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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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Présentation de l'Étude sur l'engagement dans les arts en Ontario

"Le Conseil des arts de l'Ontario (CAO) a demandé à la société de recherche WolfBrown de faire une étude sur la manière dont les Ontariens participent aux arts. Le 13 octobre 2011, le chercheur ...

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Report: Transforming Communities Through the Arts

"The Toronto Arts Foundation, in partnership with OCAD University, York University and community arts pioneer ArtStarts, conducted a pilot project from 2011 to 2013 to examine the importance of art in...

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Artists in Healthcare Manitoba, CancerCare

Ron Halldorson and Tim Cummings are expert guitar players who brighten up the halls of The Health Sciences Centre, CancerCare department.

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Art at the Bedside program (St. Boniface Hospital)

"St Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada encourages staff and patients to actively participate in making arts and crafts. It livens the mood and brings people out of their shells. (Music by S...

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Video: Art by the Big Blue Chair

"Chemotherapy can be described in many ways, and unexpectedly, one of them is boring. Sitting in a chair, sometimes for 10 hours, to receive treatment does not have to be totally tedious, as our Art b...

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New Connections Report : Newcomer Artists

"On July 14, 2011 the Neighbourhood Arts Network and Working Women Community Centre brought together artists, community workers and arts groups for a community conversation.

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TAC Art in the Parks Handbook

"A handbook compiled by the Toronto Arts Council to make it easier for artists and arts organizations to program in Toronto parks. We all benefit from the excellent, engaging and entertaining arts pro...

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Social Enterprise & the Arts

"Event Report that includes insights and resources gleaned from a Neighbourhood Arts Network event investigating social enterprise in community arts."

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Branding & Self Promotion 101

"Check out Jase Cozmic's top 5 tips on branding and self promotion. The video toolkit series is filmed during the Neighbourhood Arts Network's MAKING A LIVING. MAKING ART events, created for artists, ...

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Top 5 Video Tool Kits: Creative Business Techniques for Artists

View Neighbourhood Arts Network's rosters of Top 5 Video Tool Kits designed for community engaged artist, administrators, youth and arts professionals. Featuring speakers from our Making a Living. Making A...

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Top 5 Video Tool Kits: 'Art of Sponsorship' - featuring Che Kothari

View Neighbourhood Arts Network's rosters of Top 5 Video Tool Kits designed for community engaged artist, administrators, youth and arts professionals. Featuring speakers from our Making a Living. Making A...

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Top 5 Video Tool Kits: Protecting Your Creative Rights in Indie Music : The Live Music Perspective

View Neighbourhood Arts Network's rosters of Top 5 Video Tool Kits designed for community engaged artist, administrators, youth and arts professionals. Featuring speakers from our Making a Living. Making A...

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