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  • Advancing Equity and Inclusion, a Guide for Municipalities (Newly Added)

    Every municipality is unique, so there are many critical paths to advance equity and inclusion. City for All Women Initiative (CAWI) and its partners believe that when a municipality works for those who are most at risk of exclusion, including women and girls from a diversity of backgrounds, they work for everyone.

  • Arts, Cultural Inclusion and Social Cohesion (The): NESF Report 35 (Summary) – 248KB (2007)

    The National Economic and Social Forum (NESF) is a social partnership organisation which advises the Government on policies to achieve greater equality and social inclusion. This leaflet summarises its 35th report, The Arts, Cultural Inclusion and Social Cohesion, which looks at ways to encourage greater access to and participation in the arts by everybody.

  • Australia: Art for Art’s Sake: A Qualitative Study Exploring the Facilitation of Creativity within Disability Services – 242KB (2009)

    This qualitative study focuses on how creativity is facilitated within a range of creative art services for adults with disabilities. The study conducted by the authors is posed from an occupational therapy perspective to draw on the values of current art services run in the Sydney metropolitan area for this specific adult group. Creative therapies can be seen to allow the individual to explore and express conscious and unconscious feelings, working towards resolution of interpersonal and intrapersonal conflict through the process of self-exploration, self-discovery, self-determination and self-help

  • Australia: Making the Journey: Arts and disability in Australia – 2722KB (2005)

    The publication Making the Journey highlights the abilities and creativity of highly talented and committed artists and performers with disability.

  • Municipal Diversity & Anti-Racism Programs in Canada

    Presentation Handout in PDF format based on the Laurier Institution’s report: key findings.

    “This report provides an overview of diversity and anti-racism programs in Canadian municipalities, identifies some of the major benefits of these programs, and describes some of the more innovative features of programs in five moderately sized municipalities across Canada.
    The research for this report included a literature review, a web search of 50 Canadian municipalities, postings on two web networks (Muniscope and the Creative Cities Network), and telephone and email interviews with administrative and program staff from 5 municipalities across Canada.
    This report, and the PowerPoint presentation designed to accompany it, was contracted by the British Columbia Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women’s Services, Settlement and Multiculturalism Branch. “

  • Neighbourhood Arts Network, Arts and Equity Toolkit (Newly Added)

    The Arts & Equity Project is designed to provide artists and community groups with the tools that they need to reduce the barriers to community participation in the arts, as well as provide a framework for effective collaboration between artists, arts organizations and their growing audiences. In short: this tool kit is a comprehensive document, designed to help our art makers become more effective as they play a key role in building Toronto through the arts.

  • Richmond, BC – A City of Cultural Fusion and Change – 334KB (2004)

    Article written by Kari Huhtala on the rise of new architecture and public art that reflects the cultural fusion and cross-cultural experience that is Richmond.

  • USA – Immigrant Participatory Arts: An Insight into Community-Building in Silicon Valley, Inquiries into Culture Series – 1678KB (2004)

    This report is the result of a six-month reconnaissance of the ways in which Silicon Valley immigrants are building community through participatory arts practices. It finds that immigrant participatory arts offer a new community arts paradigm for our mobile world, a vibrant source of social energy, and a ready means of proceeding in the larger task of community-building amidst diversity. This study identifies key dynamics of immigrants building community through participatory arts in California’s Silicon Valley, specifically Santa Clara County and parts of Alameda County.

  • Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Toolkit

    With support from the Alberta Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Education Fund, the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) has developed the Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Toolkit, wanting to build welcoming and inclusive communities and combat racism and discrimination. The toolkit aligns closely with the goals of the human rights commission to build inclusive and welcoming communities and reduce racism and discrimination.

    This Toolkit was designed to assist Municipalities in Alberta wishing to take action to reduce racism and discrimination and build welcoming and inclusive communities. It was developed to serve as a tool for Municipalities pursuing a “Social Inclusion” and/or “Building Welcoming Communities” Agenda and to support Municipalities that are joining the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CMARD) initiative.