Honouring Dr. Rita Irwin

Greetings colleagues, students, and friends of Dr. Rita L. Irwin

You are cordially invited to attend an all day symposium and retirement celebration on May 4, 2024 in honour of the many and ongoing contributions Rita has made to Art Education and Curriculum Studies at the University of British Columbia and beyond. In an effort to celebrate and acknowledge the impact Rita has had on the field and the lineage of artists, teachers, and researchers that follow her influence we will join each other for an exchange of ideas, memories, and excited wishes for the future contributions Rita might have planned for her retirement.

We very much look forward to seeing everyone who is able to join us in celebrating Rita! 


Registration is now open for both events; the Symposium and the Celebration.

*Registration deadline: Friday, April 5, 2024

Registration is $10, non-refundable for each event

Note: If you would like to attend the Symposium virtually, please send an email with the subject, Virtual Symposium Attendance, to ginahiulam.wong@ubc.ca. We will contact you closer to the date with more information. 

Symposium and Celebration Details


The symposium will feature many different speakers on topics of Rita’s mentorship, a/r/tography, artful pedagogies, walking practices, and leadership. It will go from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm and take place at the Neville Scarfe Building on the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus.


The celebration reception will begin at 6:00 pm and take place at the Haida House at the Museum of Anthropology also at UBC’s Vancouver campus. The reception will go until 10:00 pm and include food, libations, dancing, and photos to document our shared joy and admiration for Rita’s many accomplishments.


Share a Memory | Options 1 and, or 2

1 | Digital submission

If you would like to send a digital submission (such as a photograph, or video) to be shared at the event, the link below will redirect you to a Google form where you can upload your submission.

*If you are unable to use the google form, submissions can be emailed here, however it is preferred that the form is used.

2 | Art-based paper quilt

We will also be making an art-based paper quilt during the symposium to gift to Rita. If you cannot attend, please send your 10 cm by 10 cm (4X 4 Inch) paper quilt square with your artwork/ collage or images on one side and a special message to Rita from you on the other side to: Dr Lorrie Miller at Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, 2125 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4.