Peer Artistry: Social Inclusion through Peer-based Education | Toronto, Ontario | 2016
Peer Artistry is a train-the-trainer program for marginalized women to learn facilitation skills for carrying out group-based arts processes with and for their peers. The Peer Artistry pilot research project explores the impact of peer-led arts programming on the social inclusion of women with experiences of mental health and addiction, with attention to social connectedness, improved self-esteem, and access to social and economic resources. The Peer Artistry research pilot was funded by a Women's College Hospital 2016 Women's Xchange Grant.
Roles: lead researcher; curriculum design; training facilitator; curator of exhibition for art-based
Youth, War & Migration | Toronto, Ontario | 2016
Youth, War & Migration is a research project led by Dr. Shahrzad Mojab at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant. “The study will use anti-racist feminist qualitative and art-based participatory methods in order to investigate how young people explore new avenues of growth, social support, and connection to a community after experiencing conditions of war and the process of migration. This research will involve the active engagement of 50 young people who have arrived in the GTA in the last five years from refugee camps in Turkey.”1
Roles: Position paper on the art of Middle Eastern refugee youth and its relevance to processes of migration and resettlement; Art Advisory Committee
Well-Bent: Addiction and the Politics of Intimacy | Toronto, Ontario | 2015
Well-Bent explored how art processes can politicize notions of addiction as a social and relational process. This research merged psycho-social and critical disability theoretical frameworks with the fields of trauma studies, disability arts, affect theory, and critical pedagogy. These areas of study were combined to explore how arts-based practices of assemblage, archives, and installation can bring personal and affective experience into the public realm. A series of art workshops entitled Well-Bent were held with people who have experiences of addiction. Expanding its potential implications, this research clarified how psycho-social art methodologies may counter social norms that individualize and isolate people, and that can be seen as causing the pervasive issues of addiction we face in modern society.
Roles: Master's thesis; Art-based research design and evaluation