Creating Together: Participatory, Community-Based, and Collaborative Arts Practices and Scholarship across Canada

The contributors to Creating Together explore how the process of creating together generates and disseminates collective knowledge, in an arts-based approach to scholarship which makes use of aesthetic, experiential, embodied, and emotional ways of knowing and creating knowledge in addition to traditional intellectual ways. The collection includes examples from British Columbia to Newfoundland and across disciplines including the fine arts, education, the health sciences, and social work.

The anthology addresses a growing trend in arts-based research that takes a participatory, community-based, or collaborative focus, and encourages scholars to work with other professionals, and with community groups to explore questions, create knowledge, and express shared understandings. The collection highlights three forms of research: participatory arts-based research that engages participants in all stages of the inquiry and aims to produce practical knowing to benefit the community; community-based arts research that has community/public space at the heart of practice; and collaborative arts approaches involving multi-levelled, multi-layered, and interdisciplinary collaboration from diverse perspectives.

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