Hélène Lévesque and Ariane Lussier
Principal resources or partners: Éric Bergevin and Ivan Bielinski

The Je m’accroche project brought together 200 returning students at the École secondaire Amos to create permanent works of art located in the environment around their school. The students took particular interest in slam poetry and photography, in order to reveal promising avenues within these methods of expression. Accompanied by the photographer Éric Bergevin, students created photographic works in their visual arts classes representing a captured moment in their lives and offering a personal reflection on the impact of images in our society. The photographs, printed on large-format vinyl, were juxtaposed with texts created by students in French courses who were taught about slam poetry by the artist Ivan Bielinski. These texts have poeticized and sometimes even politicized the images. Throughout the project, the students were motivated by the chance to affirm themselves and create a space for dialogue with citizens of their community.

Subjects targeted by the project: Visual Arts, French (language of instruction)

Le vrai du faux
École Dorval-Jean XXIII
Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys
Montréal Region

Director General of the school board: Dominic Bertrand
School principal: Doinita Ramona Ezaru
Project coordinator: Karine Poirier
Principal resources or partners: Art Souterrain, Emmanuel Laflamme and City of Dorval

The inclusive project Le vrai du faux brought together 120 students from École Dorval-Jean XXIII for a timely reflection on the sometimes murky distinction between what’s true and what isn’t. In collaboration with the Festival Art Souterrain and artist Emmanuel Laflamme, students were able to observe work created by professional artists. Based on this experience, students used their creativity and talent to create inspiring and meaningful works. Additionally, students played a key role in organizing their exhibit, which they set up, took down and were responsible for, including planning and hosting the opening at the Peter B. Yeomans Cultural Centre. Visitor comments confirmed the positive effect that the event had on the community.

Subject targeted by the project: Visual Arts

Reg’art public
Collège Laval
Laval Region

Director General of the school: Michel Baillargeon
Project coordinators: Émilie Pouliot and Catherine Sauriol
Principal resources or partners: Maude Lamoureux, France Legault, Sylvain Bouthillette and Caroline Steele

Visual arts students were twinned with dance students in Secondary V at Collège Laval, then responded to a call for projects launched by their teachers, which consisted of creating a work of art that could be publically displayed outside of their immediate environment. Using sculptural puppets and dance performances inspired by esthetic references from dance in situ, students used artistic language to address a social problem that had been discussed as part of the Ethics and Religious culture course. The Reg’art public project concluded with a virtual exhibit of the students’ artwork, illustrated with imagery and 360 degree video, which is a bold way to promote the arts.

Subjects targeted by the project: Visual Arts, Dance, Ethics and Religious Culture

Centre de tri de la mémoire
École des Hauts-Bois
Commission scolaire des Affluents
Laurentides Region

Director General of the school board: Isabelle Gélinas
School principal: Martine Turnier
Project coordinators: Marie-Claude Vezeau, Maeva Serou, Annie Lespérance and Louise Guénette
Principal resources or partners: Pamela Sun-Arcand and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

The Centre de tri de la mémoire project had the goal of using a collective work to raise the awareness of the 300 students at the École des Hauts-Bois about the dangers of overconsumption. Their reflections on the environment led them to consider the impact of “trashy” words on self-esteem as being equivalent to the impact on the environment of electronic devices piling up in sorting centers. The sound installation, which was exhibited at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, consists of slides surrounding a pile of old electronics made of paper mâché and intertwined with cassette tapes on which “trashy” words and positive affirmations had been recorded. These recordings were audible thanks to students in Elementary Cycle One, who recited the texts with emotion.  The project, applauded by the National Assembly, shows the importance and relevance of arts education in schools.

Subjects targeted by the project: Visual Arts, French (language of instruction), Music

L’avenir, c’est nous
École Saint-Anselme
Commission scolaire de Montréal
Montréal Region

Director General of the school board: Robert Gendron
School principal: Linda Labrie
Project coordinators: Cathy Faucher, Marie-Pier Mallette, Anick Daneault, Annie Blanchet, Marc-Antoine Ricard and Isabelle Thivierge   
Principal resources or partners: Éco-quartier Sainte-Marie and Sentier urbain

How can elementary school students be made more aware of environmental issues and modify their daily habits? The L’avenir, c’est nous project prioritizes artistic methods of communication so that students in Cycles Two and Three can creatively participate in the desired changes. In addition to creating a green committee that monitored this major shift to prioritizing recycling electronic devices and composting, drama and visual arts projects helped raise awareness of these key initiatives among young and old. After learning about artists who work with single-use materials, students each created an image of an animal threatened by environmental degradation. In Drama, students expressed their concerns by writing and performing a theatre piece. At École Saint-Anselme, the students are proud to discuss the green initiatives they have put into place.

Subjects targeted by the project: Visual Arts, Drama

La légende (inconnue) du cap Bon Ami
École Antoine-Roy
Commission scolaire des Chic-Chocs
Gaspésie—Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region

Director General of the school board: Deslilas Fournier
School principal: Marie-Pierre Côté
Project coordinators: Nathalie Daraiche, Mathieu Joncas, Philippe Meunier and Annick Paradis
Principal resources or partners: Magazine Gaspésie, Studio de la Vieille Usine at L’Anse-à-Beaufils, Radio Gaspésie, Télé-Gaspé and Les Filles d’Isabelle de Rivière-au-Renard

The scenery of Gaspésie, from the beautiful seas to the mountain peaks, has inspired the creation of fantastic characters that add colour to local legends. Students from École Antoine-Roy were inspired to invent their own legends, helped by a visit from a storyteller who explained the creation process. Based on La légende (inconnue) du cap Bon Ami, imagined by a student, Secondary IV students composed a song using melodies and arrangements typical of the region. This song was then recorded in a professional studio while students in art and multimedia courses captured video that would be broadcast by various local media. The 61 participants in this project are proud to have been able to contribute to promoting the cultural heritage of Gaspésie.

Subjects targeted by the project: Music, Visual Arts, French (language of instruction), History

Les Lavigueur, la nouvelle histoire. . .
Collège Saint-Paul
Montérégie Region

Director General of the school: Sophie Laflamme
Project coordinators: Julie Gauvin, Sophie Laflamme, Marie-Claude Nareau and Justine Demers
Principal resources or partners: Jacques Savoie, Sophie Cadieux, Marc-André d’Anjou, Station Cirque, Marie-Michèle Bayard and Roxanne Laplante

Les Lavigueur, la nouvelle histoire . . . is a creative project that lead participating students to reflect on the Québec cultural identity. With the permission of Jacques Savoie, writer for the television series Les Lavigueur, la vraie histoire, students from Collège Saint-Paul rewrote the scripts to create scenes involving drama, dance, singing, photos and multimedia. Through this project, the students were able to learn about the sociocultural factors associated with the story of the Lavigueurs such as family ties, the wealth gap, gambling and the power of media. They were also encouraged by their meeting with Sophie Cadieux, an actress from the series, and photographer Marc-André d’Anjou, who prepared them for a photography session in the Hochelaga neighbourhood, where the Lavigueurs were from. The audience appreciated the richness of the texts, which propelled them into a story that provoked laughter, tears and reflection.

Subjects targeted by the project: Drama, Dance, French (language of instruction), History

École polyvalente Lavigne
Commission scolaire de la Rivière-du-Nord
Région des Laurentides

Director General of the school board: Guylaine Desroches
School principal: Karim Adjaïlia
Project coordinator: Anouk Michaud
Principal resources or partners: Maryse Jasmin, Livia Girard, Pascal Gauthier and Joséphine Machalani

At the École polyvalente Lavigne, students have the opportunity to rub shoulders with students from various specialized classes, but do not often have the chance to work on projects with them. In order to break down barriers between the two groups, students in the dance class invited Matthieu, who has intellectual disabilities, to participate in choreography where the gestures were largely inspired by his natural movements. The Matthieu project, which reminds everyone of how art facilitates inclusion, had significant results, such as the addition of a dance course for students in these programs. The video that was created to advocate for equal rights for everyone and touching on the issues of inclusion, will be played on a local community television station.

Subjects targeted by the project: Dance, French (welcoming classes)

Racines croisées
École Paul-Gérin-Lajoie-d’Outremont
Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys
Région de Montréal

Director General of the school board: Dominic Bertrand
School principal: Christian Girouard
Project coordinator: Mélissa Lefebvre
Principal resources or partners: Joannie Lafrenière, Paul Tom, Théâtre Outremont, ATSA, Articule gallery and the borough of Outremont

Racines croisées is an intergenerational project involving meetings between students in the French welcoming classes at École Paul-Gérin-Lajoie-d’Outremont and seniors from the neighbourhood. The young people, who have recently been uprooted and are missing their grandparents, appreciated the chance to connect with seniors from Québec who were pleased to meet them. Using drama and photography workshops, they shared their respective memories, dreams and realities. With the help of photographer Joannie Lafrenière, they posed in front of unusual backdrops that reflected, with whimsy and tenderness, the new connections created. The photos, accompanied by a personal description of each participant, were exhibited at various locations, including Montréal’s Place des Festivales during the Cuisine ta ville event. The Racines croisées exhibit is a snapshot of the beauty of this memorable meeting between two generations.

Subjects targeted by the project: Drama, Visual Arts, French (welcoming classes)

École secondaire de la Cité-des-Jeunes
Commission scolaire des Trois-Lacs
Montérégie Region

Director General of the school board: Sophie Proulx
School principal: Martial Proulx
Project coordinators: Paméla Vallée, Émilie Nadeau-Cauchon and Martine Dumas
Principal resources or partners: Marilyn Perreault and Caroline Ménard

The challenge for 27 drama students at the École secondaire de la Cité-des-Jeunes was to adapt and stage the play Fiel with the help of artist Marilyn Perreault. The actress, author and director taught the students about physical and acrobatic theatre as well as assigning them writing exercises that became the raw material for the dramatic adaptation. The play Fiel is constructed around issues such as risky behaviour, gender stereotypes, the idea of consent and drug use. It was performed for a large audience including both the public and students from Secondary Cycle Two. Likely, discussing these types of subjects helped contribute to raising awareness for both the student actors and everyone else involved with the play.

Subjects targeted by the project: Drama, French (language of instruction)

Moi, hier et demain
École Piché-Dufrost
Commission scolaire des Grandes-Seigneuries
Montérégie Region

Director General of the school board: Kathlyn Morel
School principal: Dominique Lapalme
Project coordinators: Maryse Desjardins, Élisabeth St-Marseille and Louise de Beaumont
Principal resources or partners: Simon Ampleman, Talia Hallmona, Loïc Lacroix-Hoy and Romain Gailhaguet

A joint endeavour between three teachers at École Piché-Dufrost and Ample Man Danse, a cultural organization, the Moi, hier et demain project was completed by students in Elementary 6 who are preparing to make the big jump to secondary school. Using text, choreography and elements of set design, the students were able to express their feelings, worries and aspirations. The artists from Ample Man Danse served as guides, transferors of knowledge, interpreters and creators, but allowed the students to play a key role in the creation process. This rich experience of sharing with the artists allowed the students to use their knowledge and creativity during the creation of the travelling performance that offered a new point of view on the locations in which they spent the last seven years.

Subjects targeted by the project: Dance, Drama, Visual Arts

Ballade au Kamouraska
École Monseigneur-Boucher
Commission scolaire de Kamouraska–Rivière-du-Loup
Bas-Saint-Laurent Region

Director General of the school board: Antoine Déry
School principal: Louise Pelletier
Project coordinators: Jacqueline Duval, Élaine Beaulieu and Marie-Philippe Thibeault-Desbiens
Principal resources or partners: Guy Lavoie, Martin Morais, MRC de Kamouraska and Le band de Marie-Philippe 

As part of the Journées de la culture, a group of students from Elementary Cycle Three at École Monseigneur‑Boucher participated in a music workshop led by the artist Marie-Philippe Thibeault-Desbiens. Inspired by this experience, they wrote the lyrics to a song and the corresponding music was composed and played by the artist and her band. Students then had the chance to record the Ballade au Kamouraska, which describes how beautiful the city is throughout the seasons, in a professional studio. In addition to charming the local community, the song was a huge success during the Semaine de la relève québécoise. Students said that the project helped them to create links with the community and give them new insight into their beautiful surroundings.

Subjects targeted by the project: Music, French (language of instruction), Science and Technology

Métal sur neige
École Saint-Arsène
Commission scolaire de Montréal
Montréal Region

Director General of the school board: Robert Gendron
School principal: Kathy Lang
Project coordinator: Muriel Porret
Principal resources or partners: Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and Une école montréalaise pour tous

The Métal sur neige project started with a visit to the retrospective Françoise Sullivan exhibition presented at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Students from École Saint-Arsène discovered three major themes in the artist’s work: movement, metal and music, which inspired them. Next, they created a collaborative digital work that evoked a snow-covered environment with metal sculptures, on which students performed choreography following the rhythm of music they composed. The project was a collaboration with students in Elementary Cycle Two and a group of students with language difficulties who took advantage of the power of artistic expression to get closer to each other. The result of this connection created between Sullivan’s world and the world of 10-year-old children is available on the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal’s website.

Subjects targeted by the project: Visual Arts, Dance, Music

École Curé-Antoine-Labelle
Partner schools: Ecole d’éducation internationale de Laval and École Saint-Martin
Commission scolaire de Laval
Laval Region

Director General of the school board: Yves-Michel Volcy
School principal: Stéphane Côté
Project coordinators: Isabelle Guillard, Julie Dufresne, Marie-France Brunet and Youssef Gharbaoui
Principal resources or partners: Manuel Chantre, Nathalie Levasseur and Marie-Josée Pinard

Oikos is a collaborative project that brought together three secondary schools from the Commission scolaire de Laval around ecological artistic practices, commonly called eco-art. The body of work completed was made up of mandalas created using organic materials, laser carvings and human-shaped sculptures showing social and environmental problems related to overconsumption. Three artists worked together with 213 students to complete one of the three components by familiarizing the students with a variety of techniques from the ancient to the modern. During the creation process, students were encouraged to be aware of their actions and make considered choices of natural or recycled materials. The project both offered a vision and took into account the necessity of developing new and artistic ways to create.

Subjects targeted by the project: Visual Arts, Ethics and Religious Culture

Commission scolaire de Laval
Partner Schools: École Leblanc, École du Bois-Joli, École Eurêka and École Jean-XXIII
Laval Region

Director General of the school board: Yves-Michel Volcy
Project coordinators: Mélanie Pépin, Frédérique Dussault, Marie-Lou Dubois, Patrick Bodner, Émilie Gohier and Maryse Rochon
Principal resources or partners: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Rencontre Théâtre Ados and Jeff Malo

During the Rencontre project, four schools in the Commission scolaire de Laval came together and collaborated.  Initially, students in a French welcoming class wrote literary works that included conversations with seniors who had been photographed by students in arts and multimedia courses. Next, the photos were sent to students at three elementary schools, where each student created a poetic work based on their impressions of the person photographed. Actress Talia Hallmona and photographer Jeff Malo helped enhance the students’ works. Students in art and multimedia courses gathered the texts and photos and integrated them into an exhibition that evoked the stories of these meetings. The exhibit will be presented in the fall at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Subjects targeted by the project: Visual Arts, French (language of instruction), Ethics and Religious Culture, History

Une approche de l’écologie sonore adaptée à l’école
Collège international Marie de France
Montréal Region

Director General of the school: Éric Galice-Pacot
Project coordinators: Pascale Goday, Valerie Restrepo and Éric Galice-Pacot
Principal resource or partner: Vincent Bouchard-Valentine

The Une approche de l’écologie sonore adaptée à l’école projectwas implemented at Collège international Marie de France in 2017. Through this artistic citizen project, close to 800 students have learned to recognize certain sounds and their characteristics in order to protect them as well as integrate them in innovative ways into their musical creations. In connection with modern practices in sound artistry, these creations took the form of sound walks and themed stories as well as vocal, instrument and noise works. The participants in this project were proud to contribute individually and collectively to reducing sound in their school environments through this project driven by sound and themed around listening.

Subjects targeted by the project: Music, French (language of instruction), Visual Arts

École du Coteau
Commission scolaire des Affluents
Lanaudière Region

Director General of the school board: Isabelle Gélinas
School principal: Karino Roy
Project coordinators: Christophe Surget, Martine Lapointe, Nancy Gilbert, Étienne-Olivier Lacasse and Isabelle Larocque
Principal resources or partners: Horizon Roc climbing centre, Éric Bergevin and Créalab

As part of an approach where different subjects were decompartmentalized, 35 students from the École du Coteau worked on the Vertige! project, designed around Giacometti’s sculpture Homme qui marche I. After exploring the ideas of unbalance and vertigo at a climbing center and the Place Ville Marie observatory, where they were given a brief lesson about the history of Montréal, students were each photographed in poses evoking the delicate movement of the walking man. Guided by photographer Éric Bergevin, they created an animation integrating their photos, taken in the style of light painting. At the Créalab multimedia center, students then completed a documentary presenting the entire project, with a percussion soundtrack recorded by the students. Four exhibits of their work were presented to a curious and appreciative audience.

Subjects targeted by the project: Visual Arts, Dance, Music, Integrative Project