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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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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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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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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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Resources related to engaging and empowering youth.

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Urban Arts Initiative

The Urban Arts Initiative goal is to better plan for arts opportunities with and for marginalized youth in the Hamilton community. This report is a summary of all information collected for the Urban Arts I...

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Assessment of Under the Willows Program: Full Report

Under the Willows is an integrated arts, gardening and play program for children who have experienced violence and/or trauma in their lives. The mission is “to create a sustainable unique arts and garden...

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Summary: Issues, Challenges and Barriers Faced by Immigrant and Culturally Diverse Artists in Toronto and Scarborough

A summary of key findings, conclusions and recommendations from the Creative Mosaics research and capacity-building project. Creative Mosaics was a one-year collaborative project led by Scarborough Arts an...

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Arts-Informed Evaluation: A Creative Approach to Assessing Community Arts Practices

Designed for community artists and participants, this handbook aims to help the reader 'explore and articulate their ways that are relevant to them and accessible to others'. Includes back...

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Shared Platforms Research Report

An initial scan of funding practices in relation to Toronto funders investing in community initiatives through Shared Platforms. Includes insights from funders investing in Toronto-based initiatives. Also ...

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Strategic Plan Template

A fill-in-the-blanks worksheet for strategic planning.

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Walking Tall in the Hall: A Mapping Review of ArtsSmarts Projects in Aboriginal Settings across Canada

"The objective of this mapping review is to provide a ‘snapshot’ of the impacts of a variety of ArtsSmarts projects on teachers, students, and communities in 15 off-reserve Aboriginal communities....

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Engaged in Learning: The Art Smarts Model

"This paper develops ArtsSmarts' theory of learning centred on the concept of student engagement.  Compiling the results of approximately a dozen internal research studies on student learning and pro...

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Artists in the 5th Arts Fiesta: Artist Roster 2012-2013

Directory of artists who work with CAHEP in the Thunder Bay region; includes images from recent projects and information about how to connect with CAHEP.

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Southern Youth in Motion (SYiMzine)

"Southern Youth in Motion" (SYiM) is an initiative of Mamow Sha-way-gi-kay-win: North-South Partnership for Children. SYiM's aim is to connect youth in southern Ontario with youth in Northern Ont...

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Making Art Work: A Labour Arts Manual

Commissioned by the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, and compiled by Hamilton artist Ingrid Mayrhofer, the manual features works by artists engaged in Labour Arts across Canada. It is designed as a source...

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OAC Geographic Regions Maps

Map of Ontario; map is broken down into Ontario Arts Council's Geographic Regions: central, east, far North, northeast

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