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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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Community Directory of Emerging Facilitators (2015)

"The emerging facilitators in this directory have received facilitation training through Art of Facilitation 101, a 5-session training program organized by ArtReach, Nia Centre for the Arts, and AVNU....

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GOAL Workshop Series: Nonprofit Incorporation Workshop

The document highlights a few tips to keep in mind when incorporating as a nonprofit organization

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ArtTransforms Ep.3: Art Inspires

"SKETCH and our partners at TraffikGroup are proud to launch our web series #ArtTransforms: six 90-second video vignettes in which young people reveal their own personal Art Transforms story. We're sh...

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ArtBridges Tips & Tools #7: Creating Indigenous Art Spaces in the City

"Artists Aura and Chief Lady Bird share reflections, tips and tools about their experiences creating murals in collaboration with communities to create spaces for dialogue, healing and self expression...

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TYES x AVNU x ArtReach x RISE : Youth Arts Town Hall

"TYES x AVNU x RISE PRESENT: YOUTH ARTS TOWN HALL!

On January 19th, TYES x AVNU hosted The Youth Arts Town Hall event at City Hall. The event was hosted by ArtReach's Paulina O'Kieffe and...

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Evaluation Workshop Video

ArtReach shares tips, common mistakes in Arts-based evaluation.

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ArtReach Presents : Funder Speed Dating 2015

"On Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, ArtReach hosted it's annual Funder Speed Dating event at the beautiful ArtScape Sandbox building in downtown Toronto."

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Evolution of ArtReach Funding Model

"A visual representation of the evolution of ArtReach Toronto. This white-board animation tells the story of how ArtReach began, its growth over the years and what it's all about."

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COMMUNITY ARTS & THE MUSEUM: A Handbook for Institutions Interested in Community Arts

"This handbook is the legacy of the ArtsAccess project, a four year partnership between the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, and the Woodland Cu...

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Staff Burn-Out

"We spoke with a founder/ E.D. of an emerging community arts centre for youth that is just a few years old. I had founded and worked for 17 years at ArtHeart Community Art Centre. She asked me how I d...

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Drop-In

"Anyone immersed in inner-city community arts work with children and youth will relate to and relish the stories that art teacher and author/cartoonist Dave Lapp tells in his new critically acclaimed ...

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Visual Arts in Minority Francophone Communities

"The study had several objectives: to provide a description of Francophone artists in minority Francophone communities, to document the conditions in which they practice their art, while drawing some ...

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