Activities and interventions that use creative practice to promote positive mental health.
Arts Approach Reading List
Books, case studies, and reports on art and transformation, social justice, community arts, and creative engagement.
Arts Approach Video Playlist
Behind the scenes, discussions, TED Talks, and performances from Arts Approach projects and other leaders in the field.
USDAC HI-LI Database
Compiled by the United States Department of Arts and Culture, the "HI-LI" stands for High-Impact Low-Infrastructure. A collection of projects you can replicate in your community that are participatory, replicable, volunteer-friendly, and low-cost.
Springboard for the Arts Toolkits
This great Minnesota organization has collected resources that engage artists and communities in new and exciting ways. No single toolkit is a silver bullet, local adaptations are always encouraged and they believe that these projects work best when people work in partnerships. I personally recommend the "Road to the Community Plan" kit.
Engagement Games: Designing Games to Facilitate Real World Action
The Engagement Game Lab at Emerson College has created this guidebook as a resource for people and organizations interested in tapping the power of play to engage people in real-world processes. Includes useful tips for stakeholder engagement and a framework for community problem solving and cohesion.
CultureBlocks is a free mapping tool that supports people making decisions about place and creativity in Philadelphia. Use it for research, planning, exploration and investment.
Animating Democracy's Arts and Civic Engagement Toolkit
The Arts and Civic Engagement Tool Kit: Planning Tools and Resources for Animating Democracy in Your Community features customizable worksheets containing thoughtful questions, clarifying sidebars, and examples to help users plan, design, and partner to create meaningful engagement activities.
Network of Ensemble Theatre Shareback Library
The NET/TEN Shareback Library is a compilation of articles, videos, recordings, exercises, and other resources provided by grantees following their NET/TEN grant activities. Sharebacks are intended to promote learning within (and without) the ensemble field and to encourage knowledge sharing, joint discovery, and collaboration between individual artists and ensembles. Conversation and discussion is encouraged in the comment sections of each post.
Make a show in your house - Headlong Dance Theatre
Want to make a show in your home? Headlong Dance Theatre has put together some wonderful tools to help you do that. Download their free This Town is a Mystery workbook and get to work. Or read it online here. And if you get to making something, contact them. They'd love to come see it and help you finish it.
Community Arts Network archived site
The Community Arts Network was an online database of essays, case studies, and reports promoting information exchange, research and critical dialogue within the field of community-based art. The site discontinued in 2010, but the archived site is hosted by Indiana University.