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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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Newsletter: ArtBridges Learning & Resources / Formation et ressources sur la ToileDesArts

Have you visited the ArtBridges Learning & Resources portal lately? We have gathered together an incredible array of resources and tools for community artists - from information about grants and fundin...

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ArtBridges/ToileDesArts: Year One Evaluation Appendices

In December 2013, ArtBridges received a 3-year grant from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. Part of the grant funding was designated to conducting a comprehensive evaluation of ArtBridges. As such, an ...

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ArtBridges/ToileDesArts: Year One Evaluation Report - Final

In December 2013, ArtBridges received a 3-year grant from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. Part of the grant funding was designated to conducting a comprehensive evaluation of ArtBridges. As such, an ...

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ArtBridges/ToileDesArts: Year One Report Executive Summary

In December 2013, ArtBridges received a 3-year grant from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. Part of the grant funding was designated to conducting a comprehensive evaluation of ArtBridges. As such, an ...

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Newsletter: Community arts and health go hand in hand / L’art communautaire et la santé vont bien ensemble!

Community arts and health go hand in hand. Art can have a positive impact on mental and physical health and can build confidence. From the sounds of musicians playing for people in hospitals, to artists o...

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Newsletter: Community-Engaged Arts Opportunities for Seniors / Infolettre : Activités artistiques communautaires pour les personnes âgées

Community-engaged arts opportunities for seniors and older adults are on the rise across Canada! For the first time in Canada’s history, there are more people age 65 and older than people under age 15. H...

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Newsletter: ArtBridges and First Nations, Métis & Inuit (FNMI) Community-Engaged Arts

Check out these recent and upcoming arts projects from some of ArtBridges’ 80+ friends and community partners working in or with First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) communities across Canada. We also ...

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Artbridges’ Community Arts 101 Audio Series: Jumblies Theatre

Artbridges’ Community Arts 101 Audio Series features voices from different initiatives as they share what they have to say about community arts and what is means to them.

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Artbridges' Community Arts 101 Audio Series: Timothy Svirklys (ArtHeart Community Art Centre)

Artbridges' Community Arts 101 Audio Series features voices from different initiatives as they share what they have to say about community arts and what is means to them.

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ArtBridges’ Community Arts 101 Series: Judith Marcuse (International Centre of Art for Social Change)

Artbridges’ Community Arts 101 Audio Series features voices from different initiatives as they share what they have to say about community arts and what is means to them.

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ArtBridges’ Community Arts 101 Audio Series: Cathy Elliott (DAREarts First Roots)

Artbridges’ Community Arts 101 Audio Series features voices from different initiatives as they share what they have to say about community arts and what is means to them.

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ArtBridges’ Community Arts 101 Series: Seanna Connell

Artbridges’ Community Arts 101 Audio Series features voices from different initiatives as they share what they have to say about community arts and what is means to them.

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