MAI has long been committed to making connections between artists, audiences, and local communities. Initiated in 2009, Public+ is a dynamic series of activities offered in tandem with MAI’s regular-season exhibitions and performances – an attempt to raise questions, scratch at surfaces, and an opportunity to share, interact, and debate. Programming varies from year to year and is axed on learning, accessibility, and exchange. Activities include hands-on workshops, conferences, conversations, post show discussions with invited facilitators, guided tours of exhibitions, and special public events.
public + activities and events
Throughout the 2018-2019 season, artist Kay Noele will be offering textile map-making workshops developed in dialogue with the MAI’s visual arts exhibitions. As part of these workshops, participants will be invited to create a map-tapestry using different techniques such as sewing, knitting, and embroidery. Working together, they will learn new skills, share stories, and gain a richer perspective of the issues addressed in the exhibitions. These workshops are open to individuals and groups of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. They are provided free of charge.learn more
La Foire – R, R & R (Respect, Recognition, Representation) is a visibility platform and showcase intended to promote professional dance, theatre, music and interdisciplinary productions as well as visual art-based works by artists with an intercultural practice. This new initiative is designed as a unique meeting place for artists, presenters, producers and agents among others, and provides a setting for dialogue and exchange between artists through information sessions, conferences, pitch sessions, performances and exhibition opportunities.learn more
Re-imagine all the people – a forum on Disability and Deaf Arts will survey some of the more radical approaches to representations of disability currently being considered by contemporary artists. Through performances, workshops, and discussions, participants and the public will engage in creative dialogues and hold space for issues concerning Deaf, disabled, and Mad Art. More information will soon be available.
Curated by Rhodnie Désir, Black.Art.emPowerment: I see, I speak, I am movement will feature gatherings and socio-artistic laboratories by Afrodescendant artists from Montreal and the diaspora. The focus will be on issues and experiences of civil rights social engagement. This three-week event is organized in conjunction with performances by five international artists.learn more
MAI is committed to fostering accessibility through dialogue and more intimate experiences with contemporary art. Whether you are a school, community, or other group, MAI offers guided, interactive visits of its visual arts exhibits year-round. Tours last between 45 minutes and an hour and are adapted to groups’ different needs. Contact Pablo Rodriguez, artistic & public engagement coordinator, to make a reservation.Request a visit