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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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The State of Theatre for Young People in Ontario: Voices from the Field (Executive Summary)

A portrait of the state of Theatre for Young People in Ontario in 2004, including significant information about the structure, impacts, challenges and needs of the sector. The report, based on findings fro...

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The Status of Women in Theatre: The Ontario Experience

This issue of ArtFacts examines data on the participation rates of women as primary creators in professional Ontario theatre companies. It compares those participation rates for four seasons ending in 2002...

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Ontario Arts Engagement Study

A study of how Ontarians participate in the arts; examines the full spectrum of arts activities from traditional audience-based activities to personal practice activities and includes arts participation vi...

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Ontario Arts Engagement Study Launch

Video footage of the Ontario Arts Engagement Study launch presentation. The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) commissioned the research firm WolfBrown to conduct a study of how Ontarians participate in the arts. ...

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Arts Attendees in Ontario

Examines data on Ontario residents attending three types of arts activities: performing arts events, cultural or artistic festivals, and public art gallery exhibitions. Attendee data is broken down by sex,...

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Arts Attendees in Ontario Tables

Detailed tables to support OAC ArtFacts Volume 6, Issue 2 (Arts Attendees in Ontario). Microsoft Excel spreadsheet format.

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Ontario Arts & Culture Tourism Profile

The report includes information on the number, characteristics and impact of Ontario’s arts and culture tourists including, volume, country of origin, activities, trip characteristics, tourist spending, ...

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Social Effects of Culture: Detailed Statistical Models

Provides evidence of the social effects of culture through detailed statistical models of a limited number of social indicators. These models include a range of potential demographic and cultural factors t...

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Fostering Arts at a Local Level: A review of community arts councils in Ontario

Fostering Arts at a Local Level, provides an overview of community arts councils in Ontario - both those receiving operating and/or project funding through OAC granting programs and those not funded by OAC...

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Profiles of Community Arts Councils in Ontario

Profiles of Community Arts Councils in Ontario is an accompanying document to support Fostering the Arts at a Local Level: A Review of Community Arts Councils in Ontario prepared for Ontario Ar...

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Tracing Emerging Modes of Practice: Craft Sector Review

Includes detailed findings, summarizes existing gaps and recommends ways to support and develop Ontario’s craft sector. Examines design-oriented craft practices, the use of digital technologies in crafts...

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The Cultural Mapping Project

Final report for Community Arts Ontario's Cultural Mapping Project. The objective of the project was to diversify the membership and programming of Community Arts Ontario. The project involved 'researchi...

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