Case studies

  • Dorval art hive, space and community

    What motivated you to start this art hive?

    Each of us being creative at heart, we both had experienced the personal, therapeutic and community benefits of participating in Art Hives during several years. Throughout, we were always feeling inspired to bring an Art Hive to Dorval, since there were none offered in our own community. We decided to collaborate on starting a Dorval Art Hive, after meeting in Janis Timm-Bottos' "Community Arts Studio" course at Concordia,

  • Qu'est-ce qui vous a motivé à démarrer cette ruche d'art ?

    Offrir un endroit dédié à les échanges créatifs pour la communauté et aussi l’approche studio ouvert, l’accueil, le partage des connaissances, la gratuité; c’est mon bénévolat!


    Quelle est une chose qui fonctionne très bien dans votre ruche d'art ?

  • What motivated you to start this art hive?

    The Living Room Community Art Studio

    What is one thing that is working really well in your art hive?

    We put an art supplies donation tub at our community library and we have gotten SO many donations that way! Tons of art supplies that we can use in our programming or get back out to the community!

    What is one thing that is challenging?

  • Lewis, L., McLeod, H., & Li, X. (2021). Art Hive: A Relational Framework for Social Change. In Art as an Agent for Social Change (pp. 35–43). Brill.

  • Making the most of it: Turning to arts and crafts through the pandemic

    Christina Palassio, April 12, 2021
    Art Hives are featured in this article which reviews the many ways in which Canadian organizations are keeping communities connected through art during the Covid-19 pandemic:

  • How culture and creativity have been supporting people in health, care and other institutions during the Covid-19 pandemic: A report from the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance in partnership with Live Music Now, Music for Dementia, Music in Hospitals and Care, the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, the National Performance Advisory Group (NPAG) for Arts, Design and Heritage in Healthcare, Paintings in Hospitals and Performing Medicine, based on 47 case studies from around the UK.


  • 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: 

  • 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.


    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? 

  • Art therapy at the MUHC: Drawing a safe space around cancer patients

    Cedars Can Support's Art Can Heal Art Hive                                                                                                                                                                                                  

    “You sit there and think, ‘What shall I create?’ You learn from the people you're with: That is the inspiration. Art is so helpful in healing."

  • 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."

  • 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

  • La Presse+, par Sylvie St-Jacques

    4 janvier 2018




    (En français à la suite)

    Episode 3- DMB Art Hive at the Maimonides Geriatric Centre (Côte-Saint-Luc, QC)
    A new video episode will be released each week.

    ''Art Hives from Coast-to-Coast: Weaving a Collective Narrative'' is an academic research project conducted by Rachel Chainey, MA Candidate in Creative Arts Therapies at Concordia University.

  • (En français à la suite)

    Episode 2- NEXTDOOR Art Hive (Belleville, ON)
    A new video episode will be released each week.

    ''Art Hives from Coast-to-Coast: Weaving a Collective Narrative'' is an academic research project conducted by Rachel Chainey, MA Candidate in Creative Arts Therapies at Concordia University.

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    Episode 1- La Ruche d'Art de l'AATQ (Association des art-thérapeutes du Québec /Quebec's Art Therapists Association)
    A new video episode will be released each week.

    ''Art Hives from Coast-to-Coast: Weaving a Collective Narrative'' is an academic research project conducted by Rachel Chainey, MA Candidate in Creative Arts Therapies at Concordia University.

  • 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)


  • By Yvette Salinas, of the NDG Art Hive and St-Raymond's Cheap Art Collective When an Animator with the After School program at the St. Raymond Community Center let me know the kids were asking to do another Art Project (they had helped with the Haunted Melrose Tunnel and Kay Noele’s Quilted Quartier project), Jody Negley’s St. Henri project instantly came to mind. Besides celebrating the beauty of the city, there was something about it that had plenty of potential as a group art project.

  • Circle of Belonging

    by Hailey Tallman

    This art therapy research paper is about the universal human need to belong, and my autoethnographic attempts to answer how we can find and foster belonging in Art Hives and our communities.


  • 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.

  • Hey everyone!
    Our group is interested in spreading information to local businesses how and why arts and culture is beneficially on a community and economic level. We are building momentum as an organization but are having difficulty getting the local businesses supportive to what we are trying to accomplish. If we don't have to reinvent the wheel that would be great! We are looking for some information - really basic but impactful as to how community art helps with the economy. Research based - hard evidence stuff would be great - thanks everyone!

  • The Policies and Procedures orginally written for the Art Street in 1998. Please extract and share as you wish to support your Art Hive.

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

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

  •     It wasn’t expected that I would find a place like La Lucciola; it was just an uncanny coincidence, one that fell right from the sky into my lap. I was walking with a friend along Via Cavour, in downtown Palermo, Sicily, and I caught sight of the little theatre from across the street. “Let’s go there,” I said catching sight of the bright murals on the outside door. It was locked, but I rang the doorbell, and I was very happy that I did. It was my first meeting with Nadia, a bright, cheerful 30-something woman with wild curly hair.

  • Discover how making puppets brought the community together...

  • Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, Vol 28, Issue 2, 2011 

    An article about a 9 month pilot project reclaiming fabric waste using methods of the community art studio located in a Women In Need (WIN) thrift store in Nelson, BC

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