The Arts and Artists in 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 and 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.



Catherine Heard, Redwork: The Emperor of Atlantis
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).


Dave LeRue, Landscaping the City
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.


Melissa Proietti, Under Pressure
Melissa Proietti describes the role that urban arts can play in schools (Montreal’s James Lyng High 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
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.


Thibault Zimmer, EducART, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
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.

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


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

Rachel Chainey, Art Hives Network
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.


Catherine-Emmanuelle Drapeau, art therapist and art educator
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.

Megan Kanerahtenha:wi Whyte, First Nations artist and art therapist
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.

Conversations moderated by undergraduate students in Concordia’s Art Education Department.