Arts-Based Facilitation

Arts-Based Facilitation

Arts-based Facilitation Field Study and the Chataquas

The Facilitation Study explores the myriad facilitative approaches that are used in the field of ASC/community-engaged arts, including in performance arts, visual and media arts, literary and urban arts, as well as dialogic methods. Not intended to be a comprehensive “list”, the results of this study will include video illustrations of some of these approaches.   

It is our hope that these studies will prove useful for the ASC community and for the burgeoning field of social innovation which is defined as… “new ideas that resolve existing social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges and that alter the perceptions, behaviours and structures that previously gave rise to these challenges”

As part of this field study, Judith Marcuse has led a three-year series of Chataqua events (arts-infused workshop/dialogues) in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver that build on Judith Marcuse Projects’ (JMP) year-long Chataqua pilot in 2012/2013. These events explored new ways to advance possibilities for the development of ASC and community-engaged arts while nurturing new communication networks, exchange and possible collaboration across Canada. The Arts Health Network, Ashoka Canada, JMP and the J.R. McConnell Family Foundation have been key partners in this field study.

The AGEWELL Chataqua Project

This project involved creation and an exhibition of painting, photography, installations, poetry and performance work made by some 100 seniors about what it is like to grow older. During the exhibition in the theatre of the Performing Arts Lodge (PAL) in Vancouver, a series of Chataqua dialogues and arts workshops were offered to the public. All the artwork and the artists’ descriptions of their art and its underlying themes can be viewed in The AGEWELL Booklet.


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