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MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 23, 2015 – Rembrandt and Renoir will have to take a back seat on November 25 as artwork created by students at John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel will be the center of attention at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2200 Crescent) in a special vernissage from 6 to 9 pm.

Called “Heart for Art,” the initiative, which was spearheaded by visionary local artist Thibault Zimmer along with Youth Fusion and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, began as a simple project with students in the school’s Work Oriented Training Path (WOTP) program.

Students were asked to ponder a simple question: “What does the heart mean to you?” Through a series of discussions and brainstorming sessions, students engaged with the subject and were encouraged to bring their own interpretations into the project. They were then guided through a multi-step process, which included drafting their ideas, choosing a medium, sketching a mock-up and finally producing a finished work of art. For many of the students involved it was their first foray into such a detailed process.

“The finished works were so captivating that it would have been a shame not to share them with the community. We held a vernissage in May, but the Museum of Fine Arts was so impressed by the students’ work that they granted space to showcase a select number of pieces.” said Stefan Kazamias, a teacher at John F. Kennedy High School. “We are quite proud of what our students have been able to achieve and honored that their works will be hanging in the hallowed halls of our city’s greatest monument to the arts.”

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213