The Arts and Artist Communities

A series of thematic Zoom presentations by people making a difference through the arts in
Montreal communities, ongoingly and especially now, in this time of pandemic. Speakers address what makes for community, what makes for inclusion? They offer advice for young artists just starting out in community practice, and consider the future of community art education and community-engaged art practices, post COVID-19. Conversations were moderated by undergraduate students in Concordia’s Art Education Department.


Redwork: The Emperor of Atlantis

Catherine Heard // website

Windsor textile and installation artist Catherine Heard presents her Redwork community embroidery project, and discusses its collaborative aspects, both in person (pre-pandemic) and via mail art (now).


Landscaping the City

Dave LeRue // website

Landscape artist, Concordia PhD student and community educator, Dave LeRue discusses how he learned to teach online, and his design of an online studio drawing course, “Landscaping the City,” he taught through the Pointe-St-Charles Art School, fall 2020 and winter 2021.


Under Pressure

Melissa Proietti // Website

Melissa Proietti describes the role that urban arts can play in schools (Montreal’s James Lyng School) and Under Pressure, the oldest festival of urban cultures still active in the world. Its principal mission is to encourage the implication of the community through urban culture, and
thus contributing to the development and radiance of urban arts to a local and international scale.


Elizabeth-Ann Doyle // MU website

Elizabeth-Ann Doyle highlights the art education side of MU’s renowned city-wide mural work, which aims to beautify the city of Montreal by creating murals that are anchored in local communities, triggering a social transformation and turning Montreal into an open-air art MUseum! She identifies teaching opportunities coming up for emerging artist-educators, working with communities and in schools.


EducART, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Thibault Zimmer // Website

Museum educator and Concordia University PhD candidate Thibault Zimmer describes the MMFA’s innovative EducART platform, which includes thematic teaching resources linked to the Museum’s collection, and profiles the partnership with Montreal schools.

Independent illustrator and museum educator (La Tohu, McCord Museum, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Musée d’art contemporain)

Josée Lavigne // website

Josée Lavigne offers a frank behind-the-scenes glimpse into the professional life of a museum educator, based on her extensive working history with local institutions.


EngAGE Art Hive

Lindsay Clarke // Concordia Art Hives

Lindsay Clarke discusses the role of the open community studio for older adults at Concordia’s EngAGE lab, discussing how with the pandemic they’ve pivoted their activities from in-person to on-line.

Art Hives Network

Rachel Chainey // Art Hives’ website

National Coordinator of the Art Hives Network, art therapist and social entrepreneur, Rachel Chainey describes the options that art hives present for artists oriented to community practice,
and suggests ways someone might start their own.


Art therapist and art educator

Catherine-Emmanuelle Drapeau

What’s the difference between art education and art therapy? As a professional in both, Catherine-Emmannuelle Drapeau discusses the distinctions and overlaps in a conversation particularly useful for those planning their career path.

First Nations artist and art therapist

Megan Kanerahtenha:wi Whyte // website

As a Kanien’kehá:ka/Mohawk artist and art therapist, Megan Kanerahtenha:wi Whyte describes her own practice working in prisons and in an elementary school in Kahnawake, and considers the special role that the arts can play in promoting social justice in communities.