Finding Flowers hosts a variety of online and in-person programs that range between intimate conversations, public lectures, audio walks, art exhibitions, and ecological workshops, highlighting interdisciplinary research and multiple ways of knowing. We have developed this work in conversation and collaboration with diverse artists, Knowledge Holders, ecologists, activists, growers, and local communities. You can find here a chronologically organized archive of our programs, events and publications.


November 26 2022 - April 9 2023
Powerful Glow
Exhibition curated by Lisa Myers at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery

November 2021
Reinscribing Land: Mike MacDonald's medicine and butterfly gardens
Talk by Lisa Myers presented by Entomological Society of Canada and Entomological Society of Ontario.

October 21, 2021
Collective Remembering Mike MacDonald’s Medicine and Butterfly Gardens
Lecture by Lisa Myers presented by McMaster University Hooker Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture.

July 26, 2021
Mike Macdonald’s Butterfly Garden Panel Discussion
Conversation between Lisa Myers, curator and artist, Becca Taylor, Director of Ociciwan Contemporary Art Centre, and Catherine Crowston, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Alberta. Organized by Art Gallery of Alberta and Ociciwan Collective.

June 4th, 2021
Beyond the Buzz: Examining Bees Through an Interdisciplinary Lens
Conversation featuring Sheila Colla, presented along the Bees, Land & Food Justice Series, organized by the Centre for Bee Ecology, Evolution and Conservation.

May 13, 2021
Re-Inscribing land: Mike MacDonald’s Medicine and Butterfly Gardens
Paper presentation by Lisa Myers, at the Land Back: Indigenous Landscapes of Resurgence and Freedom.

October 6, 2020 - March 16, 2021
MIIJIM: Food as Relations
Organized by Finding Flowers. MIIJIM was a series of online conversations presenting Indigenous, Black and People of Colour food scholars, growers, earthworkers, artists, curators, professors, knowledge keepers and advocates who gathered virtually across Canada.

October 6, 2020
MIIJIM: Indigenous Food Sovereignties: Tania Willard, Dawn Morrison, & Sherry Pictou

October 20, 2020
Indigenous and Black Food Relations: Dr. Priscilla Settee, Leticia Ama Deawuo

November 10, 2020
Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Food Systems: Joe Pitawanakwat, William Kingfisher, Chandra Maracle

November 24, 2020
Migrant Workers and Food Justice: Evelyn Encalada and Tzazna Maranda

February 2, 2021
MIIJIM: Food & Gardens as Remediation: T’uy’t’tanat - Cease Wyss, Anne Riley and Joce Two Crows Tremblay

February 23, 2021
MIIJIM: Gardens as Art as Relations: Ursula Johnson, Andrea Fatona, Crystal Mowry, and Christina Battle.

March 16, 2021
MIIJIM: Carrying Food, Sounds & Memory: Honor Ford-Smith, Beny Esguerra, Jacqueline Dwyer and Noel Livingston

February 11, 2021
Finding Flowers: Examining Intersections of Art, Ecology and Pedagogy

Presented by CSFS Future of Food Dialogue Series. Presentation by Sheila Colla, Lisa Myers and Dana Prieto

October 13, 2020
On the Wings of a Butterfly: Discussing the Work of Mike MacDonald, Wild Pollinators, Ecology and Art⁣
Presented by MSVU Art Gallery and Dalhousie Art Gallery as part of Nocturne 2020: Echolocation.
Conversation with Laura Ritchie, Lindsay Dobbin, Frances Dorsey, Robin Metcalfe, Lisa Myers, and Michelle Sylliboy

June 8, 2020
Wild Pollinators and the Gardens of Mike MacDonald

Contingencies of Care Residency, co-hosted by OCAD University Graduate Studies + UBC Okanagan + Toronto Biennial of Art + Bush Gallery + Emily Carr University + kinādās collective. Presentation by Sheila Colla, Lisa Myers and Dana Prieto

March 2020
Eco Arts & Media Festival - Pollination: Exchange of Ideas

Lisa Myers and Finding Flowers hosted the Eco Arts & Media Festival at York University, exhibiting art works, music, spoken word poetry and performances by York University students, faculty and alumni

January 2020
Winter Listening Session - Soundtrack for the Radical Love of Butterflies
Listening session hosted by Finding Flowers at the Faculty of Urban and Environmental Change at York University

June - October 2019
Mike MacDonald: Planting One Another
Re-planting of Mike MacDonald’s Butterfly and Medicine Garden at the Woodland Cultural Center, Brantford, ON, and planting of a new sister garden at Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. Curated by Lisa Myers and organized by Finding Flowers

October 2019
Maloca Harvest Gathering

Gathering of students, alumni, faculty, staff and communities surrounding Maloca Community Garden at York University, hosted by Finding Flowers and the Faculty of Urban and Environmental Change, York University

Finding Flowers is supported by the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change at York University,
the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council,
and the Government of Canada’s New Frontiers in Research Fund [NFRFE - 2018 - 00485]