The A.C.C.E.S.S. Collaborative involves faculty members in the social sciences who share substantive interests in art, communication, representation and justice and who are working with artists or taking up arts practices in our research and teaching. Our project also involves key colleagues in the humanities whose work explicitly addresses ideas and practices about community building, ethics and care. As the Collaborative develops, seminars, events and research projects will engage additional faculty colleagues and graduate students from across the McMaster campus, University staff, community partners and Hamilton area artists.

A.C.C.E.S.S. is: creating a virtual network for ongoing exchange among McMaster faculty, students and staff with interests in arts-informed social science, and a web portal for arts-informed social science literature, learning opportunities & projects offering a series of presentations and events open to the entire university community (starting in January 2014) that take up key themes at the intersection of the social sciences, the arts and humanities, and ‘the community’ / the public sphere developing a series of research projects & exploring ways to nourish and extend arts-informed social science at McMaster.