Director of Education and Wellness at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada
Thomas Bastien has been the Director of Education and Wellness at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) since 2016. He is responsible for all the projects associated with the Museum’s Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy: the family and school activities, the art therapy, health and wellness initiatives and the program for fostering inclusion and coexistence.
Of the million visitors who enter its galleries every year, over 300,000 people participate in its educational, cultural, and community-based and art therapy programs: an attendance record among Canadian museums. For Mr. Bastien, previously associate director for partnerships for the Museum’s Foundation, education and social and community action have always been at the heart of his priorities. He is an engineer, a graduate from the École supérieure d’agriculture of Angers. He also holds a Master’s degree in genetics from the University of Wageninguen in the Netherlands. Mr. Bastien is a member of the Museum’s Art and Health Committee.
Thomas presented the MMBA’s engagement, education and art therapy programmes at CTM Paris in 2017.
Discover more about Thomas’ ideas at CTM BRU when he joint the round table discussion on Disability and Inclusion.
Join Thomas at Communicating the Arts Montreal 8-10 2019 for a masterclass shared among other with Nathalie Bondil, MMFA’s director, about “Art and Health: Innovation and Research at the MMFA”.