Arts-based Learning Strategies

working group

Convenor: Georgia Simms


  • Explore relevant themes in literature (e.g. the role of art in knowledge translation, cultural development, dialogue and relationship building; performative research methods/pedagogy
  •  Identify innovative/unusual programs at U of G
  • Highlight programming examples from other leading institutions (e.g. SFU Centre for Dialogue, International Centre for Art for Social Change)
  • Seed imaginations with broad possibilities as well as tangible applications of integrated arts-based strategies for enhancing civic skills (e.g. theoretical and practical models)


  • Engage with cross-disciplinary individual and groups both on and off campus, from theatre and fine arts to engineering and physics
  • Informational interviews, phone calls, and a scan of both academic and popular literature sources (journals, websites, professional magazines)

The following outputs and resources are available as PDFs (left side-bar):

  • Objectives and Strategies
  • Slides from convenors meeting presentation
  • Final report


Re-imagining the role of the university bottom arrow

Dialogue goals

  • Broaden and deepen our and thinking on the meaning of civil society
  • Explore the linkages between the universities and civil society sectors
  • Engage university and civil society constituents in a process of imagining how the University of Guelph can move in a direction of greater engagement

Building Blocks of Civil Society