Reckonings and Re-Imaginings – A Creative Journey of Collaboration and Community Involvement

Reckonings and Re-Imaginings – A Creative Journey of Collaboration and Community Involvement

A creative journey of collaboration and community involvement at the 2023 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

York University will host the 2023 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, in partnership with the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Congress is the largest academic gathering in Canada, and one of the largest in the world. The event in 2023 will be the 92nd annual edition, bringing together 67 academic associations from humanities and social sciences disciplines, including literature, history, theatre, film studies, education, music, sociology, geography, social work and more.

We are excited to be contributing to the conference a public art installation. The primary objective of this project is to create a large mural that will be prominently displayed during the conference and permanently mounted on the walls at York University North Ross building. The mural will be the result of three creative think-tanks focused on the themes of ‘Reckonings and Re-Imaginings’ facilitated by Just BGRAPHIC. The think-tanks will concentrate on the meanings, creative representations, and aesthetic development of the mural project.

This project is a collaboration between York University Sensorium Centre for Digital Art and Technology, Just BGRAPHIC, and Westview CSS (Toronto District School Board) senior students, with the support of Ana Medeiros, Head of the Arts Department. The students will work closely with professional artists to bring the project to life, undergoing a process of critical thinking and creative brainstorming to ensure the success of the project.

In addition, students from Brookview & Oakdale MS will also be invited to participate in the project. They will have the opportunity to work alongside talented high school students and professional artists, gaining valuable experience and learning more about art and the creative process.

The final mural will feature a public participation component , employing a ‘colour-by-numbers’ format that has been carefully designed to seamlessly connect with the central concept and themes. Overall, this project promises to be a stunning display of creativity, collaboration, and community involvement, highlighting the importance of the arts in bringing people together and fostering a sense of community.



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