There is a saying I’ve always loved: art is long, life is short. For each of us, our stay on this earth is far too quick. The artistic visionaries among us, those who paint or carve beauty from stone or build extraordinary monuments that last hundreds or thousands of years are remembered for their treasures. Their offerings measured, explained or carefully cared for within the walls of the world’s museums. As observers we are given the gift of looking back, learning from our past and celebrating those whose footprints, while here, made a deeper imprint.
I have been a Trekkie since childhood (in all its forms). During a recent episode of Star Trek Discovery, Commander Saru said, “We all come from somewhere.” It is touching and true. Our evolution on this planet has been nothing short of extraordinary. From the tiniest mircro-organisms to human beings, each stage of life has crawled forward. Museums create spaces where we can reflect on our history with the awe it deserves. Whether staring up at great dinosaurs assembled in all of their glory, or tilting our heads up to the sky to understand how our planet came to be, museums give us places to stretch our minds and our imaginations.
Yet, there is much about our evolution on earth that is hard to accept. War museums, in cities around the world, encourage us to remember our past, even the parts that break our hearts. Shocking images remind us of how humans have treated each other, the cost of life and the stripping away of our humanity. Those museums exist to bear witness, to keep history alive, so that we can not and should not ever forget.
In my short time at Plank, I stand behind this team and their love of partnering with museums. I understand their respect and reverence for these institutions. Plank remains committed to creating online platforms that showcase art, culture and history. Its passion for the online museum experience comes from a deep belief that everyone, including our youth, should have access to all that museums have to offer on a digital stage. As a mother I want my son to open his eyes to the world, not just the one we live in now, but the one from which we have come. Our past gives meaning to our present.
Doors are open to the public in all of Montreal’s museums May 26th - and entrance is free. I will be stepping through many doors, emerging enriched, inspired and grateful.