Andrea Cook is a second year Art Therapy MA student at Concordia University and is currently an Engaged Scholar for the Art Hive network in Montreal. She has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and worked as a professional photographer before pursuing Art Therapy. 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.
The project involves reaching out to the Concordia University Parents Students association to discuss how the development of an Art Hive can on campus best accommodate parents and working with the Counselling and Development to grow the Zen Den Art Hive, a pop-up community Art Hive in a mindfulness-based space. The creation of strong communication with these organizations and the Concordia University Art Hive aims to encourage parents and children to attend the University Concordia Art Hive, and develop mutually beneficial exchanges. Developing strong relationships also lays the groundwork for a future PhotoVoice project conduced with immigrant parents in the Concordia University Art Hive.