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A biocultural and interdisciplinary approach to pollinator conservation through ecology, art and pedagogy

A biocultural and interdisciplinary approach to pollinator conservation through ecology, art and pedagogy

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Co-Principal Investigators: Sheila Colla and Lisa Myers.

Funding: SSHRC New Frontiers in Research Fund.

Term: 2019-2022.

Dubbed as Finding Flowers, this interdisciplinary research project integrates art, ecology and education. Inspired by the work of the late Mi’kmaq artist Mike MacDonald, Finding Flowers grows, revitalizes and cares for native pollinator gardens as art installations, and as spaces for community contemplation and knowledge co-production. Working alongside pre-existing gardens created by MacDonald during 1995 and 2003, Finding Flowers is focused in preserving, expanding and building new Indigenous Pollinator Gardens at various locations across Canada. The project partners with local organizations such as BUSH Gallery (BC), Dalhousie University (NS), Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (ON), Maloca Garden York University (ON), Mount St Vincent University (NS), Musagetes (ON), Ociciwan (AB), SKETCH Working Arts (ON), Walter Phillips Gallery (AB), Woodland Cultural Centre (ON).

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