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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

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Re-approaching community development through the arts: a ‘critical mixed methods’ study of social circus in Quebec

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Community arts projects have long been used in community development. Nevertheless, despite many liberatory tales that have emerged, scholars caution that well-meaning organizat...

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May I have this dance? Teaching performing and transforming in a university-community mixed-ability dance theatre project.

"Doolittle, L. Makoloski, C. Chasse, C. Boyd, P. and Yassi, A. (2016)

“May I have this dance? Teaching performing and transforming in a university-community mixed-ability dance theatre...

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Creative Publics Final Report (Dec 2015)

"'Can art-making foster political engagement?'

This was the question behind Creative Publics, a roving, pop-up, voter engagement project that brought together artists, students and commun...

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Dancing change / changing dance | Anne Flynn at The Walrus Talks

"From Enbridge Presents The Walrus Talks What is Art, Anyway? Recorded May 30th, 2016 in Calgary.

Anne Flynn, a former professor of dance at the University of Calgary, has worked as a da...

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Why Art for Social Change?

This video by the ASC! Research Project asks the question "Why Art for Social Change?"

For more information, please visit ICASC/ASC!: https://www.icasc.ca/resources/why-art-social-ch...

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Connecting Social Justice and the Arts

"The Arts for Social Justice initiative integrates arts and social justice in a series of cross-curricular high school workshops that bring educators and artists together into the classroom working wi...

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Resources for Social Justice Education

"An important component of the Arts for Social Justice project is the creation of a teaching tool and resource for pre-service teachers that explores and elucidates how to teach civil liberties and so...

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Social Justice and Drama Education

Social Justice through the lens of drama education.

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Social Justice and Music Education

"Social Justice through the lens of music education."

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Indigenous Arts Protocols

"This video was created by the Ontario Arts Council as a tool to highlight the significance of Indigenous cultural protocols in the arts.

The Ontario Arts Council commissioned Maaiingan ...

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Framing Community – A Community-Engaged Art Workbook

"Framing Community – A Community-Engaged Art Workbook provides guidance on how to develop projects and points to resources, references and funding sources and offers examples of recent artist-led pr...

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Artists in Communities and Schools Projects program

"A webcast about the Artists in Communities and Schools Projects program with Ontario Arts Council Officers, Nas Khan and Christina Akrong and Program Administrator, Philippe Mesly."

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