Collaborative Ventures

Toronto Arts Foundation and Metcalf Foundation are supporting a two year research initiative to document and evaluate the process, progress and impact of two collaborative ventures in Toronto’s independent theatre sector.

In 2015 Toronto Arts Foundation, in partnership with Metcalf Foundation, undertook a research and evaluation study of two collaborative ventures in Toronto’s theatre sector.

Why Not Theatre’s RISER project is leveraging community resources to assist independent producers. Generator, an arts service organization serving Toronto’s theatre community, is building the skills and capacities of independent producers.

The two initiatives are case studies of social innovation in the arts. A number of questions will be looked at including: What are these (alleged) disruptions responding to? How does practice inform theory? How do we assess and articulate the value of evolving initiatives? What kind of world or transformation is being imagined and developed?

The research project is drawing from interviews, mapping ideas and relationships, analysis and synthesis of data, and documentation of methods.

The research is being led by artist, researcher and cultural consultant Helen Yung and will conclude in December 2017 with an arts-informed, problem solving community convening.

Archived research material can be found at:


For more information contact: Margo Charlton, Research Manager, Toronto Arts Foundation  416-392-6802 ext 201