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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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Top 5 Video Tool Kits: Celebrate Your Work & Protect Your Creative Rights

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: 'The Art of Self-Promotion' featuring James Fowler - Social Media Director, Akimbo

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 Caleigh Timmons (TELUS)

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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Arts Equity Video Series: Principle #1, Flexibility & Adaptability

"In this 1st video in a series of 5, learn about how flexibility and adaptability as an overarching principle to applying an arts & equity lens in your work and creative practice.

Vis...

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Arts Equity Video Series: Principle #2, Reflexivity & Relationships

"The 2nd video in a series of 5 speaks to how reflexivity and relationships starts with critical self-reflection; reflecting on how our own position fits with those we aim to work with. This sort of r...

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Arts Equity Video Series: Principle #3, Relevance and Representation

"In this 3rd video in a series of 5, learn how to make art more relevant to individuals and communities. Art can be a tool for social change! Be inclusive, relevant and representative of your communit...

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Arts Equity Video Series: Principle #4, Embeddedness

"In this 4th video in a series of 5, learn how to be rooted within existing community contexts and initiatives. Consideration of community priorities and a clear benefit for participation is key!

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Arts Equity Video Series: Principle #5, Sustainability

"In this 5th video in a series of 5, learn how inclusive and mutual support can sustain individuals and collectives in community arts practices.

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Cultural Appreciation From A First Nation Perspective

Artist-In-Residence, Michael Cywink, shares a beautiful candid video about his program ‘Cultural Appreciation From A First Nation Perspective’ with children at Phelps Public School (Redbridge, ON)

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Arts & Health Project: Healthy Aging Through the Arts

video by Lemongrass Media

This inspiring video features The Arts & Health Project, which "brings together seniors and professional artists to build social connections, develop artisti...

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Blue Print For Life in Kugaaruk, Nunavut in partnership with Pauktuutit

This is a film I had compiled together on my trip up north.
I wanted to show the work I got to do with the Blue Print Team on a project we were handling for a week up north in Kugaaruk, Nunavut.

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Social Work Through Hiphop in Canada’s Arctic

Social Work through Hiphop in Iqaluit with BluePrintForLife.ca
29 projects have been completed as of spring 2009 -in remote fly in only, Inuit and first nations communities. Program replaces traditio...

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