Community Arts and Digital Practice During COVID-19 Needs Assessment
In 2021, Toronto’s six Local Arts Service Organizations, led by East End Arts, undertook a study to better understand the dynamic shift to digital and virtual spaces for Community Arts organizations and practitioners. The aim was to assess the effectiveness of the strategies and practices that these groups used in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the changes and barriers that they encountered in moving to virtual modes of delivery. The project was completed by a research team composed of Nordicity and Toronto Arts Foundation’s Research & Impact Manager, Dr. Shawn Newman, with support from former Toronto Arts Council Strategic Programs Manager, Erika Hennebury. Funding came from the Canada Council for the Arts’ Digital Strategy Fund.