Researchers based at the University of British Columbia and Concordia University in Canada have embarked on a project that investigates marginalised urban youth’s media arts practices in Vancouver and Montréal. The team aims to identify how arts programmes impact on youth’s engagement around identity, culture, health and well being.
TODAY’S LEAD RESEARCHERS FOR CITIZENS OF TOMORROW
The Citizens of Tomorrow project involves three community sites that work both independently and in conjunction with one another to equip marginalised youths with the digital skills necessary in today’s increasingly technological world. The success of the research programme depends on the involvement of a range of researchers, led by different people across the different community sites. The lead researchers for each community site are detailed below.
THE NATIVE YOUTH PROGRAM, MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY
Dr Jill Baird is Curator of Education and Public Programs at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Museum of Anthropology. Her research on the Native Youth Project (NYP) has focused on interviews with NYP participants inquiring about their attitudes and understandings of the role of museums, particularly in reference to their digital media experience in the Museum and student identity.
Francine Cunningham is an Aboriginal author, artist and educator. She joined the research grant as a research assistant in 2012 and has been researching the practical implementations of working with marginalised youth and ways of bringing it into the current curriculum. She is also the website designer and social media manager of the Program.
GULF ISLANDS FILM AND TELEVISION SCHOOL
Dr Ching-Chiu Lin is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at UBC. She is also a faculty advisor in the Teacher Education Office at UBC supervising student teaching in visual art cohorts.
Natalie LeBlanc is a PhD candidate in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at UBC. Her research interests lie within arts-based (educational) research practices, art practice as research, living pedagogy and life history.
Anna Ryoo is a secondary school teacher, visual artist, UBC teacher education programme instructor and a PhD student at UBC.
LA MAISON KEKPART
Dr Juan Carlos Castro is Undergraduate Programme Advisor and Associate Professor in the Department of Art Education at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. He is co-editor of Youth practices in digital arts and new media: Learning in formal and informal settings (2015).
Martin Lalonde is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art Education at Concordia University in Montréal. His research interests lie within the social sciences field of mobility studies and of complex systems theory, digital technologies in education, curriculum studies, youth digital culture, new media art pedagogical practices, participatory culture and multimodal literacies.
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