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
Project RAD

Projet RAD is an organization providing people with various disabilities the opportunity to take inclusive urban dance classes in a warm and safe environment adapted to their needs. Guided by specialized teachers, they can share the fun of dancing with a group and blossom on stage.

Organization Dance Canada
Project Re-Vision/Revisioning Differences Mobile Media Arts Lab

Project Re-Vision is a social science institute specializing in the use of visual, digital, and sensory methods to create understandings of difference that disrupt dominant narratives and open up possibilities. Project Re-Vision is currently working on arts-based research and engagement projects in three main areas of focus: disability and difference; body image and gender identity; and Indigenous art and education.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Project Row Houses (PRH)

Project Row Houses (PRH) is a community-based arts and culture non-profit organization in Houston’s northern Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African American neighborhoods. Founded in 1993 as a result of the vision of local African-American artists wanting a positive creative presence in their own community, PRH shifts the view of art from traditional studio practice to a more conceptual base of transforming the social environment.

Organization Multidisciplinary United States
Propeller Dance

Propeller Dance has been an innovator in the field of contemporary integrated dance and diverse performance practices in Canada since 2007. Propeller Dance is committed to excellence — creating, teaching, performing, presenting integrated dance and more recently, inter-arts performance. At the core of our work is the belief that dance is for all people, and as wide a breadth of expression as possible is of value. We are recognized as a leader in Canada for our innovative, inclusive creations and teaching practices.

Organization Dance Canada
Ptarmigan Music and Theatre Society

Ptarmigan Music And Theatre Society is a charitable arts organization with 25 years’ experience carrying out community arts outreach programs, workshops and events.  It exists to provide high caliber arts education and artistic opportunities, directly and indirectly, to underserved populations.  Our workshops and programs have consistently received a positive response from community members who say they provide them with social and cultural connection, physical, mental and emotional activity, and a sense of identity and meaning. Our programming increases the range of artistic and creative activities that exist in underserved communities like Pender Island and other Gulf Islands, and help all members of our community to live happier, more creative and more connected lives.

Purpose: To provide artistic and creative opportunities to underserved communities

Participants: Ages 3-103, focusing on the residents of Pender Island and the other Gulf Islands

Partners: Pender Island Health Care Society, Epicentre Family Co-operative, SD 64 Gulf Islands School Board, Wildwood Artists Retreat, Cool Aid Society 

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Puente Theatre

Puente Theatre's mandate is to use theatrical experience as a bridge between cultures. Our objective is to express the immigrant experience while striving for the highest artistic standards. We endeavour to foster respect for the cultural heritage that immigrants bring to our new homeland, and to facilitate the integration of newcomer artists into the local theatre environment.

Organization Theatre Canada
Puntos de Encentro

We are a civil non-profit organization in Nicaragua that is feminist, diverse, autonomous and regional in projection. We foster a favorable social environment, individual action and collective action for the transformation of unequal power relations, recognition, defense and exercise of the rights of women young and old in everyday life.

Organization Digital Media Nicaragua
Qendra Multimedia

Qendra Multimedia, based in Prishtina, Kosovo, is a cultural production company, working in the field of arts and culture since it’s foundation in 2002. It’s main focus is in contemporary theater and dramaturgy. Qendra produces and co-produces cultural activities for all ages; locally and internationally. It cooperates with cultural institutions, universities, theaters, theater schools and art organizations from all around the globe. Qendra utilizes the art as a means to address social and political issues with imagination and clarity. Qendra furthers cross-cultural understanding by participating in and initiating community arts and cultural projects and humanitarian outreach programs in a wide range of communities locally and internationally.

Organization Theatre
Quand l'Art passe à l'Action (ATSA)

Quand l'Art passe à l'Action (ATSA) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1998 by artists Pierre Allard and Annie Roy. The pair create transdisciplinary works and events for the public realm that take the form of interventions, installations, performance art and realistic stagings. Their actions are born of a desire to raise public awareness of various social, environmental and heritage issues that are crucial and that need to be addressed. To sway both the public and the media—in short, to motivate as many citizens as possible to take an active role in improving society—ATSA marshals artistic quality, a playful, imaginative outlook, impactful media exposure, and key messages backed by sound, thorough research.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Queer Imaging and Riting Kollective for Elders (Quirk-e)

The Queer Imaging & Riting Kollective for Elders (aka Quirk-e) is a group of artist-activists who self-define as queer and as old and interpret these identifications in diverse ways. Some embrace the idea of being old, and some believe that the word is an empty signifier. As far as the word queer is concerned, people in the group define as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual - and more. All define themselves as artists, working primarily with written memoir and digital images, but spilling out into other genres when necessary.

Organization Digital Media Canada
RADE

Our Mission: To engage drug-users with the arts and therapeutic supports and provide a platform for their artistic expression.

Organization Multidisciplinary Ireland
Raw Art Works

We create a culture where every artist feels welcomed, connected, and committed to our community. RAW is there for kids when they struggle with a piece of art or a piece of their lives. RAW’s clinical art therapists and professional artists build meaningful relationships with each kid, helping them see a broader palette of life choices. They challenge them to change negative patterns while giving unrelenting support to reach what may seem unattainable.

Organization Multidisciplinary United States
Raw Material Company

Raw Material Company is a center for art, knowledge and society. The underlying rationale of its program is the firm belief in visual arts as a potent tool capable of shifting perspectives, igniting engagement for art practices as a viable path for social and political transformation.

Organization Visual Arts Senegal
RE-create Outreach Art Studio

RE-create is an open arts studio in downtown Hamilton, Ontario, where street-involved youth can begin to reconnect to themselves, others, and their community through the creative arts while gaining valuable life and work skills. From painting to poetry, performance art, photography and other multimedia projects, RE-create offers an opportunity for street-involved youth to try a variety of art forms under the guidance of local established artists and members of the wider arts community.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Realwheels Theatre

Realwheels is a Vancouver-based, professional theatre company that produces performances that deepen the audience’s understanding of the disability experience. We tell stories in which disability itself is not the focus of conflict, but rather forms the landscape upon which universal issues are debated onstage.

Organization Theatre Canada