Franklin Carmichael (1890–1945), Autumn, 1940, oil on hardboard, 96.5 x 122 cm, Anonymous Donor, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1980.17
The powerful combination of a world-class art gallery and spectacular grounds overlooking the historical Carrying Place Trail, makes the McMichael an attractive destination for school field trips. Marked by successive lockdowns, the previous school year proved that the Gallery’s educational programs can be successfully delivered through virtual synchronous learning, thanks to an exceptionally versatile team of educators and new communication technology. We hope that the upcoming year will allow a return to in-person visits to the McMichael, and we remain ready to work with teachers, educators and parents to support the learning and mental-health needs of students.
To make the experience worry free, we continue to offer a variety of delivery options that are flexible in the event of changes to the public-health guidelines.
Denyse Thomasos (1964–2012), Sparrow, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 152.4 x 182.9 cm, Private collection
All McMichael educational programs are based on the Gallery’s permanent and special exhibitions. This year, the McMichael will feature a remarkable lineup of shows focusing on diversity and inclusion within Canadian society. Beginning with Denyse Thomasos: Odyssey, the first serious critical survey of the late Trinidadian-Canadian artist, the exhibition program will continue with Uninvited: Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment, which re-examines the situation of women artists in the 1920s and 1930s in Canada, and a special mural project by Bonnie Devine, an Anishinaabe/Ojibwa artist, entitled From Water to Water, which creatively revisits the history of the Humber Valley and the Carrying Place Trail.
Together with the continuation of A Like Vision: Group of Seven at 100, this exhibition program will offer an opportunity for constructive conversations about social and political barriers experienced in Canada by marginalized groups and communities in the past and present.
We also invite your classes to continue these meaningful conversations through our outdoor programming. Revolving around the beautiful Minokamik Garden, newly named by Education Advisor Elder Shelley Charles, these programs integrate Indigenous traditional knowledge with the artmaking experiences of various Canadian artists to inspire students to reconnect with nature and take an active stand in environmental advocacy.
In a time of serious reconsideration of Canada as a progressive and inclusive country, the McMichael offers your students a unique learning experience that inspires reflection, insight and action.