Mass Culture, Mobilisation culturelle.

Mass Culture is an arts support organization that strives to harness the power of research to learn and generate new insights, enabling the arts community to be strategic, focused and adaptive.

Graphic Recording prepared by Devon Kerslake, ThinkLink Graphics

Mass Culture, through funding from the Canadian Conference of the Arts, is dedicated to conducting a federal budget analysis on an annual basis. 

The roundtable for Mass Culture’s inaugural Federal Budget Analysis was coordinated by Akoulina Connell, who also facilitated the discussion, and Bridget MacIntosh. Participants in the discussion were Mark Campbell, MaryElizabeth Luka, Loc Dao, Lindsay Fisher, Laurence D. Dubuc, and Niigaanwewidam Sinclair. You can find out more about the speakers and Akoulina below. Find out more about the graphic recording (above) by Devon Kerslake, ThinkLink Graphics, here.

Due to delays resulting from, and issues surrounding, COVID-19, the panel discourse shifted to examine the current climate in the arts sector. The accompanying paper, written by Akoulina Connell, depicts this moment in time, reflects on recent funding commitments by the Canadian government and other funding bodies, and specifies opportunities for change.

The below data visualizations, which depict funding received by the arts sector between 2016 and 2021, have been prepared by Janita Grift.

Funding commitments for the arts sector between 2016 and 2021

The below data visualizations, which depicts  funding commitments for the arts sector between 2016 and 2021, have been prepared by Janita Grift.

Federal Budget Analysis

'Current Climate: An Analysis of the Arts' Roundtable

With Mark Campbell, Loc Dao, Laurence D. Dubuc, Lindsay Fisher, Mary Elizabeth "M.E." Luka, Niigaanwewidam Sinclair and Akoulina Connell

Towards an Intersectional Approach: Rethinking Arts Ecosystem

By Akoulina Connell

An analytical paper in conjunction with Mass Culture Digital Gathering: In Context: Federal Cultural Investment 2020-2021

This paper depicts the arts and cultural sector at this moment in time, reflects on recent funding commitments, and specifies opportunities for change. 

Graphic Recording

By Devon Kerslake, ThinkLink Graphics

Graphic Recording Analysis

With Devon Kerslake and Bridget MacIntosh

Alternative Federal Budget

This article was originally published in July 2020 as Mass Culture’s contribution to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives‘ Alternative Federal Budget Recovery Plan.

You can find the entire recovery plan on the Centre for Policy Alternatives’ website here, or the arts and culture-specific piece on Mass Culture’s blog.

Arts Chapter

Full Report

Roundtable speakers

Alternative Federal Budget Co-Authors

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