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
Break Arts

Break Arts’ mission is to inspire young people around the world to co-author the stories of their lives. We achieve this mission by partnering with schools and communities to expand notions of literacy and narrative through text, image and performance projects. We believe in expressing our stories as an essential force in living and sustaining meaningful, interconnected lives.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Brico' Libre

Mission:

  • To host arts & crafts activities across the Eastern Townships, Quebec.
  • To offer a healthy & social activity for people to meet each other in their neighbourhood by providing a safe space to make art in the company of others.
  • To tap into people's creativity and reuse, redefine, recycle, recreate material as a form of waste management.
  • To bridge the gap between the diversity of socio-economic classes, culture and spectrum of mental health.
Organization Visual Arts Canada
Brock University

Brock University's Faculty of Humanities, Department of Dramatic Arts offers Undergraduate Programs with concentrations in Applied Theatre and Drama in Education. There is also the option of pursuing these concentrations in a minor program (for non-majors) or a Co-op Honours Program. It is also possible to pursue a Minor or a Certificate in Drama in Education and Applied Theatre

Training and Education Theatre Multidisciplinary Canada
Budhan Theatre

Our mission is to bring about social change by raising awareness of the historical plight of Denotified Tribes, notably the Chhara community, which has faced physical, social, and psychological struggle through its stigmatization as criminal. We aim to do this by utilizing the talents of the Chharas as natural performers to conduct expressionist theater that emphasizes these unique issues. Highlighting the countless challenges faced by the Chhara community and spreading our creativity throughout India, we hope to debunk stigmas about De-notified Tribes and ultimately attain constitutional recognition by the independent government of India.

Organization Theatre India
C&G Artpartment

C&G Artpartment is a Hong Kong based art space with two portions: an art exhibition space and a visual art education unit. With a strong concern over the local art ecology, C&G helps develop new flavors in the local art scene, use art to respond to social and cultural issues, and provide art education programs for the public. Its essential goal is to fill up the crack in the current art scene, and become an art space for idea exchanges

Organization Visual Arts Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Cachín Cachán Cachunga! (CCC)

Cachín Cachán Cachunga! is an independent Scottish arts company that produces visual, recorded and live art by intersectional LGBTQ+ people. CCC is disability-led by curator Sandra Alland, and disability-focused from its very design.

Organization Multidisciplinary United Kingdom
Café Graffiti

The mission of Café Graffiti is to provide an environment for young people. They can meet there to discuss, find a sympathetic ear for their needs. In addition, the Café Graffiti supports professionally recognized young artists while helping them fight their exclusion.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Cahoots Theatre

Cahoots Theatre investigates and examines the complexities of diversity through the creation and production of new theatre works, development of professional artists and the engagement of communities. Cahoots is a leader in the theatrical community, providing a much needed home for the voice of the ‘other’, a place for marginalized artists and diverse communities to share their stories. We strive to entice, confront, provoke, entertain, reveal and ultimately transcend through expression of and access to theatre.

Organization Theatre Canada
Caja Lúdica

Caja Lúdica is a social and cultural civil nonprofit association that brings together young people from different economic strata, and scholars by providing comprehensive artistic training and cultural awareness, to consolidate peace and coexistence.

Organization Multidisciplinary Guatemala
Cambodia Living Arts

The mission of Cambodian Living Arts is to facilitate the transformation of Cambodia through the arts. We work in collaboration with others to create an environment where Cambodian arts empower and transform individuals and communities. We do this by encouraging the growth of artists and the arts community, by promoting awareness of the arts, and by advocating for the arts with cultural policymakers and major institutions. In doing so, we aim to create value and understanding of what it means to be Cambodian and to create a sense of unity and shared culture. We believe that through creativity we can each expand our potential as human beings.

Organization Multidisciplinary Cambodia
Cameras for Healing

The Mission is to support emotional healing through photographic arts and creative expression for those living with pain, grief, fear, poverty or stress. We encourage and develop emotional connections through visual arts in an effort to help circumvent the element within us which repress what we are willing or able to talk about.

Organization Visual Arts Canada
Candoco Dance Company

Candoco Dance Company is the contemporary dance company of disabled and non-disabled dancers. At the heart of our work are our national and international productions, created by world class choreographers for audiences to enjoy. Alongside these, through our Learning and Development projects and activities we provide access to the highest quality of work for people participating in contemporary dance for pure enjoyment, or as part of a developing career.

Organization Dance United Kingdom
Caravan

The international non-profit association « CARAVAN » gathers fourteen youth and social circus schools located in thirteen different European countries to use Circus Arts to create positive personal, community and social change.

Organization Theatre Belgium
CARAVAN

CARAVAN develops initiatives that use the arts as a catalyst to bring people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs closer together toward building sustainable peace. We develop, organize, curate and host numerous artistic programs; exhibitions, festivals, lectures, concerts, artist exchanges, collaborations, seminars, symposiums, forums/panels, film screenings, etc.

Organization Multidisciplinary United States
Carclew

Carclew is South Australia’s only multi-art form and cultural organisation dedicated to artistic outcomes by and for people aged 26 and under. It provides young people with opportunities to try different art forms, supports emerging artists to develop their craft and advocates for youth arts practice.

Organization Multidisciplinary Australia