Arts and Positive Change in Communities

Arts and culture make considerable and necessary contributions to the well-being of communities. Arts and culture are powerful tools with which to engage communities in various levels of change. They are a means to public dialogue, contribute to the development of a community’s creative learning, create healthy communities capable of action, provide a powerful tool for community mobilization and activism, and help build community capacity and leadership.



Click below for the PDF version of Arts and Positive Change in Communities section of Making the Case, as well as Profiles.

Profile researchers/writers of profiles:
Claire Dimond-Gibson, Elise Finnigan, Katie Warfield and Steven R. Dang, with additions by Creative City Network members and friends.

Background Photo Credit:
Corus Quay building, Toronto, ON - Photo by Christopher Jones
  • Arts and Positive Change in Communities [PDF]
  • Hip Hop for Human Rights: Music empowers 30,000 students as global citizens
  • Building the Power of Community: Jumblies Theatre's Once a Shoreline community play
  • Waterloo's Scholars' Green Neighbourhood Commemorative Project
  • Art City: A grassroots approach to community development through community arts
  • Get Connected: Woodstock's innovative partnership in arts and culture outreach
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