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Research in Residence: Arts’ Civic Impact

By February 25, 2022May 3rd, 2022No Comments

We’re excited to be hosting researcher Emma Bugg as part of Mass Culture’s Researchers in Residence: Arts’ Civic Impact initiative.

Emma is pursuing a Master of Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University. In her work with us she will explore the intersections of art, climate change, and environmental sustainability to develop an impact framework to better understand, amplify, and enhance the contributions of the arts towards addressing the climate crisis.

This project implements on-the-ground research, identifies indicators, and collects, analyzes and interprets data. It is guided by an Advisory Committee of the project’s partners, and is facilitated and documented by Mass Culture and the University of Toronto. 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.

Learn more about Emma’s project here.

“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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