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Neighborhood art hives: Engaging communities in teaching and learning.


Neighborhood art hives: Engaging communities in teaching and learning.

Timm-Bottos, Janis and Reilly, Rosemary C. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7274-4488 (2015) Neighborhood art hives: Engaging communities in teaching and learning. In: Delano-Oriaran, O. and Parks, M. and Fondrie, S., (eds.) The Sage sourcebook of service-learning and civic engagement. Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA, pp. 179-184. ISBN 9781452281919

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La Ruche d’Art, a community art studio and science shop located in a working class neighborhood in Montreal, is open three days a week. The space operates as both a third place for the community and a third space storefront classroom, utilizing arts-based practices in the university course Community Art Studio: Methods and Materials (CATS 631/ARTE 398). This chapter documents how this unique space serves as a compelling site for community engaged service-learning (CESL). La Ruche attempts to respond to criticisms that service-learning can reinforce the power and status of academics and professionals, disempowering local residents. La Ruche works at equalizing participation between community members and the academy in order to co-create and share knowledge. Voices of students collected during a research project are woven into this description to underscore these dynamics.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Applied Human Sciences
Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Book Section
Authors:Timm-Bottos, Janis and Reilly, Rosemary C.
Editors:Delano-Oriaran, O. and Parks, M. and Fondrie, S.
Date:April 2015
  • Vice-President of Research and Graduate Studies, Concordia University
  • J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
Keywords:Service-learning Civic engagement Community art studio Storefront classroom Neighborhood art hives Third space Learning through art making and performance
ID Code:980169
Deposited By: Rosemary Reilly
Deposited On:14 Jul 2015 15:56
Last Modified:07 Dec 2020 20:42
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Additional Information:The Art Hive Movement http://www.arthives.org/ An interactive community space that welcomes everyone as an artist, the art hive is open to all, especially those who living at the lowest incomes or marginalized individuals. Its fundamental premise is that art-making is a human behavior that empathetically connects us, one to another.


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