Art as an Agent of Social Change [AIRG Symposium]


October 12 & 13, 2018

Fees & Registration | Keynote Speaker | Hotels


2018 AIRG Symposium | McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

Fees: Regular: CAD 75 +tax / Students: CAD 35 +tax. Registration opens end of May (payment through credit card only).


The Artful Inquiry symposium is an interdisciplinary forum for sharing scholarship, practices, and research on artful inquiry and methods in higher education.

The 2018 symposium will explore:

  • What are the ways in which, as an educator, you address art as an agent for social change within your classroom?
  • As an artist/educator, what collaborations have taken place, or could take place, in the classroom? What types of art experiences would you like to see incorporated into classrooms or curriculum?
  • Artful practice as an internal process – as a teacher/educator/artist, how can you incorporate art for social/personal change? 
  • How does art permit critical discussions of power asymmetry (#metoo, truth & reconciliation, etc.)

The Artful Inquiry Symposium 2018 schedule emphasizes concurrent sessions led by scholars, researchers, students, and practitioners that demonstrate and investigate how arts-based practices are being used in higher education to build more holistic relationships and institutions.

These sessions may take the form of research presentations, experiential workshops, arts-based practice sessions, performances, roundtable conversations, panel discussions, or other creative modes of sharing. 

Faculty, staff, students, researchers, and administrators from all sectors of academia as well as artists and community members/organizers are encouraged to attend.

Credits - 2018 AIRG Symposium logo design by Aaron Richmond

               2018 AIRG Symposium CFP design by Emmy Côté

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Note: children are welcome at the Symposium. 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER | Dr. Patricia Leavy is an independent scholar. She has published twenty-five books, earning commercial and critical success in both nonfiction and fiction. Her bestselling titles include Research Design, Handbook of Arts-Based Research, Method Meets Art, The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research, Blue, American Circumstance, and Low-Fat Love. She is creator and editor for seven book series, cofounder and co-editor-in-chief of Art/Research International, and a blogger. She has received career awards from the American Creativity Association, the American Educational Research Association, the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, and the National Art Education Association. In 2016 Mogul named her an “Influencer.” In 2018, SUNY-New Paltz established the “Patricia Leavy Award for Art and Social Justice.”

Keynote presentation: October 12, 2018, Jack Cram Auditorium (EDUC-129), Education building, 3700 McTavish St., 5-6 pm. Reception 6-7 pm.

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