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42 ième Conférence annuelle STP&A 42nd Annual Social Theory, Politics and the Arts Conference, October 14th-16th, 2016 Montreal

Montreal City Hall

9:00–10:00 Oct. 15th Séance plénière/Plenary session Jonathan Martineau , (Ph.D. 2012 York University), Lecturer at Concordia University and at Université du Québec à Montréal Social Time in Historical Perspective. Reflections on Market Time, Hypermodernity and Social Acceleration:

Host: Professor Isabelle Fortier, École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP), Université du Québec. Professor Fortier’s research specializes in public policy and management in the public sector.

The advent of a distinctive modern time regime based on abstract clock -time has had a momentous impact on social and individual experiences and practices of time. The harnessing of social times under the requirements of market processes and the formation of a global time regime are two modernizing forces which have been radicalized and intensified by neoliberal practices and globalization. From this perspective of social time, we can examine foundational characteristics of our relationship to time and prevailing forms of social time relations, as well as identify heuristic potentials present in the development of conceptions of 'hypermodernity' and 'social acceleration' in contemporary social theory.
http://stpaconference.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/final-program-STPA-08-11-2016.pdf

Presentation by Judy Butzine, MSW Cultural Arts Coalition, Phoenix, Arizona, Cultural Arts Coalition (CAC) embraces social theory and arts programming focusing on data literacy in education and critical thinking analysis.

Montreal is the most egalitarian, visionary, internationally culturally rich and safe city I have ever walked and spend an extended time enjoying...

The city celebrates its 375 year of founding this next year. It has approximately 1.5 million residents of all ages and nationalities speaking both English and French. People take the time to stop and be present as families and persons enjoying being in community settings. The police do not carry guns! In response to the political upheaval that resulted from Quebec's independence movement from the 1970s to the 1990s, thousands of Anglophone Montrealers moved to Ontario. Along with this movement, the educational system within the city advanced to incorporate 5 universities educating its diverse population.

It was a special treat to walk the city and discover so many small gathering places to enjoy being together for a meaningful conversation. The walls, both ancient and contemporary, are colorfully painted with very interesting and sometimes provocative imagery that reflects the philosophical issues of the residents.

More than 100 presenters from around the world came to the opening night party to meet and become acquainted with one another. Persons were speaking both French and English. The conference was held in English.

I was one of the speakers Saturday morning following the plenary session: introducing the CAC's work through the context of being a grassroots cultural arts coalition that meets the needs of vulnerable communities seeking a place in this complex and sometimes uncivil society.

This area view is the combination of the Quebec University at Montreal. During the day the façade reflects the old church, but within there is an amazing gathering of persons from around the world who consider the issues of the arts as a means of communication that brings social theory connections to its students through critical thinking analyses and creative/innovative positive social challenge outcomes.

At night the area around the university turns on its lights to reveal more of the magic of this urban space...

"Art can act as both a deconstructive force (to analyze and question what exists and existed) and a constructive one (providing a visionary role) is a pivotal theme within" the context of this documentation. Naidus, A., 2009, Art for Change, New Village Press, Oakland, Calif., p. XI.

The Cultural Arts Coalition (CAC) acknowledges we are living within an accelerated society of mass media with an over whelming wealth of data, available in many symbolic forms. Through the work of our non-profit participants embrace social artistry* methodology focusing on data literacy in education & critical thinking analysis now and into the future.

1. What is data? Information, especially when it is to be analyzed or used as the basis for a decision.

2. What is data literacy? "...the ability to formulate & answer questions using data as part of evidence-based thinking; use appropriate data, tools, & representations; interpret information from data; develop/evaluate data-based inferences & explanations; use data to solve social challenges & communicate their solutions." "Visual art can be a tool for seeking truths, questioning the status quo, or documenting everyday injustices, began to emerge soon after the development of the printing press, heralding the Enlightenment." (Naidus, B., Arts for Change, 2009, p. 11)

CAC's programming advocates an integrated arts & social systems approach focused on cognitive development, affective awareness & leadership skills for meaningful communication as the framework for personal empowerment. In safe environments, participants experience honoring of self & others; reflect upon ideas, practice decision-making for action; imagine/create & assess self in relationship to the world about them. "The arts are nothing if not teaching, for it teaches us, in various ways on various levels about nature, about ideas, about ourselves & about itself". (Grudin, R.,1990, The Grace of Great Things, p.14)

Overall, the aim is to transmit particular arts-related skills while helping to develop critical thinking & establish a clear link between the two capabilities, thought leading to action." (Adams, D. & Goldbard, A., 2001, Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development, p.28).

· Social Artistry is the attempt to address or recognize a particular social issue using art and creativity. Social artists are people who use creative skills to work with people or organizations in their community to affect change. While a traditional artist uses their creative skills to express their take on the world, a social artist puts their skills to use to help promote and improve communities. http://www.jeanhouston.org/Social-Artistry/social-artistry.html retrieved 10/02/2016

In the glory of this magnificent city offering international conferences, there is also a quest to enjoy the local fine arts museum. What an adventure! The museum covers two sides of the main street housed in both contemporary and ancient structures...It was fun to experience the true meaning of social artistry in the viewing of a retrospective of Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs and his Life story as well as the connection to an artist being honored and celebrated at the Phoenix Art Museum.

Kehinde Wiley and Mapplethorpe's focus on homosexuality is a conversation that is open in this city. I was greeted by a representative of a teaching organization titled GRIS http://www.gris.ca/english/ Demystifying homosexuality and bisexuality begins in school...

The main focus of the overall CAC presentation at this confrenece was to stress that the Core of the CAC's Project–Based Learning (PBL), BPN Youth Council is Multidisciplinary Programming

Program Objectives:

To Examine and Explore human capacities by assisting participants to identify their strengths in light of social and political complexities within the world of data literacy. (The ability to formulate & answer questions using data as part of evidence-based thinking; use appropriate data, tools, & representations; interpret information from data; develop/evaluate data-based inferences & explanations; use data to solve social challenges & communicate their solutions.)

To Instruct participants in thoughtful means of thinking, being and responding to the diverse social, political, cultural & environmental challenges within social media and families, neighborhoods & data promoted around the world. (Information, especially when it is to be analyzed or used as the basis for a decision.)

There were many connections made at this gathering and a lot of affirmation given concerning the value of the CAC's work in community building through the arts as a means of critical thinking and the means to achieve positive solution of social challenges in various neighborhoods....

Photo Narrative by judy butzine, MSW, Director of the Cultural arts Coalition and Youth Advisory Councils currently in four educational sites.

Brazilian educator Paulo Freire states, "If students are not able to transform their lived experiences into KNOWLEDGE and to use their already acquired knowledge to unveil new knowledge, they will never be able to participate rigorously in a dialogue as a means of learning and knowing" Freire, Paulo, 2000, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 30th Anniversary Ed., New York: Continuum International Publishing Co., p.19.