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The Resource Centre provides a list of books, useful web sites, research papers and reports, that give the most recent information and examples of community engagement in the arts and other areas.  

You can edit your reading to your interest by selecting your interest(s) from the list on your left. 

This section will be frequently updated with new information when it becomes available. 

This resource is thickly layered and details everything you want to know about how Municipal-Artist Partnerships work (or can work). Continue Reading...
Starting an article by suggesting that arts charities are becoming "organizational dinosaurs with models not fit for purpose" was always going to be provocative! Continue Reading...
Here's an interesting article that addresses the question of whether attendance, as a measure of success, is still a helpful metric to museums.  Continue Reading...
A brief read, this article by Christina Sackeyfio published on February 3rd, 2020 in Charity Village is a powerful call to consider the role empathy plays in successful diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) implementation.  Continue Reading...
The link to the page below is a treasure trove of articles focusing on the role of the arts in post-crisis settings, found on Hill Strategies website (www.hillstrategies.com).  Continue Reading...
Arts for Social Change is an organization rooted in social, environmental, and political justice, designed to engage heads, hearts, and hands, and is a form of cultural democracy designed to nurture insight, exchange, and action. Continue Reading...
John Killacky, a long-term arts manager and now member of Vermont's House of Representatives, penned this wonderful article on the importance of integrating the arts into all aspects of community. Continue Reading...
The Empathetic Museum is a concept supported by a group of museum professionals who “value and advocate for diversity of thought and authentic integration of empathy in museum practice.” While geared towards museums, their ideas and resources are highly useful for anyone in ar Continue Reading...
This past October, Agenda Paris hosted their Communicating the Arts conference in Montreal. Communicating the Arts is an international conference for cultural leaders. Continue Reading...
OF/BY/FOR ALL is an organization that "envision[s] a world in which all people are empowered to share their talents to strengthen their communities. Communities in which people feel safe, welcome, and connected to the strangers who cross their paths every day. Continue Reading...
The potential for positive connections between the arts and health/well-being are increasingly being recognized and explored. Continue Reading...
This inspirational  article from Leah Sandals via the Culture Days blog explores two programs that address aging through the arts: Edmonton's GeriActors and Vancouver's Continue Reading...
In this webinar from Ontario Presents, community engagement consultant Annalee Adair and volunteer presenter Alyson Martin walk us through the process of executing a successful community engagement project. Continue Reading...
In this article The Guardian theatre critic Lynn Gardiner makes a compelling argument for the need for arts institutions to change the way that they relate to their communities, drawing on several examples of innovative British arts organizations: Continue Reading...
The Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy Continue Reading...
Well-meaning organizations sometimes have a tendency to charge ahead with a community project without stopping to listen to what the community wants or needs. Continue Reading...
Ontario Presents has developed a Statement of Guiding Principles for Presenting Indigenous Work. Continue Reading...
While not specifically about arts engagement, the Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement has a wealth of resources on its website about community engagement that are very useful for anyone wanting to explore why it's important and how to achieve it. Continue Reading...
Animating Democracy's Continuum of Impact guide defines six families of social and civic outcomes that arts practitioners and their partners commonly aspire to and achieve through creative work. Continue Reading...
This article tells the inspiring story of the Next Stage Arts Project in Putney, Vermont. After the community came together to create an arts hub in a vacant historic church, an art project was created that focuses on community projects and creative placemaking: Continue Reading...
 This series of studies from The Wallace Foundation explores building arts audiences and relationships with diverse communities. Continue Reading...
This (US-based) article by Eric Booth explores the importance of teaching artists. Read the article   Continue Reading...
This article by Margaret Hasse explores ways to support artists in community settings Read the Article   Continue Reading...
ArtBridges is a hub and forum for connection for anyone interesed in or active in community-engaged arts and arts for social change in Canada. Continue Reading...
Doug Borwick is a US-based artist, arts administrator, and leading advocate for community engagement in the arts. He has authored numerous useful resources on this subject:   Continue Reading...
The AHRC Cultural Value Project: Understanding the Value of Arts & Culture is an in-depth, three-year study to understand the value of the arts and the difference they make to individuals Continue Reading...
Teaching artists are an important resource in arts engagement projects. The following links give more insight into the history and practice of this critical teaching artistry.  Continue Reading...
This toolkit provides guidance on the issues to consider when planning and designing a community engagement project. Continue Reading...
This page contains a growing list of research and reports on arts engagement from the California-based James Irvine Insitute, including: Continue Reading...
This article from Nina Simon, author of The Participatory Museum and The Art of Relevance, takes a perceptive look at the need to understand and counterbalance many forms of privilege when enga Continue Reading...
This report, put together by the All-Party Parliamentary group on Arts, Health, and Wellbeing in the UK, "aims to improve awareness of the benefits that the arts can bring to health and wellbeing." Continue Reading...
This article discusses Creative Commonwealth, a new program in Massachusetts that will increase arts-based community engagement programs across the state. Continue Reading...
"This think-piece by Chrissie Tiller unearths and explores some of the complexities and challenges of sharing power, drawing on thinking from CPP directors, community managers and other team members, artists and project critical friends. Continue Reading...
This Community Foundations of Canada report argues for the effectiveness of the arts in creating a sense of community belonging- a sense that many Canadians do not currently feel. Continue Reading...
"From Community Supported Art in Canada to a New York project that stages work in laundromats, Laura Zabel looks at the ways in which artists and communities can pull together." From The Guardian, February 2015 Continue Reading...
http://alttheatre.ca/2014/04/01/11-1-editorial-community-engagement-theatre/  Continue Reading...
Resources about community engagement, why it's gaining increasing importance with examples from the arts and other sectors.  Continue Reading...
Articles and reports that describe the basic concepts and process of community engagement. Continue Reading...
A critical component of undertaking community engagement initiatives is the ability to make quality relationships with all your partners, collaborators and community participants. Continue Reading...
Articles and resources to help you plan community engagement projects along with tools for communicating and connecting with your community. Continue Reading...
Resources to help you plan arts-based community engagement initiatives. Continue Reading...
Still searching for these resources.  Come back soon.  Continue Reading...
Community engagement initiatives can take place throughout the community, not only in the traditional performing arts centre or arts venue. Continue Reading...
Mapping our communities for their assets and how to find the people we want to connect with is an important part of the engagement process. Continue Reading...
Resources on documentation and evaluation of community engagement projects. Continue Reading...
Resources about the outcomes of community engagement projects - the impact or changes on presenters, artists, participants, communities. Continue Reading...

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