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!


  • 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.

  • Arts & Equity Toolkit

    Practical tools and resources for artists and groups working towards equity in the arts. The Arts & Equity toolkit emerged from the needs and concerns identified by artists working to engage Toronto communities through the arts.

  • 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.

  • TAC Art in the Parks

    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.

  • Tip Sheets: Bookeeping, Financial & Database Management

    Since 1993, Young Associates has been providing bookkeeping, accounting, financial management, data management and strategic planning consulting services to the arts community. They have created Tip Sheets for getting your finances and databases in order.

  • Tips for Community Consultation

    This provides a broad overview of what to think about when planning a project and designing a community consultation process. Detailed descriptions and a complete list of consultation methods is available in the Guide to Community Engagement.


    View our rosters of Top 5 Video Tool Kits designed for community engaged artist, adminstrators, youth and arts professionals. Featuring speakers from our Making a Living. Making Art series!

  • Organization & Project Development

    The Creative Trust Open Source Tool Kits are a summary of processes, policies and program materials that reflect the most important thinking and activities in the success of Working Capital for the Arts.

  • Workshop Ideas: Icebreakers, Energizers & Lesson Plans

    Are you looking for new activities to use in your workshops? Partners for Youth Empowerment shares the engaging, and often centuries old, arts based activities they like to use in their internationally renowned workshops and facilitation trainings.

  • Writing Sponsorship Proposals

    Check out Caleigh Timmons' top 5 tips on how to write a sponsorship proposal. 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.

  • Sponsorship 101

    Check out Che Kothari's top 5 tips on creating a successful sponsorship campaign. 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.

  • Diversity in Governance

    Here you will find some effective ways to ensure your board is inclusive and representative of the community you serve. For more helpful toolkits on inclusive and effective board governance, see the Maytree Foundation website.

  • Human Resources Tools

    Here you will find many Human Resources management guides that have been specifically developed for the cultural sector. These guides are part of the Cultural Careers Council Ontario's "Work in Culture: HR Spotlight" project.