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Learning in third spaces: Community art studio as storefront university classroom

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Learning in third spaces: Community art studio as storefront university classroom

Timm-Bottos, Janis and Reilly, Rosemary C. (2015) Learning in third spaces: Community art studio as storefront university classroom. American Journal of Community Psychology, 55 (1-2). pp. 102-114. ISSN 0091-0562

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Abstract

Third spaces are in-between places where teacher-student scripts intersect, creating the potential for authentic interaction and a shift in what counts as knowledge. This paper describes a unique community-university initiative: a third space storefront classroom for postsecondary students in professional education programs, which also functions as a community art studio for the surrounding neighborhood. This approach to professional education requires an innovative combination of theory, methods, and materials as enacted by the professionals involved and performed by the students. This storefront classroom utilizes collaborative and inclusive instructional practices that promote human and community development. It facilitates the use of innovative instructional strategies including art making and participatory dialogue to create a liminal learning space that reconfigures professional education. In researching the effectiveness of this storefront classroom, we share the voices of students who have participated in this third space as part of their coursework to underscore these principles and practices.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Applied Human Sciences
Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Timm-Bottos, Janis and Reilly, Rosemary C.
Journal or Publication:American Journal of Community Psychology
Date:1 March 2015
Projects:
  • The Art Hive Movement
Funders:
  • This research was supported by a grant from the Office of the Vice-President of Research and Graduate Studies, Concordia University, Montréal, QC.
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1007/s10464-014-9688-5
Keywords:community art studio, storefront classroom, creative arts therapies, art education, third space, professional education
ID Code:979155
Deposited By: ROSEMARY REILLY
Deposited On:12 Feb 2015 16:01
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:48
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