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Arianna Garcia-Fialdini

Preparando, sirviendo, compartiendo historias y obras maestras 



Presented are the first stages of a doctoral research project that seeks to investigate the pedagogical impact that collaborative artistic practices, storytelling and the exchange of recipes have on the perception of identity and belonging in a group of Latin American newcomers residing in a multi-cultural neighbourhood in Montreal, Qc. Canada. 

Artist-teachers can inspire diverse audiences to adopt innovative teaching practices through artist talks fuelled by a social justice and awareness-raising agenda. This work presents ways to incorporate social problematics like mass displacement and pressing international immigration policies into diverse art classrooms and unconventional pedagogical platforms (in this case, through artist talks). It focuses on an artist talk given in collaboration with the Immigrant Workers Centre, a non-profit organization of newly arrived immigrants and refugees located in Montreal, Canada, and explores how the artist-talk platform reaches communities outside the traditional classroom and creates space for an exchange of ideas, artistic intervention, and learning from diverse participants. Additionally, I discuss my observations on potential pedagogical exchanges based on experiences from the event, concluding by further exploring the relevance and potential development in personal artistic and teaching practices for and with this specific community.


Artist talks, Social justice, Pedagogical platforms, Diverse audiences






Candidate in Art Education, 2016, Concordia University; Montreal, Quebec; Masters in Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing 2010-2012, Burren College of Art; Co.Clare, Ireland. Bachelor in Fine Arts, Art Education, 2008-2010, Concordia University,Montreal, Quebec; Bachelor in Fine Arts, Studio Art, 2001-2005, Concordia University; Montreal, Quebec.