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Harbour Collective Awarded Digital Strategy Fund Grant

We’re pleased to announce that Harbour Collective has been awarded a $470,000 grant from the Canada Council’s Digital Strategy Funds program, Public Access to Arts and Citizen Engagement (Multiphase) component.

With the support of this grant, Harbour Collective will research, develop and pilot test a framework for a new model national Indigenous media art digital resource centre over the course of three years. Stage 1 includes a comprehensive research component consulting 70 Indigenous artists from across Canada, with onsite gatherings in:

  • Winnipeg
  • Saskatoon
  • Yellowknife
  • St. John’s
  • Toronto
  • Montreal

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, we may need to modify the planned consultations process.

Harbour Collective will work with multiple non profit media art production centre partners nationally and the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA), as well as Indigenous-owned technology partner Vincent Design to develop the framework for a new model independent digital resource centre for Indigenous media artists and to support bridge-making between existing organizations in the media arts and a new user base.

THE CHALLENGE

Can a new type of organizational model emerge to bridge the diversity gap clearly present within the media art sector’s legacy organizations — one that acknowledges that the historic production centres are meaningful, resource-rich organizations, but also have systemic structural issues that are holding them back from meaningfully expanding the demographics of their core client base?

In this new era, where the ability to harness the full potential of digital tools has become significantly less expensive, can a new model Indigenous media art digital resource centre be developed to fill-in and add onto the resources of the regional legacy organizations, in a way that can provide enhanced support to Indigenous artists, beyond the unpaid and unfunded ad hoc efforts that pervade the milieu?

Can this new organizational model be used as a structure that can be replicated by others, to provide enhanced support to the sector’s other historically un/under-served demographics?