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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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VIVA! Community Arts and Popular Education in the Americas

“The VIVA! Project is a transnational exchange that involved educators and artists from four universities and four NGOs from Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico, the U.S. and Canada in a SSHRC-supported participat...

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ArtTransforms Ep.1: Art Heals

"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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ArtTransforms Ep.2: Art Speaks

"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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Grant Writing: The Basics

"ArtReach education manager Irfan Ali and multi-talented youth advocate/project manager Amber Morley provide a crash course on the basics of grant writing.

Director: Alex Punzalan
M...

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Grant Writing: Good Habits

"CBC Radio One producer Pacinthe Mattar and grant writer/project leader extraordinaire Erika Pulfer share their expertise on some good habits that grant writers should pick up to make their lives easi...

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Grant Writing: Top Tips

"Some of our local youth leaders and project funders share their top tips on grant writing.

Director: Alex Punzalan
Music: Alexander Junior
Funded By: The Laidlaw Foundation&q...

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Tags: artreach, toronto

Cultural Careers: How to Register A Business

"How do you design a successful Pop Up Shop? Here are some tips from the ArtReach Cultural Careers project."

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Tags: artreach, tips

GOAL Toolkit Video: Fundraising 101

"Video based on GOAL Toolkit: Fundraising 101

Basic Principles of Grassroots Fundraising
(point presentation content -Kim Klein)
Some Interesting Facts about the Canadian Nonp...

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Tags: artreach, toronto

GOAL Toolkit Video: Event Planning 101

"Talk and video based on Event Planning GOAL Toolkit

The Grassroots Organizing and Leadership (GOAL) Youth Capacity Building Workshop Series was
developed in 2007 by youth-led organ...

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Tags: artreach, toronto

Cultural Careers: How to Register A Business

"Step By Step Guide on how to register your business"

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Cultural Careers: Ownership of Work in the Visual Arts Industry

"What you need to know about ownership of work in the visual arts industry - some tips from Manifesto's Artistic Director, Ashley McKenzie-Barnes.

Funded by the Government of Ontario and ...

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Cultural Careers: Ownership of Work in the Music Industry

"What you need to know about ownership of work in the music industry - some tips from Shad's Manager, Gaurav Sawney."

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Tags: artreach, tips