The Art Hives Network connects small and regenerative community arts studios together in order to build solidarity across geographic distances. This effort seeks to strengthen and promote the benefits of these inclusive, welcoming spaces across Canada, and throughout the world. Also known as "public homeplaces," these third spaces, create multiple opportunities for dialogue, skill sharing, and art making between people of differing socio-economic backgrounds, ages, cultures and abilities.
The model and practice of Art Hives have evolved through two decades of sustained practice research, continuous observation and adaptation, and experimentation with spaces and organizational structures led by Dr. Janis Timm-Bottos, who has developed and established six successful art hives in different locations across North America.
This initiative and website is possible thanks to the generous support of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and Concordia University.
Interested in starting an Art Hive in your community? It's free and everyone can do it! Please download our How-to-Guide here. and contact us for a free initial individualized consulting session, or for more information about bringing the Art Hives Institute to your region: firstname.lastname@example.org