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
Red Pepper Spectacle Arts

Red Pepper Spectacle Arts co-creates and facilitates multidisciplinary collaborative art engagement cross-culturally and primarily within the Native community. We work inter-generationally with social services agencies, community organizations, municipalities, band councils, neighborhoods, and other arts organizations towards greater social justice, accessibility, and equality in cultural production. We pursue the highest standard in artistic practice and work to create an environment where all skill levels have access and opportunity to achieve significant results and create success with a wide variety of media.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Red Threads of Peace: Playback Theatre

Red Threads of Peace is a playback theatre project in Winnipeg, MB that uses improvisational theater forms to tell personal stories from the audience to build social support and increase personal well-being. The project works with First Nation youth, newcomers, marginalized populations and seniors. Red Threads is supported by the Gas Station Arts Centre and other generous community partners. Their diverse community of actors, musicians and facilitators are available for workshop facilitation and community performances.

Organization Theatre Canada
Reel 2 Real

Through public screenings, hands-on workshops, interactive panel discussions, and public forums, our mission is to involve youth in actively viewing and discussing professionally made films; expose youth to new ideas and cultural perspectives; offer high-quality cinematic entertainment outside the mainstream; explore issues that are important to youth; engage youth in discussions with filmmakers about their work; increase understanding of the art and craft of filmmaking; and promote the production and presentation of high quality independent films for youth.

Organization Digital Media Canada
Reel Youth

Reel Youth is a not-for-profit, media empowerment project supporting youth, adults and organizations to create and distribute engaging films about the issues they care about most.

Reel Youth also offers programs for youth and adults in producing and distributing digital media. Various programs include: Video production, Claymation, Music Video, Intergenerational Film Program, Youth and Mentors Film Program, Touring Film Festival, Photography, Broadcasting, Adult Training and Professional Service. Check out their website for more information!

Organization, Training and Education Digital Media Canada
Regent Park Focus

Operating since 1990, Regent Park Youth Media Arts Centre is a community driven, not-for-profit organization located in Regent Park, Toronto. The organization is motivated by the belief that participatory media practices can play a vital role in building and sustaining healthy communities. Regent Park Focus serves as a Community New Media, Radio, and Television Arts Broadcasting Centre dedicated to best practices in training and mentorship of youth in radio and television broadcasting and digital arts.

Organization Digital Media Canada
Rex Cultural Center

REX Cultural Center is a place for contemporary, socially engaged art and analytical cultural practice. Through our programs, we research and present fields of culture and social engagement and fields in which different branches of art overlap. The aim of projects is to educate and empower individuals and groups by articulating their ideas, putting those ideas into practice, developing an understanding of social relations, and using knowledge and skills in a creative way. We devote special attention to young authors and audiences. 

Organization Multidisciplinary Serbia
Rexdale Youth For Change (RYFC)

Rexdale Youth For Change is a youth-led non-profit organization whose mission is to create awareness and engage the youth of Rexdale socially and politically, through the integration of education, arts and activism.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
RISE Edutainment

Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (RISE) is a community led by youth, comprised of artists, activists, free-thinkers and revolutionaries. Together, they help to create a safe and welcoming platform for self-expression and healing through the performance arts. Located primarily on the east-side of Scarborough, RISE is able to reach out, and draw youth from all corners of the GTA and beyond.

Organization Theatre Canada
Roadside Theater

Roadside Theater’s mission is to enlist the power of theater, music, media, education, and other arts:

  • To document, disseminate, and revitalize the lasting traditions and contemporary creativity of Appalachia;
  • To tell stories the commercial cultural industries don’t tell, challenging stereotypes with Appalachian voices and visions;
  • To support communities’ efforts to achieve justice and equity and solve their own problems in their own ways;
  • To celebrate cultural diversity as a positive social value; and
  • To participate in regional, national, and global dialogue toward these ends.

 

Organization Multidisciplinary United States
S.A.F.E Kenya

We're a Kenyan NGO and UK Charity that uses street theatre, film and community programmes to educate, inspire and deliver social change.

Organization Multidisciplinary Kenya
Saathi Sweet 16

Saathi is a non-profit organization that believes in valuing women in terms of self-independence and motivation and empowers womanhood to an all new level. It paves out a stress free path to relieve a woman from her daily routine and enter into this zone of happiness and self-satisfaction. 

Organization Multidisciplinary India
Saathi Youth Trust

Saathi is a non-profit organization that projects a platform to outshine every youth who is aspiring to grow. We believe in growing with the youth, by the youth and for the youth. It's a young approach towards expanding our x generation and building a stage to make them perform on diaries of life. Starting from self-development exercises to treating the youth with health problems and personal qualms, Saathi caters to every bit that's bothering our young generation.

Organization Multidisciplinary India
Saint James Music Academy

Saint James Music Academy is a free afterschool program that teaches classical music to children and youth who live in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES), most of whom live in low-income families. The DTES is a vibrant community and yet also struggles with significant social problems, including high unemployment, poor living conditions, crime, and substance abuse. Children who are exposed to these conditions are vulnerable to these social realities. We believe it is crucial that the needs of these children and youth be met with creative and new possibilities.

Organization Music Canada
SaludArte

SaludArte is a nonprofit organization based in Uruguay that aims to promote health through the use of art and humor. We are independently run and free from any political or religious affiliation. In our view, health is understood as a state of physical, psychological and social well-being that transcends the mere absence of illness. SaludArtes aim is to promote health by fostering human contact and by developing the creative imagination. We aspire to improve social integration, encourage personal and social responsibility, spread hope, and improve the quality of life. SaludArte does not try to act on people, rather with them and through them.

Organization Multidisciplinary Uruguay
Sarakasi Trust

Sarakasi Trust responds to the need for the further development and promotion of culture, performing arts and entertainment in East-Africa focusing on acrobatics, dance and music. Sarakasi, established in Nairobi in 2001, strives to be a leading African actor in the creative economy enabling youth to become empowered individuals.Sarakasi also provides social development, training and capacity building and cultural awareness programs, and in addition implements special programs such as the Talanta training (involving blind and deaf performing artists), the Hospital Project (bringing edutainment to hospitalized children and children in homes and remand homes), monthly musicians workshops, Artist Agency Project, and the implementation of its own cultural agenda at the ‘Sarakasi Dome.

Organization Multidisciplinary Kenya