M connects school children to their neighbourhood
This educational project is not just limited to the school or the museum. In May 2018, the cooperation between Mater Dei and M resulted in a pop-up arts tour by and for children, which is currently winding its way around Leuven. The project thus aims to create connections between the school and its broader context.
Miss Conny teaches in the third year of primary school at Mater Dei. Every week, she spends one day working at the museum, and she has therefore been given the nickname ‘the museum miss’. She has seen her pupils grow and develop throughout the project: “Children at this age are like sponges. They absorb all the information you give them. At the beginning of the project, some of the pupils were very shy. But now they will proudly tell you all about the art they have created.”
M-Life has collected €10,000 thanks to funding drives by the pupils themselves and through the foundation For a Better Life, a fashion show organized by Kiwanis Artemis Leuven and individual donations from people who support the project.
We are very happy with the amount we have raised, but since the project will run until at least 2021, we are looking for new donations to fund the upcoming projects. For example, in 2019, M and Mater Dei will expand their pop-up museum. Children, teachers, artists, and local people from the area will join forces again to enhance the project’s visibility and support in their city.