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
Manifesto Jamaica

Manifesto Jamaica is a social enterprise committed to educating, exposing and empowering youth through art and culture. We believe that the creative arts can be used to effectively alleviate youth unemployment, poverty, violence and social exclusion. Our mission is to develop and attract opportunities for young people that inspire creativity, productivity and elevated consciousness, by harnessing the talents of nation builders.

Organization Multidisciplinary Jamaica
Manitoba Theatre for Young People | Native Youth Theatre

Manitoba Theatre for Young People has been creating and presenting professional theatre productions for children and families since 1982. MTYP has grown to become one of the most respected professional theatre companies in Canada, for children or adults.


Native Youth Theatre (NYT) specializes in theatre classes for young people like your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, and friends!

Our exciting, supportive and FREE acting courses are geared especially for young Aboriginal actors (ages 9 to 18) and are designed to foster imagination, creativity, self-esteem and self-confidence.

Organization, Training and Education Theatre Canada
mARTadero

mARTadero is a comprehensive project for the development of arts and culture towards social change, we work for social development through art and culture, doing so through 7 areas of artistic creation and 7 social development programs, both based on 7 principles. Each of the strategies we implement is in turn based on 3 pillars: space, cultural management and principles.

Organization Multidisciplinary Bolivia
Más Arte Más Acción

Más Arte Más Acción generates interdisciplinary projects by working with artists and other professionals who explore challenging social and environmental issues, often involving people from communities silenced by lack of opportunity.

Organization Multidisciplinary Colombia
Mikwchiyam

Mikwchiyam, the Quebec Cree School Board Arts Education Concentration Program, is an interdisciplinary enrichment program that aims to increase student retention by reinforcing Cree identity through artistic expression. The aspiration for the program is to inspire youth by introducing them to various contemporary Indigenous artists and to create contexts for students to collaborate with professional Canadian artists through four intensive in-school, seven-week artist residencies.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Milk Crate Theatre

Milk Crate Theatre works with an Ensemble of artists who have experienced homelessness or social marginalisation to create theatre that creates change. We provide a safe, creative space for the Ensemble to build confidence and make positive changes in their lives. We believe that by bringing communities together and sharing the real stories of people who have experienced homelessness or social marginalisation, we can inspire action and work towards an inclusive future where everyone feels valued.

Organization Theatre Australia
Mind Adventures Theatre

Inspired by events and people in our country, we are committed to creating and staging original work that explores socio-political concepts in a compelling and engaging manner. Our plays are devised, and often site specific and immersive. Mind Adventures also runs an outreach project that focuses on teaching skills, employing drama therapy techniques and creating performances with underprivileged urban youth.

Organization Theatre Sri Lanka
Mindful Arts

Through active community engagement: partnering with professional artists, art galleries and community organizations, we further public awareness of, and exposure to mental illness, while providing opportunities for accessible arts engagement, community collaboration and mutual mentorship.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Miscellaneous Productions

Our vision is to make art accessible for both audience and participant, integrating artistic disciplines with community development and popular culture. Through the development and performance of artistic works, MISCELLANEOUS Productions seeks to educate the public and professional artists about prevention of, and responses to societal problems at the same time as facilitating access to new and emerging approaches to art and the creative process.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Mixed Company Theatre

Mixed Company Theatre produces innovative, socially relevant drama as a tool for positive change. Founded as an artist-run collective in 1983, this nationally recognized not-for-profit today uses Forum Theatre and interactive arts to educate, engage and empower audiences in schools, communities and workplace.

Mixed Company Theatre offers Forum Theatre Training

From their Artists Training page:

"Develop your understanding of and appreciation for Forum Theatre–a UNESCO recognized tool for positive social change. Mixed Company Theatre’s Professional Development Workshops create a space for solving problems and practicing solutions. Learn how to take effective action, exploring choices and consequences by critically examining responses to real-life situations..."

Examples of training courses include, "Introduction to Forum Theatre", "Masks of Manipulation", "Facilitator/Joker* Workshop", and "Playwriting for Forum Theatre". 

For more information, visit their website.

Organization, Training and Education Theatre Canada
MoMo Mixed Ability Theatre

MoMo Mixed Ability Dance Theatre brings together a diverse community of artists, whose purpose it is to remove barriers and facilitate artistic expression through performance and the enjoyment of movement as a form of unique and spontaneous creation.

Organization Dance Canada
Mosaic Voices

Mosaic is a network of artists, activists, community builders, healers, and spiritual teachers working in innovative ways to develop cross-cultural alliances, mentoring relationships, and forms of community healing.

Organization Theatre United States
Movimiento de Teatro Popular Sin Fronteras

Since its inception, Movimiento de Teatro Popular Sin Fronteras has been developing, managing and periodically running various projects, training, as well as exchange and promotion of the artistic work of the groups with which it works. While the emphasis of these projects is popular theater and addressing very specific social issues, we have also begun to venture into the field of video and editing printed materials. We understand all these projects as part of a longer process which should contribute to better positioning of popular theater in the country.

Organization Multidisciplinary Nicaragua
Moving Into Dance

MID is a trailblazing, nationally acclaimed, professional dance company, as well as accredited training organisation which has produced a multitude of award winning and productive dancers, choreographers, arts administrators and teachers throughout South Africa and internationally. Since its inception MID has had a major impact on socio-cultural transformation as well as the economic empowerment of South African youth.

Organization Dance South Africa
MU

MU’s mission is to beautify the city of Montreal by creating murals that are anchored in local communities. At the heart of its approach is the desire to see and experience art on a daily basis, to trigger a social transformation and to turn Montreal into an open-air art MUseum!

Organization Visual Arts Canada