This image was created by a participant in Dr. Mindy R. Carter's 2013-2015 McGill funded ACCLAIM (Aboriginal Culture Community and Arts Integrated Media) project that investigated the experiences of Indigenous teachers and students in Northwestern Ontario, Nova Scotia and Guatemala as they explored issues of identity and culture using the arts. 


Mindy R. Carter, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University (Montreal, QC Canada). Her areas of interest include teacher identity, teacher education, drama and theatre education, education for sustainable development and curriculum theory. She is currently the President Chair of the ARTS special interest group (SIG) for The Canadian Society for the Study of Education; the Secretary for the American Educational Research Association (AERA)’s Arts Based Educational Research (ABER) SIG; and the Chair of the Artful Inquiry Research Group (AIRG). 

Graham W. Lea

From Lea's Dissertation (2014). "Barn at Kihuti School in 2004", Photograph by G. W. Lea.

Dr. Lea completed his PhD at the University of British Columbia.  In his research he developed the full-length research-based theatre script Homa Bay Memories, which that explores the experiences of he and his mother teaching in in Kenya 40 years apart.  He has worked both in local, national, and international theatres as a stage manger, actor, director, musician, playwright, and technician.  Outside of the theatre Graham has worked as a high school math, English, and computer science teacher.  Currently he is using research-based theatre approaches on projects with preservice teachers and veterans in transition from active service. In 2014-2015, He was a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Prince Edward Island.

This link below shares a series of videos showing a scene in various stages of rehearsal along with discussion.  These recordings are from Dr. Lea’s script Homa Bay Memories, which forms the heart of his dissertation Homa Bay Memories: Using research-based theatre to explore a narrative inheritance.  
Take 1 is above.

Nané Ariadne Jordan

Dr. Jordan completed her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of British Columbia (2012). She is a practicing artist in photography and textile arts, with a working background in pre-regulation Canadian midwifery. She seeks an artful and relational scholarly path, and is motivated to inspirit the academy—as in: to put to life, encourage, and animate—in order to bring fuller possibilities for human experience and well-being into educational spaces and communities at large. She lives in East Vancouver, BC with her husband and two growing daughters.

From her dissertation performance ritual entitled "Red Thread in the Forest" (2012)

Beryl Peters

Beryl Peters has enjoyed a rich and varied career in the Arts and Arts Education.  She has taught music and the arts in schools and Universities from Texas to the Yukon Territory and currently works as a provincial arts consultant. Beryl is the recipient of teaching awards that include the Morna-June Morrow Award for Excellence in Music Education and the Students’ Teacher Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Manitoba. Her Ph.D. research explored a life-long interest in the learning potentials of music and Arts-based multi-literacies. She shares these potentials at provincial and international workshops and conferences. Dr. Peters was the recipient of the 2012 Doctoral Arts Graduate Research Award. 

Figure from Dr. Peter's Dissertation. Design research journal left hand entry. 2011.

Rozina Ahmad

Rozina Ahmad, Grade 2 teacher at Carstairs Elementary School, received the 2012 Masters Arts Graduate Research Award.  Her thesis research involved integrating the arts with core curriculum. Connecting curriculum with visual journals in her own classrooms strongly influenced her decision to further inquire into the visual journaling process. She enjoys nurturing the creativity of her students through the use of art and visual journals.

Visual journal entry from Ms. Ahmad's Thesis, 2011.

Tasha Diamant

Tasha Diamant devoted her life to painting in the 1990s in Toronto. She has paintings in hundreds of private and corporate collections. Her art practice evolved into performance art activism after she became a mother in the early 2000s. Her recent work can be seen at humanbodyproject.com. She now lives in Victoria and teaches in the School of Communication and Culture at Royal Roads University. 

In 2012, Tasha Diamant graciously donated a Graduate Award Painting Prize to the winning recipient.  

Tasha Diamant. humanbodyproject.com

Jennifer Pazienza

Jennifer Pazienza is represented by Ingrid Mueller Art + Concepts Gallery. She writes, "For me beauty compels replication. Beauty is the means by which we renew our search for truth and our regard for that which is life giving. In its prescence I am made to stop, to slow down, and to look deeply. My Mantra drives from my childhood, that the beautiful is tot merely something observed, but something practiced. As an artist and educator my work attempts to recreate the call and response of the beautiful for myself and for others". jenniferpazienza.com  

In 2012, Jennifer Pazienza graciously donated a Graduate Award Painting Prize to the winning recipient. 

Jennifer Pazienza. Early Spring, 2009, 72x54"

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