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The Margin of Elegance: How the university art gallery provides vital space for careful, inquisitive, and imaginative postsecondary learning.

Knibb, Nicole (2019) The Margin of Elegance: How the university art gallery provides vital space for careful, inquisitive, and imaginative postsecondary learning. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Knibb, Nicole

The university art gallery, its collection, programming and spaces, offers a unique place for multidisciplinary learning outside of a traditional classroom. McMaster University’s The Art of Seeing at the McMaster Museum of Art, teaches medical residents compassion and professional wellbeing, alongside observation and communication skills, and learned with art. Such programs exist throughout universities in North America and until now, none have measured the long-term effectiveness of visual art-based learning. This project revisits participants of The Art of Seeing who experienced the program almost a decade ago. Qualitative data was gathered through semi-structured interviews and coded for themes. Four themes emerged around the long-term efficacy of The Art of Seeing: it was a positive experience during residency training; that learning with visual art at the campus gallery was meaningful; it was considered by participants as vital in preparing for careers as physicians, and; the programme was held in high esteem because it is core curriculum. For university art galleries in Ontario, this study proves education programmes in the gallery can be a vital resource to faculty and students in the academy. Based on this knowledge, complemented further through information gathered from expert interviews, this project offers four innovations for the future of university art gallery education. Consideration for such innovations will provide an example for university art galleries to achieve their education goals, and to prioritize strategy in order to remain sustainable and relevant in our time of financial pressure and social change. What in-gallery learning opportunities nurture in future physicians—slowing down, looking carefully, and being consonant with their colleagues in their inquiry—is a reclamation of the Margin of Elegance, where physicians can provide true, focused, and compassionate care. Thinking beyond visual art-based education of visual literacy and move towards including imaginative thinking and futures literacy will leverage the unique and novel learning environment campus galleries are known for. This is a space where we can be inspired to speculate on what might be in order to make meaningful change in our time.

Date: August 2019
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Strategic Foresight and Innovation
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2019 13:46
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 21:45
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2789

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