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Mentorship in Motion

Created in 2012 by Art Cures Inc., the Mentorship in Motion project is a community based program engaging youth living with mental health issues and/or exceptionalities into a mentored visual art project.

In May 2013, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection (MCAC) agreed to further manage and coordinate the program within the gallery Creative Learning department.  Focusing on the power of art to express, evaluate, and heal, the project consists of collaborative art making activities and concludes with an exhibition of works.

Mentorship in Motion - 2014 students and mentorsMentorship in Motion 2014 mentors and student artists


Project Description 2014

Mentorship in Motion will run from April to May 2014, concluding with a community exhibition in the McMichael Founders' Lounge from May 30 to August 24 with an exhibition celebration on Sunday, June 1.

The program connects four established local artists with five student artists in order to engage them into a collaborative two-dimensional art project. The works produced during the mentorship sessions at the McMichael will be exhibited in the McMichael Community Gallery.

This Project is designed to help students express, evaluate and heal themselves through a mentored relationship with local artists. In addition to this, it is part of a broader strategy to position the McMichael as a place to foster creativity, healing, and growth.

Participating artist instructors
Lilian Ghazarian
Jill Segal
Ernestine Tahdel
Joan Armour

Student Artists
Aaron and Evan Geraghty working with Lilian Ghazarian
Sam Forbes working with Jill Segal
Christina Sanita working with Ernestine Tahdel
David Leoni working with Joan Armour

Mentorship in Motion - Exhibition Celebration

Sunday, June 1
1:00 to 3:00 pm, with Remarks at 2:00 pm

Rooted in the belief that art has the power to heal and enhance our life experiences, Mentorship in Motion is a community-based program that engages youth living with mental health issues and/or exceptionalities in a mentored visual arts project. Taking advantage of the McMichael’s collection and grounds, four established York Region artists guided five students artists through a painting studio project.
The powerful results reaffirm the importance and impact of art.


general public: Included with gallery admission.

Reservation: Not required


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