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ArtBridges/ToileDesArts’ Year Two Evaluation Report

ArtBridges Evaluation Year 2

Executive Summary

“ArtBridges is a survivor! They help us all feel good about our work. They help us all feel that what we do matters. Pretty amazing stuff…” – Community Partner

Introduction

Founded in 2008, ArtBridges is a hub and forum for connection for anyone interested in or active in community-engaged arts and arts for social change in Canada. ArtBridges informs people about and connects them with community-engaged arts initiatives. ArtBridges aims to improve access to arts and art-making for Canadians.

In December 2013, ArtBridges received a 3-year grant from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. Part of the grant funding was designated to conducting a comprehensive evaluation of ArtBridges. An external evaluator was contracted to conduct an evaluation in the summer of 2014. This report provides the results of the evaluation in Year Two, including recommendations for further actions that ArtBridges can explore.

Purpose of Evaluation
The purpose of the evaluation is to identify:

  • The extent to which ArtBridges results in greater connections, knowledge and inspiration for identified initiatives and if community arts and arts for social change field is more connected and has a higher profile;
  • The extent to which processes used contribute to the success of the initiative, including whether approaches taken are effective in terms of achieving intended results.

Data was gathered using a non-experimental post-test only mixed methods design. Data was gathered through output tracking, electronic surveys and qualitative data gathering. Data was analyzed using primarily exploratory approaches. Important limits to the evaluation are outlined in the body of the report. Data is not generalizable to all ArtBridges community partners or stakeholders.

View ArtBridges/ToileDesArts – Year Two Evaluation Report here:

View ArtBridges/ToileDesArts – Year One Evaluation Report here:

Happy 8th Birthday ArtBridges! / Bonne féte ToileDesArts !

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ToileDesArts fête ses huit ans aujourd’hui ! Hourra !
ArtBridges turns eight today! Hooray!
Merci beaucoup à tous nos lecteurs et lectrices, contributeurs et contributrices, supporteurs et supportrices, et bien sûr, nos amis et amies!
Thank you so much — readers, contributors, community partners, members, supporters and friends!

Newsletter: Art & Disability Resources / Infolettre : Ressources pour les projets d’art impliquant des personnes handicapées

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If you haven’t seen ArtBridges’ latest newsletter yet, have a look! This edition was compiled by Skye Louis, ArtBridges’ Info Resource Developer:

The ArtBridges Learning and Resources section includes toolkits, research, and reflections from community arts across Canada. Here are some highlights from our collection of free resources related to community arts and disability.

Read ArtBridges’ full latest newsletter here.

Ressources pour les projets d’art impliquant des personnes handicapées

La section Formation et Ressources du site de ToileDesArts offre des trousses d’outils, des rapports de recherche et des réflexions issues du milieu de l’art communautaire partout au Canada. Nous avons sélectionné ici certains documents qui sont d’intérêt pour les projets d’art impliquant des personnes handicapées.

Lire la suite : Infolettre : Ressources pour les projets d’art impliquant des personnes handicapées

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

Happy new year! Happy January! / Bonne année ! Joyeux janvier !

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Happy new year! happy January!

We’re back in the office and back at posting, learning about new things in the community-engaged arts and arts for social change field across Canada, and pulling together information and resources that we find, or are passed on to us, to share with you.

Work in this field in Canada is never static, there are always innovative, fabulously interesting, heartwarming and inspiring stories we hear about from communities across the country. Looking forward to hearing and sharing more! Please send us your stories, highlights, events, workshops as well as questions! All the best for a healthy and happy new year!

Bonne année ! Joyeux janvier !

Nous sommes de retour au bureau et nous avons recommencé à surveiller et publier ce qui se passe dans le milieu de l’art communautaire partout au Canada, à rassembler l’info et les ressources qu’on découvre ou qui nous sont transmises, et à vous les offrir !

Le milieu de l’art communautaire est passionnant et toujours en mouvement. Des groupes de partout au pays nous racontent sans cesse des histoires inspirantes, pleines d’humanité et d’innovation. On a hâte d’entendre les vôtres ! N’hésitez pas à partager votre histoire avec nous, à nous envoyer de l’info sur vos événements et ateliers, à nous poser vos questions ! Nos meilleurs vœux de joie et de santé pour la nouvelle année !

Season’s Greetings from ArtBridges! / ToileDesArts vous souhaite de joyeuses Fêtes !

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Season’s Greetings from ArtBridges/ToileDesArts!

To all our friends and community partners, we wish you a creative and joyful time over the holidays! All the best for a happy and healthy new year!

ArtBridges/ToileDesArts vous souhaite de joyeuses Fêtes!

À tous nos amis et à tous nos partenaires, nous souhaitons un temps des fêtes créatif et joyeux! Nos meilleurs voeux! Nous vous souhaitons une heureuse année en santé!

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Become a Member of ArtBridges!

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As you know, ArtBridges is a hub and forum for connection for anyone interested in or active in community-engaged arts and arts for social change in Canada.

Membership fees help to support the work of ArtBridges all year!

As a Member, you will be a vital partner in ArtBridges’ important work by helping us to raise awareness, connect people to community-engaged art initiatives, gather and share resources, and highlight what’s going on in the practice and field.

The year has been an exciting one for ArtBridges! Some highlights were:

  • The ArtBridges team made about 100 site visits to see and learn about community-engaged arts & arts for social change initiatives in action – in Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, and Calgary. We learned about how initiatives vary from city to city based on available resources, community needs & issues, and culture. There are so many different types of organizational models! Call us to learn more!
  • We created publications for our ‘Tips and Tools’ series as well as put together a new Directory of Networks and Services for community artists. We uploaded hundreds of resources and opportunities on ArtBridges Learning & Resources section.
  • We facilitated Google hangouts with groups of community partners to connect people working with/in Indigenous communities mainly in northern Ontario. We also hosted a bilingual hangout called: Inclusion and Social Change through Film and Video Production.
  • Staff compiled research for: State of the Art: A Report on Art for Social Change in Canada; as well as scanned the field for newsletters featuring: Community-Engaged Arts Opportunities for Seniors, Community Arts and Health, and Community Arts and the Environment.
  • We connected with over 325 (and growing!) community-engaged arts initiatives across Canada!
  • We worked hard to keep the information flowing on a daily basis about what’s going on in the field via artbridges.ca and helped people with special requests – assisting with finding mentorship, connections, supplies, and resources all year!

Benefits of becoming a Member of ArtBridges:

  1. Subscription to Canadian Art magazine for one year.
  2. New! Have your website reviewed for accessibility, mobile responsiveness and clarity in a one-hour professional consultation.
  3. Recognition Awards: Members nominate their own community arts initiative, or another for ArtBridges’ Annual Recognition Awards based on remarkable innovation, resiliency, and creativity. Each of the three winning initiatives receive a donation of $250.
  4. Member Spotlight: Each community artist or community-engaged arts initiative will be featured on ArtBridges’ Canada-wide Community Blog.
  5. Members will receive consideration for a letter of support for their initiative from us.
  6. Members can take advantage of the Events and Classifieds sections of our website by having their announcements and opportunities featured at the top of the pages for up to 3 times a year.
  7. Members will be listed under Membership Recognition on the ArtBridges website.
  8. Receive a Membership card: become a card-carrying member!

Join our Membership today! Please fill out the Membership registration form online at artbridges.ca. Your membership fee will cover from now through to the end of 2017.

Thank you for believing in this work!

Sincerely,

Tiffany Nyklickova & Seanna Connell
ArtBridges Membership Developer & Project Director

ArtBridges Tips & Tools Series #4: Integrated Arts & Dance

Image by Heath Birkholz

“We, Heath Birkholz and Harmanie Taylor, have been given this great opportunity to share knowledge about integrated dance. We thought hard on what we each could offer for Tips and Tools about disability arts, and hope our experiences can guide other artists or a general audience.

To you the reader, wherever you are reading this from: choose your own path. We are honoured if you take anything we wrote and fashion it to your life. It is our hope to get a chance to talk or that you can talk with others about what you think regarding our tips and tools.”

TipTools-IntegratedArtsDanceClick here for the full ArtBridges Tips & Tools: Integrated Arts & Dance. 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.

Integrated Arts & Dance was written by Heath Birkholz and Harmanie Taylor, coordinated by Emily Hutcheon, compiled by Skye Louis.
The 2016 ArtBridges Tips & Tools Series is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Post your community arts initiatives’ opportunities for jobs, student placements, internships, or volunteer positions with ArtBridges!

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Do you have job opportunities, student placements or volunteer opportunities?
Send them to ArtBridges! We have wide readership with people in the community arts field from all across Canada! If you’d like us to circulate your opportunity through the ArtBridges network & in our growing Classifieds section, email us at info@artbridges.ca with “Classifieds” in the subject line.

ArtBridges/ToileDesArts’ background research summary for STATE of the ART

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ArtBridges/ToileDesArts and the ASC! Project collaborated on ASC! Project’s STATE of the ART: A Report on Art for Social Change (ASC) in Canada in early 2016. ArtBridges conducted background research on behalf of the paper as a result of the community partnership. This report is a summary of ArtBridges’ complete and preliminary research for the paper.

Please see ASC! Project’s website for the final version of the STATE of the ART report.