Contest for Muslim Youth in Quebec

Muslim youth from Quebec, aged 15 to 30, are invited to submit proposals of artwork (paintings, multimedia, videography, sculpture etc.) as part of The Art of Inclusion: Muslim Youth Take the Lead project. Ten submissions will be selected by a jury to be part of a groundbreaking exhibition on Muslim youth to be unveiled at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in November 2016. Each winning submission will receive:

  • $1,000 award,
  • Up to $250 to cover the cost of materials needed to create the artwork, and
  • Unprecedented visibility at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

The proposed artwork must articulate a vision of Quebec’s diverse identity and offer suggestions on ways to foster the full inclusion of Muslim youth in Quebec society. The application deadline is May 24, 2016, at 11:59 pm. Follow this link to apply.

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Street-Involved Youth in Quebec City Proudly Cross the Fourth Wall

In theater, the “fourth wall” is an imaginary screen, which separates the performer from the spectator. By extension, this impalpable wall covers the socially excluded, often making them invisible to the social eye.

The “4th Wall” is a way to open the doors of major cultural institutions to young artists from marginalized backgrounds, allowing the public to discover raw talent and break down the walls of exclusion by establishing dialogue and seeking peaceful, community-driven solutions.

For this reason, the Michaëlle Jean Foundation created the “4th Wall: Make the Invisible Visible” initiative, which has invited museums and art galleries across the country to participate and collaborate in advancing more inclusive and healthier communities for marginalized young Canadians.

The Foundation, which provides support to youth initiatives using the arts to transform young lives and revitalize underserved communities in Canada, and the Musée de la Civilization of Quebec City, have joined forces with the Maison Dauphine, which offers street-involved youth aged 12 to 29 the opportunity to rebuild their lives and gain acceptance, as well as Laval University’s School of Architecture, to present the “4th Wall: J’habite la ville” exhibition.

To do this, “4th Wall” offers street-involved youth in Quebec City ways to express artistically their condition and needs, through artwork they have been preparing since January 2016. The culmination of their work will be an exhibition unveiled in September 2016 at the Musée de la Civilization of Quebec City. It will serve to kick-off a public forum on the situation of street-involved youth in the city. Currently, the budding artists are meeting on a weekly basis to review progress on their projects, with the logistical support of future architects from Laval University, who enthusiastically joined in to share their knowledge. Watch young artist Samuel Tremblay speak about his work (in French):

On Saturday, April 23, 2016, the Co-Chairs of the Foundation, Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, and Jean-Daniel Lafond, met with the young people involved in the project, with whom they shared two hours of exciting exchanges. Madam Jean was particularly impressed by the solidarity and trust that has developed among the young participants. Mr. Lafond, who had followed the project since its inception, over a year-ago now, clearly appreciated the detailed presentations on the project process as well as the artwork under creation. Those in attendance at the Musée de la Civilisation of Quebec City that day included:

  • Michaëlle Jean, Jean-Daniel Lafond, Alice Mutezintare from the Michaëlle Jean Foundation;
  • Martin Leblanc and Josée Laurence from the Musée de la Civilization of Quebec City;
  • Jacques Carrier as well as the young artists Alexandrine, Roxanne, Jason and Samuel, from the Maison Dauphine; and
  • GianPiero Moretti, Director of Laval University’s School of Architecture, and Anne Boisvert, Operations Coordinator, of Laval University’s School of Architecture.

That very evening at 7 pm, at the Museum, following the meeting, Jean-Daniel Lafond’s film “Michaëlle Jean: A Woman of Purpose”  was screened for the first time in Quebec City.

Michaëlle Jean: A Woman of Purpose by Jean Daniel Lafond.

Action Plan

Nova Scotians Building Justice and Peace Strategy

Residents of Nova Scotia are being invited to submit recommendations for a three-year action plan to enhance safety, well-being, reconciliation, and rehabilitation in their communities. They are invited to submit recommendations for the action plan by filling out the Justice and Peace Questionnaire here. 

The consultation is part of a four-year initiative entitled 4th Wall: Justice, Art and Youth Project, spearheaded by the Michaëlle Jean Foundation in partnership with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Youth Art Connection. A special exhibition is on view at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia starting May 7 and featuring eleven jury-selected groups of artists whose artworks address Indigenous rights, African Canadian experiences with incarceration, discrimination against LGBTQ Nova Scotians, and gender-based violence. It will be on display at the Gallery until June 19, 2016.

A special fund will then be created to enable youth-driven community organizations to work with the business, government, health, law, cultural and social service sectors to implement the plan over a three-year period.


Justice, Art & Youth

Youth & Arts for Justice in Nova Scotia

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Youth Art Connection are convening the community to a public forum and exhibition opening, about empowering youth to use arts-based strategies to advance justice and peace across Nova Scotia, particularly in light of the recent spate of gun violence rocking the province.

Taking place at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on May 7, between 1 and 4 pm, the event will feature speeches, performances and a panel discussion with the artists from the latest 4th Wall: Justice, Art & Youth exhibition. The artists were jury selected, and their artwork—addressing Indigenous rights, African Canadian experiences with incarceration, discrimination against LGBTQ Nova Scotians and gender-based violence—will be displayed at the Gallery from May 7 to June 19, 2016.

Co-emceed by former and current poet laureates El Jones and Rebecca Thomas, the public forum will hear remarks from:

  • The Honourable Diana C. Whalen, Minister of Justice and Attorney General
  • The Honourable Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage
  • Marie Wilson, Commissioner at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2009-2015)
  • Quentrel Provo, Founder and CEO, Stop the Violence Spread the Love
  • JRDN, Juno-Award winning artist

Organizers will also take the opportunity to kick off a province-wide consultation, inviting Nova Scotians to submit ideas for a three-year action plan for the use of arts to enhance safety, wellbeing, reconciliation, and rehabilitation in their communities.