The Sacred, Part 1: Losability

Musagetes’ Executive Director, Shawn Van Sluys, delivered a lecture titled “The Sacred” at the University of Lethbridge on February 3, 2014. This lecture is an inquiry into sacredness. What is sacred and what is the sacred? What is the relationship… 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

Sensemaking & Optimism – January 2013

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