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March 11, 2021

Arts Chats #2: What is Success? Metrics, Impact and Creative Practice

The pandemic is challenging us to re-think the ways we understand “success.” From artistic vision to statistical metrics, in this panel we discuss how the sector is grappling with articulating impact. What difficulties existed before COVID-19, and what has changed?

Moderator: Shawn Newman Shawn is the Research & Impact Manager at Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation where he leads all research and evaluation activities. Having retired from the dance sector, Shawn moved into academia where his research and teaching focused on race, gender, sexuality and ability in the arts and creative practice. He is the former Executive Director of Public Access and Managing Editor of PUBLIC: Art | Culture | Ideas. Currently, he leads several projects with partners at Ryerson University, Mass Culture, Nordicity and the city’s Local Arts Service Organizations. He holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from Queen’s University.

As part of Toronto Arts Foundation’s ongoing research into the importance of the arts in city and community building, Arts Chats brings together a diverse array of speakers from a variety of disciplines throughout the month of March to discuss timely and understudied issues that affect them, their practice and the impacts of their work. These discussions will help guide the Foundation’s research strategy towards better supporting advocacy, programming and community building efforts across Toronto and throughout the arts sector as a whole. We want to go beyond the conditions of creating and working in the arts during the pandemic to instead use our current context as a lens through which to understand long standing problems in the sector.


Registration is required. Please note that ASL interpretation will be provided for this session. Should you have other accessibility needs, please contact alexandra@torontoarts.org by March 3, 2021.