Monday, June 27, 2011

A Garden of Story, Lea Bucknell: Forest City Garden Project

A different kind of community garden: bringing together spaces and stories through people and plants

You are invited to a reception: Thursday June 30th at 6:00 P.M.

The McIntosh Gallery, in collaboration with the Art Exchange, is pleased to present Lea Bucknell: Forest City Garden Project. As the McIntosh's 2011 Artist in the Community, Bucknell combines her interests in geography and art through this unique project.

Through a series of interviews and exchanges Bucknell has been collecting plants and stories from people throughout London. These are currently on display in recycled wood planters installed in an old store in historic Wortley Village.

Lea Bucknell: Forest City Garden Project is open from Wednesday to Saturday 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M until July 1st, 2011. (or by appointment) at 156 Wortley Road.

For more information, contact Nicole Borland at

The McIntosh Gallery
University of Western Ontario
1151 Richmond Street

London, Ontario, N6A 3K7

Sunday, June 12, 2011

IJCAIP Assists Local ALS Society in Writing Contest

Cheryl McLean, Publisher and Executive Editor of The International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice IJCAIP has been invited by the Thames Valley regional manager of ALS Ontario to act as a judge for a local ALS Short Story Fundraiser called "Make it Write".

Charlene Spector of ALS Ontario recently reported in The London Free Press the society is always looking for ways to raise funds because of the expensive equipment ALS sufferers need. She said the number of clients the local chapter supports, currently 62, increased 15% this year over last. Each client needs about $146,000 in equipment. Spector commented on the increasing needs the society faces, "Our equipment loan program covers a percentage of this expense. Unfortunately, with limited funding we cannot purchase every piece of equipment needed during the ALS journey, the contest will increase the profile of the society and therefore reach more people. "

IJCAIP is pleased to help support the local ALS Society in this worthwhile fundraising program supporting persons with ALS.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Health Professionals Create Living Stories at IJCAIP Workshop

On Saturday June 4 at The Windermere Manor (UWO) London, Ontario, health professionals, nurses, researchers, educators, therapists and community workers attended the IJCAIP Spring day workshop, “Creating and Living Stories for Hope and Change” facilitated by IJCAIP Publisher and Executive Editor Cheryl McLean.

“I work with professionals from many disciplines to take individuals through a developmental process that uses creative arts methods to help participants discover, access and express their stories and narratives. In this way they each have an embodied experience with the arts while learning skills which can be applied in practice and for change. Using movement, drama methods, writing/narrative, readings and group performance this workshop offers participants an opportunity to connect with one another within a creative “community” process while actively sharing their stories for witness.”

The workshop also featured information about topical research in the field from the CAIP Research Series, “Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, Inquiries for Hope and Change” and “Creative Arts in Research for Community and Cultural Change”, Detselig Temeron Press.

One researcher commented on her experience at the "Creating and Living Stories for Hope and Change" workshop,

Our time together was so brief and yet so rewarding. Thank you for your acceptance and openness to new experiences. My workshop experience was truly transformational. I am convinced that I am on the right path in terms of my research work - I knew that qualitative is definitely the appropriate methodology and exploring creative arts definitely struck a chord with me.”

For information about the IJCAIP “Creating and Living Stories for Hope and Change” workshop series contact