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UWinnipeggers are part of ‘Mass Culture’ collaboration across Canada

Audree Espada

UWinnipeg Drs朱莉Nagam和Serena Keshavjee are part of a Mass Culture/Mobilisation culturelle (MC) project. They have been selected through theMitacs Accelerate program, to examine the civic impacts of the arts in the lives of加拿大居住研究:艺术的公民影响项目


This will be a great opportunity to highlight the numerous arts institutions in the Prairies and to start a much larger conversation about current diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Audree Espada

Nagam正在与Keshavjee和两名获得Mitacs加速计划资金一起参加的MC项目的方向和内容。Audree Espada和Missy Leblanc正在Uwinnipeg完成文化研究艺术硕士学位(策展实践)。他们的团队的重点是多样性和包容性。


Espada notes that this integrated learning has combined theory with practice, “This study feels like a fantastic capstone to my studies as I complete my MA. For this project, I combine the qualitative research skills I acquired in the field of anthropology with the critical theory of cultural studies. This will be a great opportunity to highlight the numerous arts institutions in the Prairies and to start a much larger conversation about current diversity and inclusion initiatives.”

Checking out the museums

Espada and Leblanc have been attending workshops on gathering data, on following ethics with the other students in the MC project from across the country, and then in the Fall they will branch out into the museum and gallery world to research, and then process the data they are collecting.

“The students will be gathering information on how museums are responding to the cultural shift that happening right now and this information will be used across Canada to better understand the impact of the arts, especially on BIPOC communities,” said Keshavjee. “This project gives these students an excellent foundation and training in both the academic and professional aspects of gallery and museum work, and I am thrilled to be working with Dr. Nagam and these talented MA students.”

这项研究和资金与加拿大艺术委员会,文化统计工作组(联邦政府 - 地区文化和遗产表),安大略省Trillium Foundation和多伦多艺术基金会合作。

The Research in Residence: Arts’ Civic Impact initiative will deepen the capacity of the Canadian arts sector to develop evidence-based approaches and build a future in which the arts sector in Canada can thrive.

Other institutions include McGill University, Emily Carr University’s Aboriginal Gathering Place, Dalhousie University, and Carleton University.

Mass Culture is a collaborative support organization that takes a community-based approach to providing diverse parties with the context and connections needed to enhance the equitable mobilization of arts and culture research.


Espada grew up Los Angeles, and understands the value of proper representation of diverse communities in the arts and humanities. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at the University of California – Santa Barbara, Espada worked as an archaeologist and museum professional in California, Colorado, and New Mexico. Espada draws upon her many years of field experience to highlight and uplift diverse voices in museum and gallery spaces.


LeBlanc holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta, double majoring in the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture and Sociology and a Diploma in Arts & Cultural Management from MacEwan University.

Her recent curatorial projects include Atautchikun | wâhkôtamowin (2021, forthcoming), Tina Guyani | Deer Road (2019) and Reverberate (2018). As the inaugural Emerging Curatorial Resident at TRUCK Contemporary Art, LeBlanc curated two exhibitions—Taskoch pipon kona kah nipa muskoseya, nepin pesim eti pimachihew | Like the winter snow kills the grass, the summer sun revives it and Mamanaw Pekiskwewina | Mother Tongues—organized a one day gathering, and wrote and designed a risograph publication centered on Indigenous language revitalization and epistemologies in November/December 2019. The project will now be going on tour across Canada throughout 2021.

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