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!


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Board Mentoring Handbook

    Looking to effectively integrate new board members into your current organizational structure? The Board Mentoring Handbook outlines a mentoring program that a non-profit board can use to integrate new board members quickly and effectively.

  • The 5 Facilitation Game Changers

    A toolkit by Partnerships for Youth Empowerment

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tools for New Organizations & Project Development

    Are you starting an exciting new project or a new organization? You might want to check out these tools developed by Creative Trust especially with you in mind. These tools can help you start in the right direction!

  • Top 5 Video Toolkits for Community Arts

    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!

  • 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.

  • 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 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.