Space and materials

  • The Expressive Therapies Summit (, now in its fifth year, is an impressive annual conference that brings together the various fields of creative arts and expressive therapies practice for 4 days of lectures, workshops, panels, and master classes. This year there were nearly a thousand attendees from around the world gathering to attend some 300 different events. And all of it in the heart of New York City.


    Please note that the online art hives Schedule has been updated today, May 13th, 2021

    This document contains the schedule and information about the art hives offering online sessions.

    Veuillez noter que le calendrier des ruches d'art en ligne a été mis à jour aujourd'hui, 13 mai 2021.

    Ce document contient le calendrier et des informations sur les ruches d'art proposant des sessions en ligne.

  • List of online Art Hives (En/Fr)

    Updated on April 28, 2021  


    **** This version is outdated, please visit  for the latest version.


    (En français à la suite) 
    The Spring 2021 Art Hives Institute: from Social Isolation to Circles of Care A 3-Part Online Training Series
    Concordia University's Art Hives HQ & engAGE Creative Living Lab present:
    THE SPRING 2021 ART HIVES INSTITUTE: From Social Isolation to Circles of Care-
    A 3-Part Online Training Series
    March 19th, 26th & April 2nd, 2021

  • Community Art Studio: Methods and Materials
    CATS631 / ARTE398
    Instructor: Janis Timm-Bottos

    Course dates: Tuesdays 12-4 pm, May 11th to June 22nd 2021

    3-credit course available for graduate students as well as undergraduates in their final year. 

    Taught online on Zoom. 

    Course Description: 


    Instructors: Dr. Satoshi Ikeda & Dr. Janis Timm-Bottos

    Course schedule: Thursdays 12-5 pm, May 13th to June 17th 2021

    3-credit course available for graduate students as well as undergraduates in their final year. 

    Taught online on Zoom. 

  • At the Concordia Downtown Campus Art Hive we have a diverse population of participants. While some join us from outside of the university we also have many students who come in to take a break from the stressors of school life, experiment and explore art making, and join the creative community in order to break isolation and enjoy some social time. Students come in and often express their struggle to  find balance admidst all of the pressure and responsibility they feel while studying.

  • ARTST5897  Art Therapy Studio: Art Therapy in Community-Supporting Wellness, Resilience and Action Through Making Art

    Dates: July 27-31, 2020   

    At St.Stephen's College (University of Alberta), in Edmonton, Alberta.

    Instructor: Olga Perju, MA

    No art making or art therapy training required.


    On Monday, February 3rd 2020, I visited the Seniors/ Intergenerational Yellow Door Art Hive at the Galeries du Parc shopping mall, in partnership wih Association Récréative Milton-Parc. This Art Hive, located in the southwest corner of the Plateau Mont-Royal Borough, also known as the McGill Ghetto, is open on Mondays from 2 to 6 pm, at 3590 Jeanne-Mance street. During my visit, I chatted with Rocio, Mariam, Linda and Amritha. 

    What motivated you to start this art hive? 

  • Tina Dealwis, Digital Communications Officer at Sheridan.

    Button-making and brooch-making stations greeted people as they arrived, and helped ease attendees into the Art Hive experience. “The entranceway activities were a great ice-breaker,” says Patricia Buckley, Digital Curator and Special Collections Librarian. “They made people feel comfortable before they moved on to the other activities.”

  • Inquiry into the Civic Role of Arts Organizations: Case Study of Art Hives

    By the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, July 6th 2018

    "Our western society separates out art from the everyday – so we bring it back together."

  • Pictured are Janis Timm-Bottos, Art Hives founder and associate professor of creative arts therapies, and Stephanie Rossy, vice-chair of the Rossy Family Foundation.

    Concordia celebrated the launch of its first-ever campus art hive on June 11, 2018. The art hive will also serve as the International Art Hives Network Headquarters. Pictured are Janis Timm-Bottos, Art Hives founder and associate professor of creative arts therapies, and Stephanie Rossy, vice-chair of the Rossy Family Foundation.

    Canadian First: Concordia opens campus art hive and International Network Headquarters


    The Art Hives Network and the Emergence of Public Practice Arts Therapy

    Saturday April 28, 4:40 pm  -  5:40 pm

    Janis Timm-Bottos, PhD, ATR-BC
    Paige Asawa, PhD, MFT, ATR-BC, Discussant

  • Huit tonnes de déchets revalorisés en projets artistiques à l'université Concordia
    Nadia Lemieux
    Mercredi, 4 avril 2018

    Depuis sa création il y a un an, un organisme de l’université Concordia a détourné plus de huit tonnes de matières destinées à être jetées pour les mettre au service de l’art.

  • Building a community through accessible art

    The Concordian

    Maggie Hope January 23, 2018

    Le Milieu, a co-op art studio and vegan café, is a major part of the Montreal Art Hives network.

    Read full article here

  • Incorporating Art In The Science Curriculum

    August 24, 2017 - Imaginative Education (IE): Activities & Insights, Wonder-Full Links & Resources

    By Jailson Lima (Chemistry Department, Vanier College, Montreal, QC)


  • Community Art Studio: Methods and Materials CATS631GD / ARTE398

    Instructor: Dr. Janis Timm-Bottos

    Course dates: June 7th-July 5th, 2017, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1:00-5:00

  • Stay tuned for MINIBIBLIOS popping up throughout our Montreal locations!


  • On Monday, October 17, 2016 the LivingRoom Community Art Studio, an Art Hive in Oshawa, ON hosted Art Hives 101, a full-day workshop covering the founding principles and methods as well as the practical aspects (models and legal structures, financial, social and environmental sustainability) of starting an art hive in one's community or organization, offered by the Art Hives Network. This workshop is designed for people of all backgrounds interested in starting an Art Hive in their community and was facilitated by Rachel Chainey, Art Hives Network National Coordinator. 

  • Memorial University in St.John's, Newfoundland, welcomes Dr. Timm-Bottos on Saturday October 22nd, 2016 for a one-day experiential workshop, introducing the methods practiced in a community art studio, aka Art Hive, developed over a 22-year sustained research practice by Professor Timm-Bottos. She will present how the engagement in ongoing community creative arts can have a positive impact on the physical, mental and social wellbeing of participants, support the inclusion of marginalized populations and be a vehicle for dialogue and social innovation. 

  • Le Guide Pratique des Ruches d'Art a été créé en réponse a un besoin exprimé par plusieurs membres de la communauté qui partagent un désir de se regrouper pour répondre de façon créative aux enjeux auxquels fait face leur milieu de vie, et se demandent par où commencer. L’information que nous avons recueillie ici ne se veut pas un livre de recettes définitif, mais nous espérons qu’en rendant disponibles nos apprentissages jusqu’à ce jour, nous pourrons vous soutenir sur votre parcours vers la création d’une Ruche d’Art au sein de votre communauté.

  • The Art Hives How-to-Guide was created to address a need expressed by many community members who share a desire to regroup to respond creatively to issues in their communities, and are wondering “How do we begin?” The information we have gathered here is not a definitive recipe book, but we hope that by making what we’ve learned so far, readily available in an open source format, we can help make your Art Hive journey just a little bit easier. We want to support those of you who are inspired by the Art Hives model in making it your own.

  • The Making of Signs for La Ruche d’Art Pointe-St-Charles

    By Jessica Gardner

  • The model and practice of Art Hives have evolved through two decades of sustained practice research, continuous observation and adaptation, and experimentation with spaces and organizational structures led by Dr. Janis Timm-Bottos, who has developed and established six successful art hives in different locations across North America.

  • New York! The city of food, architecture, art, straight-talking people, non-stop walking, The High Line, jazz, Broadway, the five boroughs…And a city that takes its notions of community very seriously.

  • At our Art Hives Symposium in June, we were all asked if there was anything we would like to share from our experience of setting up small site of community engaged art making.

    I thought about what I could share after years of helping Janis start community studios (aka Art Hives) in various locations across the country. Every space requires a different set of parameters but how each space is set up has a major impact on what art is made there. For example, a carpeted space will not invite messy painting to occur or a dimly lit space will not welcome small scissor cutting.

  • To Combat Weak Social Ties, a New Way to Create

    An 'arts hive' with focus on therapy puts expression before instruction.

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