Mobilizing and Leveraging Knowledge on Homelessness through Arts-Informed, Community-Based Research (2008-2009)
Principle Investigator: Izumi Sakamoto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. Co-investigators: Natalie Word, Independent Artist, Cyndy Baskin, Ryerson University, Brenda Roche, Wellesley Institute, Nancy Davis Halifax, York University, David Hulchanski Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto.
Community partners: Ontario Women’s Health Network, Regent Park Community Health Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital Women’s Health Care Centre & Street Health.
Funded by: SSHRC Homelessness and Diversity Issues in Canada Public Outreach Program.
This Public Outreach Grant project highlights a collaborative effort to mobilize and disseminate knowledge that has been accumulated through seven arts-informed, community-based participatory research studies in Toronto working with people with experiences of homelessness. This collaborative effort strives to recognize and promote the strategic use of arts-informed research and social action through three activities: (1) a Joint Exhibit of the creative works produced by participants, (2) a Cyber Library/Clearinghouse on arts-based research on homelessness, and (3) a Knowledge Synthesis report highlighting key shared findings and solutions aimed at reaching professionals, policy makers, the general public and homeless individuals on a local, national and international level.