Research in Residence: Arts' Civic Impact

The Call for Interest for arts organizations and festivals is now LIVE! Check it out here.

The Researchers in Residence: Arts’ Civic Impact initiative will implement on-the-ground research, identify indicators, and collect, analyze and interpret data. It will be guided by an Advisory Committee of the project’s partners, and will be facilitated and documented by Robin Sokoloski at Mass Culture and Mary Elizabeth Luka at University of Toronto Scarborough. When completed, this national research model, including five qualitative impact frameworks, will be shared publicly. 

The Researchers in Residence: Arts’ Civic Impact initiative is a collaboration between Mass Culture, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Culture Statistics Working Group (Federal-Provincial-Territorial Culture and Heritage Table), the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and Toronto Arts Foundation.

The initiative will engage researchers from each of the following institutions: McGill University, Emily Carr University’s Aboriginal Gathering Place, University of Winnipeg, Dalhousie University, and Carleton University.

The researchers and their specific arts’ civic impact area of focus are: Sydney Pickering, Indigenous Cultural Knowledge; Emma Bugg, Climate and Sustainability; Aaron Richmond, Health and Wellbeing; Shanice Bernicky, Diversity and Inclusion; Audree Espada and Missy LeBlanc, Diversity and Inclusion. 

“The Research in Residence project represents a whole new level of collaboration across the arts community, arts funders and academia to advance arts impact research in Canada”. Liz Forsberg, Lead, Partnership Investments, Ontario Trillium Foundation.

“Mass Culture is thrilled to bring together a diverse group of researchers, an advisory group and link with them arts organizations and festivals across Canada. Researchers will work closely with arts organizations to create in-depth analyses of civic impact of the arts, including issues of anti-racism, equity, Indigenous cultural knowledge, health and wellness, and climate change. This collaborative work will create a national research model that Mass Culture will share openly with the arts and cultural sector.” Clare Daitch, Co-Chair Operations Group, Mass Culture.

“The Canada Council for the Arts is pleased, through a great collaboration with other funders, to support the Research in Residence: Arts’ Civic Impact project, which is aligned with its Qualitative Impact Framework. This initiative will help the broader arts community explore the impact it has on their communities and society at large” Gabriel Zamfir-Enache · Director, Research, Measurement and Data Analytics at Canada Council for the Arts

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The Researchers

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Shanice Bernicky

TOPIC: Diversity and Inclusion

Proficient in English and French

Emma Bugg

TOPIC: Climate and Sustainability

Aaron Richmond

TOPIC: Health and Wellbeing

Proficient in English and French

Sydney Pickering

TOPIC: Indigenous Cultural Knowledge

Advisory

Robin Sokoloski

CO-FACILITATOR

Mass Culture

M.E. Luka

CO-FACILITATOR

University of Toronto Scarborough & Critical Digital Methods Institute

Jamie Gamble

EVALUATOR

Marke Ambard

ADVISOR

Canadian Heritage

Clare Daitch

ADVISOR

Mass Culture

Liz Forsberg

ADVISOR

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Nicole Frenette

ADVISOR

Canadian Heritage

Annie Grégoire-Gathier

ADVISOR

Canadian Heritage

Paula Ledaga

ADVISOR

Canadian Heritage

Daniela Navia

ADVISOR

Canada Council for the Arts

Shawn Newman

ADVISOR

Toronto Arts Foundation

Gabriel Zamfir-Enache

ADVISOR

Canada Council for the Arts

Canada Council for the Arts / Conseil des arts du Canada
Federal-Provincial-Territorial Table on Culture and Heritage
Mitacs
Ontario Trillium Foundation / Fondation Trillium de l'Ontario. An agency of the Government of Ontario / Un organisme du gouvernement de l'Ontario

Participating Universities

Carleton University
Dalhousie University
Emily Carr University of Art and Design
McGill University
The University of Winnipeg