Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Kings Features Workshops and Five Ways Leading to Creativity

Creativity-Five Ways

The Centre for Creativity

Kings University College, University of Western Ontario

Workshops, Saturday October 23rd

The Centre for Creativity is pleased to announce that we have an exciting participatory workshop entitled Creativity-Five Ways that is taking place at King’s University College on Saturday October 23rd.

The five workshops featured include:

· Creativity as Soul Work with Isabella Colalillo Kates

· Creativity & Design with Robert Kelly

· Poetry Explorer with Gloria Alvernaz Mulcahy

· The Undoing Dance Workshop with Srividya Natarajan

· Looking Inward & Looking Outward with Lynette Richards

For further information about the event or the workshops, and to register please go to You can click on the download brochure link to see a description of the workshop and information about the presenters. The cost of each workshop is $10.00 ($5.00 for students). You are welcome to join one or two workshops (one in the morning and/or one in the afternoon). Lunch is included. There is a 20 person limit per workshop and the first 20 people to register for the workshop will be accepted. All are welcome.

If you have any further questions please contact me at

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Living Stories of Hope and Change, Opportunity to Witness Creative Arts in Research and Action

Cheryl McLean has presented keynote presentations in Canada and the U.S. which feature the creative arts in interdisciplinary practice and applications of story in research and action for hope and change. Her current presentation "Living Stories of Hope and Change" has been well received by academic audiences and diverse organizations across disciplines.

Cheryl McLean M.A. is CEO, Founder and Publisher of The International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice IJCAIP, and Editor of the CAIP Research Series and groundbreaking texts , “Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, Inquiries for Hope and Change and “Creative Arts in Research for Community and Cultural Change, Associate Editor, Dr. Robert Kelly, University of Calgary, (publisher Detselig Temeron Press, Calgary). She graduated (Social Sciences, University of Western Ontario) and after close to twenty years as a journalist, adult educator and arts administrator attended graduate school at Concordia University, Montreal (MA, Faculty of Fine Art, Creative Arts Therapies) studying creative arts and drama methods in group therapy and interning in gerontology at Maimonides Jewish Geriatric Hospital and The Rene Cassin Institute of Social Gerontology.

She trained as an actor in projects for two years (Stanislavsky, realism) under the mentorship of Dr. Muriel Gold, formerly the Artistic Director of The Saidye Bronfman Theatre, Montreal. In research and therapeutic work with older persons (a number who were Holocaust survivors) Cheryl McLean used drama and creative arts methodologies in research and practice to help individuals express their stories and lived experiences. This research, based on true stories, became the basis for a thesis performance/ethnodrama called “Remember Me for Birds” about aging, mental health and autonomy. The work was presented as keynote performances in 2005 for The Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work Educators National Conference (CASSWE),Congress of the Humanities, University of Western Ontario, 2005; Celebrating Gerontology, Interdisciplinary Programs in Gerontology, Centre for Education and Research in Aging and Health (CERAH), Lakehead University, McGill Interdisciplinary Geriatric Seminar, McGill Medical School and NADT, National Association of Drama Therapy, Rhode Island and was produced as an educational film in 2007.

Living Stories of Hope and Change

The presentation “Living Stories of Hope and Change” (l hr. 15) is delivered in a narrative style and is a collection of “tellings” made up of illustrative and linked stories that draw on personal experiences as well as true stories of creative arts in research and action for change. The talk also features other dramatic examples of story used in research and practice by artists, researchers and professionals across disciplines featuring topical research examples drawn from the recently released research text, “Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, Inquiries for Hope and Change” (released August 2010) and upcoming

text, Creative Arts in Research for Community and Cultural Change.” (upcoming December 2010) both edited by Cheryl McLean, Associate Editor Dr. Robert Kelly,( publisher Detselig Temeron Press.) In sharing these authentic accounts and narratives through story, narrative, performed monologues, readings and original film and poetry, Cheryl McLean demonstrates compellingly how the creative arts in contemporary research and action across disciplines can lead to hope and change.

Currently booking engagements through 2010 and 2011-2012.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Staging Sustainability Conference, Arts, Community, Culture and Environment key topics

Staging Sustainability

Arts Community Culture Environment

April 20 - 22, 2011
York University, Toronto

About the Conference

How can we produce art that reflects, celebrates, critiques and advances the cultural life of our community without contributing to the destruction of the setting that inspires these artistic endeavours?

The goal of the Staging Sustainability conference is to create an opportunity for artists and those who support the arts in a myriad of ways – from scholars, critics, producers and designers to policy-makers, industry and government – to engage in interdisciplinary dialogue about the issues and challenges associated with the creation of environmentally sustainable arts practice and performance.

To borrow a phrase from the art critic, author, curator and environmentalist John Grande, we want to foster discussions that will “engage the borderline between art and what is perhaps the most pressing global concern in the new millennium – the quality and sustainability of the environment.”

The conference will consider how the arts engage questions of sustainability from a dual vantage point: cultural and ecological. Thus, the conference encourages an approach to sustainability that encompasses aspects of subjectivity with respect to community and identity.

Staging Sustainability is produced and presented by the Faculty of Fine Arts, York University with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

For more information about this conference

Friday, September 10, 2010

4elements Living Arts Seeking Artists for Field Study

Four Elements Living Arts is partnering with the geography department at Queens University and is seeking artists to develop a Manitoulin based field study course. We'll bring 18 - 24 3rd year students to the island. We are looking for 4 local artists (writers, visual artists, sculptors, land artists) Each artist will be paired with a group of students to research the same place using your own approaches and media. The goal is to use arts and academic research and to build depth about our knowledge of place.

Please send a short bio. 3 images of your work (low res.) , a short para. about why you would like to work on this project and any experience you have working interdisciplinarily by Sept. 30.

More info:

Fellowship Ethnographic Writing, University of Toronto

Fellowship in Ethnographic Writing
The Centre for Ethnography (CE) at the University of Toronto, Scarborough (UTSC) is pleased to announce an annual Fellowship in Ethnographic Writing. Writing is a key component of the work of an anthropologist but it takes time and benefits from some distance from the fieldwork itself and from other obligations. In recognition of this fact the CE is introducing a Fellowship in Ethnographic Writing. The Fellowship will be awarded for one academic term (Fall or Winter, for 3 months) and will be held at UTSC. The successful Fellow will be expected to be present at least two days a week at UTSC, to participate in all events at the Centre during that term, including colloquia, to offer a seminar presentation of the work in progress, and possibly to offer one or two guest lectures in undergraduate courses, as appropriate.
The call is now open for a fellowship during winter 2011. Applicants should supply a statement of no more than 5 double spaced pages describing their writing project, indicating the stage which it is at, and precisely what they wish to accomplish during the duration of the fellowship.
Explicit attention to questions of genre, narrative, and audience are welcome but not essential. Successful applicants will be either at the postdoctoral stage (engaged in transforming a thesis into a book or
articles) or in the process of completing the doctoral thesis.
All applicants must have completed their doctoral fieldwork and begun writing up. The current stipend is set at $10,000; during tenure of the Fellowship it is expected that the Fellow will devote full attention to the writing and thus not serve as a course instructor or teaching assistant.
The closing date for applications for winter 2011 is September 30 and a decision will be announced within 2-3 weeks thereafter. Please send all applications, including the names of two referees, to Professor Michael Lambek, Department of Social Sciences, University of Toronto at Scarborough, 1265 Military Trail, Scarborough ON M1C 1A4, Canada and also an electronic copy to

Enter for an Opportunity to Win, Tell us about Creative Arts, Hope and Change

CAIP Research Series
Inquiries for Hope and Change Essay Contest
Do you think the creative arts in research and interdisciplinary practice can help lead to hope and change?
If so tell us why in 250 wds. or less and you could qualify to enter a draw for a new copy of the book
We'll draw for the book December 5 and announce
results at the book blog at Top essay entries will be published at
the CAIP book blog at

Here's how to enter the Hope for Change Essay Contest:
Send your essay by email to "Hope for Change Essay" in subject line.
250 wds. or less
Word attachment
Double space
Entries must be original and not previously published.
Be sure to include name and email address.
To qualify all entries must be received before October 30.
We will look forward to your entries.

Table of Contents

"At over 400 pages, this is a rich and multifaceted collection of articles and chapters about the creative arts in health and interdisciplinary practice, an accessible yet highly informative text that enlightens the reader about the inquiries and the processes while offering first hand insights into approaches, stories of the work in practice, how to method based exercises and lists of comprehensive references."

Best wishes,
We look forward to your entries.


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Groundbreaking Book Illustrates Creative Arts in Research and Action for Hope and Change

Just Released!

Press Release, September 2, 2010

A project of the

A new book featuring illustrative examples of the creative arts in research and action will help shape the emerging field of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice.
The inaugural book in the CAIP, Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, research series, "Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, Inquiries for Hope and Change" has been released today and is now available for purchase. The book (editor Cheryl McLean, Publisher of The International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, associate editor, Robert Kelly, Associate Professor, Fine Art, University of Calgary) is a project of IJCAIP, The International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, and is published by Detselig Temeron Books, Calgary. The groundbreaking book introduces an emerging and rapidly growing field with a dynamic collection of illustrative articles featuring artists, leading academics, health researchers, nurse educators, physicians, educators, environmentalists and others who actively use the creative arts in interdisciplinary practice in cutting edged research and in methodologies for health, hope and change. Readers will learn how the creative arts can offer unique opportunities to embody and re-illuminate the human story, stage human vulnerability, foster citizenship and give voice to narratives of human experience.
At over 400 pages, this is a rich and multifaceted collection of articles and chapters about the creative arts in health and interdisciplinary practice, an accessible yet highly informative text that enlightens the reader about the inquiries and the processes while offering first hand insights into approaches, stories of the work in practice, how to method based exercises and lists of comprehensive references.

"Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, Inquiries for Hope and Change" is a contemporary research collection that features methods that are participative, communal, active and experiential. It speaks of approaches that actively re-illuminate lived experiences and foster and encourage deep and multi-sensory communication and embodied forms of expression with elements visual, emotional, physical and spiritual. In this book, we bring together a field that stresses the vital importance of creativity and the human story, a body of work that seeks to help give voice to the silenced, the oppressed and the marginalized, narrative accounts of personal transformation that honour creative expression as fundamental and at the very source of human meaning and purpose. We invite you to journey through these articles and share in accounts of the creative arts in interdisciplinary practice for hope and change" Editor, Cheryl McLean, Publisher IJCAIP Journal.

About the book

Table of Contents


Inside news contributors

Here is a list of just a few of the contributors featured in the book, "Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, Inquiries for Hope and Change:
Izumi Sakamoto Ph.D., Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Toronto
Nancy Viva Davis Halifax, Ph.D., artist/researcher and Assistant professor, Critical Disability Studies, York University
John Sullivan, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Preventive medicine and Community Health, Public forum and Toxics Assistance, University of Texas Medical Branch

Family Social Sciences, University of Manitoba

Carolyn Garcia, PhD, MPH, RN, Assistant professor, University of Minnesota School of Nursing
Olga Idriss Davis, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University
Lata Pada, choreographer, Adjunct Professor, York University, Dance (Order of Canada recipient)
Johnny Saldana, playwright/actor, Professor of Theatre, School of Theatre and Film, Arizona State University
Ian Prinsloo MFA, (former AD, Theatre Calgary)
Lorna Boschman, Documentary and Media Artist, PhD (in process) Simon Fraser
George Belliveau, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia
Susan K. MacRae, Registered Nurse, (former Deputy Director, University of Toronto, Joint Centre for Bioethics)
Jacqui Gingras PhD, RD, Assistant Professor, School of Nutrition, Ryerson University
Sherry Fontaine Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Healthcare Leadership, Park University
Seema Shah MD, MSPH
Kim Bullock, MD, Director of Community Health Division, Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program
John J. Guiney Yallop Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Education , Acadia University
Ardra Cole, EdD, Professor and Co-director, Centre for Arts informed Research, OISE, University of Toronto
Maura McIntyre Ed.D, Adjunct Professor, OISE, Centre for Arts informed Research, University of Toronto

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Nick Nissley Joins IJCAIP Advisory Board

September 1, 2010.


We are pleased to announce that Nick Nissley, EdD has recently joined the International Journal of the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, IJCAIP Advisory Board.

Nick Nissley, EdD, is currently Executive Director for The Banff Centre’s Leadership Development programs. The Banff Centre is located in Banff National Park, a world heritage site in the heart of Alberta surrounded by Canada’s spectacular Rocky Mountains. The Banff Centre is Canada’s only post secondary learning institution dedicated to the arts, mountain culture, and leadership programming.

Dr. Nissley is internationally recognized for his pioneering work in the practice of arts-based learning in management education and leadership development. Under Nissley’s leadership, The Banff Centre’s public programs, customized offerings, and Aboriginal programs have developed a world-wide reputation for inspiring creativity in leaders from many disciplines.

Nick Nissley is an accomplished academic whose formal education includes a Doctorate in Education from George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., and an undergraduate degree in geology and mineralogy from Ohio State University. He has been a professor in the department of organization learning and development at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, where he served as co-chair, department of organization learning and development, and program director for the master’s program in human resource development. Nissley has also held affiliations with the College of Business, Management Center, and Center for Nonprofit Management at the University of St. Thomas. While in academia, he consulted and presented to a variety of client organizations, including schools, government, for-profit, non-profit, and faith-based communities, local, regional, national, and international audiences.

At the center of Nick Nissley's research is applied imagination – helping individuals, organizations, and communities transform themselves through learning as they confront real-world challenges.

Over the past 10
years, Nick has helped define the field of arts based learning in management education. Story and narrative in the workplace is a special interest. In a recent article in "Issues and Observations" Nick Nissley writes, "the business world in recent years has shown increasing interest in the narrative lens and more specifically in the relationship between leadership storytelling and organizational change."

“In these times of economic distress, we should take a lesson from the pages of our history books – economic adversity can inspire extraordinary innovation, if we choose to engage the arts as enablers of business creativity.”

Nick Nissley, Journal of Business Strategy

Nick Nissley's interests in the arts, education, environment, and social service has led him, over the past fifteen years, to serve on the boards of organizations including: Editorial Advisory Board for Aesthesis: International Journal of Art and Aesthetics in Management and Organizational Life; Editorial Review Board for The Journal of Management and Organisation (Special Issue: Re-Conceiving the Artful in Management Development and Education); the Arts and Business Council’s Creativity Connection National Advisory Board in New York City; Minneapolis’s Springboard for the Arts; the Minnesota Association for Continuing Adult Education; the Hershey Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania; Duquesne University’s Capital Region Campus Advisory Board; and, presently in his home of Banff, he serves on the Board of Directors for Banff’s Mineral Springs Hospital and the Whyte Museum of The Canadian Rockies, as well as the Canadian Rockies Public Schools’ Futures Planning Advisory Board.

As an artist, Nick has also performed semi-professionally with Playback Theatre working as an actor on stages in Canada, Denver, London, and Krakow. He continues to engage with Playback Theatre, serving on the International Centre for Playback Theatre’s Strategic Action Plan Steering Committee.

We are honoured Nick Nissley has joined us to share his creativity, knowledge and expertise with The International Journal of the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice and the IJCAIP Advisory Board. As we continue to strive toward our publishing and organizational goals as the leading international journal in the creative arts in interdisciplinary practice, we will be sure to benefit from Nick Nissley’s international reputation in management education, arts and leadership development as well as his passionate interests in the creative arts as a force for transformative community change.

Cheryl McLean, Publisher

International Journal of the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice

The International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice

IJCAIP Advisory Board

George Belliveau, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia

Subrata Sankar Bagchi, Ph.D., Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Ottawa

Lace Marie Brogden, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Regina

Michael Hutcheon MD, FRCP, Deputy Physician and Chief of Education, Toronto University Health Network

Robert W. Kelly Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Faculty of Fine Art, University of Calgary

Pia C. Kontos Ph.D., Research Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto

Patricia McKeever Ph.D., Health Sociologist, Senior Scientist, Bloorview Research Institute, Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto

Nick Nissley EdD., Executive Director, Banff Centre for the Arts, Leadership Development

Lubomir Popov Ph.D., Associate Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences, Interior Design, Bowling Green State University, Ohio

Johnny Saldana MFA, Professor of Theatre, Herberger College of the Arts, Arizona State University