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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.

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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, human rights, safe space, capacity building, anti-racism, anti-oppression, 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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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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Social media, branding, marketing, PR, presentations, outreach, etc.

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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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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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Leading Community Arts into the Future

This report examines Community Arts Ontario in relation to the following key areas: the impact of community arts councils in Ontario; closer links and potential new partnerships with municipalities; curren...

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Reflections on Breathing Northwinds Forum

A Report on the 2007 Breathing Northwinds Forum, the Provincial Gathering for Bridge Building and Bridge Builders in the Art of Communities of Northern Ontario

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"Northern Ontario Community Based Arts Practitioners Circle: A Supplement to Reflections on Breathing Northwinds Forum"

"A post Breathing Northwinds Forum discussion about collective identity, potential,
dreams, and challenges. Discussion held at Wikwemikong Hub Centre, June 10, 2007."

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GOAL Toolkit: Event Planning

Event Planning toolkit designed for youth organizers; includes an overview, tips, and questions to ask about event types and processes, research, design, planning, coordination, evaluation, and self-care. ...

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GOAL Toolkit: Art-Based Evaluation 101

Art-Based Evaluation 101 toolkit that introduces the concept of art-based evaluation and presents example activities for different stages of evaluation. Part of the Grassroots Organizing and Leadership too...

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GOAL Toolkit: Community-Based Participatory Research

An introduction to community-based participatory research, including a comparison to traditional research, a discussion of the roles of researchers and community members, and critical questions to ask befo...

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GOAL Toolkit: Fundraising 101

Fundraising toolkit created for the beginning fundraiser. Contains guidelines on writing a fundraising letter, statistics and information about fundraising, and specific fundraising ideas and tips. Include...

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GOAL Toolkit: Grant Writing 101

An introductory toolkit on writing and applying for grants. Contains sections on researching opportunities, elements of a funding application package, preparing to apply, writing a proposal, and next steps...

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