Below are some organizations that share BC Arts and Culture Week's goal of advocating for arts and culture both in communities and in schools. You will also find links to many research papers, tool kits and other online resources that support this goal.
Arts Advocacy BC promotes public awareness and appreciation of the arts by collecting and distributing the stories and arts-related experiences of individual British Columbians. The organization also maintains an advocacy toolkit called Advocacy 101.
Alliance for Arts and Culture is a Vancouver-based organisation that advocates for arts and culture by monitoring public policy, synthesizing issues for its members, and representing the interests of artists. The Alliance also offers an Advocacy Toolkit, which contains tips on how to provide a voice for the arts in your community.
Culture Days is a free, interactive celebration of arts and culture from coast to coast to coast. Canadians everywhere participate in thousands of free events that bring creators and the public together to celebrate the creative vitality of our communities.
Arts Based Community Development (PDF)
Excerpt from a keynote speech by writer, musician and the founder and Director of the Center for the Study of Art and Community, William Cleveland at the Assembly of BC Arts Councils’ Building Community 2004 Conference.
Community Celebrations Toolkit (PDF) – 2010 Legacies Now
2010 Legacies Now has worked with Public Dreams to produce this Tool Kit in response to the request of communities across British Columbia for tools and best practices in the area of Community Celebrations. This guide provides information and tools to create celebrations large or small, and with whatever creative energy and resources you have at hand.
Ontario Arts Council’s Community Arts Workbook (PDF)
This is a workbook for artists, communities and the public for anyone engaged in or who wants to become involved in community arts. It is designed to give some background on the application of community arts as well as provide hands-on tools advice, frameworks, techniques to help artists, cultural workers and communities plan, begin, complete and evaluate a community arts project.
Art in the Public Interest - nonprofit organization that supports the belief that the arts are an integral part of a healthy culture, and that community-based arts provide significant value both to communities and artists.
Centre for the Study of Art and Community - association of creative leaders from business, government and the arts who have succeeded in building bridges between the arts and a wide range of community, public and private sector interests.
Community Arts Ontario - Community Arts Ontario serves as Ontario's only multidisciplinary, cross-sectional arts network.
Creative City News – Creating Economic and Social Benefits for Communities
Creative City Network of Canada’s Special Edition Newsletter. The projects profiled here demonstrate just some of the broad range of benefits experienced by communities across Canada resulting from nurturing and investing in cultural activities and initiatives in those communities.
Creative Communities - Vancouver's community-based public art resource - tells of a number of successful community arts projects.
Renfrew Colliingwood Arts Pow Wow - A multi-faceted project to bring artists and community members together to build community and enhance cultural capacity.
Ten things you can do...to embrace local culture by Anne DeGrace
West Kootenay Regional Arts Council website
World Community Arts Day networking, collaborating with, and supporting the arts in under-resourced or under-serviced communities across Canada
Changing Education Paradigms - This animation was adapted from a talk given by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert. Find more information on Sir Ken Robinson's work on his website.
A Paradigm Analysis of Arts-Based Research and Implications for Education (PDF)
2010 - Study by National Art Education Association
Art Education Aims in the Age of New Media (PDF)
2009 - Article by Elizabeth M. Delacruz
Art Teachers as Leaders of Authentic Art Integration (PDF)
2009 - Study by National Art Education Association
Cultivating Demand for the Arts (PDF)
2008 - Study commisioned by the Wallace Foundation and undertaken by the Rand Corporation
Walking Tall in the Hall (PDF)
2006 - A Mapping Review of ArtsSmarts Projects in Aboriginal Settings across Canada
Engaged in Learning - The ArtsSmarts Model (PDF)
2006 - Paper from ArtsSmarts