The Art Canada Institute (ACI) is a national non-profit research organization based at Massey College, University of Toronto, whose exclusive mandate is to promote a multi-vocal Canadian art history to a broad public audience, in both French and English, within Canada and internationally. The ACI works with more than 50 of Canada’s leading art historians, curators, and visual culture experts who are dedicated to the creation of authoritative original content on the people, themes, and topics that have defined Canadian art history. The ACI is a registered Canadian charity.
The Banff Centre is a publicly supported locus for artists and cultural researchers in several arts disciplines. Its mission is to “Inspire Creativity” through Arts Programs, Events, Leadership Development, and conferences, and use of its significant Library and Archives. The Banff Centre brings artists’ concerns to ArtCan.
Canadian Studies, University College, University of Toronto is home to an outstanding concentration of expertise on the study of Canada. Consolidating these resources, the Canadian Studies program at University College is an ideal link and administrative base for ArtCan. Canadian Studies offers a strong national and international network to broaden the art focus of ArtCan. The Canadian Studies program also provides opportunities for students to learn from and engage with the expertise in this field brought together by ArtCan, thus strengthening ArtCan’s commitment to training. Importantly too, the Canadian Studies program is highly admired for initiatives that engage with the wider community in both teaching and research. Examples include a focus on Asian Canadian studies, Black Canadian Studies, Jewish Canadian culture and history, Québec culture, and queer perspectives on Canada. Specific student-centred projects will productively link ArtCan and the Canadian Studies program through experiential learning.
The Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art, Concordia University seeks to advance the scholarly study of Canadian visual culture in all historical periods. The Institute supports research on Canadian art, publishes scholarly materials in various print and electronic formats, participates in a continuous dialogue with academic and museological communities, and establishes connections to art communities in Canada and beyond by hosting symposia, lectures, and conferences. ArtCan will actively complement the Jarislowky’s research and mobilization priorities by involving more partners and collaborators from the museum and private sectors in projects of mutual concern.
The University of New Brunswick is the oldest English-language university in Canada. With campuses in Fredericton and Saint John, it leads and hosts nearly 75% of all university research in the province. UNB is a leader in humanities and social sciences education with more than 14 faculties and 75 undergraduate programs, placing particular emphasis on teaching and researching the culture and history of Atlantic Canada. UNB’s new interdisciplinary Atlantic Canada Studies Centre provides important leadership in this local field and in tandem with globally significant research excellence. The UNB Libraries’ Centre for Digital Scholarship is an especially important part of the collaboration. Through its leadership in humanities computing and the digitization of research materials it will supply the research expertise and web platform to host ArtCan's digital commons. Also, the University of New Brunswick Art Centre is participating in ArtCan's Images Streams digitization project.