New Possibilities: Individuals Finding Meaning in Art

A summary of the organizational thinking developed during Musagetes' Retreat in January 2014. We know that art creates a space for thinking differently. When people encounter, participate in, and co-create art, they explore and interpret their feelings, memories, longings, and… Read More

Guelph Cafe Report

On September 25 to 28, 2013 the Musagetes Guelph Café beckoned many temporary communities into being. While not all of the Café’s expressions, opportunities, and conditions were intended to appeal to everybody, there was something for everyone. The Café activities… Read More

The Art of Resilience, the Resilience of Art

Musagetes, the J.W. McConnell Foundation (Montreal), and the Breuninger Stiftung (Berlin) share a belief in the value of the arts in making our communities and cities livable, just, beautiful, and resilient. We all recognize the need for deeper thinking about… Read More

Whither the Imagination: Making Sense of Art

Musagetes’ Executive Director, Shawn Van Sluys, delivered a lecture titled “Whither the Imagination? Making Sense of Art” at the University of Lethbridge on February 11, 2013. The lecture gives a conceptual and practical overview of Musagetes’ work, situating the discourse… Read More

A City and Its Pier

One of Musagetes’ cities of focus is Rijeka, Croatia, situated at the top of the Adriatic. In this essay by Executive Director Shawn Van Sluys, we investigate the belief that the arts are the key to imagining a future beyond… Read More

Retreat Summary: January 10-11, 2013

Musagetes 2013 Retreat was convened just as the Idle No More movement was gathering steam, drawing together aboriginals and non-aboriginals in communal spaces with common demands. With this context in mind, we began our discussions with a survey of what… Read More

What is a Publication Studio?

On Wednesday June 6th, 2012 Matthew Stadler gave a really great lecture about small economies, multi-scalar assemblages (a group of people acting on every scale from the intimately local to the global) and growing an audience naturally, by word of… Read More

Writing While Moving

In January 2012 Musagetes convened its staff, Board of Directors, International Advisory Council and two guests, Matthew Stadler and Aaron Levy. The group spent two days in Montreal analyzing Musagetes’ work of the past year, what we learned from it,… Read More