Research

Research axes

Three research axes have been defined, focusing on relations between cultural mediation fields and education (accessibility and transmission); creation (collective and collaborative creative processes); and intervention (social inclusion and citizen participation). In the context of the centre, these are interdependent axes, in which actions may intersect with and influence one another.

 

Through education, intervention, expression, or creation, cultural mediation responds to an individual or community need that requires bringing together elements, individuals, or ideas in a given situation.

 

1) Cultural mediation and education

The growing integration of cultural mediation within various study programs raises new questions about its effects on student learning and on the course content transmitted by teachers.

 

2) Cultural mediation and creation

Cultural mediation is thought of by artists and organizations as a field of creation, in which practices that include citizens are highlighted in a form of shared expression. Support for creation (incubation) through the artist residency in the college’s display spaces is envisaged, in its turn, as a space of cultural mediation that can expand interactions between artists and the community.

 

3) Cultural mediation and intervention

An important aspect of cultural mediation responds to social goals by promoting inclusion and citizen participation among targeted groups. A number of projects are being developed at the college around intercultural encounter within the institution, involving different immigrant and First Nations communities in Saint-Laurent, Montréal, and Québec, as well as international groups.

 

The centre initiates or supports:

  • research partnerships among researchers, creators, and user groups to address concrete issues (access to the arts, diversity) and better comprehend populations’ cultural practices;
  • research around art practices (residencies, creative process);
  • assessment research to analyze the effects of mediation programs and their impact on social engagement.