Housed at the SFU School of Communications, Creative Publics Lab reimagines the university tutorial as an incubator for new political practices. That means we bring together post-secondary students with local practitioners to work on experimental art and media projects aimed at engaging the public in issues of local concern.

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Why is Creative Publics Lab necessary?

Despite spending more time in postsecondary institutions than any generation before and being the most educated generation of all time, students leave undergraduate programs without learning basic skills for media-based community organizing and applied political communication.

This is the case despite younger generations facing a political environment of mounting debt, diminished job security, increasing costs of food, tuition and housing and a convergence of challenges caused by the threats of climate change and intensifying income inequality. In the face of these collective challenges – digital civic literacy, community organizing and political communication competencies have never been more important and the need to support new forms civic engagement has never been greater.