Elizabeth-Ann Doyle | Co-founder and General Director, MU


20 ans d’audace et de culture © Martine Doyon

Driven by her passion for culture, Elizabeth-Ann Doyle discovered the social impact of mural art in Philadelphia while touring with Cirque du Soleil where she worked in the Public Relations department. It was a revelation. Back in Montréal in 2006, she teamed up with Emmanuelle Hébert to found the MU charity, of which she is also General and Artistic Director. From then on, the city’s public spaces were transformed as MU’s projects mushroomed. In the Quartier des spectacles, no fewer than 35 impactful murals now adorn the sides of buildings.

Elizabeth-Ann Doyle is the beating heart behind the transformation of mural art into a powerful agent of social change and urban revitalization in Montréal. Her avant-garde vision stems from a bold approach that embraces public art, beautification, revitalization and the promotion of the visual arts. Her contribution to the Quartier des spectacles is at once visible, enduring and admirable, given MU’s social and artistic mission.

The organization has been based at Habitations Jeanne-Mance since 2009, where it carries out numerous artistic projects with residents, helping to enhance their sense of belonging and pride in their living environment. MU is a pillar of cultural democratization in Montreal.

In 2018, MU won the Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal. Elizabeth-Ann Doyle was made a Knight of the Ordre de Montréal.