Michael MacLean, Co-Creating with Community
Alumni Hub Highlights
Michael MacLean (he/him) has been a #RisingYouth alumni since 2019 after doing a community build project in Dawson City, Yukon. Michael completed his project as part of his Masters of Environmental Design Studies (Design-Build) at Dalhousie University. He is grateful that #RisingYouth helped him to stay connected with a community very dear to him, and to gain tangible experience employing participatory design methods in community, specifically with youth.
Although Michael was already well on his way to being a successful community artist and designer, he reflects on his #RisingYouth project as helping to deepen his trust of collaborative community-based processes. He now employs these processes in his work, including as a partner with Cities and Environment Unit in Mi’kma’ki, and hopes to deepen others’ use of them. Michael is passionate about having youth’s voices meaningfully incorporated into decision making processes at all levels, and works to integrate this in all aspects of his work and life. In speaking with Michael, his passion is hard to miss, as well as his love for the North.
If you’re looking to learn from a true community builder and interdisciplinary artist, I’d be sure to connect with Michael!
Written by Siobhan Takala, Alumni Hub Animator