Mass Culture Hosts Free Digital Gathering February 1

Mass Culture is hosting its first Digital Gathering on February 1 - a free, online conversation about research and policy in the cultural sector. As part of the event, Patrick Tobin, Sanjay Shahani, Branislav Henselmann and facilitator Bridget MacIntosh will lead a conversation exploring the integration of arts and culture into municipal development and resiliency building initiatives.

The event takes place from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. PST. You can register online here, or read on to learn more about the event.

About this Event

Integrating Arts & Culture into municipal development and resiliency building initiatives: How do we mobilize cultural plans into action? How do we move beyond traditional consultation models and into collaborative action?

By 2050, more than 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. As municipalities grapple with such projections and issues such as climate change, transportation and affordable housing, a City’s ability to respond and adapt are key to its future success and vitality.

With recently elected city councils, municipalities continue to be entrenched in numerous resiliency building initiatives to prepare themselves for the future.

  • What role does arts and culture play in these initiatives to strengthen cities?

  • With many cities already having cultural plans in place, what are the next steps?

  • How do municipal staff and sector leaders move forward with cultural plans and projects to ensure that arts and culture practitioners are meaningfully included and involved in City development and resiliency initiatives?

  • How can we also plan for and with suburbs, rural regions, and networks of towns and cities?

Join Mass Culture as they bring together Patrick Tobin (Director, Arts and Culture Services - City of Toronto), Sanjay Shahani (Executive Director, Edmonton Arts Council), Branislav Henselmann (Managing Director, Cultural Services – City of Vancouver) and facilitator Bridget MacIntosh (Arts & Culture Consultant) in a national conversation exploring this topic.

Artists, cultural workers, municipal planners, policy-makers, researchers… are all invited to contribute their perspective and experience to enrich this conversation, during the digital gathering and afterwards on the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Knowledge Centre.

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