By overseeing the development and promotion of community-centred cultural policy research, we envision an arts and cultural sector that is well-equipped to understand its value and challenges so that it makes a lasting contribution to Canadian society at home and abroad
Mass Culture will…
These seven commitments serve as a starting point to inform our values and guide our work.
We commit to:
- Mutual Respect: cultural pluralism and diverse perspectives engaging the work.
- Access: an ongoing practice of defining and improving access with communities.
- Decent Work: implement and evaluate Mass Culture’s decent work practices in service to the sector, our team(s), and each employee.
- Reconciliation and Relationship Development: making collaborative action toward mutually beneficial goals between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.
- Relations: deepen relationships and creative approaches that address the needs of the sector across generations.
- Stability: ongoing evaluation to improve Mass Culture’s work. Commit to sustainable practices in operations, programming, and projects.
- Integrity: conducting ethical research, collecting accurate data, valuing transparency, and embracing debate.
The community-identified cultural policy issues Mass Culture aims to address:
- People are looking for a comprehensive, credible source for research about Canada’s arts and culture sector
- People are looking for research communications that are accessible and digestible
- Research practices are often siloed
- Research has not reached its potential for use in communities
Mass Culture aims to do this by:
- Sharing and growing the network
- Scanning for research writings, questions, frameworks and tools
- Making connections between people with shared research interests
- Creating and encouraging forms of communication to voice what people are working on (e.g. podcasts, newsletters, social media)
- Hosting Gatherings (in-person and virtual)
- Coordinating active and relevant working groups
- Coming to understand Mass Culture’s organizational model and governance needs
- Encouraging feedback from the network