Thursday, July 31, 2008
Faculty in the School of Education at Stanford University unanimously adopted a policy requiring all their scholarly work be made available free to the public.
complete article and more news at SPARC http://www.arl.org/sparc/innovator/stanford.shtml
In February Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences voted to give the University a worldwide license to make each faculty member's scholarly articles available and to exercise the copyright in the articles, provided that the articles are not sold for a profit.
For more information about Open Access publishing see:
CCAHTE, The Canadian Creative Arts in Health, Training and Education Journal is the international and interdisciplinary peer reviewed open access journal of the creative arts in health, training and education.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
a collaborative initiative to put forward and take action on the knowledge gained from eight arts-informed, community-based participatory research studies in Toronto. Help move our recommendations forward:
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
55 John Street, Toronto
These projects were conducted by peer researchers, community agencies and academics working with people with experiences of homelessness. Together, these works represent an important body of evidence on the lived experiences of homelessness.
The exhibit will be on display from Tuesday, September 30, 2008 to Friday, October 3, 2008. For more information, please contact Professor Izumi Sakamoto at (416)946-8224, or email: mailto:email@example.com
Article Centre for Applied Social Research, University of Toronto http://www.socialwork.utoronto.ca/index.php?section=495
Visit Nancy Viva Davis Halifax BLOG Anagraphia/Photography and Story http://anagraphia.blogspot.com/index.html
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
On a recent family trip north to Espanola, Ontario, we drove to Little Current on Manitoulin Island. I was pleased to discover there was an Artists' tour taking place on the week-end and
even more pleased to have an opportunity to meet textile artist, Judith Martin who was
exhibiting her work. It was a timely meeting. I had just finished teaching the course, "Creative Responses in Death and Bereavement" at The University of Western Ontario. Many of Judith's fabric creations and textile artworks are modern fabric constructions that deal with themes around the passage of time.. birth, life and death, while reflecting and honouring life stories and poetically reconstructing personal memories.
Judith explains, "The fabric constructions I make combine fine art's conceptualism with traditional woman's craft. Photographs, drawings, paintings, and objects are mixed with fabrics, threads, and text in order to communicate poetically. Meditative handwork fills most of the pieces.Traditional quilt patterns and multi-cultural symbols concerning birth, death, and sexuality are the foundation for my artwork. When one considers the connection that these rites of passage have to the bed, then the quilt is an obvious and powerful medium."
We carefully unfolded the blanket pictured above as she shared special memories of her mother the late Pauline Johnson.
"She always encouraged me to find my own self. To follow my own interests. To save my own self and my own sanity. This advice from her during our weekly phone calls gave me the inner strength to go ahead and do what I wanted (and needed) to do in order to become the artist I was meant to be.... She had an active interest in politics and literature. She was passionate about these things." "My subject is the passage of time. The artwork I make documents and saves the daily life of our family and our surroundings here on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada.
I was born in Fort Frances and spent the next four decades of my life in North Western Ontario. I went to Lakehead University twice, once at age 19 for a teacher's diploma and again fifteen years later for a fine arts degree. After we were married in the mid 70's my husband and I made a fourteen month tour of Europe. I make mixed media textile art and have had thirteen solo exhibitions. On The Lake, a wall piece that I made from stitched photos and satin is in the Canada Council Art Bank. I must also mention that I am a mother of four because almost all of my art practice has to do with balancing that phenomenon. In 1993 we moved from Kenora to Manitoulin Island and the peace and quiet of this lovely place has had a profound effect on my work." (Quotes from Judith Martin's BLOG "Judy's Journal" )
If you will be travelling to Northern Ontario this summer, visit the Judith Martin exhibit "Red Thread" at the Gore Bay Museum Manitoulin Island until August 10, 2008. For more about Judith Martin's life and work:
see Judy's Journal and visit Judith Martin website
And, oh yes, also while in Espanola I discovered the walrus. But more about this great catch, later. CM
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
As the Crow Flies Ron Benner's Garden Installation Raises Awareness About Unequal Distribution of Food
An interesting article by reporter Kathy Rumleski in the London Free Press last week-end about artist Ron Benner's garden installation project "As the Crow Flies" and book launch of "Gardens of a Colonial Present". The installation was first exhibited in Montreal in 1984 and involved years of research and investigation.
Within the garden are photos that trace the militarization of food and society as well as themes of activism, environmentalism and global food politics.
"Certain countries view food as a form of warfare.....the roots of this warfare are hidden, like a plant's."
Artist, Ron Benner
The book is a compilation of newly commissioned essays, published material and photographs and, as Rumleski reports, "Gardens of a Colonial Present" reminds us that we are still affected by colonialism. Food can be used as a form of warfare.
If you would like to meet the artist to discover more about this work visit the 4th Annual Corn Roast Saturday, September 13, 2:00 to 4:00 pm. at the Wolf Sculpture Garden,
Museum London, London, Ontario. Ron Benner will be at his garden installation "As the Crow Flies" for "a corn roast"..part sculpture, part installation and part performance.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Windsor Regional Children's Centre, Healing Arts Program Incorporates Creative Arts in Mental Health Program for Children and Families
Monday, July 7, 2008
A wide range of previously hard to access material [images, texts, media works, and related ephemera]from a variety of sources across Canada is being assembled into the fully searchable, bilingual, database.
The Canadian Art Database Project currently holds 54,000+ images and 600+ video and audio clips by 600+ artists and designers; and 1,600+ texts by 200+ writers and curators.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
See "Beautiful Women Project" Artist Cheryl Ann Webster website: