The International Centre of Art for Social Change is creating a unique integrated program of community engagement, academic research and training, professional development and international networking all aimed at advancing best practices in the field of art and social change.
The information below is a draft. As we create and implement our programs, we welcome your input.
Goals and Principles
The goals and principles which guide ICASC's programs will be posted here.
I. Key Overall Elements
Diploma program - Graduate level, also accessible to non-credit learners. Three semesters.
Professional development events and workshops
for those already working in the field
Events, symposia, web-based dialogues involving the local, provincial, national and global community of artist/practitioners
Inter-sectoral dialogues and workshops
Including hands-on experience of art practices for people working in other sectors, e.g., health, the justice system, environment, business
II. Program and Course Content
History of the field, and its sub-fields, to the present.
Includes overviews of art in community; social change theory and practice; economic globalization; human rights; First Peoples’ perspectives
Some of these areas will be core subjects of the diploma curriculum
Some art, political and social theory with a perspective shaped by a concern to put theory into practice
Relational theory and skills
Dialogue techniques, facilitation skills
Active listening and critical-response techniques
Therapeutic group process theory and techniques, attachment theory
Building community partnerships
Working with specific groups, e.g., youth, elders, new immigrant populations, hospital patients and staff members, prisoners
Taught by academics and professionals from other sectors paired with artist/practitioners
Co-taught by academics and artists in the field
Arts discipline-specific skills
Includes performance arts, visual and media arts as well as inter-arts and inter-cultural work
Taught by visiting artists from the field
A mentored internship with organizations in the field is part of the middle semester of the diploma curriculum
To include issues of “ownership,” stewardship, safe practices, post-project sustainability, self-care, etc.
Includes project management, funding, new media and other communications/marketing techniques
How to translate the work into other sectoral “languages”
Taught by people in the field and by academics
Literature reviews and syntheses
Original research including topic areas of evaluation; partnerships between arts organizations, universities and with for-profit CSR businesses; comparisons of cross-cultural work.