The Centre for the Arts in Research and Teaching is both a virtual and physical space intended to provide opportunities to: articulate, explore, and support the role of the arts in research and teaching; create and support a community of scholartists; and engage in collaborative, cross-disciplinary scholarship informed by the arts.

Centre goals:

  • to contribute to the advancement of research methodologies that infuse processes and representational forms of the arts into research for purposes of advancing knowledge and making scholarship more accessible to diverse audiences including and beyond the academy;
  • to contribute to the advancement of teaching practices that infuse processes and representational forms of the arts into curriculum and pedagogy for purposes of enhanced learning;
  • to acknowledge, study, and support research and teaching as interrelated sites of learning and scholarship;
  • to facilitate and support the development of alternatives to conventional scholarship;
  • to create a context for emerging and established researchers to explore methodological and pedagogical issues associated with arts-informed research and teaching practice;
  • to work toward the development of a local, national, and international community of scholartists;
  • to promote open dialogue and collaboration among researchers, teacher-scholars, professional artists, and community groups, including schools;
  • to provide opportunities and spaces for public access to alternative forms of academic scholarship.
  • “Scholartistry” is a term coined by Lorri Neilsen in 2000. It describes the mutually informing union of scholarship and artistic processes and forms.