"Montreal is a city of knowledge and a cultural metropolis. In this context, we wanted to introduce integrated urban development, where art would inspire knowledge. With the creation of the Zone Éducation-Culture and introduction of works of public art, we are acknowledging our commitment to develop a city that democratizes art by making it accessible to all.

By giving a new purpose to the area, Montrealers will enjoy an urban and friendly neighbourhood”, said Manon Gauthier, member of the Montreal executive committee responsible for culture.

Lauding the cultural and educational links, the MMFA's director and chief curator, Nathalie Bondil, said “the project would beautify the area with the addition of public art and the expansion of the museum's sculpture garden”.
As for the president of Concordia University, Alan Shepard, he sees the “synergy between art, education and civic engagement blossoming into programs in education, art history and art therapy”.

The project calls for an open space to link the museum’s new Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace to Concordia’s Henry F. Hall Building. It will be reserved for public screenings and artistic performances. (The Hornstein Pavilion for Peace is set to open on November 9, 2016.)

In addition, works of art from the MMFA’s collection, and the glass murals created by renowned Quebec artist, Jean McEwen, in the process of being restored by Concordia, will be displayed on Bishop Street and on the south side of Sherbrooke Street.