Why Mass Culture?

Mass Culture joins people together to develop and share knowledge for action.

What is Mass Culture?

Through a healthy network and a robust research support system, Mass Culture will support the development and promotion of community engaged cultural policy research that enables Canada’s arts and cultural sectors to connect and make informed decisions towards a richly sustainable future.

How does Mass Culture help me?

You know all those interesting research papers, tweets with links, and email / social media threads discussing information you wish you had time to absorb. You KNOW it would add value to your work in the arts, but it’s overwhelming to read, let alone engage in.

Well… Mass Culture is striving to create the connective tissue needed to make arts research (knowledge, data, info.) more accessible, digestible, and meaningful. We want to build some creative solutions so that we as an arts sector know ourselves better, and can share the tremendous value that we offer with the rest of the world.   

How do I get involved with Mass Culture?

Mass Culture started as a group of five arts practitioners working on the side of their desks. The Toronto Arts Council’s Open Door Program gave this hard working group the fuel and confidence to start talking to people, now at over three-hundred people across the country.

Mass Culture is now a network of over three-hundred and growing! There are five Working Groups and some super supportive allies.  If you care about arts research, building networks, and/ or greater knowledge mobilization for the arts, any one can take action on a task that meets your capacity. Get in touch – info@massculture.ca

OR stay in the loop and JOIN

We aren’t quite there yet, but creating research that is prioritize by the art sector is something to work towards. What are your research priorities?  Share them HERE.

How does Mass Culture distinguish between research and advocacy?

Mass Culture is primarily interested in building a system for research, since generating and sharing information helps us explore and understand. In Mass Culture’s activities, we maintain the integrity on research by creating space for professional arts research to be generated without aiming for a desired policy result. Although we want to make sure research is usable, how it is used will not direct the research. While Mass Culture is not an advocacy entity, individuals and organizations who engage in the Mass Culture network may end up using the research for their own advocacy purposes.

What is a Mass Culture Gathering?

Mass Culture Gatherings are community-centered consultations in the form of casual, gathering-style conversations that are designed to inform and enhance a wide range of cultural policy research issues that matter to the people within each discussion. These gatherings are also informing the future of Mass Culture in regards to the types of supports that Mass Culture can provide to Canadian arts and culture.

A flexible framework has been created to convene diverse perspectives around a research topic. One goal is that Gatherings  result in stronger connections and future conversations on cultural research topics within and across communities.

The Gatherings are an opportunity to bring together people with shared interests, make new contacts outside their existing network, and provide an open space for discussion.

If you’re interested in bringing 10 to 15 people around a table to dive a bit deeper into an arts-related research idea, Mass Culture will provide funding, logistical assistance and a tool-kit.

Contact Fanny Martin, Mass Culture’s Engagement Coordinator – engagement@massculture.ca

Who is Mass Culture working with?

Structured partnerships include:

Mass Culture + VoicEd Radio = MC Minds Podcast

Mass Culture + OCAD U Strategic Foresight & Innovation = MC Business Model

Mass Culture + Ontario Trillium Foundation Knowledge Centre = Knowledge Mobilization

Mass Culture + CAPACOA = Linked Digital Future

Mass Culture + Banff Centre for the Arts = Cultural Policy Research Framework

Mass Culture + Ryerson Faculty of Art & Design = Research

Mass Culture + Thinking Rock Community Arts = Research

What’s Mass Culture’s Story?

In 2012 the Canadian Conference of the Arts closed its operations, which, for over 67 years, established a strong reputation for arts & cultural policy leadership. With its closing in 2012, there was a major gap in Canada for reliable policy information about the Canadian arts sector. We are living in a complex time that requires new ways of connecting, thinking and sharing information. Our “yet to be” written chapters will be authored by the network. Stay connected!