• The Buzz about Art Hives

    You may have read our previous tips to promote workshops at Le Milieu art cooperative down at Beadry metro, but what we hadn’t realized until recently is that Le Milieu is part of an international “Art Hive” collective, with 22 other open art cooperatives listed here in Montreal.

    Le Milieu

    An Art Hive location is…

    Also known as “public homeplaces,” these third spaces, create multiple opportunities for dialogue, skill sharing, and art making between people of differing socio-economic backgrounds, ages, cultures and abilities.

    An Art Hive:

    • welcomes everyone as an artist and?believes art making is a human behavior.
    • celebrates the strengths and creative capacities of individuals and communities.
    • fosters self-directed experiences of creativity, learning, and skill sharing.
    • encourages emerging grass roots leaders of all ages.
    • provides free access as promoted by gift economy.
    • shares resources including the abundant materials available for creative reuse.
    • experiments with ideas through humble inquiry and arts-based research.
    • exchanges knowledge about funding strategies and economic development.
    • partners with colleges and universities to promote engaged scholarship.
    • gardens wherever possible to renew, regenerate, and spread seeds of social change.
    Galerie Mile End

    From our (limited) experiences visiting two of the Art Hives in Montreal, we can say that it is a very welcoming, informal atmosphere, but despite encouraging people of all ages to take part in whatever activity is occurring at any given time, you might want to plan ahead. We’ve found that some workshops / activities are just a little advanced for pre-teens.

    Some Hives have snacks and coffee available. Some are thematic (science and art, seniors art, art for mental health, etc.). Some have gardens. There seems to be a lot to explore and discover within the Montreal Art Hive network.

    If you want to check out an Art Hive, perhaps the best bet is to plan on visiting during an “open art” session where you can just let your creativity make use of all the resources freely offered.

    You can get more info from the Art Hives web site, or their Facebook page. Many of the individual community hives also have their own Facebook pages.