This five-year funded initiative in the Faculty of Education explores the question: What would it mean to re-imagine a Faculty of Education through the lens of art? The P. Lantz Foundation has several strands, an annual artist-in-residence position, financial support to undergraduate and graduate students, support for music and the arts, and support for art space. The initiative as a whole is meant to foster an understanding of the languages of art, and the ways in which the arts can be integral to building knowledge across disciplines.
The P. Lantz Initiative for Excellence in Education & the Arts includes:
- 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 the students and educators in the Faculty of Education, this initiative provides valuable access to resources, support, ideas, techniques, inspiration, and opportunities and extends to those they influence: their students, their communities, and their families. This initiative also solidifies the Faculty’s capacity to stand behind its stated commitment to the arts and to the critical role played by the arts in the construction of knowledge.
The P. Lantz Initiative for Excellence in Education & the Arts is coordinated by the McGill Faculty of Education, Department of Integrated Studies in Education, Institute for Human Development and Well-Being, and Participatory Cultures Lab.
Current members of the P. Lantz Initiative for Excellence in Education & the Arts Advisory Board: Claudia Mitchell (Chair), Anila Asghar, Steven Jordan, April Mandrona, Kathleen Vaughan, Elizabeth Wood, Melissa Proietti (EGSS), and EdUS Representative (to be filled).