Explore the past, contemplate the present and discover the future at the McMichael!
For the 2019-2020 school year, the McMichael continues to showcase diverse, thought-provoking and engaging exhibitions that celebrate the art of Canada. Along with special exhibitions, masterworks from the gallery’s permanent collection will be on view, presented through a fresh curatorial lens.
The McMichael offers a unique learning experience to address a variety of curriculum expectations, incorporating an invigorating synergy between art, nature and history. While the McMichael’s art holdings are often the main draw for school visits, a new group of nature-based educational programs allows teachers to expose their students to a more holistic experience. This year, in addition to the always-popular hikes, the McMichael introduces Learning from The Land, an interactive outdoor program developed in collaboration with Philip Cote, a Young Elder and Traditional Teacher. This program offers a Storytelling Circle and hands-on activities that allow students to observe and interact with nature while exploring traditional Indigenous ecological knowledge.
What to look forward to this school year
The McMichael will celebrate the Group of Seven’s centenary year with a series of exhibitions in 2019 and 2020, beginning with a comprehensive retrospective of the work of Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald, the final member to join the group. The special exhibition Uninvited: Canadian Women Artists of the 1920s and 1930s, will be devoted to the women artists who were active at the same time as the Group, but were never invited to become members.
The upcoming year of art at the McMichael will truly be unforgettable for learners of all ages, from the lighthearted exhibition on beloved folk artist Maud Lewis, which is sure to bring a smile to the faces of students visiting the McMichael, to the important historical connections to be made during the Group of Seven Centenary Celebration.
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