The Power of Integrated Arts
When Dr. Pauline Sameshima chose a fiction novel with poetry and artwork integrated as the format of her PhD dissertation, she was demonstrating how arts, integrated research and alternative representation can engage and provoke thought across multiple disciplines.
Sameshima, Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies, is working to develop artful ways to explore and express her research in the field.
Arts integrated studies—interdisciplinary projects that use the arts in the research process—have the potential to bring together diverse groups and disciplines to find innovative ways to view, analyze, represent and disseminate research. Artist-researchers use stories, plays, documentaries, paintings, poetry and other modes to improve understanding.
Sameshima aims to create learning opportunities for specific groups and the public at large to engage with research. She believes creativity-building strategies in education and business sectors can support Canada’s economic growth.
Sameshima’s research will help nurture a generation of young people who are able to synthesize, critically analyze and expand interdisciplinary views, and will lead to citizens who are more creative, informed and engaged.