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The Idea Box

Welcome to the Idea Box! Taking the first steps towards undertaking a community engagement project can be intimidating; the Idea Box is intended to provide examples, inspiration, and contacts to support you as you explore the potential for engagement projects in your community. Feel free to browse through projects, or to sort specifically by discipline, timeframe, budget, or stage of completion.


If you would like to speak to the ArtsEngage team, or to any of the organizers featured here, get in touch with us.


If you are working on or have completed a community engagement project, we invite you to share your story. By sharing our ideas, successes, and failures, at all stages of the process, we can support and learn from each other. Share your story here.

Jan 10, 2020
This case study explores Our Space, an innovative and inspiring program at Theatre Royal Plymouth in Plymouth, UK. Continue Reading...
Jul 29, 2019
This case study focuses on Take on Me, an innovative, immersive theatre experience by Dante or Die that travelled to community centres across England in 2018 and 2019. The piece involved a core cast of professional actors, as well as community member "guest cast members" in each location. Continue Reading...
Jul 29, 2019
“Art At Work is a national initiative to improve municipal government through strategic arts projects with municipal employees, elected officials and local artists.” Art At Work Continue Reading...
May 3, 2019
For this feature, ArtsEngageCanada teammate Natalie sat down with Jumblies Theatre & Art's Founding Artistic Director, Ruth Howard. Continue Reading...
Apr 16, 2018
The Ontario Shebang is a multi year, inter-arts, inter-cultural journey into a process that brought together artists and individuals from diverse backgrounds to be supported in a space for creative discoveries, and to explore collaboration and shared experiences. Continue Reading...
Mar 26, 2018
Older & Reckless is an intimate dance performance series featuring mature dance artists who have followed their passion for a lifetime. Continue Reading...
Mar 16, 2018
“Matters of the Heart” was a pilot community arts engagement project designed to improve relationships and the physical and mental wellbeing of Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth and adults in the community. Continue Reading...
Sep 21, 2016
"The Burlington Performing Arts Centre hosted events outdoors on our Plaza called Intersection Dance. Continue Reading...
Aug 31, 2016
"One day as I peered out the front window of our home, my curiosity swelled. I began wondering what was happening behind closed doors across the street. Continue Reading...
May 14, 2016
A community dance project in Oakville, Ontario. Continue Reading...
May 3, 2016
A diverse engagement and touring dance project working with multiple partners in the North of England and Balbir Singh Dance Company. Continue Reading...


Heritage Engagement


The House Concert - Cultural Diversity


Kala Seraphin - Kingston, Ontario

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