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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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GOAL Toolkit: Power in Numbers

An introductory guide to understanding and managing personal and non-profit project budgets. Includes tips on using Microsoft Excel, definitions of common finance terms and ideas, and sample budgets to wor...

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GOAL Toolkit: Models of Youth Work

This toolkit outlines five common models of youth work: unincorporated groups (youth organizers); incorporated nonprofit organizations; charitable organizations; intermediary organizations...

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Artscape DIY: How Do I Pay for my Project?

Tips and resources on securing funding for a capital project. Includes an overview of the four main sources of capital funding, an operating budget template, and a list of Canadian capital funding sources ...

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Artscape DIY: Operating Budget Template

This operating budget sets out the detailed, ongoing operational costs of a project, as well as the cost of any financing (e.g. mortgage payments) being carried in the project. The Operating Budget Templat...

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transformation of place

Transformation of Place: Rural Renaissance in Prince Edward County

This video tells the story of Prince Edward County’s rural renaissance, and how it emerged from the collective desires of local creative entrepreneurs.

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Artscape DIY: An Introduction to Cultural Asset Mapping

A general introduction and overview, with links to more resources on cultural asset mapping. Cultural asset mapping involves a process of collecting, recording, analyzing and synthesizing information in or...

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Artscape DIY: A Guide to Engaging the Community in your Project

Includes sections on responding to local needs, understanding the community context, consultation planning, goals and methods, and documenting and sharing outcomes.

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Square Feet: The Artist's Guide to Renting and Buying Creative Space

"”Square Feet” answers common questions about renting and buying space: How do I go about finding a
space? Gross lease, net lease, net-net lease – what’s the difference?
Should I...

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The Healthy Artist

In an effort to help artists to understand the importance of practicing safety in the studio, CARFAC Ontario published The Healthy Artist and L'Artiste Sain. This resource guide includes The Healthy Artist...

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Information for Artists (3rd Edition)

This 'survival guide' consists of nineteen chapters covering a variety of subjects relevant to Canadian visual and media artists. The authors come from diverse backgrounds specializing in visual and media ...

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Artists' Contracts: Agreements for Visual and Media Artists

Artists' Contracts: Agreements for Visual and Media Artists is a comprehensive guide to the “dos and don'ts” of written contracts. Artists' Contracts is a resource to all artists, emerging and establis...

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Ontario Association of Art Galleries Directory (online version)

A guide to public art galleries, art museums, artist-run centres and associated visual arts institutions around the province. A resource for artists, curators, writers and other visual arts professionals a...

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