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Welcome to Artifex

Artifex was created through a partnership between Mass Culture and the Creative Hubs and Networks Mapping Initiative (CHNMI) at University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) with support from the Critical Digital Methods Institute (CDMI) in 2020-2021.

Artifex reflects commitments shared between Mass Culture and CHNMI/CDMI (UTSC) to ensure all communities have the ability to mobilize and benefit from arts and culture research. Consequently, Artifex is publicly accessible. The exchange and dissemination of knowledge and research links that this database provides will be important to the following organizations and individuals: policy makers, creative workers and artists, researchers and academics, media, funders and general interest audiences. The resource database presents information in a way that is both digestible and in-depth, making it a key information resource for anyone working in or interested in the arts and cultural sector in Canada.

You will find the Artifex research resources useful if you are a:



Creative Worker

Artrepreneurs/ Entrepreneurs



General Interest

Policy Makers

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About Artifex

Mass Culture is a collaborative support organization that takes a community-based approach to providing diverse parties with the context and connections to enhance equitable mobilization of arts and culture research. By convening cultural workers and academics, Mass Culture provides a platform for knowledge to be explored, widely understood, and mobilized. Artifex supports Mass Culture’s overarching mission to recognize, undertake and disseminate professional research that is relevant to the Canadian arts community and its growing network of researchers. This database also supports the University’s mandate to create and share original knowledge.

The information collected for this database came from publicly available information from the organizations, researchers or individuals, as recommended or sourced by individuals within Mass Culture’s growing network, and by the students who worked on the project. With an increasing inventory of research papers, toolkits, and other materials, Mass Culture decided to organize this material to share, in a comprehensive way, with those interested in cultural research. Assembly of the original material was overseen by Tara Mazurk, Robin Sokoloski, and Kathryn Geertsema from Mass Culture. Refinement and primary data organization was overseen by Mary Elizabeth Luka (UTSC) with primary data organization conducted by Sylvie Stojanovski, additional COVID resources researched and added by Hazel Yoon, graphic design by Hazel Yoon and JP King, and website design by Jermaine Williams.

Open Access Policy Guidelines

To support the advancement of open and accessible information and data, while respecting the labour that goes into producing such information and data, Artifex provides this set of research resources under the following Open Access Policy. Mass Culture and CHNMI/CDMI (UTSC) are committed to recognizing and respecting each researcher’s information and data represented within the database.

  • Those wishing to use this Resource Database are required to acknowledge Mass Culture/UTSC per the Creative Commons (CC) license.
    • Under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license, users are free to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
    • Attribution: Users must give appropriate credit to the Resource Database and to original source organization, researcher or entity
    • Non-Commercial: The Resource Database may not be used for commercial purposes
    • Derivatives: users that decide to change or build upon the material from the Resource Database may not distribute the reformed material
  • All information that is derived from the Resource Database is required to acknowledge Mass Culture and UTSC as well as the originating organization or researcher represented as the original source.
  • The Open Access policy does not apply to third-party content. Anyone wishing to use content that belongs to the researchers and organizations within the database is responsible for understanding and contacting the right holder(s) for their permission.

More about Mass Culture

Mass Culture’s mandate is to ensure that all communities have the ability to mobilize and benefit from arts and culture research. Mass Culture will support arts and culture-based research that upholds its guiding principles of Mutual Respect, Access, Decent Work, Reconciliation and Relationship Development, Relations, Stability and Integrity. Additionally, Mass Culture will prioritize supporting research that draws upon and builds on the strength of its networks through knowledge mobilization and knowledge translation. MC respects both the value of access to information and the importance of proprietary rights. Work of others will only be shared with permission from the author(s) and the decision on how that information is shared will be decided in concert with the author(s).

Mass Culture’s network is managed by two staff, five volunteer Working Groups, and a number of project leads and partners. Mass Culture intends to make research useful to a wide network, and will amplify research through knowledge exchange activities. This may include, but is not limited to, social media and newsletter communications, in-person and digital gatherings, hackathons, and more. Mass Culture supports the principle of clear language and, where possible, engaging with research authors to connect their work to other researchers and to the arts and culture across Canada.

More about the Creative Hubs and Networks Mapping Initiative

The Creative Hubs and Networks Mapping Initiative (CHNMI) is part of the Critical Digital Methods Institute (CDMI) at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). Led by Mary Elizabeth Luka, the CHNMI supports the CDMI’s overarching interdisciplinary focus on seeking to build bridges across the gaps that exist between disciplines, media, systems and people. The exchange and dissemination of knowledge that this database provides will be important to the following organizations and individuals: creative hubs funders and leaders, policy makers, community users, creative workers and artists, researchers, and specific publics.

Each of these audiences will be able to access and use the database for assistance in various projects as well as an information resource. Creative hub funders will be able to better evaluate the inventory of creative hubs available, as well as being able to examine the creative hubs they do not fund. The publication of this database will be beneficial for the hubs themselves, and artists, as this puts the creative organizations in communication with each other. Finally, this database presents information for the general public in a way that is both digestible and in-depth, making it a key information resource for those interested in creative organizations in Canada.


If you would like to connect with the Mass Culture and UTSC teams as it relates to Artifex (information shared, updating resources, sharing new resources, etc.), please contact

Updated as of June 17 5:25PM