A collaboration with Mass Culture

Building an Arts Impact Community. Speakers: Senator Patricia Bovey, Dr. Gladys Rowe, Christina Loewen. Action Tables Led By: Lynda Rey, Meredith Davis, Meghan Lindsay, Jonathan Lapalme. When: June 23, 1 – 4 PM Eastern. Register: An event brought to you by: Association for Opera in Canada, Mass Culture, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Trillium Foundation.

What would an Arts Impact Community look like? What would it need to gain buy-in and be shaped by its users, to be an equitable learning resource and system of support, to have a culture of open-ness, to be innovative, exploratory, and scalable?

This conference was designed as a catalyst for Building an Arts Impact Community.

On June 23, 2021, Mass Culture and the Association for Opera in Canada hosted an event entitled Building an Arts Impact Community. The event included a visual database, designed for delegates to explore on their own time prior to the event as well during the event itself.

The event began with an address from Senator Patricia Bovey, looking at art and its impact on society, followed by presentations and learnings from a number of amazing individuals.

Christina Loewen of Association for Opera in Canada shared their 5 year journey to the creation of an Opera Civic Impact Framework and Platform with an invitation for a grassroots exploration of what a broader Arts Impact Community and Approach might look like.

Dr. Gladys Rowe set the stage for decolonized community-building, as the event broke down into Action Tables led by Lynda Rey, Meghan Lindsay, Meredith Davis and Jonathan Lapalme.

Christina’s discussion combined with Dr. Gladys Rowe’s piece provided participants with the background, knowledge and inspiration to take part in Action Tables (breakout sessions) that covered the following topics:

Community Building
Discovering the Commonalities
The Learning Centre
Creating Space for Experimentation

Created for the event, this Miro continues to be accessible to anyone who’s interested in building an arts impact community. You can check it out here.