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by Noor E. This year’s FRO Festival 2014, hosted by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, was reminiscent of the successes of last year’s – with special invitee Angela Davis who took to the stage at Astral with many local and international artists and performers who created an open dialogue around various issues in respects to black culture. The FRO Festival 2013 featured a series of performances, activities, and workshops throughout Black History month, by guests such as Jean ‘Jafrikayti’ Saint-Vil, Jenny ‘J.Kyll’ Salgado, Meryem Saci, and the FRO Festival’s official painter and artist, Monk.E. The FRO Festival’s harmonious collaboration showed how art is both a medium of expression and a platform for discussion. The FRO Foundation (Foundations Rely on Origins) is a multidisciplinary organization that holds a variety of events and festivals that promote the appreciation of cultural differences and legacy in relation to different facets of black culture. When asked about her impression of FRO Festival 2013, one smiling participant said: “I can’t help but anticipate the next one.” The FRO Foundation was happy to deliver. For this year’s Black History month, in partnership and with the return of special invitee The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, the opening night of the FRO Festival 2014 was launched from 5-7 by the 4th Wall Exhibition: Making the Invisible Visible –a project led by the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, in collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and supported by TD Bank Group. The Michaëlle Jean Foundation seeks to dissolve the invisible walls that create solitude between individuals and communities, by offering museum space and bursaries to youth from disadvantaged backgrounds. The exhibition was free of charge and set out to include works from eight young artists chosen from black communities in Montreal such as Tanisha Mapp, Pierre Zaly Heloe, Kosisochukwu Nnebe, and Ma’liCiouZ, who revisited pieces from the MMFA’s permanent collection of Quebec and Canadian Art and re-envisioned the concepts of the original pieces into new ones. Before the viewing, approximately 300 people crowded outside the doors of the exhibit, listening to the empowering speech given by Jean in the company of her husband, Jean-Daniel Lafond. Applause echoed in the hall as Jean concluded her message about the expansion of spaces designated for young artists and upcoming entrepreneurs, thanking all those involved in making the special occasion possible. Plates of food and trays carrying red wine floated across the room to the lively and boisterous crowd of all ages. Families, friends, and media entered the exposition, eager to see and discuss the mounted displays of three or so pieces per artist. When asked about her recreated pieces, 4th Wall artist Tanisha Mapp said: “When...

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