Knowledge Graph for the Arts

Digital access, agency and transformation

An open knowledge graph is an infrastructure for metadata insight, innovation and self-determination.

What we're working on

A national knowledge graph for the arts is a project to create a communal knowledge graph of what’s happening in arts in Canada. The focus of the initiative is centred on making the process simple for arts organizations and artists to generate, maintain, link, structure and share machine-readable metadata about their events and activities. In an AI-powered world, linked structured data is critical for discoverability. is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategy Fund, and since inception has been led in partnership by Sherrie Johnson and Culture Creates.

Linked Digital Future Initiative

A semantic ontology for the performing arts

Our work with CAPACOA’s Linked Digital Future Initiative is centred on research, data modelling and prototyping experimentation.

Footlight (in development)

Easy-to-use tools for transforming arts information into machine-readable data

A suite of easy to use tools to keep the human in the loop. Footlight provides: one, “robot glasses” for the arts to see what event metadata is actually being detected by machines on a website; two, missing data programmatically structured into machine readable code; and three, via a code snippet a user can inject and publish appropriate machine readable code to the backend of a website. Ultimately, Footlight helps generate the right type of structured data for a knowledge graph.

How we do things​

  • Draw on the power of links and connections – it’s how we work with people and build knowledge graphs
  • Build solutions that create opportunities for others – for arts organizations and their audiences
  • Use business as a mechanism to find ways for sharing opportunities with stakeholders – it’s our ethics
  • Play the supporting role – artists and art organizations are the stars

Structured data is a basic building block for discoverability. At Culture Creates, we want to make sure that every website in the arts has this basic building block.

– The Culture Creates Team

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Experts in arts management and digital technologies, the team has insider expertise in both the performing arts and high-tech sectors.

We acknowledge that our business is located on unceded Kanien’kehá:ka territory.

Tammy Lee

Co-Founder & CEO

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

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Gregory Saumier-Finch

Co-Founder & CTO

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

Caitlin Troughton

Co-Founder & COO

I am a career marketer and strategic thinker who seeks to empower the arts with technology.