Crossing a cultural divide
Transgressing the margins into public spaces to foster adult learning
in Lifelong learning, the arts and community cultural engagement in the contemporary university
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This chapter explores the insights gained from Tara Hyland-Russell's experience as an instructor in Storefront 101 and from Janet Groen's experience as a long-time working committee member of the programme. It explores how access to the arts and such cultural spaces as art galleries, museums, theatres and universities affect the lives of marginalised adult learners. Using data from a case study of three Canadian Radical Humanities programmes, the chapter takes up Ed Taylor's call for research on transformative learning to focus on the role of public environments. The three Canadian Radical Humanities programmes include Storefront 101 in Calgary, Humanities 101 in Thunder Bay and Discovery University in Ottawa. For most students in these programmes, it is the first time they have set foot on university grounds, seen a live performance, or entered a public cultural space with a sense of entitled access to that place.


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