Introducing WorkInCulture's MakingItWork research project!

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(Lisa Fiorilli) #1

MakingItWork is a research project that’s taking an in-depth look at the experiences of cultural workers (including artists) and employers in Ontario’s arts, culture, heritage and library sector. This research project is being led by WorkInCulture, and we’ve enlisted Nordicity to assist in its development. MakingItWork is supported by the Government of Ontario.

With MakingItWork, we’re really interested in getting to the heart of what it’s like to be a cultural worker or organization in Ontario. We want to hear from individual artists and creative workers across all disciplines, as well as from organizations big and small, for-profit and nonprofit, about their labour force experiences. This information will help deepen our collective understanding of skills gaps, needs and priorities, career pathways, growth opportunities, as well as understand how well our sector is responding and meaningfully acting on diversity, equity, and accessibility needs.

To do this, Nordicity has developed a multi-faceted approach that includes:

  • New ways to analyze existing data sources, like Statistics Canada and Census data.
  • An online survey that will help us distill key information from individuals and organizations about things like their skills gaps and training needs. The MakingItWork survey will be launching in a few weeks!
  • A series of community roundtables, held across the province, to ensure that we’re not just collecting numbers. We want to be able to tell the stories of the individuals and organizations who are making it work in our sector. We’ve completed 4 out of 10 roundtables so far, and you can see some preliminary insights here.

We will be sharing more information about the upcoming survey (and MakingItWork more broadly) here on the Knowledge Centre, as well as on our website and social media!


(Liz Forsberg) #2

Thanks for sharing an update on this exciting work Lisa. Looking forward to the release of the survey. I will spread the word through my channels when it’s ready to go!

For those who are hearing about this work for the first time, it’s such an important part of the conversation around ensuring that we have a thriving (and sustainable!) environment for artists and culture workers to work in.


WorkInCulture launches the MakingItWork Survey!