From a young age, Corinne Lachance, BFA 18, was set on pursuing a career in visual arts. The only trouble was that she didn’t know what jobs were available in the cultural and artistic sectors.
“It’s a problem for kids. They just think they have to be a studio artist,” Lachance says. Instead, she forged a career in which she handles much of the behind-the-scenes work that enables MU’s artists to do what they do best — paint murals. As the production manager at MU, Lachance brings artists together to create and democratize art in the public space.
Her journey with the organization began in 2009, when she was a student at CEGEP de Saint-Laurent. Lachance worked as a muralist assistant and gave painting and mosaic workshops to youth and older adults at Habitations Jeanne-Mance, Canada’s oldest postwar public-housing project, located in Montreal’s Ville-Marie borough.
“I realized that art has this possibility to create connections with people,” she recalls.
After studying psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Lachance pursued an undergraduate degree in studio arts at Concordia. While majoring in sculpture, she collaborated on the iconic Leonard Cohen mural on Crescent Street.
“The experience was less creative and more mathematical than I was used to,” Lachance explains. “For example, when we painted Leonard Cohen’s nose, it was a few stories high. We had to be really methodical.”
While her career was already blossoming prior to her time at Concordia, Lachance felt that pursuing education was a necessary step in her development.
“Going to Concordia helped define me as an artist and adult,” she says. “I explored different mediums and techniques, interacted with artists I would not have collaborated with otherwise and had direct contact with professors who are renowned artists.”