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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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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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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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Seniors

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

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Planning For Transition: Succession Planning Toolkit for Arts and Culture Not-for-Profit Organizations

"Planning for Transition a succession planning toolkit for arts and culture not-for-profit organizations.
The best practices detailed in this toolkit will provide strategies which will assist bo...

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The Transformative Power of Art in Health Care

"TEDxSaskatoon | Jeff_Nachtigall
Raw Vision -- The Power of Art in Health Care
Jeff Nachtigall talks about how art transforms life in long term health care facility.

About TE...

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Social Work Through Hip Hop

"Stephen Leafloor: Social Work Through Hip Hop

Stephen Leafloor (Buddha) is dedicated to working creatively with youth around the world to empower them with a sense of control and hope in...

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Kutz & Dawgs: a Play for Children & Youth on Anti-Bullying

"This video is the document of the 45-minute play featuring youth from the community as alley cats and junkyard dogs. It is a strongly anti-gang, anti-violence, anti-bullying and anti-racism work. Thi...

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Breaking the Ties that Bind Us

“Lora speaks of helping youth discover pride and self worth, and points out art can break the ties that bind us, not only with our own growth, but in acceptance of others.

She makes the case...

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L'art de l’inclusion / The Art of Inclusion

“Cette exposition collaborative est née d’un partenariat entre les programmes éducatifs et communautaires du Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, la Fondation Michaëlle Jean et le Centre de recherche...

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Art as a Tool for Social Change / L’art comme outil de changement social

C’est avec fierté qu’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts vous présente L’art comme outil de changement social, une vidéo réalisée par Emily Laliberté (Funambules Médias) qui porte sur l’impact de l’ar...

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Gestion d'un organisme: Collecte de fonds

"Les sources de financement évoluent, mais la collecte de fonds demeure constante dans la plupart des organismes de bienfaisance et sans but lucratif. Souvent, tous les bénévoles, membres du person...

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Une approche en théâtre communautaire au Québec. Caractéristiques, principes directeurs et mise en lien avec des pratiques du Mali et de Belgique

"Cette recherche doctorale vise à reconnaître la singularité de la pratique [de l'auteur] en théâtre communautaire en tenant compte du contexte mouvant de notre monde actuel. La description et l'...

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Conseils et outils de la ToileDesArts no1 : Guide pratique pour les artistes séjournant dans une communauté des PNMI

Quelles sont les responsabilités des artistes invités dans une communauté qui n’est pas la leur ? Comment se préparer pour tenir ce rôle de façon respectueuse ?

ArtBridges/ToileDesAr...

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Conseils et outils de la ToileDesArts no2 : Le démarrage de projets en région rurale ou dans les communautés des PNMI

ArtBridges/ToileDesArt a interviewé Robin Sutherland au sujet du démarrage de projets d’art communautaires en région rurale et dans les communautés des Premières Nations. Nous avons parlé de la for...

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Conseils et outils de la ToileDesArts no3 : Recette pour soutenir les artistes qui travaillent dans le milieu communautaire

Une petite recette créée par Julie Frost de VIBE Arts pour soutenir les artistes qui travaillent dans le milieu communautaire. Des trucs par rapport au lien de confiance et à la collaboration, aux polit...

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