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Cultural resilience in the arts, culture, and heritage

A project for the Creative City Network of Canada and its partners

July 17, 202117 July 2021

Thanks for sharing stories of cultural resilience

Our web survey for this project has now closed. Thank you to the arts, culture, and heritage community for submitting powerful stories of innovation and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. The research team will review the submissions, prepare a website to share the stories, and investigate some stories in greater detail (including an online profile and a feature in subsequent training programs, with the aim of creating a community of learning).

Background: This research-action initiative aims to discover dynamic examples of cultural innovation and to amplify these success stories. Cultural Resilience: Using Innovation to Stabilize in Times of Crisis is a multi-year project of The Creative City Network of Canada in partnership with the Cultural Human Resources Council, Les Arts et la Ville, and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

Hill Strategies is leading the research for the first phase of this project, while its second phase involves professional development to transmit key learnings to other cultural organizations and artists, with the goal of building resilience within the arts and heritage sector.

There is no doubt that the pandemic has been very difficult for many artists and cultural workers. Abundant evidence of this has come from surveys (such as the National Arts and Culture Impact Survey) and broad employment and economic indicators (analyzed by CAPACOA).

Thanks go out to the Department of Canadian Heritage for funding this important work.


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