Arts Top 10: Volume 1

The Ellipsis Digital team has pulled together ten articles that caught our eye in the arts and culture space to help inform and inspire artists, arts administrators and arts aficionados alike.

Culture for Competitiveness: How Vibrant Culture Attracts Top Talent

At the end of last month, Business for the Arts released a report (with support from Ontario Arts Council) that included research findings (from Nanos Research) from a survey of 500 skilled workers and 508 businesses in Ontario about the importance of a vibrant arts and culture scene when it comes to attracting and retaining talent.

Kickstarter: Changing Arts and Minds

Benefit corporation and fellow Certified B Corporation, Kickstarter, has helped break down barriers between artists and audiences and channel $2 billion into the hands of creators. "In the end, it may be impossible to measure the value of art or the imagination and creativity unleashed by Kickstarter and its ilk. Each Kickstarter project has its own ripple effect in the world, touching lives in unknowable ways."

Royal Ontario Museum Opens Doors for Art and Music Therapy

Supporting treatment and care, the Royal Ontario Museum (in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Toronto) opens its doors for specialized programming for people living with dementia. 

MOCA Appoints Interim CEO

On July 6, the Museum of Contemporary Art_Toronto_Canada (MOCA) appointed Terry Nicholson to the position of Interim Chief Executive Officer. Terry was formerly the Director of Arts and Culture for the City of Toronto, and has been actively involved the adaptive reuse of heritage spaces.

(Drunk) History Has Its Eyes On Lin-Manuel

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tony Award Winner and creator of Hamilton will be featured on season four of Drunk History (airs on Comedy Central in the United States, Crave in Canada). The content of Miranda's upcoming appearance is unknown, but a tweet from last December suggests a departure from Hamilton.

Will Smith and Margot Robbie Unveil the New Suicide Squad Exhibit in the Distillery District

Toronto's Distillery District is host to a two-day pop-up Suicide Squad exhibit showcasing set pieces from the Toronto-shot movie (still open Thursday, July 28th). 

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity's New Look and Strategic Plan

At the start of June, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity recently launched a new look, mission and vision to reflect where it is today and where it plans to go in the future. 

Cameron Baily Talks TIFF's Foray into Virtual Reality

Toronto International Film Festival's artistic director talks about incorporating a virtual reality (VR) showcase into the last three days of the festival (September 16-18). 

The L.A. River Is Now A Temporary Art Museum

"We used the L.A. River as a canvas, and light as a material, and we project several visual stories," says artist Refik Anadol, about the project. It's 1 of 16 installations up now around the city—on and around the river—as part of Current:LA Water, a new public art biennial. 

Pokémon Go is Invading Canadian Museums, so How are They Responding?

Pokémon Go is luring people out in a big way, and museums and art galleries like the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Art Gallery of Ontarioare deciding how to respond.