P. Lantz Initiative for Excellence in Education & the Arts

Infusing Education with the Creative

Maria Ezcurra (MAHI Art-facilitator) exhibits in Auckland, at the Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts

Read more about this exhibition HERE





Lou Sheppard (P. Lantz AiR 2018-2019) exhibits “A Strong Desire”

On Translating the Untranslatable

Poet Arielle Twist writes within the gaps—the moments when queerness evades translation—of Lou Sheppard’s exhibition “A Strong Desire”

See more HERE

Leelee Davis performs in Lou Sheppard's installation, 2018. Photo: Alex van Helvoort.






Lobby Oasis

Lobby Oasis (a moveable installation)

Translating hard surfaces into friendly soft ones, these Giant Pillows create an interruption; periodically placed in the lobby of the Education Building (otherwise living in the Art Hive), they offer the possibility for an unexpected moment of rest – in the middle of a busy lobby (and probably an equally busy schedule).

Pictured here:

The Concrete Pillar Pillow, The Pliant Part of Brick and The Spongy Waffle.

To see the larger size please click on the picture or use this link.

For more information click here.




17th Annual EGSS Conference: Let’s Get Learning: The importance of mental health and well-being in education

March 27 & 28, 2018

The McGill Art Hive Initiative is a gathering place, a simple space for making art. Participation requires no art background or experience. It is a space where conversation, getting to know fellow artists, and creating community can accompany the process of making art. It affords members of the McGill community the opportunity to step out of their daily challenges, spend time in a very different place, and to return to their work feeling more relaxed and focused.

We at the Art Hive believe it is important to be mindful of the need to disconnect from stress, and to “reconnect” with others. MAHI aims to achieve this by utilizing creative experiences to foster a sense of togetherness along with individual well-being.

The MAHI would like to collaborate in the EGSS Conference 2018 by hosting and facilitating creative communities for wellness in the Faculty of Education, through the following activities:

  • MAHI ongoing open studio during conference (including a final exhibit in the lobby, during the Conference’s closing wine & cheese)
  • Art workshops for wellness
  • Panel: A growing community of artists-in-residence: New conversations for social, artistic and pedagogical exploration in a faculty of education

More information:


Workshops for Growth on the Horizon: A Day of Arts-based Healing Practices around Rape Culture and Gender-based Violence on Campus

March 22, 2018


In collaboration with the McGill’s Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF) and the Atwater Library and Computer Centre, the MAHI hosted and facilitated two arts-based workshops to explore the reality of on-campus gender-based sexual violence and rape culture, with a spirit of collaboration and collective reflection:


  1. Hands-on, Hands-off, Textile Workshop, facilitated by Maria Ezcurra (MAHI Art Facilitator).

This workshop focused on our hands’ creative and caring potential, but also intended to create awareness about their damaging power. Hands-on, Hands-off encouraged participants to share their experiences, thoughts and needs, and invited them to listen, understand and respect those of others. In a safe and supportive environment, participants were invited to use their hands to transform fabric gloves to represent experiences related to gender-based violence that may be hard to express in words. The gloves were creatively transformed to address and understand gender-based sexual violence and rape culture on campuses, allowing our bodies to become sites for healing, resistance, communication, and commemoration.

The work done in this workshop will form part of a collaborative ongoing art installation in the MAHI. For the installation, the gloves will be suspended from threads at the ceiling, inviting visitors to walk among them.



2. Picturing Consent, Photovoice Workshop, facilitated by Milka Nyariro, Ph.D. Candidate,              Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE), McGill University.

This Photo-voice activity explored the concept of consent in academic contexts and university campuses. The audience used their hands to make symbols and gestures of “consent.” They took pictures using a digital camera, printed the photo on site and wrote a small caption on the meaning of the picture. The pictures were displayed in the space to show the different meanings of consent and sexual-gender-based violence within an academic context, and were exhibited in the Art Hive during the event.






McGill Art Hive Initiative (MAHI)

The McGill Art Hive Initiative (MAHI) was launched on November 28, 2017. The launch, which attracted more than 100 people, drew together faculty members and students from the Faculty of Nursing, Communications, Education, Anthropology, Architecture, Philosophy, Art Therapy and the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies. Supporters of creative arts therapies, along with artists, art educators and colleagues from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts also joined us. In the time that the MAHI has been running, it has collaborated with more than twenty units, student societies and creative initiatives on campus, making community and promoting well-being through the arts.

The McGill Art Hive is principally an Open Studio, aiming also at:

_Working together with diverse McGill units

_Encouraging creative collaboration and participation

_Supporting teaching and learning through the arts

_Developing community initiatives

_Participating in creative research practices

_Organizing exhibitions, performances and other art events

_Recycling and Reusing materials and supplies


The MAHI Team is composed by Dr. Claudia Mitchell (Director), Dr. Maria Ezcurra (Art Facilitator) and Sadaf Farookhi (Coordinator).

More information:


McGill Art Hive Initiative Space, Faculty of Education, McGill University


MAHI Art Supplies and Recycled Materials


Workshops at the McGill Compassion Day in the McGill Art Hive Initiative


Workshops at the McGill Compassion Day in the McGill Art Hive Initiative


Students Working on Class Assignments at the MAHI


Students Working on Class Assignments at the MAHI


Student making art at the MAHI


Students working collaboratively at the MAHI


     MAHI Visitors


Launch of the McGill Art Hive Recycling Campaign





Perform! P. Lantz Initiative for Excellence in Education and the Arts Finnisage

Pauline Smith, the P. Lantz donor, joined us on March 22nd for an afternoon of performances to celebrate the arts in the Faculty of Education and culminate the work done by the Artists-in-Residence (AiR) 2017-18. The Art Hive was abuzz with a video screening of Sing the Brave Song (Mindy Carter, DISE & Hala Mriwed, PhD student), exhibitions of students’ work – “zines as artful educational method” ( Layal Shuman’s EDEA 241 students) and “conceptualizing the image of the child” (Sheryl Gilman- Smith’s EDEE 253 students), and a paper quilling workshop. Visiting AiR Jai Nitai Lotus sampled music at his mixing station and AiR Victoria Stanton unveiled her movable installation of giant pillows, Lobby Oasis. The pillows, imprinted with architectural elements found in the Education Building were, and continue to be, a comfortable seat to fall into in the McGill Art Hive Initiative (MAHI).


The second part of the afternoon took place in the open space adjacent to the MAHI. We were given a demonstration of Queer Tango with PhD student’s Pamela Lamb and Katja Philipp. In turn, the pair then encouraged everyone to try out the steps. This was a wonderfully new and refreshing experience of a dance form that is so often deeply sexualized and based on male dominance.


At the finnisage we were introduced to the Visiting AiR, Deborah Maia de Lima. Deborah is a dancer and choreographer who believes everyone can dance – she achieves this through “props” that encourage movement – unbelievably, with the simple presentation of a feather Deborah was able to get everyone onto the dance floor! It was magical to see each person in their own way move to the music as their feather directed their movements.


The afternoon ended with a collaborative installation and performance with AiRs Victoria Stanton and Aaron Richmond. The large space was filled with the light and sounds of now ancient technology/ audio visual devices – overhead and slide projectors, tape players, and disused studio furniture. As Aaron brought the visual and sculptural elements to the space, Victoria paced through the area responding to the space and the sounds of the technology. Through their concentrated movements, they slowed down time and gave the audience an opportunity to reflect on the passage of time and the way we retain sounds as memory and a vestige of the past. The collaboration ended when Victoria carefully wrote on the black wall ‘under here is a secret’ – as a reference to a previous art installation in that space.



  Victoria Stanton Performance & Installation


 Feather Dance








McGill Compassion Day at the McGill Art Hive Initiative

Faculty of Education, McGill University

May 10th, 2018


On Thursday May 10th the MAHI was one of the sites for McGill’s Compassion Week, hosting a Compassion Day in collaboration with the McGill Council on Palliative Care. We were joined by a number of people from across the McGill community including faculty and students. A number of art activities and workshops took place throughout the day.

There were two on-going art projects hosted by Maria Ezcurra, the MAHI Art Facilitator. One was a participatory work called “before I die, I will…” inspired in Candy Chang’s work, for which people could make their declaration or comment on a post-it notation and the other was a colourful undertaking to fill in a compassion hive with words and decorative markings.

Lori Beavis, the P. Lantz Coordinator, lead a one-hour cloth collage workshop in which participants could work with cloth and simple materials to create a collage that reflected their identity and family stories or simply to play with the materials.

In the hour before noon, the people who joined P. Lantz Visiting AiR Deborah Maia de Lima were able to open their minds and muscles in a spirited movement of stretching and other actions that took them through time and space with a good Latin beat.

At noon, P. Lantz AiR Aaron Richmond facilitated a modeling workshop, in which people could shape each other’s face on clay, as a way of inviting us to get really aware of the expressions of the people around us.

Yukon artists Teresa van der Meer- Chassé and Nicole Bauberger presented their large collaborative project, Scavenging for the many faces of Raven. The artists’ starting point has been based on examining how, in the north, the shattered tires found by the roadside can look like ravens. Nicole and Teresa recently received a grant from Canada Council for the Arts to create Ravens out of tire remnants as well as to study and share stories of Raven. They have been presenting community-based projects that bring together building and discussions of what ravens mean in different contexts, in First Nations and non-First Nations, and how these different meanings interact with each other.

The workshop attracted many participants – students and community members, who painted ravens in wonderfully strong, colourful and luminescent paints. Others worked with raven stencils to create a more sculptural representation of the bird in its many incarnations. Many good conversations were had around the tables as people worked – often with people relaying where and in what situations they had encountered ravens (or as southerners, more often having met crows).

The day gave people a chance to stop and recharge as they had a chance to interact with a variety of art projects and media. It was a very successful day.





Mindfulness, Movement and Well-Being with Visiting Artist-in-Residence Déborah Maia de Lima

See the EVENT PAGE for more information




Resting, Walking, Place-Making: A Day of Reflection

Full details and descriptions of individual presenters here.

Read the text reflecting on the Day of Reflections here.




Creative Dance and Movement

Déborah Maia de Lima is a Brazilian dancer and researcher, whose work explores the relationship between movement, education, health and creativity since 2006.

She will be in the MAHI every Thursday from 12 to 4 pm (March 29 to May 03), with an open invitation to students, staff and faculty to engage in diverse dance and creative processes.

She is also open to come to anyone’s classes to speak about her project in connection to education and to the relevance it has in our current learning experiences.

Come join us in celebrating the arts and our great community of Education!

For more info email:


Sound and Space Work Group

Sound and Space Work Group  – with Artists in Residence Victoria Stanton and Aaron Richmond


In this project, we are interested in using a transitional space as a testing ground for processes of collaboration.


Each week, we will take a different set of material and conceptual parameters, using them as a point of departure for different modes of attention, movement, and action.  What does it mean to occupy a space in each other’s company? And how can these dynamics be re-configured through our explorations of sound and space?


Meetings are held weekly in April and May, from 1-3pm on the first floor of the McGill Education Building (next to the McGill Art Hive).


*Over the Month of May, we will be bringing invited guests into the work group, leading exercises which focus on deep listening, and experiments with sound.






Proposition Atrium

In the winter of 2018, Artist in Residence Aaron Richmond will work on the Art Hive Drawing Board and with students in Layal Shuman’s Basic Design Class, asking the question:


How can drawing be used to re-imagine collective space?

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to consider the current conditions of the atrium, and to create simple interventions into its material and functional make-up.





EducArt in Montreal Museum of Fine Arts


EducArt is an invitation to discover the Museum’s collection through online resources for high school teachers of all subjects, as part of pilot projects in each of Quebec’s seventeen administrative regions. For more information please click on the above picture.*




*Text and picture are retrieved from Montreal Museum of Fine Arts website.







Sample X: The Way I Hear It!

Jai Nitai Lotus, P. Lantz Visiting Artist-in-Residence

November-December, 2018

Jai Nitai Lotus set up a weekly portable music station in the Faculty of Education, McGill, to create sample-based, Hip Hop music with an open invitation to students and faculty to participate in the process.

These are his reflections about the process:

I was very pleased to present my Sample X: The Way I Hear It! project within and around McGill’s Faculty of Education. Everyone was very helpful and made my stay here very welcoming. My project’s main objective was to use and display sample-based Hip Hop music as a method in which we can open up realms of possibility, which can be helpful when teaching in a modern context.

I was very pleased with the response and participation from students and faculty. I was invited to speak and present in multiple classes, and was able to fit in 5 out of 7 invitations.

The classes that I attended included:

2 visits to Professor Mitch McLarnon’s ‘History Through Migrations’ first-year class, which was a great experience. I have attached two reflection pieces that two students wrote on my presentation and the impact on how it affected them. I was very pleased to see the connections they drew. A third student followed up with me, asking my opinion on an assignment she had written on the lack of African-Canadian representation in history within our education system, which I believe is very true. She included a musical playlist to her assignment, inspired by my presentation. She recently followed up with me to potentially do some volunteering at the youth music studio I manage in Cote des Neiges (NBS Studio).

I presented in Professor Naomi Nichols’ grad class. We had a great exchange and an impactful Q&A session after my presentation. Several of her students followed up during my stay, some of them talking to me about specific projects and ideas that they are working on. One of her students recently invited me to be a guest speaker in her class on 21st Century Education, which I was able to speak at last week. The response was very positive.

I also spoke in Dr. Bronwen Low’s undergraduate class on young adult literature. The presentation went really well and she even had a few drop-in students attend her class who I had spoken to earlier while creating in the cafeteria area.

The Art Hive launch was another highlight of my stay. I had the opportunity to present to many people alongside so many talented artists doing their residence here. There are very few things I believe in as strongly as the power of art to open hearts and minds, and to create positive transformation within our educational systems and to society at large. I support this initiative 100%.

I had many good exchanges with students while doing my residence on Thursdays, where I requested and received dozens of songs to sample and rework. We spoke a lot about art and education on a one-on-one basis, and on the many benefits of sharing our talents and information with people who may not have access.

I have attached one small musical snippet of one of my favorite sampled pieces below. I had recorded a student (who I had asked permission to record) while he played the piano within the cafeteria area. I really enjoy how the atmosphere of the building was captured and expressed. First it plays the recording in its original form, followed by what I made from it.

Thank you for the opportunity,





Position Available: Casual Artist in Residence

The Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE), Faculty of Education, McGill University is putting out a call for the P. Lantz Initiative for Excellence in Education & the Arts: Artist in Residence (AiR).

For more information about the P. Lantz Initiative for Excellence in Education & the Arts, see our website: http://knowledge-ˇthrough-ˇthe-ˇ

This new competition will mark the fourth year of the Artist in Residence program in DISE.

For more information about the Available Position click on the following image or here




Brown Bag Lunch Series in the M.A.H.I./ McGill Art Hive Initiative

Please join us for the first of a monthly series of
 conversations on art and difficult subjects
Brown Bag Lunch Series in the M.A.H.I./ McGill Art Hive Initiative
Thursday, February 8, 12-1pm
Art Hive 1st Floor, Education Building,
McGill University
3700 McTavish
On Thurs. February 8th Shelley Ruth Butler (McGill, Institute for Study of Canada) and Jennifer Carter (UQAM, Director of Museology programmes and Professor in the Department of Art History) and project research assistants, will be the speakers at our Brown Bag Lunch series. Carter and Butler are affiliated with the Curating & Public Scholarship Lab (CaPSL) located at Concordia University – a research centre that translates academic scholarship into exhibitions, responding to critical social issues. CaPSL projects speak to the legacies of colonialism, genocide, slavery, and human rights abuses through the exhibition of (potentially) difficult subjects and imagery.
The talk will introduce the MAHI audience to the research project, “Beyond Museum Walls: New Methodologies for Public Dialogue Around Difficult History and Cultural Conflict” designed to support the creation and mobilization of knowledge via new methodologies for critical museum-scholar-community collaborations and engagement with difficult subject matter. With researchers and research assistants from all four Montreal universities, the project supports the development, debate, and dissemination of shareable pedagogical tools to engage scholars and publics in critical, creative dialogue with museums. 
For more information on CaPSL Curating & Public Scholarship Lab:
Jennifer Carter (PhD McGill University) is a critical museologist and historian of art and architecture. Her research focuses on the history and theories of museums, museum architecture and expography, and the museology of human rights and social justice. She has worked in museums and archives in Canada, including the Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal), the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), and the Canadian Architecture Collection (McGill University). As curator, she has organized several exhibitions, including Drawing from Ideas, Building from Books: Architectural Treatises in the McGill University LibraryWomen and Homelessness, and Safdie’s Sixties: Looking Forward to Looking Back. Jennifer is Associate Editor of Museum Management and Curatorship, and a member of the Board of Directors of ICOM-Canada and the Montreal Holocaust Museum.
 Shelley Ruth Butler (PhD York University) is a cultural anthropologist who researches museums, curating, and heritage sites in Canada and South Africa. She co-edited (with Erica Lehrer) Curatorial Dreams: Critics Imagine Exhibitions (MQUP 2016), and facilitates Curatorial Dreaming workshops for researchers, museums professionals, and community groups ( Her first book, Contested Representations: Re-visiting Into the Heart of Africa (1999 & 2011) is a widely taught ethnography of a controversial exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Weekly Art Talk with Artist-in-Residence Victoria Stanton

18 Jan 2018 to 24 May 2018
14:00 to 16:00
Life is everywhere – and so is Art!
P. Lantz Artist-in-Residence Victoria Stanton invites you to explore art in the everyday. Wanting to make something but feeling shy? Wanting to incorporate creative expression into daily activities? Over tea and a chat, let’s see what could transpire…

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