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.
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.
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.
Cultural mediation is one of the strategic pathways of cultural action, making it possible to build bridges between cultural fields and different groups, places, and social issues. It is thus integrated into a broader context that it is essential to comprehend through both research activities and guidance: cultural policies, diversity of art practices, socio-ecological transition, social innovation, cultural organization of the territory, and so on.
The question of collective processes of knowledge construction, approaches to participatory design, and new operational models propelled notably by digital culture is a transversal dimension that orients the centre’s actions and axes of research and development.
ARTENSO is a Centre collégial de transfert en pratiques sociales novatrices (College centre for transfer of innovative social practices) affiliated with Cégep de Saint-Laurent in Montréal. Its mission is to promote the general interests and specific issues related to research and innovation in art and social engagement in the field of cultural mediation.
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