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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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Status of Arts and Health in Canada

An overview of selected arts and health initiatives across Canada, including brief observations on funding, training, and trends.

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Do Community Arts Programs Promote Positive Youth Development? (Critical Social Work, 2008 Vol. 9, No. 1)

Longitudinal evaluation of an after school arts program for Florida youth aged 9-15. "Evaluated were the extent to which the community-based organization could recruit and retain youth in the program ...

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Documenting Engagement: A Video Suite

A set of short films created in a project called Documenting Engagement: a community artists institute which ran in 2004. The compilation includes: Something from Nothing (Cathy Stubington), 1001 Cups of T...

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Youth Engagement Toolkit

A toolkit designed to help organizations strengthen their youth engagement. Includes a youth engagement tool to help organizations assess their level of youth engagement and a detailed resource guide with ...

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VIBE Arts Crisis Management

This sample crisis management policy from VIBE Arts outlines the procedures and policies that are in place and are recommended for VIBE staff, volunteer or artists to follow when a crisis occurs at or duri...

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VIBE Arts Abuse Preventive Policy

This sample VIBE Arts policy document includes specific guidelines developed for staff and volunteers to help prevent various forms of abuse in the workplace.

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Nee-tum-ochi-bek: First Roots and Sustainability

Reflections on the short term and long term impacts of the arts, healing and trust, and the importance of sustaining programs and relationships over time. Written from the perspective of DAREarts artist fa...

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Community Arts and Social Change in Rural Northern Ontario

"This study employed the photovoice methodology to investigate how partaking in a community arts project might allow youth in a deindustrialized communityin rural Northern Ontario, Canada to collectiv...

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Out of Place, Issue 2

A collection of essays by artists associated with Jumblies Theatre. "This issue contains writings by Mindy Stricke (about her work with new mothers and photography on the Welcome to Motherland project...

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Affirming Collaboration – Community and Humanist Activist Art in Québec and Elsewhere

Focused on Quebec, this 764 page volume (half in English, half in French, with different images for each language) includes a DVD of 5 videos. "In addition to the DVD compilation entitled Documenting ...

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Youth Media Organizations in Vancouver

A free, online directory of youth media organizations in Vancouver.

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The Art of Resilience, The Resilience of Art

Looks at the relationship between culture and resilience, based on the premise that the four pillars supporting resilience and livability are environmental, social, economic, and cultural. "A paper on...

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