Community Engaged Research

Exploring the challenges, opportunities, and methodologies for engaging specific communities in artistic or research-based projects.About this event In this workshop, participants will explore some of the challenges, opportunities, and methodologies for engaging specific communities in artistic or research-based projects. We will discuss different meanings of the term "research," considering how embodied forms of community engagement and environmental attunement can function as research. We will consider how research can be practiced through traditional and non-traditional methodologies. Dr. Nigam will discuss some of the research practices she has used and questions that have arisen while curating Black histories exhibit about the Eastern Townships, Quebec. She will also invite participants to share questions, challenges, examples, and best practices that arise out of their own projects.Questions that we will ask include: How do we engage the community in our projects? And, How do we learn about the different communities that we are working on/with/for?Photo captionJazz legend Louis Metcalf, who toured the Townships frequently in the mid-twentieth century, and his International Jazz band playing at Le Café St-Michel in Montreal, 1947Source: Records Management and Archives, Concordia UniversityLink: https://www.ledevoir.com/societe/424223/un-enfant-du-harlem-du-nordFacilitator Sunita Nigam is a researcher and educator. Her research focuses on the relationship between culture and placemaking, the performance and politics of housing in rural and urban environments, and popular performance cultures and scenes. She is also conducting a Black history project in the Eastern Townships, Quebec, where she is from, with an interest in the relationship between rural placemaking and Blackness in Canada.Sunita holds a PhD in English from McGill University, where she published on the relationship between urban placemaking and cultural performance forms--like blackface minstrelsy, stand-up comedy, burlesque, disco, and Olympic design--in Mexico City, New York, and Montreal. In September 2021, she completed a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at York University in Theatre and Performance Studies. Beyond her academic work, Sunita works as a research consultant in the community sector in Quebec.The ArtsUNITE and Launchpad Learning Community Art Series aims to spark discussions and thought leadership on creating arts in/with communities. The monthly panel series brings industry leaders and arts workers together across a wide range of community art topics, including community outreach and research, event facilitation and community event best practices, and regenerative and community-engaged organizational strategies. Whether you are a community arts worker looking to be part of the conversation, or someone interested in getting involved in community art projects, this panel series invites a meaningful exchange of ideas around developing and working with art and the community.FREE - please register to attendPhotographs and/or video will be taken at this event. By taking part in this event you grant the event organisers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising, publicity or other purposes to help achieve the group’s aims. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications. If you do not wish to be photographed please inform an event organiser. 

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Exploring the challenges, opportunities, and methodologies for engaging specific communities in artistic or research-based projects.

About this event 
In this workshop, participants will explore some of the challenges, opportunities, and methodologies for engaging specific communities in artistic or research-based projects. We will discuss different meanings of the term "research," considering how embodied forms of community engagement and environmental attunement can function as research. We will consider how research can be practiced through traditional and non-traditional methodologies. Dr. Nigam will discuss some of the research practices she has used and questions that have arisen while curating Black histories exhibit about the Eastern Townships, Quebec. She will also invite participants to share questions, challenges, examples, and best practices that arise out of their own projects.
Questions that we will ask include: How do we engage the community in our projects? And, How do we learn about the different communities that we are working on/with/for?

Photo caption
Jazz legend Louis Metcalf, who toured the Townships frequently in the mid-twentieth century, and his International Jazz band playing at Le Café St-Michel in Montreal, 1947
Source: Records Management and Archives, Concordia University
Link: https://www.ledevoir.com/societe/424223/un-enfant-du-harlem-du-nord

Facilitator
Sunita Nigam is a researcher and educator. Her research focuses on the relationship between culture and placemaking, the performance and politics of housing in rural and urban environments, and popular performance cultures and scenes. She is also conducting a Black history project in the Eastern Townships, Quebec, where she is from, with an interest in the relationship between rural placemaking and Blackness in Canada.
Sunita holds a PhD in English from McGill University, where she published on the relationship between urban placemaking and cultural performance forms--like blackface minstrelsy, stand-up comedy, burlesque, disco, and Olympic design--in Mexico City, New York, and Montreal. In September 2021, she completed a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at York University in Theatre and Performance Studies. Beyond her academic work, Sunita works as a research consultant in the community sector in Quebec.

The ArtsUNITE and Launchpad Learning Community Art Series aims to spark discussions and thought leadership on creating arts in/with communities. The monthly panel series brings industry leaders and arts workers together across a wide range of community art topics, including community outreach and research, event facilitation and community event best practices, and regenerative and community-engaged organizational strategies. Whether you are a community arts worker looking to be part of the conversation, or someone interested in getting involved in community art projects, this panel series invites a meaningful exchange of ideas around developing and working with art and the community.

FREE - please register to attend

Photographs and/or video will be taken at this event. By taking part in this event you grant the event organisers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising, publicity or other purposes to help achieve the group’s aims. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications. If you do not wish to be photographed please inform an event organiser.