This initiative is made possible through the generous support of the Rossy Family Foundation, and builds upon the P. Lantz Initiative for Excellence in Education in the Arts (below), and the work of the McGill Institute for Human Development and Well-Being (IHDW). An Art Hive is based on the idea of an open studio space. It welcomes everyone as an artist, supporting them in the exploration of their creative capacity and aiming to build a stronger, more inclusive community through the process of art-making.
The McGill Art Hive is a gathering place, a simple space for making art. Participation requires no art background or experience. It is a space where conversation, getting to know fellow artists, and creating community can accompany the process of making art. It affords all members of the McGill community the opportunity to step out of their daily challenges, spend time in a very different place, and return to their work feeling more relaxed and focused.
P. Lantz Initiative for Excellence in Education and the Arts
Coordinated by the Faculty of Education, our Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE), Institute for Human Development and Well-Being (IHDW), and the Participatory Cultures Laboratory, the P. Lantz Initiative for Excellence in Education and the Arts strengthens the Faculty's commitment to the arts, and to the critical role played by the arts in the construction of knowledge. Their homepage, knowledge-through-the-arts.ca, is also home to the Arts Professional Learning Community (PLC) of the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, and the Artful Inquiry Research Group (AIRG). The initiative supports:
- scholarships for students
- an artist-in-residence program to ensure professional leadership, expertise, mentoring, and pedagogical collaboration across the Faculty;
- resources to support performance/exhibition spaces that will to ensure the public presentation of student and Faculty-produced arts projects, research, and creative work (visual, music, drama); and
- support for partnerships with local schools in music education.
For nearly 50 years the Faculty of Education has worked diligently to offer courses that are reflective of their partner communities’ needs. Launched in 2015, the Science Futures initiative’s objective is to provide support for science education in local schools. Indigenous Science Futures is conceived as a focused initiative, aimed at developing Indigenous science pedagogy with youth from Inuit, Mohawk, Cree, Naskapi, Algonquin and Mi’gmaq communities, and includes partners with McGill's Faculty of Medicine.
- read "Combining traditional values with western science at the Eagle Spirit Science Futures Camp," August 2018
- read "Faculty of Education partners in launch of McGill's Indigenous Health Profession Program," March 2018
Stay in School
Stay in School is a project that aims to reduce the barriers that compromise school success rates. It does this by providing sustainable, multi-faceted arts and science based educational support for marginalized communities in Quebec. The Faculty of Education partners with local elementary and secondary schools and community organizations to encourage students to pursue and continue their education as a means to achieving their goals. Some examples of these partnerships are:
- Our art gallery, including The Space Between, presented in partnership with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' (MMFA) Department of Education and Community Programmes. [VIEW VIDEO]
- Our ongoing Farm to School (FTS) pedagogical collaboration with McGill's Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, located on the Macdonald Campus.
- “Ma Science en Santé”, a collaborative science-teaching project between McGill University and l’École de la Petite Bourgogne (ÉPB), of the Commission scolaire de Montréal (CSDM), made possible by funding from the NovaScience program, supporting the promotion of science and technological education for youth and the public sector.