Sunday, January 2, 2011

Introducing Editors CAIP Research Series

Cheryl McLean M.A. is Publisher and Executive Editor of The International Journal of the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice and Editor of the CAIP Research Series and research texts, "Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, Inquiries for Hope and Change" (August 2010) and "Creative Arts in Research for Community and Cultural Change" (for release October, 2011), Associate Editor Dr. Robert Kelly, published by Detselig Enterprises, Calgary. She has a background in journalism and Social Sciences (BA, Social Sciences, University of Western Ontario, London) and mental health and arts (MA, Faculty of Fine Art, CAT, Concordia, University, Montreal). She is an independent scholar, publisher and educator advancing the emerging field of the creative arts in research and interdisciplinary practice worldwide. In her research she created and performed the “ethnodrama” Remember Me for Birds” based on true stories raising awareness about aging, mental health and autonomy. The solo performance was based on data gathered in research and groupwork (a number of her older clients were Holocaust survivors) She has performed the solo performance as a keynote for national conferences, universities and medical schools in Canada and the U.S. The work was produced as an educational film in 2006. An agent of change and longtime arts advocate Cheryl McLean has taught the course "Creative Responses in Death and Bereavement" at The University of Western Ontario, London, and in her work as a community educator has facilitated numerous seminars and workshops for health professionals which use story and performance to help professionals embody and express personal narratives for self awareness and community witness. She continues to help shape the emerging international field of the creative arts in interdisciplinary practice raising awareness about the vital role the arts have to play for hope and change in contemporary research and interdisciplinary practice.

Robert K
elly Ph.D., Associate Editor CAIP Research series is an artist and educator as well as an author writing about creativity processes in action. Robert Kelly is an associate professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts, and an adjunct associate professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary where he teaches creativity theory and practice, studio art and curriculum theory and design. Robert’s research is focused on the concept of creativity and its applications for educational practice. Of particular research interest is the nature of idea generation and the development of supporting environments and practice. His recent book Creative Expression, Creative Education (co-edited with Carl Leggo, University of British Columbia) presents the case for creativity as a primary rationale for education.

His creativity research, through his Creativity Education Project, extends to the development of courses on creativity and educational practice and personal creative development for graduate and undergraduate students and the general public.

Robert received his undergraduate training in education at the University of Western Ontario followed by master’s graduate work in art education at the University of Victoria and doctoral work in education at the University of Calgary.

Robert Kelly has been a featured keynote speaker at lectures and workshops across Canada speaking on creativity theory and practice across disciplines.Visit Robert Kelly's website

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