Digital knowledge management for the arts

The best metadata on every arts event in Canada

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What we do

Culture Creates makes live events find-able for voice powered search and AI powered virtual assistants, like Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant. "Translating event listings into structured data… is arguably the most urgent digital action item for performing arts [today]." - Frédéric Julien, Director Research and Development, CAPACOA

We built our Footlight technology to make events find-able on the Web and ensure that arts organizations will always be the digital authority of their own metadata - not Google, not Facebook.


Introducing Footlight

Find-ability of events radically improved.

How Footlight Works

Free for Canadian arts organizations

Footlight programmatically collects, structures and connects public event information converting it into machine readable code and linked data. We do this so event information can be ready for any smart activity on any future device. Users are no longer searching for queries on the web but finding answers. Only the linked will survive!

On every virtual assistant EVERY arts event in Canada will be on the tip of its tongue. When people say "Alexa what can I do tonight?" the arts will be ready.


Imagine a unified, informative way for the nation’s art and culture to present itself on the Internet. Imagine enterprise platforms like Expedia, AirBnB, Culture Trip, Ticketmaster, Amazon, Facebook and Google being able to include cultural events within their offers in every city across Canada. Imagine arts organizations being able to offer local cultural events on future enterprise platforms throughout the country reaching millions of Canadians.

What people are saying

"Nous avons le plaisir d’appuyer votre projet et de souhaiter rejoindre cette coopérative, afin de renforcer le réseau des organismes culturels présent dans les plate-forme numériques. Grâce à votre initiative, la riche programmation culturelle du Musée de la civilisation gagnerait en visibilité et découvrabilité sur Internet."
Stéphan La Roche, Directeur général,
Les musées de la civilisation
"Culture Creates will allow arts organizations across Canada to not only maintain control of their data, but to access new wealth with it."
Nancy Lanthier, Communication Director,
BC Alliance for Arts + Culture
"Quand au projet de la Culture Crée, il s’agit d’une idée qui arrive à point nommé."
Annie Gascon, Direction, communications-marketing,
Théâtre du nouveau monde
"Translating event listings into machine-readable code may sound a bit cryptic, but its arguably one of the most urgent digital action items for performing arts organizations."
Frédéric Julien, Director of Research and Development,
CAPACOA
"Cette initiative est importante pour l’écosystème, car elle explore de nouvelles façons de générer l’innovation en affaires au sein de la culture et des arts de la scène."
Pierre Des Marais, Directeur artistique et général,
Danse Danse
"The Dance Current as Canada’s dance magazine strongly support Culture Creates."
Sarah Lochhead, Director,
The Dance Current
"Votre projet est visionnaire tant dans l’approche technologique que vous souhaitez mettre en oeuvre, soit l’usage de notions en intelligence artificielle, que par le choix d’un mode de constitution en coopérative de solidarité, habile méthode pour favoriser la mise en commun d’informations clés."
Jean-Robert Bisaillon, Président,
metaD - Iconoclaste inc.
"Their use of linked open data technologies dovetails with the strategies of the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (beta.cwr.ca) to host, foster and disseminate linked and interoperable research associated with Canadian culture and cultural groups."
Susan Brown, President,
Canadian Society for Digital Humanities
"Tammy Lee and Gregory Saumier-Finch demonstrate an acute digital acumen and a capacity to pin point game-changing digital opportunities for the performing arts sector."
Frédéric Julien, Director of Research and Development,
CAPACOA
"Nous avons pu constater leur expertise et leur excellente connaissance des milieux culturels et numériques."
Martine Rioux, Directrice générale,
Québec numérique
"As a professor of cultural analytics, I firmly believe that the arts world needs to become more digitally engaged to take advantage of new kinds of networks, search technologies and audience building techniques. The technology being provided by Culture Creates directly addresses these needs."
Andrew Piper, Director,
.txtLAB@McGill
"Nous croyons que l’initiative entreprise par la culture crée sera important pour l’écosystème des arts de la scène et de la culture et qu’elle stimulera la création de modèles d’affaires innovateurs."
Michael Cianci, Développement des affaires,
Outbox
"Nous croyons que, grâce à des initiatives comme Culture Creates, le secteur des arts deviendra plus fort et solide, ce qui permettra de propulser la culture canadienne encore plus loin, grâce notamment au numérique."
Martine Rioux, Directrice générale,
Québec numérique

Who we’re working with


Supporters

From across Canada

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A National Digital Vision

Using data to create new financing opportunities

"Data flows have transformed how businesses do commerce and people connect globally, making data the most valuable asset in today’s economy." - Jim Balsillie, Canadian businessman and former Co-CEO of RIM.

At Culture Creates we recognize the importance of online data, so we propose a national digital vision with the aim of:

We understand the pre-cursor before any digital transformation can occur - in any sector - is a critical mass of structured data. We created Footlight technology to directly address the need to structure linked open data in the arts. We have chosen a narrow focus on performance listings and event metadata.

Beyond the benefits of improved find-ability and efficiency, when Canadian arts organizations use Footlight not only do they become the digital authority of their own metadata, together they generate a valuable mass of useable and connected metadata.

Our vision proposes putting this valuable mass of metadata in an innovative model of collective ownership involving arts organizations across Canada in the form of a platform cooperative.

We seek to shift the existing power of closed exclusive data access presently held by multi-national tech companies to one that is open and accessible for the arts in Canada. And with access to valuable data, the arts will be able to generate and capitalize on new financing opportunities.

The Canadian arts sector will have the technology and a platform cooperative to protect national cultural metadata and generate new revenue for itself. It is a proposed digital vision designed at the outset to better position the Canadian arts sector to seize opportunities, innovate, develop, amplify and over time transform its organizational models.



Leadership

Experts in arts management and digital technologies

Culture Creates' founders have insider expertise in both the performing arts and high-tech sectors.

TAMMY LEE

Co-Founder, CEO

tammy@culturecreates.com

I am a career arts manager, big picture thinker and entrepreneur dedicated to taking on ambitious projects that help arts thrive.

GREGORY SAUMIER-FINCH

Co-Founder, CTO

gregory@culturecreates.com

I am an engineer and entrepreneur who loves the arts. I am obsessed with using technology for the betterment of society as a whole.

What you can do to help

Reach out if you have any questions

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Sign up online

Be the first to know about funding and important news as we approach our launch.

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Show your support

Join the growing list of supporters and ask to have your logo included on our website. Better yet provide a quote.

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Join the co-op

When we launch we’ll invite you to join the first metadata cooperative for the arts.