Image of approximately thirty people gathering over drinks to have a conversation about professional artist fees in rural communities. People are looking at and waving to the camera.
Image: this gathering was hosted alongside the Supporting Performing Arts in Rural and Remote Communities conference on May 25th, 2018 in Haileybury, Ontario.

About the Gatherings

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 in english or french at –

Gatherings Hosted To-date 

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Topic: How community-centered research on creative spaces could be strengthened through its creation, collection and use for planning and policymaking

Location: 401 Richmond, Toronto ON

Date: May 2nd, 2018

Pilot gathering 

Topic: How rural artists can create environments where professional fees are expected

Location: Supporting Performing Arts in Rural and Remote Communities conference, Meteor Café, Haileybury ON

Date: May 25, 2018

Pilot gathering 

Topic: Research choices and frameworks that result in inclusion and exclusion when building cultural policy

Location: The Canadian Writers Summit, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto ON

Date: June 16, 2018

Pilot gathering 

Topic: A taxing time for artists (on filing income in tax returns)

Location: CARFAC National Conference. Ottawa, ON.

Date: September 9th, 2018

Topic: Adding the Saskatchewan voice to the Mass Culture collaborative initiative

Location: MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK

Date: September 22nd, 2018

Topic: Craft Interests

Location: Halifax Central Library, Halifax NS

Date: October 12th, 2018

Topic: Impacts, challenges and collective capacity of community-engaged arts/artists working in the rural, remote and First Nation contexts of Northern Ontario

Location: Tamarack Meeting Room, Days Inn, Thunder Bay, ON

Date: October 12th to 14th, 2018

Topic: Data collection through Ontario’s Regional Museum Networks (RMNs)

Location: Hosted by the Ontario Museum Association. Toronto, ON

Date: October 24th, 2018

Topic: Affordable Housing for Artists

Location: Hosted by Akin Collective.Toronto, ON

Date: November 8th, 2018

Topic: The Arts and Tourism

Location: Gathering Place by the Grand. Six Nations, ON

Date: December 6th, 2018

Topic: Why people in arts and culture stay or leave Prince Edward Island

Location: Y Loft – Charlottetown, PEI

Date: December 12th, 2018