Art Hives and Fab Labs: Community-based Creation in Montreal

La Ruche d’Art: Community Studio and Science Shop, located in a proud, working class neighbourhood in St Henri, was the first in a network of small and sustainable inclusive art hives located throughout Montreal. The Art Hives Network, now linking 85 art hives, provides a model of noncompetitive practices, including how resources at the universities can be shared to support creative grass roots initiatives. This neighbourhood studio movement privileges community-determined evidence by building on local creative capacities, skills, and traditions, which is then mobilized through non-juried art exhibits and other community driven events. La Ruche d’art is free and welcomes families, individuals, and everyone wanting to actively explore the creative arts to transform, enrich, and make meaning of community life.
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Fab Labs Nation : Birth of the Canadian network of digital labs united by a sharing resources charter

We are going to present what are the Fab Labs, and the status and trends (FabAcademy, FabCity) in the Fab Lab’s movement in the world with our participation at Fab12 in August 2016 in Shenzhen, China. Then, we explain the situation in Quebec and Montreal (Fab Labs Québec) with few projects since recent years. Finally, we present “Fab Labs Nation”, a concerted strategy to equip Canada with a digital manufacturing interstructure that makes it possible to promote, entrepreneurship and the creation of jobs of the future as well as innovation in communities and businesses. More precisely, how we are going to use open innovation “Living Lab” methodology to co-design Fab Labs over the next years.

The discussion panel will be held on DAY 2 with with Janis Timm-Bottos and Geoffroi Garon-Épaule , moderated by: Ann-Louise Davidson
Where: H-110