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Around the Table: Cookbooks with Care

The Creative engAGE Living Lab (ELL) community is happy to share art, poetry, photos, stories, and memories that are inspired by favourite recipes they enjoy eating, making, sharing, and ordering out.

Participating Artists

Alice Balka
Alison Bowie
Arianna Garcia-Fialdini
Avy Loftus
Brock Dishart
Carly and Ashley McAskill
Daryl Zoellner
Edna Katz-Silver
Eva Halus
Gilles Chiasson

Hélène Arseneault
Jack Nathanson
Janis Timm-Bottos
Jennifer Lee
Lisa Potter
Lynn Kerr
Malake Ackaoui
Mingyue Tao
Monique Bee
Muriel Herrington
Naj Mahani

Nathan Ward
Pandora Hobby
Rachel Chainey
Richard Chenier
Rose Weekes
Ruth Boomer
Sasha and Laura
Sharon Smith
Sue Proctor
Suzanne Melanson
Yafa Goawily

Community Cookbook

Download the PDF version of the cookbook to get inspired by the recipes, stories, and images from participating community members.

My grandma used to make Sambosak and sending it to school when I was growing up. I love them so much. The sambosak and my grandma.

Yafa Goawily

In our Postcard in the Kitchen Art Hives, we exchanged not only recipes but talked about food choices, lifestyles, nutrition, gardening, harvesting and traditional foods. With the gift of Zoom, participants gathered from many corners of the world.

Sue Proctor

I love doing art and showing my work in art shows. I love painting on wine glasses, mugs, plates, vases, bookmarks and cards. It makes me happy.

Lynn Kerr

Vernissage and potluck

Cookbook presentation
  • engage living lab at Cavendish mall

When I need to reboot my creativity I often go the Jean Talon Market and soak up the beautiful colours and shapes of fruits and vegetables – a succulent rainbow of delicious carmine reds, saturated cadmium yellows, intense oranges and vibrant greens, velvety purples and indigo blues. I come refreshed spiritually and exuberant about the fine feast that awaits me. The spectrum of cornucopia spills into my dreams, then eventually in my paintings the following day. So, here’s staying healthy thanks to the gift of fruits and vegetables!

Richard Chenier

Concordia University’s engAGE Living Lab and CREGES present

Community-Defined Evidence: Health, Creativity and the Power of the People

A symposium about transformative research practices supporting equity, diversity and inclusion.

Community-Defined Evidence seeks to develop an evidence base that uses cultural and/or community indices, to influence the research and evaluation agenda, as well as policymakers and funding agencies, to implement and use innovative community-based practices to reduce disparities and improve availability, quality, and outcomes of healthcare for all individuals and families.


​​”Community-Defined Evidence: Imagine the Possibilities”

Kenneth J. Martínez, Psy.D.

Graphic notes by Carly McAskill and Moh Abdolreza

  • Power to the people
  • Community-Defined Evidence. Health, Community and the power of the People, September 22, 2022
  • Transformational change. Teachers and students for each other.
  • Knowledge mobilization. Everyone is an expert in their own life
  • Creative Living Lab. Inclusion, resilient, networking, intergenerational
  • Imagine the possibilities. Soft and Hard Power. Inclusive ways of working. Values & principles.
  • Learning from community. I want to learn from you! Holistic. Intersectionality.
  • Bigger picture.
  • Approval from community. Research Agenda, funding agenda. Plan & design with community.
  • Action. What values? Acknowledge slavery, historical trauma, boarding schools
  • Cultural Shift. No more silence. No more harm.
  • Methodological pluralism. Values, religion, family, ritual, spiritual, academic, policy.
  • Imagine

“Working with communities as partners in research – from inception to publication”

Dr. Myrna Lashley

Graphic notes by Carly McAskill

  • Belonging. Do it with us, not for us. Talk to each other



9-9:30 Opening Remarks by Mohawk Elder Tealey Ka’senni:saks Normandin

9:30-10:15 Morning Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Martinez, Psy. D.

10:45-12:00 Morning Lightning Talks:

  1. The Necessity of Belonging and its Realization in Community Spaces, Dr. Darla Fortune, Concordia University’s engAGE Centre for Research on Aging
  2. How Open Science is Transforming Research, Dr. Krista Byers Heinlein, Concordia University & Open Science
  3. Art Therapy as a Medical Tool, Dr. Giuseppe Mazza, M.D., Artruisme, 
  4. Human Support Ecosystems and the Co-development of Smart Homes in Support of Fragile and Isolated Older Adults: A Living Lab in Côte St-Luc, Sandra Smele, PhD Candidate, CREGES, Inclusive Aging, Diversity, Health and Well-Being

1:00-1:45 Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Dr. Myrna Lashley, McGill

2:00-3:15 Afternoon Participatory Lightning Workshop: Shopping Malls as Social Infrastructure for Creativity and Mental Health through a Community Defined Evidence Lens


  1. Dr. Janis Timm-Bottos, engAGE Living Lab
  2. Dr. Najmeh Khalili-Mahani, engAGE Living Lab’s Media Spa
  3. Yafa Goawily, Cornwall Art Hive
  4. Carmen Oprea, PhD Candidate, engAGE Living Lab Research

3:30-4:00 Closing Participatory Art Activity with Artist Arianna Garcia-Fialdini, PhD Candidate


9:00-9:45 Participatory Round Table: Where are we with promoting community defined evidence with funders and policy makers?

10:00-11:45 Creative World Café.

11:45-12:00 Launch of engAGE Living Lab’s Mini-Documentary with Film Director Yafa Goawily


Mohawk Elder Tealey Ka’senni:saks Normandin

Introductory remarks:

Mohawk Elder Tealey Ka’senni:saks Normandin

Tealey Ka’senni:saks Normandin is Kanien’kehá:ka from Kahnawake, adopted during the sixty scoop, Bear Clan. She has been working at the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal since 2007. Read entire Bio here

Morning Keynote Speaker: Kenneth J. Martínez, Psy.D.
Morning Keynote Speaker:
Kenneth J. Martínez, Psy.D.
“​​Community-Defined Evidence: Imagine the Possibilities”
Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Dr. Myrna Lashley
Afternoon Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Myrna Lashley
“Working with communities as partners in research – from inception to publication”
Dr. Darla-Fortune
“The Necessity of Belonging and its Realization in Community Spaces”
Dr. Krista Byers Heinlein
“How Open Science is Transforming Research”

Dr. Giuseppe (Joe) Mazza, MD
“Art Therapy as a Medical Tool”
Sandra Smele, PhD Candidate
“Human Support Ecosystems and the Co-development of Smart Homes”

Afternoon Participatory Lightning Workshop

Dr. Janis Timm-Bottos,
engAGE Living Lab
Dr. Najmeh Khalili-Mahani,
engAGE Living Lab’s Media Spa
Yafa Goawily,
Cornwall Art Hive
Carmen Oprea,
PhD Candidate,

engAGE Living Lab Research
Arianna Garcia-Fialdini
Participatory Art Invitation

Concordia University’s engAGE Living Lab Créatif offers opportunities for a fruitful exchange of ideas informed by a growing community of older adults, students, and university researchers, in its lab located within the Quartier Cavendish shopping centre in Cote Saint-Luc, Québec.

CREGÉS brings together the worlds of research, professional practice and citizen action around a common project, social gerontology. Social gerontology is a multidisciplinary field of study focused on the social aspects of aging.

Please join us on Wednesday, August 3, from 5:00-6:30 pm EDT, for the Creative Science Shop at the engAGE Living Lab at Cavendish Mall (5800 Cavendish Blvd, Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec – QC H4W 2T5).

“The future is unapologetically collective, it begins with a shift in human consciousness [. . . ] and extends to re-engagement with our greatest ideals of economic, social and political justice for all.”

Todd Dufresne, a Canadian social and cultural theorist

Come to our Creative Science Shop to participate in a discussion on how individual citizens can take small steps in our daily life to become aware of our environmental imprint and to act as conscious consumers. With out two invitees Cyndie and William, we will be exploring how we can develop a low footprint on the earth by putting environmental consciousness and economic value in our shopping basket and leisure activities.

Cyndie Bussiere is an art therapist with a master’s degree from Concordia University. She has a private practice and is interested in therapeutic approaches incorporating nature.

William Wisenthal is interested in environmental issues. He has a Master of Education from Brock University and worked in the public and private sector. He has been active in the investment business for the last 22 years.

The Creative Science Shop is a semi-monthly studio meet-up, both online and in-person at the Cavendish Mall. It is an exchange of ideas, innovations, scientific and artistic projects. This intergenerational group brings together passion in the arts and sciences from older adults, students, and researchers.

Please join us on Wednesday, July 13, from 5:30-7:30 pm EDT, for the Creative Science Shop at the engAGE Living Lab at Cavendish Mall (5800 Cavendish Blvd, Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec – QC H4W 2T5).

This workshop begins with a dance/body activity facilitated by Déborah Maia de Lima, who facilitated a movement hive in the pandemic. We will experiment with body movements it involves, gestures, the sensation of music, and the movements it involves for us. You will be invited to move according to your own movement and no special abilities will be required. Come with clothes that allow your body to move freely and join us!

Afterwards, a round table will allow us to share our experiences and expertise on the subject. What have we learned about this type of activity for our social connections and collective health in a shopping mall?

Déborah Maia de Lima is a member of the International Dance Council, UNESCO. She is a post-doctoral fellow at McGill and holds doctorates in Studies and Practice of the Arts and in Performing Arts. Her practice focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to Embodiment and Somatic practices, Artistic performances, and Creativity, and Innovation in formal and informal Education Systems.

The Creative Science Shop is a semi-monthly studio meet-up, both online and in-person at the Cavendish Mall. It is an exchange of ideas, innovations, scientific and artistic projects. This intergenerational group brings together passion in the arts and sciences from older adults, students, and researchers.


Coming soon!

Join us for the Creative Science Shop on Thursday, June 23 from 3:30-5:00 pm on Zoom!

Meeting My Community at the Mall: How could the mall become a third space to gather a strong community? How could we expand its role in the neighbourhood?

Janis Timm-Bottos and Yafa Goawily will share two different initiatives of building communities in malls, and will accompany us in a discussion around the potential of this type of space. Come join us to hear their stories and to tell us your thoughts, and your ideas, and your relationship with the mall spaces.

Yafa Goawily has a degree in Fine Arts and a Filmmaking Diploma from Alexandria University, Egypt and feels that art is now an indispensable part of her identity. She experimented with different types of art, from performing arts to fine arts and she started an art hive in Cornwall Mall and other public spaces.

Janis Timm-Bottos is an art therapist and professor at Concordia and Bishop Universities. She is the creator of the art hive movement and the principal investigator of “Meet me at the Mall” project, hosted in Cavendish Mall.

The Creative Science Shop is a semi-monthly meet-up, an exchange of ideas, innovations, scientific and artistic projects. This intergenerational group brings together passion in the arts and sciences from older adults, students, and researchers.


Join us on Thursday, May 26th, 2022 from 3:30-5:00 pm EDT via Zoom for the Creative Science Shop on Learning through Music: The “Dialogic” Approach.

Come to this online workshop on music and dialogue as forms of learning and happiness for all ages. Our two guests will speak, respectively, about the mutual enthusiasm of an authentic, personal musical performance that tells a story, and then about a model of education that moves beyond conventional venues and is based on creativity and dialogue.

Originally from New York State and living in Montreal, Matt Herskowitz is a virtuoso pianist whose compositions combine classical, jazz, pop and world music. After more than 20 years of classical concert, he trained in jazz at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, then took a detour into pop music. His music reaches an older audience as well as the new generation of musicians: “they love it because it’s real, I’m sharing with them who I am as an artist”.

A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, religious studies scholar, Prof. Norman Cornett created the “dialogic” approach to education 35 years ago. It is now a subject of study in France, Germany, the United States, Canada, and Quebec where he lives. His presentation will focus on “the interstices of learning, beyond the traditional spaces and sources of education in order to perceive the human condition as a continuous cognitive and creative process”.

So come join us, to learn and celebrate through the sharing of experiences, knowledge and expertise: yours and the group’s!

The Creative Science Shop is a semi-monthly meet-up, an exchange of ideas, innovations, scientific and artistic projects. This intergenerational group brings together passion in the arts and sciences from older adults, students, and researchers.


Coming soon!

Since May 2020, we hosted 26 gatherings around knowledge, creativity,
and solidarity. In this one, we will put in common our experiences and
create a collective vision for the future.

  • What did we enjoy?
  • what should we change?
  • which topics matter to the group?
  • who should we include in the discussions?
  • how to better bridge studio activities, research, and play?

Join us so that we can hear diverse perspectives!

The Creative Science Shop is a semi-monthly meet-up, an exchange of ideas, innovations, scientific and artistic projects. This intergenerational group brings together passion in the arts and sciences from older adults, students, and researchers.

Music is dynamic and has the unique ability to bring people together and establish community. Music also works deeply in the body to rehabilitate and restore functioning. Finally, music acts as a medium of creative, emotional and spiritual expression.

Nicholas Scott is a Certified Music Therapist and holds qualifications in Neurologic Music Therapy. Music has always been an important part of Nicholas’ life from a young age. He enjoys intuitively expressing and exploring music, using his voice and other instruments. Nicholas will explore the topic of Community Music Therapy (CoMT) and how it can be applied in clinical and communal settings, including Rural and Senior populations who may experience isolation due to environmental and social factors.

Freda Segal, Noriko Iwamoto, and Abby Rosenblatt are members of the singing group called The Ukuladies. Music has been an integral part in their life, and now reaching out to the larger community. Each of the Ukuladies will sing a song in their own individual style and tell of her stories with the instrument. They will also share how the learning experience of trying something “new” has proved to be a great tool for psychological survival during challenging times.

The Creative Science Shop is a semi-monthly meet-up, an exchange of ideas, innovations, scientific and artistic projects. This intergenerational group brings together passion in the arts and sciences from older adults, students, and researchers.


Coming soon!

Maiya Butcher. Concordia News

It is a Tuesday afternoon at the Hive Café in Concordia University’s Hall building. The atmosphere is suffused with the murmuring of visitors, golden light spilling through the windows and the sweet scent of coffee brewing.

It is a pleasant scene from first glance, but what catches the eye almost immediately is the displayed collection of art pieces that adorn the blank walls like jewels. This is the art exhibition titled “HOME-MADE-STUDIO: A WINDOW INTO OUR CREATIVE SPACES THROUGH TIMES OF ISOLATION”.
The exhibition was organized by Concordia’s Art Hive in partnership with its Creative engAGE Living Lab and the Hive Café. Composed of multiple artists’ work, from both Concordia students and the Living Lab’s members, the collection is thematically tied by one prompt: create a piece that portrays your creative space of the last two years.

Home-Made Studios Art exhibit at the Hive Cafe. By Maiya Butcher
THROUGH TIMES OF ISOLATION” that is on display at the Hive Café until April 22nd / Maiya Butcher,
Concordia News)

The idea was first conceived in mid-February. Monica Escobedo, Art Hive facilitator and an organizer of the exhibition, came across a painting on Facebook of a home art hive that inspired her to post it on the Hive’s Facebook.

“I asked if people would care to portray their own space and share it, and they immediately rose to the challenge,” Escobedo says over a Zoom interview.

The Hive Café soon after reached out to her colleague Rachel Chainey in want of art to showcase in their space. Chainey decided to revisit this idea of a “home-made studio” as the theme of the exhibition, to make the transition between creative spaces at home to those that artists inhabited before the pandemic.

“Now that we’re ready to go back to the outside spaces, I think it’s important to acknowledge the spaces where we have created for the past two years. They held us and helped us survive,” Escobedo says affectionately.

Escobedo’s idea ties into a broader theme of artmaking during the pandemic. A study from the project Art & Well-Being reported that around 85 per cent of the population was consuming different types of art as a coping mechanism during the pandemic, with 69 per cent doing creative activities daily or two to three times a week.

Art in the virtual realm

The home-made studios exhibition is not the first time the Art Hive was uniting artists in these times of isolation. It began conducting Zoom art meetings during the pandemic for students and seniors from the Creative engAGE Living Lab.

Natali Ortiz, a graduate from Concordia in Art Therapy, has been facilitating these online gatherings for the past year. She had not met most of the participants until the exhibition.

“Most of the people who participated were also meeting each other for the first time, so it was really special to get the chance to meet people you had been seeing online for so long,” Ortiz says, seated in the cozy Art Hive office downtown.

“It was like an ‘Oh, you’re real!’ kind of moment,” she adds with a smile.

The Hive also allowed artists to submit their work digitally, providing a hybrid model for those not comfortable returning to in-person yet. Even now that the university has opened in-person again, Ortiz continues to facilitate the Hive online once a week. She says it is their way of honouring the transition the world is still experiencing.

Finding introspection

An article from Science Direct about art and psychotherapy showed that art was made for various reasons during the pandemic. The four main categories that were found were artmaking for self-regulation, artmaking as embodying mental states and emotional expression, art as enabling creativity, imagination, experimentation and play and artmaking as related to time.

For two student artists involved the exhibition, sharing their artwork and seeing others’ work was
an opportunity for self-reflection, similar to the second category of this study.

Carly McAskill, PhD student in Communication Studies and research assistant with the Lab, submitted a poem written pre-COVID that epitomized the theme of the exhibition for her.

(McAskill’s multi-media piece titled “Morning Pause” that introduces the online format of the exhibition / Carly McAskill)

She sees a creative space being more than just one with an easel and art materials.

“I think my creativity throughout the pandemic was embodied in these quiet moments, when you wake up and are present in that moment. I was also thinking about what other peoples’ experiences were like, having to spend a lot more time in your space, and how to honour, witness and embrace that space,” McAskill explains in an online interview.

Moh Abdolreza is an interdisciplinary Concordia student and also a research assistant at the Lab,
who became interested in the exhibition based on the idea of the home versus public space.

(Abdolreza’s piece titled “Where is my body?”, which focuses on the idea of absence and presence of body / Maiya Butcher, Concordia News

“During the crisis, we were mostly working online and talking to each other’s images, not bodies. We were also working in a way in which our bodies were not connected. I started seeing my body as a fragmented thing beside technology, and how technology could both enable and disempower me,” Abdolreza says over Zoom.

Micheline Desmarteaux and Lisa Potter are members of Concordia’s Creative engAGE Living Lab who also found a sense of grounding in being a part of the Hive’s activities. They were interviewed together over a group Zoom meeting.

“Art was the link between everything. It was very important to me during the pandemic because everything stopped at once, but the Hive came to us at home,” Desmarteaux says.

(Desmarteaux’s pastel drawings that bring the theme of love / Maiya Butcher, Concordia News)

“I feel really involved and bonded by sharing my art, and it puts a smile on people’s faces,” Potter says.

(Potter’s digital painting titled “My Creative Space” (right) / Maiya Butcher, Concordia News)

For Gertrud Antoine Barwick, another senior who became involved with the exhibition through a neighbour at the Lab, art is her outlet for emotions.

“In sadness and happiness, in normal life and in pandemic, art is a wonderful thing,” she remarks over a phone call.

(Barwick’s two mixed-media pieces titled “A Jungian Kaleidoscope”, which explored the idea of the unconscious versus conscious mind / Maiya Butcher, Concordia News)

This pandemic is not the first time people have turned to art as a coping method in crisis.

An interview with Columbia University professors Franco Mormando and Thomas Worcester from Columbia College Today discusses the role of arts in the context of pandemics of old, such as the bubonic plague. The plague occurred frequently in 18th-century Europe, during which time artmaking was always present.

“In times of crisis, people like to see their experience mirrored through another medium […] which is visually striking, which moves to the heart. Art in times of social disaster represents reality and helps people understand that reality,” Mormando says in the article.

Times of crisis as opportunities for connection

For the artists and organizers of “Home-Made Studios”, the gallery served as this means of mirroring their shared reality. It brought them together in a singular way.

“When we go through personal crisis, it feels like we’re alone in it. This crisis was different; we were all hit differently depending where we were in the world, but we all went through the same thing. I hope everyone will share the art they made during this time,” Monica Escobedo says.

“In this exhibition we have different people with different backgrounds, but they can still gather together and express their ideas through art,” Moh Abdolreza observes. “I think one side of art is transforming our collective experience to our collective consciousness,” he adds.

“Everybody intentionally put their art in this exhibition, wanted to come together and share in this theme […] and I think that’s the thread that links us all together,” Carly McAskill says.

“Art doesn’t have to be beautiful or realistic…it’s more about the power of doing art together in a group context. In the online group, I didn’t meet these people but I still felt that we created a community,” Natali Ortiz shares.

 “HOME-MADE-STUDIO: A WINDOW INTO OUR CREATIVE SPACES THROUGH TIMES OF ISOLATION” is open to visitors until April 22nd at the Hive Café in Concordia’s Hall Building.

Co-hosted by the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture (CISSC)

Afternoons at the Institute

Apr 6, 2022

4:00 – 5:30 EST

Cynthia Hammond, Professor of Art History, Concordia University: “Restorative Landscapes in an Anthropocentric World.”

David Hornstein, MDCM, FRCP, McGill University Health Centre and McGill University, Internal Medicine and Critical Care: “The Healing Power of Images from a Timeline Lost – Intensive Care Journals During Critical Illness.”

Tamar Tembeck, Artistic Director, Oboro. “Public Art in Healthcare Spaces”.

Janis Timm-Bottos, PhD, ATR-BC, Associate Professor, Creative Arts Therapies, Faculty of Fine Arts; Director, Art Hives Initiative, PI, engAGE Living Lab créatif (FRQS); Co-director, Design, Art, Culture, Community (DACC) Next-Generation Cities Institute, “Art Hives and Creative Living Labs: social infrastructure for wellness.”

Martha Langford, Research Chair and Director of the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art will moderate, and Judy Weiser, Founder and Director of the PhotoTherapy Centre, Vancouver, will join the discussion.

Free & Open to the Public – Registration is Required


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