Concordia University

Janis Timm-Bottos, PhD, ATR-BC, PT

Associate Professor, Art Therapy, Creative Arts Therapies
Provost Fellow for Community Engagement, Fine Arts

Office: S-VA 268 
Visual Arts Building,
1395 René Lévesque W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4799
Website(s): Art Hives Network

Associate Professor Janis Timm-Bottos is a board certified art therapist and an interdisciplinary scholar with a sustained research practice investigating the community art studio as a therapeutic site for individual, family and community healing. She is founder of ArtStreet, an art studio with Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless,  OFFCenter Community Arts Project, an arts-based public homeplace in downtown Albuquerque and "Kitchen Table Arts," which was housed in a thrift store in Nelson, BC and spawned "Children of the Seams" a youth collective that remakes fashion from discarded clothing. A presenter in both local and international venues, Janis advocates for the return of small, welcoming, free community art spaces located between neighbourhoods. Her current research and training site includes a storefront classroom in St. Henri, "La Ruche d'Art: Community Studio and Science Shop."  La Ruche or the art hive is open two days a week for the community to join together to make art. She and her students have launched a national network of art hives across Canada. Please see Janis is currently serving as the Provost's Fellow for Community Engagement and is committed to helping lead the university's new strategy: Embrace the City. One outcome of this initiative is to support Concordia's partnership with the Montreal Museum of Fine Art through facilitating a new downtown art hive at the museum.

Education and training

  • Ph.D. American Studies, 2005 Dissertation: "The Necessity of Public Home Place in Urban Revitalization" Dept. of American Studies, University of New Mexico
  • M.A.   Art Education/ Art Therapy, 1994 Dept. of Education, University of New Mexico
  • B.S. Physical Therapy, 1981 University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • A.A.  Allied Health, 1978 Essex Community College, Baltimore MD

Research activities

Researching Methods and Materials for Promoting Social Inclusion Through Public Science in the Art Hives Network: Strengthening Partnerships across Academic and Social Divides


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