Our Services

Our various workshops contribute to citizens’ cultural awakening across the Island of Montreal. We work within three major pillars of society: schools, the wider community, and events and festivals. Our inter-cultural mediation can, however, occur wherever clients wish to take part in an artistic, educational, and unique cultural experience. Workshops are adapted to the age of the participants which allows everyone to participate and enrich their cultural knowledge. Additionally, we travel to our clients and provide any and all materials required to run the workshop. All you have to bring is open-mindedness and a smile!

Classe - "Je suis Montréal", Class - "I am Montreal"

Schools

Faire une poupée en feuilles de maïs, Make a corn husk doll

Community

Dia de muertos NDG - Sculpture

Events and Festivals

Our Workshops

The goals of our workshops are to encourage participants to:

  • develop their skills and cultural awareness;

  • enrich their knowledge of the oral cultures and substance of the many cultural groups that make up Montreal;

  • participate in cultural exchanges in order to move towards more harmonious living;

  • participate in a dialogue promoting cultural unity and favouring the integration of new arrivals into Montreal’s society;

  • learn tools to combat prejudice, discrimination, and xenophobia.

 

Below is a non-exhaustive list of the workshops we offer.

1. Open-mindedness

The Immigration Codex

The Boturini Codex, also called the "Strip of the Pilgrimage", uses drawings to tell the story of the immigration of the Aztec people. In this workshop, each participant is pushed to reflect on their own history and draw it - emphasizing the values it brings to Quebec's society. At the end of the workshop, all the contributions are brought together to form the Quebec Codex!

2. Cooperation

Tau: The Sun God

The Wixárika people from Mexico have a rich culture of stories and legends, and are very protective of their territory. The story of Tau, the Sun God, describes the birth of the Sun, but also the cooperation of the animals. Participants will hear the story of Tau and discuss their impressions of it. They will do this while creating their own Ojo de Dios (Eyes of God) - an artistic piece made of wool, unique to the Wixárika people.

3. A Culture of Peace (in collaboration with the Mohawk Traditional Council)

The Great Peace of Montreal

The Great Peace of Montreal is a document signed in 1701 by 39 First Nations of North America and the new arrivals from France. The document describes their desire to live in harmony. This workshop consists of the making of wampums (bead belts) which will be exchanged by the participants, in the same way that those who signed the treaty did.

4. Collaboration

The World of Corn

According to the Chontal people, an ant helped humans find corn so that they would no longer be hungry. Corn is extremely important in the Americas as it has been the basis of the diet of its inhabitants for over 10’000 years. Corn leaves are used to make tamales and to build objects such as dolls, flowers, or fruit. During this workshop, we will present the different types of corn and use the leaves to make dolls!

 

5. Perseverance

Sawdust Carpets with Coloured Wood

This activity involves using coloured sawdust and cardboard stencils of geometric shapes to create a coloured carpet. This type of decoration was very popular in ancient Mexican and Central American cultures. For over 500 years, the inhabitants of small villages decorated their roads with sawdust during festivals in honour of their saints and protectors.

6. Expressing Needs

The Jewish Calendar

The culture of the Jewish people is a testament to their wisdom. One of their most notable contributions being their use of the moon to measure time. What, however, earned us the moon - an immense privilege from God. Through this activity, children will discover a Jewish legend and will create paper mosaics of the sun and moon based on an artistic tradition which will be presented during the workshop.

7. Sharing

African Masks

This workshop aims to help children discover the traditions and rich oral tradition of the Yoruba and Hausa peoples, currently established in Cameroon. Throughout this artistic workshop, each participant will be tasked with making a miniature mask out of cardboard inspired by the colours and shapes that African people used to represent various forces of nature.

 

8. Freedom

Mexican Fantasy Animals

Alebrijes are fantasy sculptures found in popular Mexican art. Pulled straight from a dream, they take form based on the artist’s creativity and personality. Thus, we invite every participant to discover their alebrije!

 

9. Respecting Beliefs

The Day of the Dead

The most popular celebration in Mexico is the Day of the Dead. It is based on the idea that those who have left the world of the living come back to visit once a year. In the spirit of the tradition, participants will build a model of an altar to the dead, including a small clay skeleton. Let’s celebrate the dead!

 

10. Justice

Witzilopoxtli

Those who hear the story of Witzilpoxtli, the Aztec god of free will, are imbued with an understanding of the importance of harmonious living, and respecting rules, rights and freedoms. Participants will be told the story and share their impressions. Once that is done, they will be asked to make masks, panaches and other objects out of cardboard inspired by the Aztec gods.

 

11. The Knowledge of Others

The Cycles of Life

Indigenous peoples have always used medicine wheels to understand the cycles of nature and human development. In this workshop, the participants will be exposed to the wisdom of Indigenous peoples and the, still relevant, lessons they taught for tens of thousands of years. At the end of the activity participants will be tasked with making a dreamcatcher.

12. Identity Building

“I am Montreal”

In order to share the cultural richness of Montreal, participants are invited to reflect on what this city means to them. They are then asked to paint the buildings, animals, and/or objects that evoke their view of what Montreal means using stencils. At the end of the activity, all of the contributions are brought together to create a collection wherein Montreal's uniqueness is showcased.

 

13. Knowing Yourself

Piñatas

The piñata came to be during “Las Posadas” celebrations in Mexico. Participants are invited to create their own piñatas and then destroy them as they represent the bad behaviours we hope to rid ourselves of. Our efforts to better ourselves are rewarded with candy!

For more information, contact us!

To book a workshop, please contact Pilar Hernandez via info@paalmtl.org or by telephone at 514 657-3340!

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info@paalmtl.org

514 657-3340

514 402-7135