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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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Parent and Tot Welcome Letter

Sample guidelines and program orientation info for parents, developed by Art City St. James Town

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Art Starts Employee Handbook

Full employee handbook from Art Starts

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Creative Mosaics Final Report: Issues, Challenges and Barriers Faced by Immigrant and Culturally Diverse Artists in Toronto and Scarborough

Creative Mosaics was a one-year colaborative project led by Scarborough Arts and funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation; the initiative aimed to identify and respond to the lack of culturally diverse ar...

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Culturally Diverse Arts and Culture Programming in After-School Settings for Diverse Children and Youth: A Review of Literature

This Creative Mosaics literature review provides an overview of the key points and discussions in the field with a focus on concepts related to cultural diversity, the value of arts and culture, and arts a...

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Mural Map of Canada: Ontario

A browsable map of Canadian mural towns and virtual gallery of outdoor murals. Includes street maps, photographs, descriptions, and the opportunity to upload information about your own mural.

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Mural Production Handbook

For those who want to have a mural project but are unclear as to how to go about it. This concise and easy to read collection has been designed as a handy tool and reference guide for anyone interested in ...

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Collective Murals

Collective mural-making processes that engage participants in dialogue and critical thinking; the resulting murals can also be used in public actions.

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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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