Inclusive institution with community at its heart: the case of Memory of Montrealers (MEM)
As part of Building Museums™ Symposium presented by the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM), our team will be hosting a session, “Memory of Montrealers: Designing a New, Inclusive Institution with Community at its Heart”, in collaboration with MEM -Centre des Mémoires montréalaises and the Boîte Rouge VIF. Learn more about the session.
Moderated by our Cultural Sector Lead, Geneviève Angio-Morneau, this online session will explore, with Catherine Charlebois, Chief Curator at the MEM - Centre des mémoires montréalaises, Olivier Bergeron-Martel from Boite Rouge VIF and Erika Kiessner, Head of Interactive Design at GSM Project, the challenges - and rewards - that come with involving community in ambitious projects such as the new MEM.
Panelists will dissect the making of this new institution, from strategy and planning to the design phases, highlighting how collaborative processes inform inclusive projects. Concrete lessons learned will be shared, informed by best practices and experiences gained, in order to help guide similar institutions in the development of their project involving important consultative processes.
A new institution for Montreal
Montreal’s History Center is going through a massive change, including a new brand, an updated mission, new permanent exhibitions and a new home located right in Montreal’s downtown. Inclusivity is core to this institution’s mission and the process for creating and designing the new MEM - Centre des mémoires montréalaises is being conducted with extensive collaboration and consultation, Montreal residents having been part of the process since Day 1.