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
Destreet Art Foundation

Destreet Art Foundation provides Uganda's young generation, both girls and boys from the age of 6 years onwards, the knowledge, skills and capacity for personal and community development through the arts. Our goal is to work together to discover and promote each child's talent. We help ghetto youth enhance the physical, moral and social development in their communities. We assist in building professional relationships between local artists and international consumers.

Organization Multidisciplinary Uganda
Deveron Arts

Deveron Arts has no building, instead the town is the venue; acting as studio, gallery and stage for artists of all disciplines invited from around the world to live and work here. For this we use found spaces throughout the town and its surrounding areas: supermarkets, churches, garages, bothies to name just a few. Engaging with local people and the community through topics of both local and global concern, Deveron Arts works through a 50/50 approach. This brings together artistic and social relationships in a global network that extends throughout and beyond the geographic boundaries of Huntly.

Organization Multidisciplinary United Kingdom

In 2006, Adam McKinney and Daniel Banks, Ph.D., co-founded DNAWORKS, an arts and service organization dedicated to furthering artistic expression and dialogue, focusing on issues of identity, culture, class, and heritage. We catalyze performance and action through the arts in the intersecting communities in which we live and work. In our work, art = ritual = healing = community. We believe that this philosophy and practice lead to a more peaceful world.

Organization Multidisciplinary United States

DodoLab is the experimental creative practice of Lisa Hirmer and is focused on developing provocative approaches to working with the public and the nebulous reality of public opinion. Often modeled as a type of performative research, the work explores and responds to the public’s relationship with contemporary issues—meaning that it is never solely an idea in and of itself that is explored, but rather an idea in relation to the public’s (or more accurately a specific public, counter-public or community’s) understandings and beliefs about that idea.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Drake Music

Non-disabled people can make music in many ways and at many different levels. Our vision is a world where disabled people have the same range of opportunities, and a culture of integrated music-making, where disabled and non-disabled musicians work together as equals.

Organization Music United Kingdom

dramAcum is an NGO active in generating new drama, innovative drama techniques and production of shows. DramAcum use drama as a tool for social action.

Organization Theatre Romania

Our main aim and objective is to use participatory drama and other interactive educational methodologies for HIV/AIDS, life-skills and sexuality-education. These methodologies are participatory, non-judgemental, culturally sensitive and accessible to all ages, levels of education and cultural backgrounds.

Organization Theatre South Africa
Dramatic Change

Dramatic Change is a non-profit organization working to empower communities in Canada and abroad through participatory arts processes reflecting the culture, desires, and life experiences of the people in the community.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
East Bay Center

East Bay Center for the Performing Arts engages youth and young adults in imagining and creating new worlds for themselves and new visions for their communities through the inspiration and discipline of rigorous training in world performance traditions.

Organization Multidisciplinary United States
East End Arts

East End Arts (EEA) is the city’s sixth Local Arts Service Organization (LASO), a group of organizations funded by the City of Toronto to serve a specific geographic area whose role is to encourage artistic growth in both emerging and established artists, contribute to the economy and local tourism, promote inclusion and equity, support healthy social change and help create audiences for the future.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
El Colegio del Cuerpo

El Colegio del Cuerpo is a cultural and an educative space – plural and democratic – that offers the opportunity to construct a new ethics of the human body, indissolubly connected to an aesthetic and artistic search; simultaneously associated with contemporary cultural, social, political and economic issues.

Organization Dance Colombia
El Sistema

El Sistema's approach to music education emphasizes intensive ensemble participation from the earliest stages, group learning, peer teaching and a commitment to keeping the joy and fun of musical learning and music making ever-present. The backbone of El Sistema training is preparation for participation in orchestral ensembles, which are the soul of the nucleo community and culture.

Organization Music Venezuela
El Sistema Aeolian

El Sistema Aeolian is a free, intensive after-school orchestra program with the intent to influence social change through the pursuit of musical excellence.

Organization Music Canada
Encounters Project / Projet Rencontres



Rencontres/Encounters (R/E) is an engaged, intercultural research-creation project, whose aim is to R/E-evaluate, R/E-envision and R/E-imagine performance as a means to build relationship across different values and life experiences. R/E aims also to offer possibilities for transformation in understanding of others and otherness in a range of community contexts.  The R/E believes that another person’s perspective can be better understood (though never even close to fully understood) through storytelling, dialogue, and through performance of oneself, and of another.

R/E asks, “What Are We Not Talking About?”

R/E wishes to share our thought-provoking, challenging and beautiful work with larger community through workshops and performances in which art-building and engagement with others can thrive. New levels of empathy are possible when we take on another’s story as if it were our own. New ways of seeing ourselves and others are illuminated, making visible both the real and perceived boundaries that prevent relationship and community between people of different immigration statuses, racializations, sexualities, gender identities, classes, faiths, abilities and other intersecting factors.

R/E asks, “What Are the Differences That Matter?”

Social Media Platforms:

Facebook: Encounters Project / Projet Rencontres
Twitter: @projrencontres

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Engrenage Noir / ROUAGE

Engrenage Noir is an independent, non-profit artist organization created in 2001. It was founded to support community and activist art practices, not only financially, but also in the form of training, follow-through with the actual projects and networking. Engrenage Noir / ROUAGE aims to associate itself with community organizations and their members that work to confront the systemic causes underlying situations of social, economic and political exclusion. Engrenage Noir hopes to explore with them how community activist art projects can support their socially and politically engaged activity, and at the same time, include activist artists in these collaborations. For ROUAGE, community activist art projects are not only focused on demands for social change, but they also explore at the same time how to question inter-personal relations of power.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada