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New project manager begins May 12

Kim Thorne joins the ICASP team as project manager. Kim has more than 10 years experience in project management, organizational development, outreach, and communications in the charitable and non-profit sectors. Her previous position was as the executive director of the Organic Council of Ontario, a non-profit organization representing the organic sector in Ontario. Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Guelph.

Staff change at project office

Michelle McMillan is no longer with ICASP as project manager. We'd like to thank Michelle for her contributions to the project and wish her well in the future. Ben Authers, a PhD student in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph, will fill in as part-time administrative assistant until the position is filled.

Jazz in the Schools ties into Black History Month

Two New York-based jazz musicians will present workshops on black spirituals and gospels, connecting the Jazz in the Schools program to Black History Month. Jazz in the Schools is an educational and outreach activity offered in partnership by the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (ICASP) project and the Guelph Jazz Festival.

2009 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium issues call for papers

A call for papers on the theme Improvisation, the Arts, and Social Policy has been issued for the 2009 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium. This year's colloquium will take place September 9-11 as part of the 16th annual Guelph Jazz Festival (September 9-13). It is presented by the Guelph Jazz Festival, in conjunction with the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice project, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, and the University of Guelph.

Graphic scores exhibit opens

Hearing-Visions-Sonares, a multi-media exhibit of the graphic scores of nine Quebec-based composers, opened March 20, 2009 at the Marvin Duchow Music Library, McGill University. The exhibit is a joint effort of the Library and the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (ICASP) research project.

Law, Justice, and Improvisation conference challenges orthodoxy

Lex Non Scripta, Ars Non Scripta: Law, Justice, and Improvisation, an international, interdisciplinary conference, will be held at McGill University on June 19 and 20, 2009.

Power Play: Improvisation and Sport – Keynote speakers announced

Dr. Paul Steinbeck and improvising musician Dr. Christian Munthe will be keynote speakers at the Power Play: Improvisation and Sport symposium to be presented Feb. 6-7, 2009 at the University of British Columbia. It will provide artists, academics, athletes and fans with an unprecedented opportunity to investigate the ways in which both athletes and performers use improvisation when they “play.”

We’ll all be more innovative if we participate in collaborative webs and share more openly. Creativity is always a collaboration and it’s always a form of improvisation, written large in the social world.

– Keith Sawyer