Internship Awards

The Concordia University Art Hives Headquarters and Creative Arts Therapies Department are proud to announce the Art Hives Internship Awards for the 2018-2019 academic year, graciously funded by the J.A. De Sève Foundation.

Creative Arts Therapies students are invited to propose an internship and/or research project idea that responds to the needs and interests of a community, using Art Hives methodologies. Projects can take place in a neighbourhood or institution anywhere in Quebec.

These learning opportunities will allow students to develop hands-on skills relevant to their career path and apply their academic learning through public practice arts therapies, while building connections and making a measurable impact at the grassroots level. Supervision by a Registered Art Therapist is available as needed for all Art Hives Internships.

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    Bio:

    Marbella Carlos is an artist and MA student in Art Therapy in Concordia University’s Department of Creative Arts Therapies. She holds a BFA in Studio Art (With Distinction) from the University of Calgary and a BEd in Visual Arts Education from the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). Prior to Concordia, she worked for four years with the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) where she began as a volunteer and completed her tenure as the head of their outreach and education program. She is an unapologetic intersectional feminist who works within an anti-oppressive, social justice-focused framework.

    Project Description:

    Despite the growing racial diversity in Canada and the presence of multiculturalism in cities like Montreal, there is a lack of representation of the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of colour) community in the arts and in mental health at all levels. With the support of the Art Hives Internship Award, Marbella held group sessions at the Concordia University Art Hive for self-identifying BIPOC participants to connect and create artwork while exploring themes of identity, family, belonging, discrimination, and racism in a safe, supportive, non-judgmental space. In this BIPOC specific space, previously silenced narratives spoke volumes. Marbella plans to continue to grow this project and provide more spaces for members of the BIPOC community of Montreal to have meaningful access the Creative Arts Therapies. 

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    Paula Duffy is a graduating MA student in Drama Therapy at Concordia University, and a graduate of the National Centre for Dance Therapy’s Alternate Route program. 

    Project Description:

    Movement, art materials and tea. Movement prompts, props and exhibited art. Recorded music, sound-making objects and musical instruments. A very small handful of people, a good amount of curiosity and openness, and some time. These were the elements that comprised the Movement Hive exploration at Native Immigrant Art Hive. Paula pursued her curiosity in the modality of dance and movement in an Art Hive model by exploring the community-creating potential of people moving together within the beautiful Native Immigrant Art Hive

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    Valérie always knew that she wanted to use music as a tool to help others. She started playing the piano and guitar at a very young age and studied vocal jazz at Cegep de Saint-Laurent and Université de Montréal. Valérie is an active musician in the Montreal musical scene and has
    also been a voice teacher since 2010. Valérie became a music therapist in 2018 after completing her Graduate Diploma in Music Therapy at Concordia. She is now doing her MA in Music Therapy to learn more about advance practices.

    Project Description:

    This internship project reopened Studio St-Sulpice for Fall 2018. Goals for this Art Hive included reconnecting the studio to the community in which it is located, building a sense of community and cohesion between those who attend, and increasing the self-esteem, self-awareness, and self expresison of studio participants. Activities included painting, musical composition and improvisation, singing songs together, drawing and moving to music, making instruments, and sharing stories. Highlights of this project included the strong relationships that developed through the open studio hours, the inclusion of music therapy in the Art Hive model, and the reinstatement of a community space that has since remained open. 

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    Cassandra Brennan is a second year student in the Drama Therapy program at Concordia University. She frequently explores the cross-pollination that takes place between the creative arts therapies in the Montreal community. She is a maker, a mover, a thinker and an overall busy bee at the Concordia University Art Hive. 

    Project Description:

    The Art Hive network has solidified a longstanding strength of the arts and its healing power by creating spaces that bring people together to create, innovate, and explore. My research is challenging the assumptions about what drama therapy as a practice looks like and how drama therapists can create spaces to welcome entire communities, in place of limited, select clients. I host a Drama Hive each month with the generous support of the Art Hive network, to explore ways in which we can use dramatic media to welcome all who wander our way. 

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    Ana García is a Colombian psychologist, artist and an MA student in Art Therapy at Concordia University. She is passionate about the use of art for people’s wellbeing and has embarked on a large journey to follow that passion. Ana has a background in individual clinical practice and is now interested in taking mental health practice out of its traditional office spaces in order to offer tools for communities to heal through art making.

    Project Description:

    This project was developed in response to the 2018 Art Hives Open Forum priority of diversifying and increasing the reach of the Art Hives network, the Art Hive value of radical inclusivity, and the growing integration needs of the immigrant population. It placed focus on the Latin American immigrant-population which represents a large percentage of Montreal's newcomers. Putting her English/Spanish bilingualism at the service of her community, Ana Garcia proposed this project with the aim of helping the integration of the Latin American immigrant population in Montreal by increasing their involvement in the Montreal Art Hives network.

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    Meaghen Buckley is an artist and teacher, currently training to be a drama therapist in Concordia University’s department of Creative Arts Therapies. She is trained as a dancer and teaches yoga as well as holding a BA(Hons) in Linguistics from McGill University and a BFA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University. Her research interests include the relationship of body and language in therapy as well as the integration of multiple media in creative process. She loves to play and believes that we all have many stories to tell.

    Project Description:

    How can drama enter an Art Hive? The Story Hive project aims to develop materials and methods by which character, narrative, and performance can become accessible for creation in an existing Art Hive space. This research has involved bilingual outreach to patrons of the Parc-Extension Public Library and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Art Hive, exploratory engagement in actions within these spaces, and the launch of a discussion series about perspectives on art in community. In Winter 2019 Meaghen began implementing a weekly 2-hour Story Hive in the Parc-Extension Library. She is grateful to all who have participated in her research and has gained invaluable insight on the process of becoming part of a community and building relationships between people and organizations, as well as sharing many joyful experiences of creation and play!

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    Andrea Cook is student pursuing her MA in Art Therapy from Concordia University. She holds a BA in Psychology and worked as a professional photographer before pursuing a career in Art Therapy. She has extensive experience within the Art Hive Network in Montreal, having held both student and professional positions during her time at Concordia University. Her professional, personal and academic history have resulted in a genuine love of research and social justice that inspires a deep desire to strengthen Art therapy as a profession through collaborative projects.

    Project Description:

    The goal of this project was to develop exchanges between organizations at Concordia and the Concordia University Art Hive (CUAH) in the summer semester of 2018. The internship award offered the opportunity to spread the knowledge of the CUAH to Concordia students at the Concordia University Student Parents Centre (CUSP) and Concordia Counselling Services through an Art Hive in their Zen Den. Invaluable insight was gained on how the CUAH benefits different student populations and how to effectively develop long-lasting sustainable relationships. Students and their families were positively impacted by discovering an accessible, non-judgmental space where imagination and creativity can be explored without requiring membership or personal information. Developing strong relationships with CUSP and mental health services on campus also laid the groundwork for a future PhotoVoice project with immigrant parents in the Concordia University Art Hive.

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