DAREarts Quebec Rural Kids Find Wonder for a Lifetime in Montreal

By Deirdre Potash, DAREarts Quebec Lead Teacher & Coordinator.

“I think sometimes in our running around to get everything done, we forget the impact that cultural experiences can have on a child for the rest of their lives.  Yesterday was a day that will always be remembered by 21 kids from the French-speaking only, rural community of Granby: from leaving their familiar surroundings to venture out on a bus to the big city of Montreal and spend a full day visiting the Montreal Museum of Fine Art (MMFA), art making, restaurant-style lunch by Baton Rouge and a puppet theatre performance at Maison Theatre!

Imagine if this was your first time in a big city? Or you still remember your old home in Syria or Columbia? Or that you didn’t have breakfast today? Or one of the reasons you love coming to DAREarts is because no one is yelling and it’s so calm?  Igniting Change is often in the subtleties. Sometimes a hug, an old painting with a story to tell or helping to wash the tables after lunch, can have a lasting effect on someone.

Then you get ushered into this magnificent building filled with things you have never seen in real life! Because let’s face it seeing it on a computer screen isn’t quite the same experience.  Here a picture really worth a thousand words: wonder and pleasure by young and young at heart.

Thank you to both Moridja Kitenge Banza and Catherine Plourde for giving such an engaging experience to our DAREarts children. They were all captivated by your words, stories and the hands-on art experience.

Thank you to the MMFA including Marilyn, Patricia and Josee, for offering this opportunity to the children, artists, teachers and volunteers of Atelier 19 from Granby. Thank you to all my former co-workers at the MMFA for their warm embraces and hellos as I walked through the galleries.

Thank you to the regional manager, marketing manager and store manager of Baton Rouge for taking your time out from the restaurant’s lunch rush to hand deliver 30 lunches … and baseball caps…and gift cards!

Thank you to DAREarts’ Natasha Morano for coming all the way from Ottawa to spend the day with us.

…and that was only the first half of the day! DAREarts? WE ROCK!”

DAREarts thanks all its supporters including National Supporter – Northbridge Insurance; Lead Supporters – Baton RougeBank of America Merrill Lynch, Anne LivingstonScotiabankTD Bank Group; and Education Partners – Atelier 19, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA).