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What is it?

The Centre for Sound Communities is an arts-led social innovation research lab at Cape Breton University.

Its aims are to:

• Lead research into artistic practice (mainly dance, music, theatre & digital media)

• Provide training for students, faculty and community partners

• Work with communities to develop connections and access resources

• Build research teams and networks to meet partners’ needs and solve concrete problems

• Address systemic inequities and serve the needs of under-represented and under-resourced populations

What does it do?

Led by Dr. Marcia Ostashewski, a growing number of research on an expanding variety of projects, including:

• innovative sound and movement performance pieces

• digital and digitized artifacts such as

-audio/visual materials (CDs, DVDs, documentary films)

- publications for both academic and public audiences

...with a deliberate eye toward new approaches to advancing research.

How can you use it?

The Centre for Sound Communities hosts:

• speakers

• workshops

• rehearsals and performances

• recording and production sessions

The on-campus facility - with its specially-designed performance floors and equipment, work stations, meeting rooms, media lab and digital storage - is a collaborative work space for researchers, artist-practitioners, project groups and committees. The centre's advances technologies are also portable, enabling work to be conducted in-community, locally and globally.

Generous support and funding provided by...

The Centre for Sound Communities was jointly funded by Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust (NSRIT) in support of the Canada Research Chair in Communities and Culture, Dr. Marcia Ostashewski.