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