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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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Toronto Arts Stats 2017

"Toronto Arts Foundation released the results of their Arts Stats 2017 in partnership with Leger. Arts Stats 2017 brings together the results from a public opinion poll and a survey of arts administra...

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Toronto Arts Stats 2016

"Toronto Arts Stats 2016 asks questions about arts engagement. For the third consecutive year, the impact of the arts on quality of life in Toronto is supported by the research results. The report tou...

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Resonance - Culture Days Podcast Episode 1: Interview with Jean Grand-Maître, Artistic Director, Alberta Ballet

"Jean Grand-Maître, Artistic Director of Alberta Ballet is considered one of the most successful Canadian choreographers of his generation. Acclaimed for his creative programming at Alberta Ballet, J...

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Resonance - The Culture Days Podcast Episode 2: Todd Hirsch on Creativity, Arts and the Economy

"Episode 2: Todd Hirsch on Creativity, Arts and the Economy

Todd Hirsch is currently Chief Economist for ATB Financial in Alberta. He is a former employee of the Canadian Pacific Railway,...

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Allyship and Equity

"'Being an ally is not an identity, it is a process' - Sister Outsider

Over the last week the media has flooded with one name: Rachel Dolezal. An American civil rights activist who recent...

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Marketing Series #1- Business Basics: A Lesson in Business Writing

"Through this Toolkit series on Marketing, you will be provided with insight from industry professionals, step by step guides that match the tools you have as well as your skill level, and links to fu...

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Marketing Series #2- Capturing Content

"Before you can begin promoting and capturing your project or business you need to learn what tools you need, and how to best use them. In the following section we will be discussing the image and vid...

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Marketing Series #4- Prepping Press Kits

"Your press kit is a way of promoting the product or services your project can provide, in a visually appealing way for media, investors, and potential clients to learn about all that you have to offe...

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Marketing Series #3- Starting Social

"Your digital presence is absolutely crucial when it comes to getting people to learn more about what you have to offer. You can only reach out to so many people in person since that requires you to g...

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Marketing Series #5- Marketing Magic

"First impressions are everything, and getting someone to understand what you have to offer in a way that benefits them and your project or company is key. The opportunity to pitch your project, wheth...

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Seeding Reconciliation on Uneven Ground: The 4Rs Approach to Cross-Cultural Dialogue

"Through many pathways and helping hands, the 4Rs Youth Movement has developed a detailed framework to engage Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people in cross-cultural dialogue. This framework is o...

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Financial Policy Checklist

"The following list details where an organization may need to review or update their policy. Whether the organization is a Policy Governing Board with senior staff or an Administrative Governing Board...

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