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
Fringe Benefits

Fringe Benefits is a groundbreaking educational theatre company whose workshops and productions have earned the commendations of educators, parents and community leaders. Fringe Benefits offers tools for constructive dialogue and action on issues of tolerance and diversity.

Organization Theatre United States
Funambules Media

Funambules Media is a work cooperative who directs and produceds socially engaged videos. It offers training workshops in "citizen video" and organizes cultural celebrations promoting and disseminating art films. By offering a standalone media force, Funambules Media is part of a global process of social change.

Organization Digital Media Canada
Gallery Gachet

Gallery Gachet is a unique artist-run centre located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Gachet is a collectively-run exhibition and studio space built to empower participants as artists, administrators and curators.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Gary Friedman Productions

The aim of our community development work has been to pass on puppetry skills to local community groups, thus giving communities the ability to take their own messages to their people. Some of the topics we have been involved with are HIV/AIDS, Prison work, Abuse, Corruption, Democracy Education and many others during the nineteen eighties, nineties and beyond. We have conducted performances and workshops throughout Africa, Canada, Australia and some parts of Europe to establish puppetry-in-education groups internationally

Organization Theatre Australia
Gashanti Unity

Gashanti Unity is a group of young Somali women in Toronto. Our mission is to provide girls and young women a safe atmosphere to develop their gifts, abilities, and positive relationships. We do this through the provision of leadership and mentoring programs, consultation and information services; and through community capacity building and training and education.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada


Generarte is an association dedicated to research, education and artistic diffusion in which everyone can participate, create and act for their own personal and collective development. We base our work on dialogue and seek the joint construction of a healthy society, where we we value diversity and we manage to preserve the eco system of which we are part.

Organization Multidisciplinary Peru

We are an intergenerational theatre company called GeriActors & Friends, producing original plays based on stories and issues from our lives. We also offer outreach theatre programs for seniors throughout Edmonton. 

Organization Theatre Canada

Mission: Promote and develop participatory and creative actions to find effective solutions to problems facing socially disadvantaged populations in Mexico, particularly children and youth in areas such as education, arts and culture, science, research, human and sustainable development.

Organization Multidisciplinary Mexico
Global Arts Corp

From Rwanda to Kosovo, Cambodia to the North of Ireland, Global Arts Corps has used the transformative power of theatre to bring together people from opposite sides of violent conflict, unrest and war in 17 countries on 4 continents, reaching over 75,000 audience members, and facilitating reconciliation workshops for over 11,000 participants.

Organization Theatre United States
Goddard College

Goddard College offers a Masters in Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts.

"The Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts (MFAIA) engages artists from a variety of practices, including visual arts, dance, music, theater, performance art, social practice, design, digital media, and the literary arts, to study in a rigorous interdisciplinary context. Students not only have the opportunity to work across artistic disciplines both individually and in collaboration with peers, but the MFAIA also encourages broader interdisciplinary inquiry, enabling dialogue among art and science, social science, humanities, and other systems of knowledge.

One of the only graduate programs in the world committed to art as a transformational practice, the MFAIA is designed to support artists with diverse life experiences and goals ranging from the social, political, to the aesthetic, spiritual or autobiographical. Our learning community supports the development of a robust lifelong art practice. We envision artmaking as a form of critical thinking, that integrates research and interdisciplinary problem-solving and engages ethically in public contexts."


Training and Education Multidisciplinary United States
Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre

Mission: to produce and present innovative cultural theatre experiences that engage and empower First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth, artists and the greater Saskatchewan community.

Organization Theatre Canada
Graffiti Art Programming Inc.

Graffiti Art Programming Inc., known as GAP Inc. or The Graffiti Gallery, is a not-for-profit community youth art centre, using art as a tool for community, social, economic and individual growth. It is the only one of it's kind in North America for artists of all ages and genres from traditional art, to urban and performance art - including hip hop, art, graffiti art and street art.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Grass Stage

Grass Stage has focused on deepening the connection between theatre and society, and has made use of a wide range of venues and situations for performances and discussions. Grass Stage events are not only spaces for bringing together diverse elements of society, but also provide, in a country with a political environment relatively lacking in opportunities for public participation, a fluid and varied range of public social spaces.

Organization Theatre China

Greentop is a Circus school, charity and social enterprise. Providing professional training, school workshops, kids parties & team building. Greentop’s vision is of: “A thriving circus arts sector in the North of England, where circus is an artform that touches everyone in the North, transforming lives and inspiring positive social and individual change.” Our Mission is “to use contemporary circus skills to enhance people’s lives and inspire positive change”

Organization Theatre United Kingdom
Groundation Grenada

Groundation Grenada is a social action collective which focuses on the use of creative media to assess the needs of our communities, raise consciousness and act to create positive radical growth. Our mission is to provide active safe spaces to incubate new modes of resistance, building from the local to affect regional and international solidarity and change.

Organization Multidisciplinary Grenada