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

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
Art x Culture x Social Justice Network

This network is based on the power of art and culture to advance social justice by inspiring collective action across identities, issues, sectors, geographies, and power imbalances. The network is unique in bringing together artists, activists, cultural bearers, and philanthropists.

Organization Multidisciplinary United States
Artbeat Studio

Artbeat Studio is a mental health consumer initiated, peer directed, and recovery oriented program. This community-based studio accommodates artists whose mental health, social connection, and income make it impracticable for them, individually, to acquire a workspace where they might advance their artistic technique safely and securely. The artists are supported and mentored in managing their own workplace, production, and marketing within the operating parameters of the studio.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada

Artcirq evolved into a community-based circus and multimedia company, allowing northern and southern artists to bridge and meet in a meaningful and creative way.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada

ArtCorps seeks to build a vibrant, just and sustainable world by reconnecting humankind to their innate creative capacity. Our transformative training, coaching and on-site support challenge those working on the frontlines of social change to see the world through a new lens that questions assumptions and stretches boundaries. By cultivating creative thinking, critical analysis and artistic expression, we seek to infuse the world with fresh ideas, deeper connections and healthier systems that can support long term change.

Organization Multidisciplinary United States
Arte Acción

Arte Acción is a Honduran multidisciplinary association, working with youth, social inclusion and the promotion of their identity; through an artistic methodology, from youth to youth; providing an alternative training, awareness, articulation and expression. Contributing to generate creative spaces, critical social consciousness and a culture of peace.

Organization Multidisciplinary Honduras
Artellewa Art Space

artellewa aims to create a space for reflection during this time of transition; a space for rejuvenation of ideas and progressive thought and connect Ard El Lewa and its inhabitants with the broader culture of the city and the world through art, and creates a unique opportunity for Egyptian and foreign artists to interact and experiment with the local community and environment.

Organization Multidisciplinary Egypt

Artism is a series of art workshops located at 100 Braid St Studios in New Westminster, British Columbia. Artism’s focus is to instruct individuals with atypical physical and cognitive abilities in an inclusive and supportive environment.

Organization Visual Arts Canada
Artist Proof Studio

The Mission of Artist Proof Studio is to provide an environment to develop citizens with a common set of values, expressed in the notion of Ubuntu, that have talent and passion to achieve artistic excellence. APS focuses on printmaking and its allied outreach programmes to build capacity of people to reach self-actualisation and make a difference in society.

Organization Visual Arts South Africa
Artists for Peace and Justice

Artists for Peace and Justice supports communities in Haiti through programs in education, healthcare, and dignity through the arts. With your help we are removing the barriers that poverty poses to a future of opportunity for children in Haiti.

Organization Multidisciplinary United States
Artists in Healthcare Manitoba

Artists in Healthcare brings live music and arts to patients receiving treatment in oncology, palliative care, rehabilitation and dialysis. On units throughout hospitals in Manitoba our unique programs provide important benefits for patients, families, and staff as an oasis from stress and anxiety often found in these environments.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Artists Without Borders

Our mission is to offer children arts-based experiential learning opportunities that will help build a sense of wellbeing, confidence, and hope. These experiences are desperately needed, especially in third world areas suffering from poverty, conflict, and climate change.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
ArtReach Program, The Charlotte Street Arts Centre

ArtReach programming has reached socially and economically disadvantaged children, youth at risk, families, seniors, ethnic minority groups, abused women, homeless men, mental health patients and those rehabilitating after incarceration. These are individuals who would not normally have access to this type of programming.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Arts & Alzheimers

Arts & Alzheimers is an art and music participation program for seniors with dementia living at home with their caregivers; stimulating minds & supporting caregivers. Dementia can affect a person’s ability to communicate leaving them feeling lonely and isolated. Parts of the brain associated with the arts and music remain intact far into the disease. Arts & Alzheimer’s engages the best practices of dementia care including socialization, structured routine, non-verbal activity and an expressive outlet.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Arts & Health Project

The Arts & Health Project addresses the current gap in seniors’ services between those for well older adults and those for frail seniors who are in care. It provides professionally led arts programming for vulnerable seniors in community and seniors’ centres. The intended long-term outcome of this project is “strong, healthy communities that engage seniors as full and active participants and that value the arts as a key contributor to health.”

Art, Health & Seniors Program - Health Promotion Initiative

Arts & Health Project has a "Community of Practice" - more details on their website


Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Arts Academy, the Stephen Lewis Foundation

Holistic. Dynamic. Transformative. These are the underlying themes of the Arts, Activism and AIDS Academy. This pilot initiative of the Stephen Lewis Foundation will bring together African frontline workers to explore the innovative ways in which they integrate the arts into their community response to the AIDS pandemic. Whether it’s the use of music, song, spoken word, street theatre, dance, memory books, body maps—the creative work of community-level organizations serves to remind us of the innovation, talent, vision and leadership they bring in the struggle to overcome the AIDS pandemic.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada