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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.

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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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Content focused on First Nations, Métis & Inuit artists, and northern, rural and remote communities.

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A collection of resources for people starting a new community-engaged arts initiative, or for people new to the practice.

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Making the Case: statistics and evidence on the impact of community-engaged arts.

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Toward Training: The Meanings and Practices of Social Change Work in the Arts

"Introduction:
This study is motivated by Canadian choreographer and producer Judith Marcuse’s desire to develop opportunities for artists to learn to put their arts practice toward making mea...

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Celebrating Port Hardy through Community Arts

"During the winter of 2011, Judith Marcuse and colleagues from the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC) visited Port Hardy, BC, to work with a local group on ideas for community developm...

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Theoretical Debates Concerning Community Engaged Art

"This list of issues and quotes was generated in discussion with the ASC researchers as well as participants attending The Art of Changing the World Conference, Ottawa, November, 2017, and in synthesi...

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Cirque Hors Piste: Re-Approaching Community Development through the Arts

"This work is a synthesis of research by Dr. Jennifer Beth Spiegel, Research Fellow, Arts for Social Change Partnership, Simon Fraser University and Concordia University. The work is based on two publ...

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Social Circus: The Cultural Politics of Embodying "Social Transformation"

"In the later decades of the 20th century, principles of cultural democracy became prominent in discourses of community art (see Goldbard 2006; Graves 2005) in the hope that this approach could redres...

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

"Community arts projects have long been used in community development. Nevertheless, despite many liberatory tales that have emerged, scholars caution that well-meaning organizations and artists may i...

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

"Community arts projects have long been used in community development. Nevertheless, despite many liberatory tales that have emerged, scholars caution that well-meaning organizations and artists may i...

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Dialogue with art galleries about disabilities: Jenel Shaw at Ignite Winnipeg

"The Arts and Cultural Industries Association/245 McDermot is proud to be the host of Ignite Winnipeg. Ignite is a geek event in over 100 cities that gives people the opportunity to share their person...

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About Sound Phrase & Fury: Janet Adamana at Ignite Winnipeg

"The Arts and Cultural Industries Association/245 McDermot is proud to be the host of Ignite Winnipeg. Ignite is a geek event in over 100 cities that gives people the opportunity to share their person...

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Devotion to growing Manitoba's art scene: Chloe Chafe at Ignite Winnipeg

"The Arts and Cultural Industries Association/245 McDermot is proud to be the host of Ignite Winnipeg. Ignite is a geek event in over 100 cities that gives people the opportunity to share their person...

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About Compendium Artist Market: Vicki Melo at Ignite Winnipeg

"The Arts and Cultural Industries Association/245 McDermot is proud to be the host of Ignite Winnipeg. Ignite is a geek event in over 100 cities that gives people the opportunity to share their person...

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Indigenous Artists' Needs Assessment Report Launch

"On Wednesday January 13th, ACI Manitoba lauched its' Indigenous Artists' Needs Assessment Report.

The Manitoba-wide survey of Indigenous artists yielded a wealth of responses which helps...

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