How To

Welcome to the Neighbourhood Arts Network Learning Room and the 'How to' Section. This is where you'll find toolkits, 'how to' videos and valuable lesson plans.

We’ve designed this space to direct you to specific professional development opportunities, online learning, lesson plans, funding initiatives, toolkits, reports and information that is relevant to artists and organizations in the community engaged arts sector. If there is anything you would like to see added to this section, do not hesitate to contact us today!


  • HR Intervals

    Free resources for nonprofits

  • Digitize Your Art

  • Writing Your Artist Bio, Statement & Crafting Your Portfolio

    Curator and visual artist Ashley MacKenzie Barnes created workbooks for us that detail how to write a strong Artist Bio, how your Bio differs from your Artist Statement, and some tips for creating a strong portfolio.

  • Creating your Digital Identity

    Created by Shape Arts

  • How to Apply for an RFP

    Prepared for Artreach and the Toronto Youth Equity Strategy by Paulina O'Kieffe

  • The 5 Facilitation Game Changers

    A toolkit by Partnerships for Youth Empowerment

  • Digital Experiences for Organizers

    Online Sector Resources

  • MakingItWork: Pathways Toward Sustainable Cultural Careers

    WorkInCulture presents 'MakingItWork: Pathways Toward Sustainable Cultural Careers': an in-depth labour market study of Ontario’s arts, cultural industries, museums, heritage and library sectors.

  • Cultural Planning Toolkit

    The Cultural Mapping, Cultural Planning and Public Art Toolkits include adaptable models, examples, and practical checklists for navigating and charting progress.

  • Indigenous Ally Toolkit

    The term ally has been around for some time, and recently many critics say that it has lost its original meaning. Instead of being used to identify one’s role within a collective struggle, it has come to symbolize a token identity – a kind of “badge” that people wear to show they are one of the “good guys”. This toolkit provides definitions and practical suggestions of how to be a better ally to Indigenous peoples.

  • 5 Learning Pillars of Community Arts

    Are you an emerging artist with a community-engaged practice and are unsure what skills you need to grow your career? Take this Thrive Five Quiz and build a pizza to find out! ​

  • Artist Residencies 101

    Artist residencies offer both a creative production space and an invaluable networking opportunity for both emerging and seasoned artists of all disciplines. On May 8th, 2018 Neighbourhood Arts Network hosted a 'Let's Talk Art' event at Artscape Gibraltar Point to discuss artist residencies. Keep reading to find out some of the must-knows for applying to artist residencies.

  • ArtWorksTO: Creative Portfolio Development Information

    Working in your ArtWorksTO application, or just in need to create a portfolio of your own? Here you will find information about how to develop this important creative asset to help showcase your artistic work!

  • Branding & Self Promotion 101

    Check out Jase Cozmic's top 5 tips on branding and self promotion. The video toolkit series is filmed during the Neighbourhood Arts Network's MAKING A LIVING. MAKING ART events, created for artists, youth and arts organizations.

  • Event Planning 101

    This resource offers great tips on how to plan, design and manage an event from researching event types, planning, coordinating, evaluating events and self-care. It was created by Artreach Toronto & the GOAL Youth Workshop Series.

  • Fundraising 101

    Fundraising's function is to catch attention and hold it long enough for a person decide whether or not to give money. This tool will outline the ten most important things to know about when fundraising.

  • Grant Writing 101

    Here's a fantastic article on grant writing that features advice from the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council about how you can get in on this fabulously moderate wealth to keep doing what you do.

  • How to Create a Pop-Up Shop

    Thinking about opening a Pop Up Shop? Wondering how do you design one? Natasha Singh, of Singhnature shares some tips from the ArtReach Cultural Careers project. Funded by the Government of Ontario and the Betty Averbach Foundation.

  • Racial Equity Library

    The Racial Equity Library has over 1600 resources that can help you create change in your community. Racial Equity Tools are designed to support individuals and groups working in communities to achieve racial equity.

  • Toronto Arts Council: Arts in the Parks Program

    A handbook compiled by the Toronto Arts Council to make it easier for artists and arts organizations to program in Toronto parks. We all benefit from the excellent, engaging and entertaining arts programming presented in our parks.