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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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Evaluation

Strategic planning, business planning, evaluation, 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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Marketing & Engagement

Social media, branding, marketing, PR, presentations, outreach, etc.

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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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The Art of Remembering: Iranian Political Prisoners, Resistance and Community

"Over the last three decades, many women and men who were political prisoners in the Middle East have come to Canada as immigrants and refugees. In their countries of origin, they resisted oppressive ...

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Educational Programs and Teaching Strategies for Young Offenders

This study aims to explore education as a tool for young offender rehabilitation. A range of educational programs for young offenders, with a focus on educational strategies, will be examined by looking at...

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Re-connecting with Nature: Transformative Environmental Education Through the Arts

This thesis provides an overview of arts-based environmental learning. It is an attempt to invoke critical consideration of how the arts, with the use of media and technologies, may engage students in an i...

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Street Youth Voice and Social Art

"This thesis sets out to examine how street youth use art as a mode of voice and what messages they choose to bring forward in their art...Art as a tool for voice was explored in the literature, and i...

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Resampling Gender in Music Production: Community Development and Participatory Learning at Play

"This paper outlines Resampled’s mission and pedagogical approach, including its goal of working toward social justice through empowerment, community development, and participatory learning. After t...

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Empowerment, quality of life and art with adults with disabilities, a descriptive analysis of an holistic arts approach

An examination of links between community arts, empowerment and quality of life for adults with disabilites.

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Newsletter: Community Arts and the Environment / L’art communautaire et l’environnement

How are community-engaged arts initiatives focusing attention on the environment or making green practices part of their work? These inspiring projects and programs help keep materials out of the landfill,...

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State of the ART: A report on art for social change in Canada

"Data presented in this interim report emerges from multiple sources. Seven ASC! Project field studies, including in visual arts, dance, theatre, video and social circus, have explored a range of topi...

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Group Dynamics

A collection of resources that relate to group dynamics; includes power dynamics, learning styles, problem solving and decision making.

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Facilitator's Role

A collection of resources that relate to group facilitation includes debriefing, boundaries, and essential qualities for facilitators to develop.

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Youth Engagement

A collection of resources that relate to youth engagement; includes allyship and involving youth in decision making.

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ELAN Grantwriting Resource Package

A collection of grantwriting resources for artists, including a list of resource groups and a listing of funders. Created to accompany an English Language Arts Network (ELAN) workshop.

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