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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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Adapted Dance: A Place in the Choir

"Move N' Mingle is an adapted dance program, for people with intellectual disabilities that operates at the Prosserman Jewish Community Centre in Toronto Canada. We serve a diverse group of individua...

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Adapted Dance: Bollywood Dance

"Move N' Mingle is an adapted dance program, for people with intellectual disabilities that operates at the Prosserman Jewish Community Centre in Toronto Canada. We serve a diverse group of individua...

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Adapted Dance: Kouresh

"Move N' Mingle is an adapted dance program, for people with intellectual disabilities that operates at the Prosserman Jewish Community Centre in Toronto Canada. We serve a diverse group of individua...

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Kerri Twigg - Artist and Community Collaboration

"Gain the skills and confidence to initiate and manage community arts projects with the Community Arts Practice Foundations Course.

Kerri Twigg and Sue Hemphill are the course developers ...

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Community Arts Dialogue on Interculturalism

"On November 9 and 16 2013, the Community Arts Vancouver invited community members of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to participate in an arts-based dialogue of Interculturalism. Guest artists Diane Mo...

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Conseils et outils de la ToileDesArts no 7 : Des espaces en ville pour l'art autochtone

(Artistes) Aura et Chief Lady Bird offrent leurs re?flexions et leurs trucs a? propos de la cre?ation de murales communautaires visant a? susciter le dialogue, l’expression personnelle et la gue?rison. E...

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ArtTransforms Final Episode: Art's Impact

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

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ArtTransforms Episode 4: Art Impassions

"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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Toronto Arts Stats 2017

"Toronto Arts Foundation released the results of their Arts Stats 2017 in partnership with Leger. Arts Stats 2017 brings together the results from a public opinion poll and a survey of arts administra...

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Toronto Arts Stats 2016

"Toronto Arts Stats 2016 asks questions about arts engagement. For the third consecutive year, the impact of the arts on quality of life in Toronto is supported by the research results. The report tou...

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Resonance - Culture Days Podcast Episode 1: Interview with Jean Grand-Maître, Artistic Director, Alberta Ballet

"Jean Grand-Maître, Artistic Director of Alberta Ballet is considered one of the most successful Canadian choreographers of his generation. Acclaimed for his creative programming at Alberta Ballet, J...

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Resonance - The Culture Days Podcast Episode 2: Todd Hirsch on Creativity, Arts and the Economy

"Episode 2: Todd Hirsch on Creativity, Arts and the Economy

Todd Hirsch is currently Chief Economist for ATB Financial in Alberta. He is a former employee of the Canadian Pacific Railway,...

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