Congratulations to alumnus and Sessional Instructor Thomas Girard (2005) for being one of the recipients of the Emerging Scholar Award for the 2018 Arts in Society Conference. As an Emerging Scholar for the conference, Thomas will introduce panel sessions and facilitate questions. This is the second Emerging Scholar Award Thomas has received in 2018 -- he also received the Emerging Scholars Award from The Twelfth International Conference on Design Principles + Practices in Barcelona.
The Arts in Society Conference comes to us from the Arts in Society Research Network, which offers an interdisciplinary forum for discussion of the role of the arts in society. It is a place for critical engagement, examination and experimentation, developing ideas that connect the arts to their contexts in the world – on stage, in studios and theaters, in classrooms, in museums and galleries, on the streets and in communities. The themes of this year's conference are Arts Education, Arts Theory and History, New Media, Technology, and the Arts, Social, Political, and Community Agendas in the Arts, and How Art Makes Things Happen - Situating Social Practice in Research, Practice, and Action.
The Arts in Society Conference runs from June 27 - 29 in partnership with Emily Carr University of Art + Design. In past years, the conference has taken place in Germany, England, Italy, Australia, Hungary, Scotland, France, and the US. This is the first time The Arts in Society Conference will be hosted in Canada. We look forward to seeing Thomas Girard in action this June.