In 2015, a group of 5 arts practitioners came together to dream about what a national arts research infrastructure might look like. Since then, the Mass Culture Network, or MCNetwork, has grown to over 700 individuals, both within Canada and internationally. The vast majority of these individuals are public service employees, sector service organization/network employees, or arts organization staff members. Community advocates, arts consultants, academic researchers, individual artists and post-secondary executives are also represented.

In 2018, Mass Culture began community conversations to consider its structure and determine existing knowledge gaps in Canada’s cultural sectors. 25 Gatherings, funded by Toronto Arts Council’s Open Door Program, took place over 2018/19. Also during this time, Mass Culture worked with students from OCAD University‘s Strategic Foresight and Innovation program in order to shape a business model. Mass Culture has, additionally, partnered with the Ontario Trillium Foundation, whose support is allowing Mass Culture to work with arts communities across Canada to plan for the coming 3 years.

As of September 2019, Mass Culture is a charitable organization, having taken on the charitable number of the Canadian Conference of the Arts. Read more: CCA communiqué de presse, CCA Press Release.

To find out more about Mass Culture, read the Phase 1 and Phase 2 Reports.