The Researchers in Residence: Arts’ Civic Impact initiative is conducting digital ethnographic research to build knowledge for flexible and responsive impact evaluation, including the identification of impact indicators and measurement frameworks of use to the arts sector. The term impact evaluation refers to what is assessed and counted as “success” for an organization or sector. The project is co-led by Robin Sokoloski at Mass Culture and CDMI Co-lead, Mary Elizabeth Luka at UTSC, with this bibliography as one of several open access contributions. The initiative is funded by Mitacs and by 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, and six universities (McGill, Emily Carr’s Aboriginal Gathering Place, Winnipeg, Dalhousie & Carleton as well as UTSC). When completed, this national research model, including the qualitative impact frameworks developed during the research, will be publicly shared.
The Diversity and Inclusion themed bibliography was developed collaboratively by graduate student researchers Audree Espada, Missy LeBlanc, and Shanice Bernicky, with input from the Artifex resource repository, U of T PhD student Cate Alexander, and research co-leads Luka and Sokoloski.
Bernicky’s research investigates the current inclusivity practices amongst art organization/festivals of diverse Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Colour (BIPOC) groups. Much of the literature interrogating multiculturalism policy and diversity and inclusion practices have found that they reproduce colonial epistemologies. In contrast, Bernicky examines how can current D&I plans and practices developed by organizations allow for self-determination among BIPOC groups.