2022 Annual General Assembly : Resilience and Leadership
On Wednesday, June 15, the MUMAQ – Musée des métiers d’art du Québec, held our annual general assembly and unveiled our 2021 annual report. The organization, whose mission is to preserve and promote historical and contemporary collections dedicated to arts and crafts, looked back on a year still marked by the pandemic, but also marked by the launch of its new exhibition, Meaningful Objects: A History of Craft in Quebec. Throughout 2021, we have demonstrated our resilience and leadership in the museum field and in the field of contemporary fine crafts in many ways.
Resilience through and through
The MUMAQ’s role is not limited to that of curator and exhibitor of collections. For the past three years, the organization has been engaged in a complete review of its fundamental values with, for example, the change of its name and the creation of a new brand image in order to promote the understanding of its museum mandate, the development of its audiences, and the creation of partnerships.
A leader in the museum and fine craft ecosystems
As clear evidence of the role the MUMAQ plays in its milieu, the institution received and processed no less than 32 donations and 566 objects from craftspeople, artisans or their families in 2021, an increase of 31% since last year. In terms of education, the museum has completely revamped its guided tours, designed around the new permanent exhibition, the only one of its kind in Canada. The MUMAQ is in fact the only institution specifically dedicated to the fine crafts discipline in Quebec and in Canada.
“The MUMAQ – Musée des métiers d’art du Québec is increasingly becoming a sought-after destination for our community of artisans and craft artists. The new generations are taking their place with their colleagues, with their masters. With the members of our board of directors, we are here to solidify this essential asset for the community,” says Louise Lemieux Bérubé, president of the MUMAQ board of directors.
Among the changes to the Board of Directors, we note the end of the mandate of Mr. Gaëtan Berthiaume, artisan sculptor of the Viatour-Berthiaume duo, and the return of Mr. François Beauvais, a seasoned manager in the healthcare field, and former director of the museum from 2014 to 2020, to a co-opted position.
“Looking back, I am very proud of the work accomplished by the MUMAQ, its committees, its management team and, of course, the artists and curators, who have shown extraordinary adaptability by collaborating with us in the mounting of audacious exhibitions. This demonstration of resilience and leadership gives me confidence in our ability to achieve our goals of better understanding the crafts of yesterday and today,” said Perrette Subtil, MUMAQ Executive Director.