Creative City Network of Canada

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

In This Issue
Update: Pandemic Sector Successes
All-Access Virtual Public Art Event: Sept 14
CCNC Summer Superstars
Become a Member
200+ Sector Success Stories
Hill Strategies Research collected stories of cultural innovation and resilience in Phase 1 of CCNC research project

Though the arts and culture sector is one of the hardest hit of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is home to some of the most innovative and resilient people. In Phase 1 of CCNC’s major research project Cultural Resilience: Using Innovation to Stabilize in Times of Crisis, CCNC sought to qualify this thought. 


Over the last two months, Hill Strategies Research set out on CCNC’s behalf to collect stories from artists and organizations across Canada who exhibited resilience through innovation. The search wrapped up on July 16 and we tallied over 200 stories of resilience in arts and culture. These stories span many disciplines from festivals, music, writings, museums and galleries, to libraries, visual arts and more and represent resilience from every corner of the country. They represent work done by artists of a mosaic of ethno-cultural backgrounds in both official languages. With help from the Canadian Network for Arts and Learning and Capital Heritage Connexion, who have launched similar projects, we are confident that the sample we’ve received is robust and an excellent platform for Phase 2 of this project.


From here, Hill Strategies will dive deeper into the 30 stories that showcase highly learnable innovation and resilience in regards to finding new audiences and generating new streams of revenue. A report on these 30 will be published and available in the fall. In 2022, with the help of the Cultural Human Resources Council, we will develop and deliver hands-on training opportunities for the sector in a post-COVID world. The aim of this two-phase project is to build an even more innovative and resilient sector. 


Stay tuned for snapshots of all the stories! They are too good to not share and celebrate.


CCNC thanks the team at Hill Strategies Research, its partners, Les Arts et la Ville, Cultural Human Resources Council, and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. A big thank you to everyone who shared their story with us or nominated their favourite pandemic arts project! Finally, thank you to our major project funder, the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Upcoming Virtual Event
Public Art and Monuments in Canada's Municipalities with special guest Ken Lum of Monument Lab

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September 14, 2021
Hosted by the Public Art Network Council

Limited space left!

Ken Lum is an internationally recognized artist, founder of Monument Lab, and the Chair of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design in Philadelphia. He brought his wide range of experience as a public art artist to Season 1 of the CCNC podcast miniseries with host Annetta Latham.


Join PAN for a Q&A with Mr. Lum as we expand on topics from his interview and take questions from the floor.

Following the Q&A, participants will break out into one of four discussion groups. Topic preferences will be considered in group assignments. Topics are:

  1. Monuments, Public Art, Public Space, and Social Justice: Contributing to this work
  2. Permanence versus Temporary: Best practices and adaptation within public art programs and management
  3. The Impact of COVID on Public Art Programs: Good or bad? Searching for silver linings
  4. De-Schooling Public Art Program Relationships: Artists, access, and municipalities; studio artists and public art artists

We want your voice and your perspective at the table.

Everyone is invited! Members attend for free. Bursaries are available for non-members. Email [email protected] to inquire about a bursary. 

CCNC Summer Superstars

This summer, CCNC has had the pleasure of having three young leaders of tomorrow on our summer staff. Hello and thank you to Kayla Rourke, William Latham, and Clayton Rivers!

Kayla Rourke
Kayla Rourke
Kayla is a Summer Intern joining CCNC from MacEwan University as the final part of her diploma in Arts and Cultural Management. She has worked in arts and culture for a decade and also brings experience as a certified teacher! She comes from Saskatchewan and has worked with the Globe Theatre and MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, the Lyric Theatre and Art Gallery of Swift Current, and Remai Modern in Saskatoon. She has been working closely with the Culture Resilience Project and will be working on revamping the online resource library this summer.
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William Latham
Hailing from the land of the little flightless birds, William has recently graduated from the University of Alberta as a double major in Philosophy and Film Studies. Throughout his education he has long been interested in this intersection, between the glacial patience of philosophical inquiry and the endlessly fickle and flickering rapidity of contemporary media consumption. On the back of these two relatively flimsy wings, he hopes to fly a little longer on the academic radar as he heads for Grad school on the west coast. His studies thus far, and hopefully forthcoming, have focused mostly on the work of Gilles Deleuze. In particular, William was granted an institutional research award at the UofA to spend the agoraphobic summer of 2020 investigating the conjunction of Deleuze and the French film director Claire Denis. This research asked: what insights can be gleaned from the affective corporeality of Deleuze’s metaphysics and Denis’ filmography when facing the algorithmic, surveillant media world we now inhabit. It is this line of inquiry he hopes to continue pursuing come autumn.
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Clayton Rivers
Clayton Rivers
My name is Clayton Rivers. I am a summer student with the Creative City Network of Canada. This position has allowed me to learn more about the culture sector while transitioning from my studies in philosophy and psychology to my studies in Canadian law. I am involved in establishing the organizational framework for an inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility committee. I also support multiple other projects. These involve researching new online resources, promoting the use of quantitative data, and establishing future plans for the organization. I am grateful for this opportunity because it allows me to get work experience in an open-minded environment.
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