Guests / Invitées: Michelle Lacombe, Skye Maule-O'Brien
Moderator: Lise Palmer
A city like Montreal is practically overrun by the arts - even in the most unexpected neighbourhoods it is common to find art studios, galleries and museums; it is part of the very fabric of this city. Despite their visibility and physical accessibility, few community members are completely comfortable entering and interacting with these spaces. Many still feel intimidated and insecure in formulating their own thoughts about art - afraid of not "getting" it. In this public conversation, located within a gallery space, we will discuss the responsibility art institutions have in fostering community, and explore various methods used to introduce contemporary art to the general public. From relational art practices to educational initiatives, how do these strategies work towards demystifying art and artistic institutions, while at the same time nurturing a sense of belonging? Beyond simply programming, what role can outreach, partnership and collaboration play in creating and promoting sustainable art communities accessible to everyone?