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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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GOAL Toolkit: Event Planning

"The Grassroots Organizing and Leadership (GOAL) Youth Capacity Building Workshop Series was
developed in 2007 by youth-led organizations, funders and other partners to provide access to learnin...

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GOAL Toolkit: Art-Based Evaluation

"The Grassroots Organizing and Leadership (GOAL) Youth Capacity Building Workshop Series was
developed in 2007 by youth-led organizations, funders and other partners to provide access to learnin...

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Tags: artreach, toolkit

GOAL Toolkit: Community-Based Participatory Research

"The Grassroots Organizing and Leadership (GOAL) Youth Capacity Building Workshop Series was
developed in 2007 by youth-led organizations, funders and other partners to provide access to learnin...

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Tags: artreach, toronto

GOAL Toolkit: Fundraising 101

"Basic Principles of Grassroots Fundraising
(point presentation content -Kim Klein)
Some Interesting Facts about the Canadian Nonprofit Sector
(2-pager by Kim Klein)
The 10 Mos...

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Tags: artreach, toronto

GOAL Toolkit: Grant Writing 101

"The Grassroots Organizing and Leadership (GOAL) Youth Capacity Building Workshop Series was
developed in 2007 by youth-led organizations, funders and other partners to provide access to learnin...

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Tags: artreach, toronto

GOAL Toolkit: Power In Numbers

"A Practical Guide to Understanding and Managing Personal and Non-Profit Project Budgets.

The Grassroots Organizing and Leadership (GOAL) Youth Capacity Building Workshop Series was
...

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Tags: artreach, toronto

GOAL Toolkit: Pro Homo

"A Collection of Resources and Tools For Challenging Homophobia and Transphobia in Community Organizing

The Grassroots Organizing and Leadership (GOAL) Youth Capacity Building Workshop Se...

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Tags: artreach, toronto

GOAL Toolkit: Models of Youth Work

"The Grassroots Organizing and Leadership (GOAL) Youth Capacity Building Workshop Series was
developed in 2007 by youth-led organizations, funders and other partners to provide access to learnin...

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Tags: artreach, toronto

GOAL Toolkit: Evaluation 101

"The Grassroots Organizing and Leadership (GOAL) Youth Capacity Building Workshop Series was
developed in 2007 by youth-led organizations, funders and other partners to provide access to learnin...

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GOAL Toolkit: Inside The Kaleidoscope

"When you hold a kaleidoscope up to the light, that’s how I envision and conceive of our sexual and gendered beings: without borders nor ceilings nor floors, it is energy and light, multifaceted, ir...

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Tags: artreach, toronto

GOAL Toolkit: Caring For Yourself is a Radical Act

"This guide was created with a lot of love for youth workers holding down our communities. In 2013 ArtReach Toronto gathered youth workers together for two workshops on self-care . We heard lots of di...

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GOAL Toolkit: Creating a Workshop Guide

"This guide is part of the larger GOAL (Grassroots Organizing and Leadership) Youth Workshop and Resource Series presented by ArtReach in partnership with Grassroots Youth Collaborative, City of Toron...

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Tags: artreach, toronto