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Content focused on accessibility, very special arts, and disability arts and artists.

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Staff, volunteers, boards, collectives, nonprofit structures, policy documents, procedures, handbooks, etc.

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A collection of resources created by ArtBridges; includes the Tips and Tools series, networks guide, funding guide, and more.

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Content focused on First Nations, Métis & Inuit artists, and northern, rural and remote communities.

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ICASC: L'Art pour le Changement Social Recommandations en Matière de Politiques

"Au cours des six dernières années, l’ICASC a mené une étude approfondie du secteur intitulée ASC! Research Project, financée par le Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines. Ont contribué ...

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Dimensions of Music Care Part 7: Training

"The Music Care Training (MCT), a three-level program offered by the Room 217 Foundation, is the only baseline program available for caregivers of all backgrounds to learn the fundamentals of music in...

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Conseils et outils de la ToileDesArts nº 9 : L'essence de la mobilisation communautaire

ArtBridges/ToileDesarts a demandé à Annalee Adair de nous livrer ses réflexions sur la mobilisation communautaire. Annalee s’occupe présentement du programme Talent de leader du Conseil des ressource...

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ArtBridges Tips & Tools Series #9: The Stuff of Community Engagement

(excerpt)
"Community Engagement:

Building relationships of trust with both the individuals your organization serves as well as residents of the broader community is the ultimate ai...

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Webinar: Music Care in Indigenous Communities

Music in Indigenous Cultures: Situated locally
June 13, 2018 | Room 217 - Music Care
Kelly Laurila M.Ed., MSW, RSW; PhD Candidate
laur4318[at]mylaurier.ca

Indigenous music...

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Webinar: Singing For Wellness: No Wrong Notes, group singing in the oral tradition

Room 217 Webinar
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
No Wrong Notes: Group Singing in the Oral Tradition

"Singing without musical notation and written words nurtures spontaneity, collecti...

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Webinar: Music and Healing in Cancer Care

"Music and Healing in Cancer Care
SarahRose Black, MMT, Music Therapist,
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre & Kensington Hospice, Toronto, ON

Overview and Learning Objective...

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Webinar: A Song Says a Thousand Words: Songwriting with Patients and Caregivers

A Song Says a Thousand Words: Songwriting with Patients and Caregivers

Sarah Pearson, MMT, Music Therapist, Grand River Regional Cancer Centre,
Kitchener, ON
Program Development Co...

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Dimensions of Music Care Part 1: Sound Environments

"This is the first article in a ten-part series that focuses on each of the ten dimensions of music care, a framework for understanding music care delivery more deeply. Music care can be delivered in...

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Webinar: Healing from the drum: Wholistic Experiences of Indigenous Drum Circle

Healing from the drum: Wholistic Experiences of Indigenous Drum Circle
Kelly Laurila
M.Ed., MSW, RSW; Doctoral Student (3rd year)
laur4318[at]mylaurier.ca

"Integral natu...

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Dimensions of Music Care Part 2: Music Care Specialities

"In this, our second instalment of this blog series on the ten dimensions of music care, we are focusing on Music Care Specialties. This domain refers to the many specialized fields that merge the pow...

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Dimensions of Music Care Part 3: Community Music

"In this, our third instalment of this blog series on the ten dimensions of music care, we are focusing on Community Music. There is exciting academic research being done in the field of Community Mus...

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