Mass Culture / Mobilisation Culture, began in 2018 a conversation with Canadian Community where they invited sharp minds and leaders to present their thoughts on the state of Canadian Culture. These insightful conversations with individuals in the arts on an array of cultural research topics such as the current socio-economic status of artists, new revenue models for the arts, and arts for social change are presented as MC Minds, a podcast series. One of the objectives of this podcast series MC Minds will inspire, educate, question, connect and journey through knowledge on arts and culture research topics across Canada.
MC Minds will inspire, educate, question, connect and journey through knowledge on arts and culture research topics across Canada.
In this podcast we engage with the Massey Report premised on the recent critical essay by Zainub Verjee in Canadian Art Magazine titled “The Great Canadian Amnesia.” In 1951, the final report of Canada’s Massey Commission (a.k.a. the Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters and Sciences) was released. Better known as the Massey Report, this document provided the armature of what would become a state-defined national culture in Canada and give birth to the idea of Canadian content.
What happens when you put forth a certain idea of nationhood and culture—whether in the Massey Report or elsewhere—is limitation to a single narrative or set of narratives. And that’s a huge problem, one that still needs fixing.
Zainub is joined by Narendra Pachkhédé in discussing the politics of the report as well as how the essay engages with the Report.