At a time of global uncertainty and social division, how can the arts play a positive role in our society? How can they challenge their organisation to be more people-centred? How can they encourage empathy and improve well-being?

Bridget Watson Payne declares in her book “How Art Can Make You Happy” that art institutions are for everyone and significant places for happiness. During 3 days, CTA MTL participants will be challenged to rethink their organisation, public engagement models and communication strategies in order to maximize their positive and powerful impact.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Anne-Laure Beatrix, COO, Musée du Louvre, France
  • Nathalie Bondil, Director and Chief Curator, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada
  • Dr Margi Brown Ash, theatre maker, educator, therapist, and coach, Australia
  • Ian Koebner, Director of Integrative Pain Management at UC Davis and Cultural Agents Fellow at Harvard University, USA
  • Mike Murawski, Director of Learning & Community Partnerships, Portland Art Museum, USA
  • Stefanie Joy Muscat, Director of Advancement, Abbe Museum, USA

This will be developed through 3 key areas: Inclusivity, Empathy and Well-Being

  1. Inclusivity
    • How can art institutions become humanist and socially committed organisations?
    • How to truly contribute to your community? How can we aspire for our communities to see themselves as part of our institutions?
  1. Empathy
    • How can the arts strengthen our capacity for empathy, friendship and social bonds?
    • How to become a kind organisation which engages and listens to its staff and visitors?
  1. Well-Being
    • How can art institutions contribute to our individual and collective well-being? How can they play long-term roles in supporting a healthier population?
    • How to make our collections and programming more accessible to people experiencing heath inequality?



Day 1 @ Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
8 October 2019

  • Registration
  • Guided tour
  • Welcome Speech
  • Keynotes and Round Tables
  • Case Studies and Workshops
  • Welcome Reception in the Hall of Bronzes
  • Exclusive evening tour of « Egyptian Mummies, Exploring Ancient Lives » Exhibition

Day 2 @ Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
9 October 2019

  • Keynotes and Round Tables
  • Case Studies and Workshops
  • Interactive Exercises
  • Lunch & Coffee Breaks
  • Gala Reception

Day 3 @ Learning Safari across the city
10 October 2019

  • Keynotes and Case Studies
  • Guided Tours and Workshops
  • Lunch & Coffee Breaks
  • Farewell Drinks