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The Art Hives Network connects small and  regenerative  community arts studios together in order to build solidarity across geographic distances. This effort seeks to strengthen and promote the benefits of these  inclusive, welcoming spaces across Canada, and throughout the world. 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 Principles: 

  • 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.

The model and practice of Art Hives have evolved through two decades of sustained practice research, continuous observation and adaptation, and experimentation with spaces and organizational structures led by Dr. Janis Timm-Bottos, who has developed and established six successful art hives in different locations across North America.



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On-line Art Hives cessions will soon take place on our web site to help people with anxiety, depression, loneliness etc.

Five of our artist have a certification from Dr.Janis Timm-Bottos from Concordia Universty, the founder of Art Hives across the world.

Subscribe to our newsletters for more details on our ON-LINE ART HIVE 

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Isabelle Fortier is first and foremost an explorer of matter. She is a jack of all trades, each one more creative than the next: illustrator, graphic designer, art teacher, animator and cultural mediator. This community artist knows how to unearth the creative and inventive potential that inhabits human beings to help others reveal themselves, beautiful and singular at the same time. She qualifies learning errors, reversals of opportunity, and emotions as creative engines. And on this path where art is transmitted from one to the other, she creates in 2015, the art hive La Page Blanche in Boucherville. Since then, she has been using this artistic springboard to democratize art and offer a practice open to all. She values the artistic process unique to each person, the journey it allows, its introspection, its wonder, its exploration as well as its realization, and the sharing of each person's know-how, allowing to enrich the community and to sail peacefully towards the common knowledge. 

To better meet the needs of La Page Blanche, in 2018, she is taking the Community Art Studio: Methods and material course given by Dr. Janis Timm-Bottos of Concordia University. Her learning and experiences with her peers and during her internship at one of the art beehives in housing projects only reinforces her conviction of the importance of these third places for communities. Beyond the creation itself, these spaces allow the human being to connect with himself, with others and to weave privileged links. 

In addition to the Boucherville beehive workshops, she is involved in the network of art hives in Quebec as a communications support and with some French-speaking hives.