MU: murals that trigger social changes

 

MU is a charity creating murals within and for communities to transform Montréal into an open-air art gallery.

MU’s methods and philosophy are based on two complementary concepts: social development and support to the arts. Social development is achieved in two ways: through free mural art and mosaic workshops offered to residents, especially young ones, as well as through in situ daily encounters between muralists and citizens.

This original approach inspired by the success of Philadelphia is based on the notion that murals can trigger other social changes. It’s indeed an effective form of intervention to have a colorful, direct and lasting impact.

MU is an award-winning organization (e.g. Arista Prize from Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montreal), supported by an experienced board of directors. MU has also established strong and recurrent partnerships with, among others, Cirque du Soleil, Desjardins, Montreal Municipal Housing Bureau, Gaz Metro, TELUS, Simplex, Benjamin Moore, as well as the City of Montreal and several boroughs.

Since 2007
30 Large-scale murals
35 Community and/or graffiti projects
Youth Workshops: 1 500 participants
Mosaic Workshops: 2 250 participants
8 Boroughs embellished
7 Low-Income housings revitalized
35 artists muralists supported
40 jobs created for art students

Below is a few of MU’s awesome realisations.

 


MACHINE CONSCIENTE

Artist: Rafael Sottolichio
Location: 450, rue Cherrier (coin Berri), Montréal, Canada
Created in: 2011

 

 

LES CONTEURS

Artist: Richard Morin, Annie Hamel, Florence April-Borgeat, Olivier Roy and Nico
Location: École nationale de théâtre du Canada, 360, rue Laurier E., Montréal (corner of Drolet), Canada
Created in: 2011

 

 

LES 15 ANS DE CIRQUE DU MONDE

Artist: Gene Pendon, Arly Padan and Brian Armstrong
Location: Cirque du Soleil Headquarter in Montreal, Canada
Created in: 2010

 

 


QUAI DES ARTS

Artist: EN MASSE
Location: Théâtre ESPACE GO (4890, boul. St Laurent, Montréal, Canada)
Created in: 2011

 

 

BOUILLON DE CULTURE

Artist: Yannick Picard, Sophie Boivin and Karine Fréchette
Location: Habitations des Érables, 8090 des Érables, coin Jarry/De Lorimier, Montréal, Canada
Created in: 2007

 

 

LA 6E SPHÈRE DE LA CULTURE

Artist: Dominique Desbiens and Karine Fréchette
Location: 7255, Lajeunesse (corner of Jean-Talon) Montreal, Canada
Created in: 2008

 

 

JAZZ BORN HERE

Artist: Gene Pendon, Arly Padan and Nicolas Chevrier Craig
Location: Intersection St-Jacques/Des Seigneurs, Montreal, Canada
Created in: 2011

 

 

DIVERSITREE

Artist: Peru Dyer and Georges Blott
Location: Restaurant Antico Martini, 6450, rue Somerled (coin Cavendish), Montréal, Canada
Created in: 2010

 

 

CENT MOTIFS, UN PAYSAGE

Artist: Annie Hamel, Caroline Simard, Fannie Bertrand, Eve D’Amours, Elise Guilbault, Marc-André Jutras et Renaud Payant-Hébert
Location: 440, avenue Ball (mur donnant sur le Parc St-Roch), Montreal
Created in: 2010

 

 

ENSEMBLE

Artist: Rafael Sottolichio and Olivier Roy
Location: 7355, avenue Christophe-Colomb (coin Everett), Montréal, Canada
Created in: 2009

 

 

L’EUPHORIE DES SAGES – 2012

Artist: Carlito Dalceggio
Location: 3 601, rue De Bullion (Prince-Arthur/De Bullion), Montréal, Canada
Created in: 2009

 

 

THE SOCIETY FOR THE REFORM OF THE GOLDEN RULE

Artist: Carlito Dalceggio
Location: 1755 rue St-Denis (coin Ontario), entre l’hôtel Quartier Latin et le Gentleman’s Club, Montréal, Canada
Created in: 2008

 

 

ALL THE MOUNTAINS KNOW ME

Artist: Peru Dyer
Location: 2070, St-Denis (entre Sherbrooke et Ontario), Montréal, Canada
Created in: 2009

 

 

LE MARAIS

Artist: Philippe Allard and Peter Gibson
Location: Parc Phillipe-Zotique-Miette (614-630, rue de l’Église, Montréal – angle rue de Verdun) Montréal, Canada
Created in: 2011

 

 

RENCONTRE ENTRE LES CULTURES

Artist: Yannick Picard, Sophie Boivin and Karine Fréchette
Location: 4105, 47e rue (coin Pie IX), Montréal, Canada
Created in: 2007

 

 

PROVOQUEZ LA PAIX | PROVOKE PEACE

Artist: Carlito Dalceggio
Location: Parc Howard (chalet de parc) – coin De l’Épée/De Liège O, Montréal
Montréal, Canada
Created in: 2011