Placemaking Resources

These resources include reports, information and research relevant to creative placemaking, cultural policy, social innovation, collaboration, entrepreneurship, social wellbeing, public space, artist live/work space and affordable housing.
Advancing Toronto’s Centre for Creative Sector Entrepreneurship: Research and Sector Engagement Findings
Findings of a 12-month-long research and sector engagement study that sought to understand the macro-market challenges facing the creative and cultural sector in Toronto. Link
Artist Link shares a wide variety of guides and toolkits for artists, developers, and municipalities.

A collaboration of top national foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and various federal agencies, the mission and goal of ArtPlace is to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S.

Artreach Grassroots Organizing and Leadership (GOAL) Toolkits
Downloadable toolkits on event planning, arts based evaluation, community-based participatory research, fundraising, grant writing, managing and financing non-profit projects, resources for challenging homophobia, and models of youth work.

ArtsBuild Ontario
ArtsBuild Ontario supports the health of Ontario’s arts organizations by creating and realizing long-term solutions for their facility challenges.

Resources include presentations, reports, and articles to “create, foster, and preserve affordable space for artists and arts organizations”.

Broken City Lab
Artist –led organization exploring creative engagement with civic change in Windsor, Ontario. 

CARS – Community Arts Resources
With 25 years of experience, Community Arts Resources (CARS) creates opportunities to engage with culture and community. Dubbed by the New York Times as “Los Angeles’ preeminent festival producer,” CARS designs, installs and oversees festivals and other events for the Getty, the City of Santa Monica, Disney Theme Parks, the Natural History Museum, and the California Endowment; consults for city governments, private developers, and nonprofits on the uses of public space for cultural and artistic purposes; arranges artist-in-residence programs at local schools; books cutting-edge performers for celebrated concert series; and develops unique marketing and outreach strategies for cultural organizations and community groups.

Canadian Urban Institute
The CUI is a not-for-profit engaged in urban planning and policy research, networking, leadership development.

Centre for an Urban Future
New York based think tank addressing urban issues.

Centre for Social Innovation
Toronto’s Centre for Social Innovation hosts programming and shares resources to “catalyze social innovation in Toronto and around the world”.

Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Community, Simon Fraser University
The CPRCC promotes “teaching, research, and community engagement with cultural politics, policy and planning” including research on cultural labour, the creative workforce, and cultural infrastructure in Canadian cities.

Centre for Urban and Community Studies, University of Toronto
E-library and other resources.

Cities Centre, University of Toronto
Publications and resources.

City Culture Institute, Gdańsk, Poland
A dedicated website to a unique placemaking project in the largest city square in Gdańsk.

City of Toronto Cultural Services
Information related to programs, policy, and services for Toronto’s cultural sector, including resources on cultural planning and mapping.

Cooltown Studios
The “official blog for creative placemaking”.

Colorado Creative Industries
An organization created to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado’s economy, grow jobs and enhance quality of life.

Convergence Centres: Building Capacity for Innovation (Artscape, 2009)
Discusses the Place and Space Characteristics of the Creative and Cultural Sector.

Create Denver
Create Denver is a program of Arts and Venues Denver that seeks to strengthen the overall health and vitality of Denver by supporting the growth and development of the creative sector.

Creative City Network of Canada
Tools and resources relevant to creative place making, cultural planning, and cultural asset mapping.

Cultural Economy Lab, University of Toronto
Reports, research, and bibliographic information related to the cultural economy and creative industries.

Directory of Artist Residency Programs
Artscape DIY has researched and compiled a list of artist residency databases and resources from around the world. If you are an artist searching for a residency, explore this list for links to relevant programs.
Directory of Artist Residency Programs

Hill Strategies
Hill Strategies shares a wide range of research, articles and studies relevant to current issues facing artists and creative professionals in Canada.

Imagine a Toronto (Gertler et al, 2006)
Imagine a Toronto produced a strategy to address the current needs of Toronto’s creative economy.

Entrepreneurship events, toolkits and workbooks for starting a business or organization.

Martin Prosperity Institute, University of Toronto
Research and publications oriented around three main themes: economic performance, place, and creativity.

Mayor’s Institute on City Design
A US organization that works to transform city mayors into advocates for good urban design.

Monieson Centre, Queens University
Queen’s University’s Monieson Centre shares white papers related to cultural planning and the creative economy.

National Endowment for the Arts
Mandated by the US government to fund and support the arts the NEA has recently taken a leadership role in promoting creative placemaking.

National Federation of Artist Studio Providers
Case studies, toolkits, guidance, and resources related to artist studios and residencies in the U.K.

Neighbourhood Arts Network, Reading Room
Available to NAN members (free), the Neighbourhood Arts Network Reading room shares articles and reports relevant to cultural planning and issues facing the arts community at large.

Non-Profit Centres
The Non-profit Centers Network is a US based program of Tides Shared Spaces, which operates and promotes sustainable workspace for nonprofits and strengthens nonprofit capacity in the real estate arena.

No Vacancy (Toronto Arts Council 1988)
No Vacancy was a key report driving the creation of Artscape and the first research study into workspace affordability for artists in Toronto.

Ontario Municipal Cultural Planning Inc.
Ontario Municipal Cultural Planning shares documents related to cultural planning and cultural resource mapping. Non-Profit Homes
Housing resources and information for tenants and landlords of non-profit developments.

Project for Public Spaces
Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a not-for-profit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Resources include articles and reports relevant to creative placemaking.

Public Art Network (Americans for the Arts)
PAN is America’s only professional network for people working in the field of Public Art.

Res Artis
Information and listings on artist residencies around the world.

Social Innovation Generation
Information and resources on social innovation and finance.

The Urban blog network and city-based magazine.

Square Feet (Artscape, 2011)
A resource manual for artists, arts organizations and collectives looking to rent or buy work space.

Sunshine Coast Council’s CommunityHub
The CommunityHub is an online interactive directory designed to enable easy sharing of information and publicise the work of community groups and the local arts community. With a strong focus on accessibility, the CommunityHub allows groups to create and edit their own listing, add new content, share event information and receive feedback.

Toronto Arts Council
Reports and Publications related to arts funding and the culture sector.

The Partnership Handbook
Designed to “support the most current understanding and development of partnerships. It recognizes that partnerships are an important vehicle for building community capacity and undertaking community development activities.”

The Partnerships Resource Centre
“The Partnerships Resource Centre is an open centre where researchers, practitioners and students can create, retrieve and share knowledge on cross sector partnerships for sustainable development.”

Toronto Community Foundation – Arts on Track
Information on city building, grant programs, and collaboration relevant to arts, culture, and the non-profit sector at large.

Toronto Cultural Policy and Plans 1974-2008, York University
Historical archive of major documents relevant to cultural policy in Toronto from 1974 to today.

Urban Institute
The Urban Institute shares a wide variety of research including many documents related to arts, culture, and communities by Rosario Jackson and other leading experts.

Urban Land Institute
A membership based multidisciplinary real estate forum, ULI facilitates an open exchange of ideas, information, and experience among local, national, and international industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places.

Urban Land Institute Toronto
ULI Toronto is Canada’s first ULI District Council.

Wellbeing Toronto
This web app allows you to look at and combine various indicators about neighbourhood wellbeing in the City of Toronto.