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Resources and Tools for Community-Engaged Arts

You can search or browse for community arts toolkits, templates, reflections and stories, best practices, and more. You can find resources organized by category or through a keyword search. If you’re new to this field, you can check out our ‘Getting Started’ collection.

The resources in this section have been developed and generously shared by artists and cultural workers in Canada through the course of their work. If you have a resource you would like to share, please contact us. All contributors are provided with full credit and a website link.

These resources have been collected in order to share knowledge and support the ongoing efforts of artists and cultural workers. If you wish to adapt or re-use work, please contact the original creator for permission. The resources and tools on this site should not be considered a replacement for legal advice.

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Access and Inclusion

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

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Admin & Organizations

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

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ArtBridges Resources

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

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Arts Practice & How-To

Arts practice, materials, techniques, how-to, arts instruction, etc.

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Equity & Capacity-Building

Equity, human rights, safe space, capacity building, anti-racism, anti-oppression, etc.

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FNMI, Northern & Rural

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

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Fundraising

Grant writing, donor relations, sponsorships, fundraising, social enterprise, etc.

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Getting Started

A collection of resources for people starting a new community-engaged arts initiative, or for people new to the practice.

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Programs & Workshops

Program ideas, event and program planning, scheduling, icebreakers, facilitation techniques, etc.

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Reflections & Stories

History and traditions, personal stories and reflections from the field of community-engaged arts.

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Research & Publications

Research updates and reports, statistics, maps, charts and graphs, journal articles, critical discourse, etc.

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Seniors

Resources related to engaging and empowering seniors.

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Social Impact & Statistics

Making the Case: statistics and evidence on the impact of community-engaged arts.

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Youth

Resources related to engaging and empowering youth.

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ArtBridges Tips & Tools Series #8: Training for Artists Working with Seniors in the Deaf or Disability Communities

ArtBridges asked the H’art Centre to share tips & tools, inspirations and reflections about their new and unique training program for artists working with seniors in the Deaf or disability communitie...

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Exploring coping strategies and mental health support systems among female youth in the Northwest Territories using body mapping

ABSTRACT

"The mental health of young women in the Northwest Territories (NWT), Canada, is a critical public health concern; however, there is a dearth of research that examines how this p...

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Body Mapping as a Youth Sexual Health Intervention and Data Collection Tool

Abstract

"In this article, we describe and evaluate body mapping as (a) an arts-based activity within Fostering Open eXpression Among Youth (FOXY), an educational intervention targeting N...

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Tips For Running A Community Concert

"Holding a community concert can give your neighborhood a sense of spirit. It will encourage everybody to work together for one common goal. In Canada, there are some amazing community concerts and ev...

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What is ArtBridges?

ArtBridges is a hub for anyone interested in or active in community-engaged arts and arts for social change in Canada.

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Connaissez-vous ToileDesArts?

ToileDesArts est une plateforme de réseautage pour toutes les personnes qui s’intéressent à l’art communautaire et à l’art pour le changement social, partout au Canada.

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ICASC: A Call for Partnerships

"The International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC) calls for partnerships in art for social change work

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Creative Arts in Research for Community and Cultura...

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Art for Social Change Resources from ASC! Project Researchers

"This guide was produced to in the lead up to the Art of Changing the World 2017 gathering in Ottawa, Canada. Additional resources will be posted to the ASC! Project Knowledge Sharing section of the h...

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Art for Social Change (ASC) Evaluation Web-based Tool

"Following several years of research and development, drawing on experience from around the world, we are please to share a new online resource to help with the monitoring and evaluation of ASC projec...

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Toward Training: The Meanings and Practices of Social Change Work in the Arts

"Introduction:
This study is motivated by Canadian choreographer and producer Judith Marcuse’s desire to develop opportunities for artists to learn to put their arts practice toward making mea...

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Celebrating Port Hardy through Community Arts

"During the winter of 2011, Judith Marcuse and colleagues from the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC) visited Port Hardy, BC, to work with a local group on ideas for community developm...

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Theoretical Debates Concerning Community Engaged Art

"This list of issues and quotes was generated in discussion with the ASC researchers as well as participants attending The Art of Changing the World Conference, Ottawa, November, 2017, and in synthesi...

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