The Art of Collaboration: Enhancing Arts in the Campus Living Lab

Saturday, November 2, 2018, 9:00-10:30am

This session will explore how the campus as a living lab model for advancing sustainability, based on Community-Based Action Research (CBAR) can create and facilitate arts-integrative collaborations. Using University of British Columbia’s SEEDS Sustainability Program as an example, the presentation will identify approaches, tools, and a program model to create multi-stakeholder partnerships between faculty, operations, and students to advance arts, design, and sustainability.


David Gill is a Program and Policy Planner with the SEEDS Sustainability Program at University of British Columbia’s Campus and Community Planning department. His primary role is to create and facilitate research partnerships between staff, faculty, and students on campus. What is goal of the SEEDS Sustainability Program? To combine academic expertise, student creativity, and operational ambition to advance sustainability at UBC. From food systems and climate action, to student wellbeing and public animation, David’s project management and stakeholder engagement across 15 sustainability themes–and dozens of disciplines–ensures the community can live, work and play on a sustainable campus.
Deb Pickman has worked as an actress and theatre producer as well as an arts marketing and communications professional for over 25 years. As Project Manager for the University of British Columbia Arts & Culture District she is passionate about the importance of the arts to our humanity and their role in higher education. Deb is the co-founder, co-artistic director and ensemble member of the Vancouver based theatre company shameless hussy productions. Most recently she performed in their premiere of Love Bomb, a play about the sex trafficking of Canadian children by Meghan Gardiner (Book & Lyrics) along with Steve Charles (Score).