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The Arts in a Digital World

21 February 2017
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The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to the use of digital to improve the quality, scope and sharing of the arts. To that end, we are developing a digital strategy that addresses a simple but essential question: How can the arts sector in Canada stay relevant by responding more effectively to the changes and upheavals caused by digital technologies?

To gain a clearer understanding of the current situation, the Council commissioned an analysis of the digital strategies adopted by leading governmental organizations in Canada and elsewhere. It also commissioned a survey on how the arts sector in Canada uses digital and the extent of the sector’s digital sophistication. 

The first report, The Arts in a Digital World – Literature Review, explores how artists and arts-related organizations in Canada and around the world have adapted to the digital era while also influencing it. The report is based on an extensive literature review and interviews with arts funding organizations from most parts of the world.

The second report, The Arts in a Digital World – Survey Data Report, presents a snapshot of the impact of digital technologies on Canada’s arts community, in terms of creation, dissemination and business practices.

These two reports were prepared by Nordicity Consulting and commissioned by the Canada Council for the Arts. 

In keeping with this major commitment to digital, the Council is also holding a national summit in Montreal from 15 – 17 March 2017. The Summit on the Arts in a Digital World will be an opportunity to share, innovate and re-imagine together as we form new partnerships, particularly through the new Fund for the Arts in a Digital World that will be launched later this year.

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Literature Review: Executive Summary (PDF 531.4 KB)

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Literature Review: Final Report (PDF 1.2 MB)

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