Mass Culture / Mobilisation Culture present MC Minds. Insightful conversations with individuals in the arts on an array of cultural research topics such as the current socio-economic status of artists, new revenue models for the arts, arts for social change and so much more. MC Minds partners with Stephen Hurley and voicEd (www.voiced.ca). You can listen to MC Minds and the voicEd radio podcast series on Soundcloud. 

With a new conversation uploaded every month over the next year, MC Minds will inspire, educate, question, connect and journey through knowledge on arts and culture research topics across Canada. Check out the initiative’s first podcast with Michael Miranda, below!

Would you like to recommend someone for an interview with MC Minds? Complete the form here or contact Mindy at info@massculture.ca. 


Michael Maranda

Michael Maranda’s longitudinal research entitled Waging Culture examines the Socio Economic status of visual artists across Canada.

About Michael: Michael Maranda is assistant curator at the Art Gallery of York University. For the past thirty years he has been engaged with the visual arts sector in Canada, as artist, organiser, administrator, curator, editor, advocate, publisher, critic, and, more recently, as quantitative researcher. His Waging Culture survey has set the mark for advocacy-based quantitative research in the sector, recognised as the go-to source for socio-economic information on Canadian visual artists. He runs the publishing activities of the AGYU, and is a prolific commenter on social media.

Maranda was educated at the University of Ottawa (political science), Concordia University (photography), and the University of Rochester (visual and cultural studies). His work has shown internationally, primarily in artists book-related venues. For some deeply ironic reason, his rip-off of Ed Ruscha’s Twentysix Gasoline Stations was exhibited in several of Gagosian’s gallery spaces.

You can see more of Michael’s research at the Art Gallery of York University’s website.


Margo Charlton

Margo has worked in the arts for over three decades as a community-engaged artist, theatre producer, consultant, and grants officer.

About Margo: Margo was the founding artistic director of Popular Theatre Alliance of Manitoba and a member of the steering committee of the Canadian Popular Theatre Alliance. Her work in community-based theatre took her to events, conferences and symposiums across Canada and to Cuba, Brazil, Nicaragua and Panama.

More recently, she has developed art-based research methods and conducted program evaluations and strategic planning for arts and community organizations.

In 2002, Margo became the Toronto Arts Council’s Theatre Officer and in 2016 was appointed Research and Impact Manager for Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation. Some of her projects include: lead researcher for Transforming Communities Through the Arts, a SSHRC-funded study of three Toronto neighbourhoods; managing Arts Stats, an annual Toronto public opinion poll about the arts; and evaluation of TAC programs focusing on arts access.

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Diana Carter and Sharon Jeannotte

Diana Carter and Sharon Jeannotte discuss the research report produced by the Ottawa Culture Research Group, Counting on Culture: Impacts and Indicators in Ottawa, which provides insights drawn from Ottawa’s most comprehensive compilation of culture indicators.

Diana Carter has an educational background in social work and more than 30 years experience in leadership roles in the community and national organizations – in Canada and the UK, Currently the Executive Director for the Ottawa Museum Network, Diana is knowledgeable and experienced with the operations of voluntary sector, not-for-profit, community and public sector organizations. She is a member of the Ottawa Cultural Alliance, and co-chair of the Ottawa Cultural Research Group & Ontario Network of Regional Museums Networks (RMN).

M. Sharon Jeannotte is Senior Fellow at the Centre on Governance of the University of Ottawa.  From 2005 to 2007, she was Senior Advisor to the Canadian Cultural Observatory in the Department of Canadian Heritage.  Before that, she was the Manager of International Comparative Research in the Department’s Strategic Research and Analysis Directorate. She has published research on a variety of subjects, including the impact of value change on Canadian society, international definitions of social cohesion, the points of intersection between cultural policy and social cohesion, the role of culture in building sustainable communities, culture and volunteering, immigration and cultural citizenship, cultural mapping as a tool for place-making, and provincial / territorial cultural policy and administration in Canada.


Christine Pellerin

Christine Pellerin speaks to the report, “More Than Money: How Social Finance Can Build Resilience in the Arts Sector” by Christine Pellerin and Elizabeth MacKinnon, released through the Metcalf Foundation.

Christine Pellerin is a fundraiser, arts administrator, and researcher with 15 years’ experience in the performing arts industry, having worked with some of the country’s leading cultural institutions including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The Theatre Centre, Soulpepper Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, TIFF, the National Ballet of Canada, and Cirque du Soleil. She is currently the Manager, Governors Council at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake where she is responsible for stewarding their mid-level donor program. 

A passionate advocate for the non-profit sector, Christine’s research has focused on the power of social finance to catalyze new ways of funding arts initiatives. Her work as an Innovation Fellow with the Metcalf Foundation led to the co-authored report entitled More than Money: How social finance can build resilience in the arts sector.  She is an alumna of the Banff Centre’s Getting to Maybe: A Social Innovation Residency program and is a member of the Toronto Arts Council’s 2018 Cultural Leaders Lab. A lifelong learner, Christine holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Theatre from York University, a post-graduate certificate in Arts Administration from Humber College, and is a first-cohort graduate of Carleton University’s Masters of Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership program. She is proud to serve as a board member for Cahoots Theatre and the CANVAS Foundation