Artifex was created in 2019-20 through a partnership between Mass Culture and the Creative Hubs and Networks Database at University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) with support from the Critical Digital Methods Institute (CDMI), which continues to host the repository. Through the generosity of the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA), Mass Culture has expanded its capacity to collect additional resources from the Canadian arts sector and make them accessible on Artifex. CDMI co-lead Mary Elizabeth Luka continues to work with Mass Culture to advise on and maintain the appropriate ethics protocols needed for the collection and presentation of resources in a manner that recognizes the moral, artistic, and IP contributions of artists, researchers, and copyright holders involved in the production of such resources.
Artifex reflects commitments shared between Mass Culture and 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.