Bees Inspire Public Art and Community Projects

Bees Inspire Public Art and Community Projects

Art, science and community is a powerful combination that helps improve our relationship with the natural world.

It is this combination and a focus on industrious little insects—bees—that’s resulting in community-driven partnerships.

That’s what inspired the Border Free Bees project run by Nancy Holmes, an associate professor of creative writing at UBC Okanagan, and Cameron Cartiere, an associate professor in the Faculty of Culture and Community at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

“We work with gardening and conservation groups, public schools, university communities, kids, seniors, as many people as we can pull in,” said Holmes, an award-winning poet, writer, educator and researcher.

“Art is the driver as we get people together to care. Science provides the underpinning and community makes change happen,” she added.

“Bees engage everyone.”