What might an arts and culture research network look like?

Mass Culture acknowledges the great work that is already happening across the arts and cultural sectors. Organizations are conducting research, creating toolkits and reports, and finding creative ways to partner on issues that matter to their communities. Mass Culture intends to enhance rather than duplicate efforts. By tapping into the existing energy, Mass Culture can play a role by connecting and promoting arts and cultural research, updating old data, and addressing research gaps that exist across regions, disciplines, and issue areas.

While an organizational model for Mass Culture was created and refined throughout the 2017-18 consultations, Mass Culture has a fun, frenetic initial impression of what a highly connected hub with existing organizations and networks could look like:

Visual depiction created by Tara Mazurk & Clayton Windatt

Mass Culture Groups:


A number of groups have been struck to support the Mass Culture initiative during the start-up phase. If you are interested in taking an active role in the Mass Culture initiative, please contact Kathryn at info@massculture to participate in a group, or discuss other ways to collaborate.

Operations Group: This group contributes towards the organization’s key operations such as its financial and human resources, organizational inner workings (bylaws & policies), and the foundational elements of its three-year work plan.

Kristian Clarke

Kate Cornell

Clare Daitch

Emmanuel Madan

Kenji Maeda

Tara Mazurk

Kristen Pauch-Nolin

Kathleen Sharpe

Robin Sokoloski

Clayton Windatt

Engagement Group: This group contributes towards Mass Culture’s Knowledge Mobilization plan (Gatherings, MC Minds, Resource Centre, and other activities that engage individuals in arts research) to ensure that Mass Culture is adhering to its guiding principles and meeting the needs of its network.   

Fanny Martin, Group Conduit

Mary Blais

Brenda Leadlay

Kallee Lins

June Park

Network Group: This group contributes towards the building of Mass Culture’s Research & Evidence Infrastructure Plan by generating strategies to grow a healthy network and stewarding connections.

Michelle Yeung, Group Conduit

Mary Blais

Mariana Castellanos

Marnie Gladwell

Konrad Skorupa

Robin Sutherland

Communications Group: This group contributes towards design and dissemination strategies for the promotion and coordination of various initiatives through social media and traditional media while helping to develop key messages for various initiatives.

Ainslee Beer, Group Conduit

Mary Blackstone

Joanna Prescod

Meg Shannon

Jasmine Spei