Directory

Welcome to the ICASC directory of national and international art for social change organizations, networks, educational programs and opportunities.

This is a curated list focusing on art for social change – by no means a comprehensive community arts listing.
If you are looking for more complete Canadian community arts listings, we highly recommend ArtBridges’ directory at http://artbridges.ca/community/community_map.

This is a living resource. We will be updating and revising it as new information becomes available. You can filter this list by selecting from the various options below.

Description Type Discipline Country
Intersections Media Opportunities for Youth Society (Intersections)

Intersections Media Opportunities for Youth Society (“Intersections)” is a non-profit charitable organization founded by the late William Vince (“Bill”), an Oscar-nominated Vancouver filmmaker and advocate for youth at risk. Our program offers an employability and life skills workshop and work experience opportunity to youth facing multiple barriers to employment.

Organization Digital Media Canada
Jatiwangi art Factory (JaF)

Jatiwangi art Factory (JaF) is a not-for-profit organization that focuses on discourses of local rural life through arts and cultural activities such as festivals, performances, visual art, music, video, ceramics, exhibitions, artist in residencies, monthly discussion, radio broadcast and education. JaF was founded on September 27, 2005. Since the year 2008 JaF in cooperation with the Jatisura Village Government do research using a collaborative engagement of contemporary art that connecting each other.

Organization Multidisciplinary Indonesia
Jeunes musiciens du monde

Jeunes musiciens du monde aims to enable young people from at-risk backgrounds to develop their abilities and their aspirations by offering free music lessons, musical expression and individual support activities. Young Musicians of the World accompanies youth from infancy to adulthood. Each school is located in an environment where the socio-economic problems are many and where cultural activities are largely insufficient. The approach of Young Musicians of the World comes in three streams of activity: learning music, staff development, social development in the community.

Organization Music Canada
Journées de la culture / Culture Days

Les Journées de la culture sont réalisées grâce à l'engagement renouvelé de milliers de partenaires et de collaborateurs de réalisation du Québec. Près de 10 000 artistes, artisans et organismes s'investissent chaque année pour offrir des activités gratuites de découvertes des arts et de la culture à la population. Nous tenons à les remercier pour leur participation.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Jumblies Theatre

Jumblies expands where art happens, who gets to be part of it, what forms it takes and which stories it tells. This impulse has led us outside of specialized art places, and to place participants at the core of our projects, as a bridge between artists and audience. We say “Everyone is welcome!” and grapple with the implications – social and aesthetic – of trying to mean it.

Organization Theatre Canada
Jumblies Theatre (Training)

Jumblies Theatre offers a variety of workshops and courses through Jumblies Studio, which is "a flexible, integrated and itinerant full-time program for learning, mentorship and exploration in Arts that engage with and create Community." 

From the Atelier Jumblies Studio page:

"In 2006, in response to growing interest, Jumblies initiated a more intentional focus on learning and mentorship: a thread of the company we call the Jumblies Studio. Based in Toronto with a national reach,the Jumblies Studio is a flexible, integrated and itinerant full-time program for learning, mentorship and exploration in Arts that engage with and create Community.

The Jumblies Studio roots theory in practice, welcomes all disciplines and traditions; encourages idiosyncratic artistic visions; is embedded in active community-based projects; and equips artists with the know-how to survive outside the specialized arts world. Activities include an intensive introductory 6-day course (Artfare Essentials), training and internships of varied lengths, project support and consultancy, seminars, creative explorations, and print and digital resources..."

Check out their website to learn more. 

Training and Education Theatre Canada
Junebug Productions

Mission: To create and support artistic works that question and confront inequitable conditions that have historically impacted the African American community. Through interrogation, we challenge ourselves and those aligned with the organization to make greater and deeper contributions towards a just society.

Organization Theatre United States
Just Bgraphic

Just BGRAPHIC is a not-for-profit organization evolving as a social enterprise. Our social conscience is rooted in the belief that youth exposed to opportunity and supported with the right resources can develop the resilience and confidence to make their dreams come true. Ultimately, Just BGRAPHIC helps talented young artist take a fair shot at catching their dreams.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Just Seeds

Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative is a decentralized network of 30 artists committed to making print and design work that reflects a radical social, environmental, and political stance. With members working from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, Justseeds operates both as a unified collaboration of similarly minded printmakers and as a loose collection of creative individuals with unique viewpoints and working methods. We believe in the transformative power of personal expression in concert with collective action.

Organization Visual Arts United States
Kashmir Art Quest

Kashmir Art Quest has been working towards the advancements of arts, artists, art education and community development in conflict-hit Kashmir ever since its foundation in August 2009. It is one of our foremost goals to create a situation in Kashmir where an international art scene might exist. We celebrate a culture of innovation and creativity and strive to foster creative and cultural entrepreneurship in the region. We realize the critical significance of creative expression and free speech for the social and cultural evolution of human civilizations and therefore ensure that each of our projects is an open space for free artistic expression and acts as catalysts for dialogues across all sections of the society. We are still the only independent arts organisation working actively in Kashmir.

Organization Multidisciplinary India
Katherine Boydell

Katherine Boydell
Qualitative arts-based health research scientist working in the child and youth mental health field

Twitter: @KBoydell 

Organization Multidisciplinary Australia
Kehewin Native Dance Theater

Kehewin Native Dance Theatre is community workshops, interactive performances and classroom visits. Training has become an integral part of Kehewin annual operations. Kehewin has developed its own training process, which we have named NAH (this means ‘here’ or ’take this’ in several Native languages). This process is community oriented and culturally based. We have also developed a community workshop manual that is now used throughout Canada. Kehewin provides resource materials about community theatre and Native Studies

Organization Dance Canada
Kenya AIDS Intervention/Prevention Project Group (KAIPPG)

KAIPPG is a community-based volunteer organization which operates in western Kenya, addressing issues related to HIV/AIDS, poverty and malnutrition. In their HIV/AIDS education and prevention work they made use of the arts such as theatre. They are trying to form a broad-based arts coalition of groups and individuals utilizing the arts to address HIV/AIDS.

Organization Theatre Kenya
Kibera Community Youth Programme (KCYP)

KCYP is a unique, community-based organization formed and run by young people in the Kibera slum, Nairobi. Their programs include: youth development and empowerment; reproductive health; arts for development and social change; and, environment and sanitation.

Organization Multidisciplinary Kenya
Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture

Putting Disability Arts on the BC cultural map

In 1997, a small group of artists and advocates with disabilities got together in Vancouver to talk about bringing disability arts to British Columbia. Key among them were filmmaker Bonnie Sherr Klein and disability activist Catherine Frazee. Inspired by a growing international disability arts movement, and by Canadian disability activist Catherine Frazee’s urging to find “both pleasure and politics in disability culture.” Among those gathered were two artists whose lives already exemplified that call – filmmaker Bonnie Klein, and sculptor/dancer Geoffrey McMurchy. As Bonnie Klein put it: “Living with disability is an art. Our various and unique disabilities compel us to create innovative paths around obstacles. In both content and form, we are taking risks that only we can take.”

They continued to meet, and by 1998, the first disability arts organization in Canada was born. Registered as the Society for Disability Arts and Culture (S4DAC), the nonprofit society’s goals were simple, but not easy: to support and promote artists with disabilities and to present disability arts festivals to BC audiences. The fledgling group pledged to present “authentic non-sentimental expressions of the disability experience,” to include all artistic disciplines, and to welcome all disabilities. People with disabilities were to comprise at least 50 percent of the board of directors. These have remained the organization’s guiding goals and principles through almost 20 years of building disability arts in Canada.

Mission

Kickstart’s mission is to produce and present works by artists with disabilities and to promote artistic excellence among artists with disabilities working in a variety of disciplines.

Mandate

Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture (formerly the Society for Disability Arts and Culture) was incorporated November 1998 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Our objectives are:

to encourage and support artists to create and present authentic interpretations of the disability experience;

to provide opportunities for the development and advancement of artists with disabilities; and

to promote practices that will make the arts more accessible to all members of the Canadian public.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada