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Resource Highlight | Framing Community – A Community-Engaged Art Workbook (Ontario Arts Council)

Framing Community – A Community-Engaged Art Workbook
Ontario Arts Council | ON | 2017

Framing Community – A Community-Engaged Art Workbook provides guidance on how to develop projects and points to resources, references and funding sources and offers examples of recent artist-led projects in the province. It is the new version of an earlier workbook, Another Vital Link, published in 1998. Community-engaged artist, educator and consultant Maggie Hutcheson was commissioned to look at how the practice, its principles and processes have evolved in Ontario over the past 20 years.”

Click through the ArtBridges Resource Portal to learn more.

Resource Highlight | Artful Anti-Oppression: A toolkit for critical and creative changemakers (Vol.3: Systems)

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Artful Anti-Oppression: A toolkit for critical and creative changemakers (Vol.3: Systems)
AVNU | ON | 2015
Nat Tremblay, with Anna Malla, Joce Tremblay, Leah Dolmage, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

“The arts can also be used as teaching tools to explore critical equity concepts in a way that is accessible & engaging for diverse learning styles & needs….This resource has been assembled through research, community consultations and drawing upon a legacy of organizing, education & socially engaged arts in the Americas. It holds critical theory & grassroots perspectives. It incorporates activities, ideas, concepts, stories, perspectives and art from dozens of creative change makers….It can be used for individual and group learning.”

Click through the ArtBridges Resource Portal to read the full document.

Resource Highlight | Artful Anti-Oppression: A toolkit for critical and creative changemakers (Vol.2: Ism’s)

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Artful Anti-Oppression: A toolkit for critical and creative changemakers (Vol.2: Ism’s)
AVNU | ON | 2015
Nat Tremblay with Anna Malla, Joce Tremblay, Leah Dolmage, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

“The arts can also be used as teaching tools to explore critical equity concepts in a way that is accessible & engaging for diverse learning styles & needs….This resource has been assembled through research, community consultations and drawing upon a legacy of organizing, education & socially engaged arts in the Americas. It holds critical theory & grassroots perspectives. It incorporates activities, ideas, concepts, stories, perspectives and art from dozens of creative change makers….It can be used for individual and group learning.”

Click through the ArtBridges Resource Portal to read the full document.

Resource Highlight | Artful Anti-Oppression: A toolkit for critical and creative changemakers (Vol.1: Roots)

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Artful Anti-Oppression: A toolkit for critical and creative changemakers (Vol.1: Roots)
AVNU | ON | 2015
Nat Tremblay with Anna Malla, Joce Tremblay, Leah Dolmage, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

“The arts can also be used as teaching tools to explore critical equity concepts in a way that is accessible & engaging for diverse learning styles & needs….This resource has been assembled through research, community consultations and drawing upon a legacy of organizing, education & socially engaged arts in the Americas. It holds critical theory & grassroots perspectives. It incorporates activities, ideas, concepts, stories, perspectives and art from dozens of creative change makers….It can be used for individual and group learning.”

Click through the ArtBridges Resource Portal to read the full document.

Conseils et outils de la ToileDesArts noº4 : Art, danse et handicaps

crédit : Heath Birkholz

“On nous a demandé à nous, Heath Birkholz et Harmanie Taylor, de partager nos connaissances sur la danse intégrée et l’art réalisé par des personnes ayant des handicaps. Nous avons bien réfléchi à ce que chacun de nous pouvait offrir en fait de conseils. Nous espérons que notre expérience pourra être utile à d’autres artistes ou au public en général.

À vous qui lisez ce texte, peu importe votre situation : choisissez votre propre chemin. Nous sommes honorés à l’idée que vous pourriez utiliser quelque chose de cet article pour façonner votre vie. Nous espérons avoir l’occasion de parler avec vous, ou que vous échangerez avec d’autres votre opinion sur ces « conseils et outils ».”

Conseils-et-outils-de-la-ToileDesArts4-Art-danse-et-handicapsConseils et outils no 4 : « Art, danse et handicaps » a été rédigé par Heath Birkholz et Harmanie Taylor, et coordonné par Emily Hutcheon.

Découvez le travail d’Heath, Harmanie et Emily : MoMo Mixed Ability Dance, CRIPSiE et All Bodies Dance Project.

La série Conseils et outils 2016 d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts a été réalisée grâce au soutien financier de la Fondation Trillium de l’Ontario et traduite en français grâce au programme d’appui à l’interprétation et à la traduction du ministère du Patrimoine canadien.

Pour plus de ressources et outils GRATUITS comme celui-ci, consultez www.artbridges.ca/learning/learning_resources

ArtBridges Tips & Tools Series #3: Recipe to Support Artists Working in Communities

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ArtBridges Tips & Tools: Recipe to Support Artists Working in Communities
ArtBridges, VIBE Arts | Canada wide | 2016
Julie Frost

A recipe to support artists working in communities. Created by Julie Frost of VIBE Arts, includes tips on safety, policies, collaboration, roles and responsibilities, hiring, documentation, and organizational values. Recommended for organizations who work with community artists.

Julie Frost has dedicated her career to raising social awareness through the arts. She is the Executive and Artistic Director of VIBE Arts (formerly Arts for Children and Youth), an innovative arts education organization that engages young people in Toronto’s under-resourced communities using arts education programming. For 28 years, Frost has worked collaboratively with schools and social agencies across Toronto. Julie holds a master’s degree in Education and in recognition of her leadership in arts education, received the Ontario Art Education Association’s 2011 Community Arts Educator of the Year Award, and in 2009 she received the Toronto Community Foundation’s 2009 Vital People Award. Learn more about Julie’s work at www.vibearts.ca

Click here for the full ArtBridges Tips & Tools: Recipe to Support Artists Working in Communities. For more FREE resources and tools like this, please visit the ArtBridges Resource Portal or reach Skye Louis, ArtBridges Info Resource Developer at skye@artbridges.ca. To learn more about VIBE Arts, please visit www.vibearts.ca.

Recipe to Support Artists Working in Communities was written by Julie Frost and compiled by Skye Louis.
The 2016 ArtBridges Tips & Tools Series is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Read VIBE Arts’ profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map
Content and photo courtesy of VIBE Arts

Documenting Community Arts Projects | Featured Resource

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“Given that we evolve by sharing our stories and insights, web projects about community art initiatives contribute to collective knowledge and to the production of community-based histories. Through sharing our projects on-line we can learn from and celebrate a diversity of projects and exchange our approaches to generating healthy communities.”

There are many different motivations for wanting to document a community arts project, and there are many ways to go about it. Artist, art educator, and researcher Pohanna Pyne Feinberg of Inspire Art has taken a close look at approaches to documenting community arts projects and shared the results through a free online toolkit called Documenting Community Arts.

Created in partnership with SKOL-CEDA Community Projects, this resource for community artists presents key ideas related to documenting a project. Inspired by actual community projects and designed for participants of community art projects, this guide will be particularly useful for groups who want to document their projects but don’t have a budget or strong technical skills. These groups will appreciate the basic technical tips and info about tools that are free to use. Included are ideas for how to document work in different mediums (photo, video, text, audio), and some useful resources for pulling everything together and sharing it online. This info is paired with actual examples of image and text-based documentation from SKOL-CEDA projects.

The section about planning for documentation, discussions to have with participants, the sample Distribution Agreement, and notes about inclusive documenting are all relevant to participants of community art projects. For anyone who is interested in learning more about the dynamics of documenting collaborative creative projects, Pohanna Pyne Feinberg’s thesis paper, Making the Invisible Visible: Documenting the creative process, examines documentation in relation to public memory, shared authorship, and social agency.

To learn more about Documenting Community Arts Projects and Making the Invisible Visible, please visit the ArtBridges Resource Portal. To learn more about Pohanna Pyne Feinberg’s work, please visit Inspire Art.

-Skye Louis, ArtBridges Info Resource Developer
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Artist and Community Collaboration | Featured Resource

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The ArtBridges Resource Portal connects you to community arts toolkits and research, reflections and stories, program ideas, and more. These resources have been developed and generously shared by artists and cultural workers in Canada through the course of their work.

‘Each community, artist, and art project will take its own path and will find its own unique destination.’ – Common Weal Community Arts

Created by Common Weal, Artist and Community Collaboration: A Toolkit for Community Projects is designed for artists or community members who are starting or involved in collaborative community projects. This toolkit contains a diverse assortment of resources, ranging from discussion of ideas grounding collaborative work (values, ethical considerations) to a checklist for getting started, planning worksheets, sample consent forms, and icebreaker activities. Divided into 7 main sections (Initiate, Engage, Collaborate, Organize, Strengthen, Sharing, Completion) with special section of tools, templates and activities, this is a very rich resource. Thoughtfully constructed, each section mixes narrative with checklists, case studies, and tips.

Common Weal is a groundbreaking community arts organization that has been based in Saskatchewan for over two decades. Common Weal impacts communities who are under-served or who do not presently access mainstream arts programming and works towards changing the lives of the people involved in a positive way.

For artists or community leaders who are looking for resources, tips and ideas, this toolkit is a real hidden treasure that is not available online. A hard copy can be obtained through the Common Weal office for $15; please contact infocommonweal@sasktel.net to learn more.

To learn more about Artists on Ice and Uprooted Generation, please visit the ArtBridges Resource Portal.

-Skye Louis, ArtBridges Info Resource Developer
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Artistic Storefronts Toolkit | Featured Resource

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The ArtBridges Resource Portal connects you to community arts toolkits and research, reflections and stories, program ideas, and more. These resources have been developed and generously shared by artists and cultural workers in Canada through the course of their work.

Artistic Storefronts are an inspiring way to bring art, business, and community together. Using storefront space to showcase art is an innovative way to enliven existing spaces, and can inspire community members to connect with one another.

Inspired by festivals such as New Glasgow’s Art at Night Festival and the Hamilton Supercrawl, Arts Network for Children and Youth (ANCY) has published a special toolkit for youth who want to get started on planning their own downtown arts festival. Created by Rikhee Strap, How to Set Up and Create Artistic Storefronts lists some clear and easy-to-follow approaches to connect with businesses and activate empty storefronts with art.

National Youth Arts Week (organized by ANCY) takes place annually in May, and is an ideal time for youth to connect with businesses and maybe even start up a festival in their community.

To learn more about How to Set Up and Create Artistic Storefronts, please visit the ArtBridges Resource Portal.

-Skye Louis, ArtBridges Info Resource Developer

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GOAL Toolkit: Evaluation 101 | Featured Resource

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The ArtBridges Resource Portal connects you to community arts toolkits and research, reflections and stories, program ideas, and more. These resources have been developed and generously shared by artists and cultural workers in Canada through the course of their work.

For artists leading community projects, there is a lot to keep track of. From facilitation to program materials, managing budgets and booking space, planning and evaluating, there are many different skills that are required to manage a project. The new GOAL series toolkit from ArtReach Toronto offers some very practical tools for artists who are managing community-engaged initiatives, and are looking for ways to evaluate them.

The online toolkit is built around the story of a group of emerging artists. Links embedded in the text lead the reader to more information about evaluation in general, how to plan for evaluation, and descriptions of different evaluation techniques and how to apply them. A key resource is the section that explains the relationship between ‘outcomes’ and ‘indicators’, which will be helpful to those who are just starting out with evaluation. There are also survey templates that groups can copy and adjust to meet their own needs. Another element that will be of special interest to artists is the section on ‘creative approaches’, which shows how found poetry, journey drawings, and appreciative inquiry can be used as part of the evaluation process.

This toolkit will be of interest to artists who are learning about evaluation for the first time, as well as those who have been involved in evaluation but may not have training in the area, or may be looking for new tools to use.

To learn more about the Evaluation 101 Toolkit, please visit the ArtBridges Resource Portal.

-Skye Louis, ArtBridges Resource Developer
Read ArtReach Toronto’s profile in our Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map