Cultural Production Workshop

Social­ly Engaged Art and Par­tic­i­pa­to­ry Art prac­tices seek to cre­ate social trans­for­ma­tion and change using approach­es bor­rowed from edu­ca­tion, curat­ing, hos­pi­tal­i­ty, envi­ron­men­tal­ism, per­for­mance and insti­tu­tion­al cri­tique. Through an analy­sis of art crit­i­cism, cura­to­r­i­al prac­tice (with a focus on work by Indige­nous and Black cura­tors and artists), his­to­ry of muse­ums, and art projects, stu­dents will work through debates, ethics and issues involved with pub­lic engage­ment. The course con­tent will also include cura­to­r­i­al prac­tice by Indige­nous and Black cura­tors whose work has sought to address sys­temic oppres­sion such as racism, colo­nial­ism, sex­ism, and uneven pow­er rela­tions in main­stream insti­tu­tions and prac­tices. Stu­dents will then col­lab­o­rate to cre­ate social­ly engaged and/or par­tic­i­pa­to­ry art projects in pub­lic spaces. The course is pre­sent­ed using the approach­es that build com­mu­ni­ty with­in the class and will also seek to cre­ate a net­work of sup­port for stu­dents who are using or inter­est­ed in social­ly engaged, par­tic­i­pa­to­ry art, com­mu­ni­ty art or relat­ed prac­tice in their research.

This course fea­tured a four-day res­i­den­cy in Toron­to’s Guild Park .

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Lisa Myers is also a musi­cian and chef. These dis­ci­plines inform her var­i­ous prac­tices. She grew up in south­ern Ontario. Lisa’s Moth­er’s fam­i­ly is Anish­naabe and French from Shawana­ga and Beau­soleil First Nation in the Geor­gian Bay region, and her Dad is from Eng­lish and Aus­tri­an ances­try who set­tled in south­ern Ontario. She plays gui­tar in Toron­to based bands Long Branch and Adap­tor 45.

wild blue­ber­ries and Iro­quois cran­ber­ry grow­ers’ cran­ber­ry cor­dial mark spaces and pres­ences in Guild Park