Dr. Brandon McFarlane

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Creativity; Creativity Everything; FreeSchool; Higher Education; Pedagogy; Creative Practice; Curiosity; Experimentation


While government and society consider creativity an essential trait for university students, and indeed everybody, disciplinary silos continue to be maintained, and there is little consensus on how to approach its teaching, research, and general cultivation. For universities to transform into places where a diversity of creativities thrives for students, faculty, and the varied constituencies they serve, new and open thinking is mandatory. In this paper, we detail the transdisciplinary roots of our work in the Creativity Everything lab at Ryerson University. As a team of researchers developing projects and experiences that embrace a wide range of creators and creative practices, we are fashioning the lab to facilitate the actions of doing and making in learning and research. Three case studies – our ongoing efforts at supporting learning for students, a research project on platforms for creativity, and the community outreach of the 2019 Creativity Everything FreeSchool – explore how teaching, research, events, and collaborations in multiple media intersect in a multifaceted system for relating to and engaging with creativity. Our studies suggest that creative practice-as-research helps people make connections that fuel curiosity and experimentation. We argue that engaging in multiple perspectives of the “everything” of creativity better equips our students, university, and public to reap its benefits and rewards.


Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (FHASS)


University of Toronto Quarterly


Special Issue on The Creative Humanities

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