Arts & AI in Canada?

A Field Scan on sustained collaboration & co-creation between the Canadian artificial intelligence research ecosystem and the arts/culture/media communities in Canada.

WE ASKED

Do Canadians need a national Arts & AI initiative?

BECAUSE, WE LEARNED THAT

Diverse and cultural communities in Canada  lacks significant access to AI and computational tools and knowledge.
The Pan-Canadian AI strategy supports long term cross-disciplinary partnerships with many sectors…  except Arts and Culture.

WE ARE

Katerina Cizek (MIT)
Richard Lachman (Toronto Metropolitan University)

WE ARE SUPPORTED AND ADVISED BY

Canada Council, Banff Centre, CIFAR, Canada Media Fund, Academy of Film and Television and others

WHAT WE NEED

We need to build bridges between AI scientists and artists/culture-workers in order to strengthen the civic, artistic, scientific and economic health of Canada, to the benefit of all Canadians.

WHY IT MATTERS

Remain competitive internationally

Current Pan-Canadian AI Strategy includes many sectors except art/media/culture

Include diverse cultural approaches

Traditionally excluded communities can enrich conversations about ethics, AI development, use of data, potential benefits, and applications

Develop new opportunities and methods

Creative, cultural, research, and business

Develop future talent

Training, HQP, startups, media products, new pipelines

“There has never been a more important time in history for artists to make their needed mark with the right set of computational tools to humanize our collective future.”

John Maeda artist, designer, technologist, 2020

OTHERS ARE ALREADY DOING THIS

We have found comparable international programmes

EUROPE: S+T+ARTS
CHINA: Shanghai cluster
USA: public + private

NEXT STEPS

• Launch report at right time with the right partners
• Build consortium + governance models
• Case studies of successful collaborations
• Program development & piloting
• Strategy for sustainable long-term programming