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

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

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

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

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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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Possibility: Art, Community & Changing the World

Part of Who Counts? A Feminist Art Throwdown, a symposium about art, feminism and artist-run culture in early April 2014 in Winnipeg, MB. The symposium was presented by Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art ...

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What is Feminist Art?

What is Feminist Art? Panel
with Sharlene Bamboat, Joan Borsa and Cathy Mattes moderated by Dominique Rey.
Marlborough Hotel

Who Counts: A Feminist Art Throwdown Symposium
A ...

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The Radical Stitch: Bead Until Your Fingers Bleed by Sherry Farrell Racette

The Wendy Wersch Memorial Lecture Series is an annual event celebrating the memory of Winnipeg artist Wendy Wersch. Each lecture celebrates women in the visual arts who act as role models for innovative cu...

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Eco-Art and Canadian Neoliberalism by Jessica Jacobson-Konefall

How do ecological and social justice artworks memorialize, inspire and embody social movements? How do they track changes in the relationships between ecology, citizens, Indigenous nations and the state? J...

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Spirit Mending in Art: From an Indigenous Perspective by Leah Fontaine

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Picturing Disability in Contemporary Art: First Friday Lecture by Danielle Fenn and Zana Marie Lutfiyya

By surveying portrayals of disability in contemporary art, Fenn and Lutfiyya will address the intersection of art and disability studies. Tensions exist between how the social sciences and the art world re...

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Claudine Majzels Wendy Wersch Memorial Lecture

Claudine Majzels delivered her Wendy Wersh Memorial Lecture "Dance, Art & Women's Bodies" on October 4, 2009

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Self Promotion with Barb Hunt

Self Promotion with Barb Hunt

Winnipeg artist Barb Hunt gives advice on self promotion for artists.

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Dealing with Dealers, with Elise Dawson

Elise Dawson, sales consultant at Gurevich Fine Art, gives advice on dealing with art dealers.

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Studio Visits with Diana Thorneycroft

Artist Diana Thorneycroft provides some advice on preparing for studio visits.

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MAWA TALK: Applying for an Exhibition with hannah_g

hannah_g, co-director of Ace Art Inc., gives advice on applying for an exhibition.

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MAWA TALK: Mentoring with Shawna Dempsey

MAWA Co-Executive Director Shawna Dempsey discusses mentoring.

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