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

Most of the time Peng! is a collective of smart and silly people producing creative political stunts and enriching campaigns with subversion, humour and civil disobedience. We specialise in subversive direct action, culture jamming, civil disobedience and guerilla communications. We use these tactics to create difficult moments for politics and business and make media stories about social justice. We also use these tactics to help others of course! Through workshops and collaborations, we work with traditional campaigners and NGOs to capitalise on moments of press attention to launch and extend their campaigns.

Organization Multidisciplinary Germany
People's Palace Project

People’s Palace Projects (PPP) is an independent arts charity that advances the practice and understanding of art for social justice.

Organization Multidisciplinary United Kingdom
Performing Life

Performing Life’s mission is to help children and adolescents who are working and/or living on the streets of Cochabamba, Bolivia to improve their daily lives and create better futures for themselves through the arts. We empower youth by teaching them productive skills that keep them in school and away from drugs while improving their chances for economic independence.

Organization Multidisciplinary Bolivia
Performing the World

Since 2001, Performing the World is an international gathering to explore & celebrate performance as a catalyst for human and community development and culture change, and thereby, to create a new and more humane world.

Organization United States
Peristyle Nomade

The Peristyle Nomade mobilizes artists and creators to create works that revalue and supply the workings of our communities. It sets up alternative distribution platforms; interdisciplinary art through impromptu interventions, ephemeral donations or lasting works, and group events. Nomade Peristyle of the projects fall into three families:

  • interventions in situ
  • the organization of artistic events and urban routes
  • relational projects with the community
Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Phare Ponleu Selpak

Phare Ponleu Selpak meets the needs of underprivileged children, young adults and their families through 3 interwoven strands of intervention: Arts school, Social support and Educational programs.

Organization Multidisciplinary Cambodia
Philadelphia Folklore Project

Established in 1987, we are an independent public folklife agency that documents, supports, and presents Philadelphia-area folk arts and culture - including the arts of people who have been here generations and those who have just arrived. We work to preserve and strengthen the folk cultural life of our communities because we believe that the quality of urban life is directly related to the persistence, diversity and vitality of our vernacular folk cultures.

Organization Multidisciplinary United States
Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA)

Founded in 1967 by Cecile-Guidote Alvarez, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) is an organization of creative and critical artist-teacher-cultural workers committed to artistic excellence and a people’s culture that fosters both personal fulfillment and social transformation. It roots its foundation in the use of theater that is distinctly Filipino as a tool for social change and development.

Organization Theatre Philippines

PhotoVoice’s vision is for a world in which no one is denied the opportunity to speak out and be heard. PhotoVoice’s mission is to build skills within disadvantaged and marginalised communities. To achieve this, we utilise innovative participatory photography and digital storytelling methods. These skills enable individuals to represent themselves and create tools for advocacy and communication. Through this, and through developing partnerships, we deliver positive social change.

Organization Visual Arts United Kingdom
photoVOICE at the North Bay Regional Health Centre

photoVOICE breathes life into recovery, a philosophy of care mandated by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and in Ontario’s 10-Year Mental Health and Addictions Strategy (2010) and adopted by the North Bay Regional Health Centre. It is a creative medium that has recovery principles as much in its’ process as in its’ product: photoVOICE espouses many benefits that are aligned with recovery principles, including but not limited to the reduction of stigma, self-representation, self-expression, self-empowerment, and engagement in a change process.

Organization Visual Arts Canada
Plataforma Puente Cultura Viva Comunitaria

We are a part of a set of social actors that could be potential allies in building a community cultural fabric capable of driving long-term transformations in Latin America. The campaign, promoted by the Community Living Culture Bridge Platform, is generated from public actions and sustained in a virtual space featuring cultural organizations and political cadres embedded in social, academic, business, pastoral, labor, party, etc, as an initiative around the central debates on politics and culture on our continent.

Organization Multidisciplinary Colombia
Porte Parole

At Porte Parole we restore dignity to human dialogue by insisting that it actively and artfully reflect diverse points of view. We do so by practicing a creative process called ‘documentary theatre’ whereby stage artists record current event stories from myriad perspectives and then mediate those perspectives for an audience through the performance of a play.

Organization Theatre Canada
Portes et Passages du Retour

Portes et Passages is an art-centered association made up of artists and individuals engaged in the movement of social change working towards having a strong and lasting impact in the sphere of community development. Its purpose is to promote holistic consciousness toward the integral development of the arts and sciences within society. Portes et Passages’ experience in and commitment to the rural region of Nguéniène has resulted in strengthening personal relationships between our members and its community, which has brought about a deeper understanding of the needs of the area.

Organization Multidisciplinary Senegal
Prison Creative Arts Project

The Prison Creative Arts Project's mission is to collaborate with incarcerated adults, incarcerated youth, urban youth and the formerly incarcerated to strengthen our community through creative expression.

Organization Multidisciplinary United States
Productions Oracle

PRODUCTIONS ORACLE, un organisme à but non-lucratif qui donne aux jeunes un mode d’expression, en français et anglais, qui offre la possibilité de pouvoir participer à la création d’outils multimédias éducatifs, dans un processus professionnel. Le but de Productions Oracle est de mettre en valeur les expériences ou le vécu des jeunes, de les aider à développer l’estime de soi, le respect et la tolérance afin de leurs donner des outils techniques et sociales pour trouver une place au sein de la société.

Nous répondons à notre mission en proposant plusieurs formats : création de documentaires, programmes  de créations littéraires, programmes d’employabilité, intervention sociale, travail de groupe avec les jeunes et les adultes, service de consultation, planification d’évènements et conférences.

Nos services de production vidéo professionnel :

En plus de nos programmes jeunesses, nous offrons également des services de production vidéo spécialisée sur base sociales et éducatives, ainsi que des vidéos promotionnelles et corporatives de grande qualité (HD).

Notre force c’est notre approche humaine et notre esprit de collaboration.

PRODUCTIONS ORACLE is a non-profit organization that provides youth with a creative mode of expression, in English and in French, through educational workshops using writing and video documentary. With the goal of offering youth technical and social skills to help them find a meaningful place in society, we produce professional quality documentary videos whereby youth are empowered by sharing their experiences and encouraged to develop their talents as well as the values of respect and tolerance.

We fulfill our mission in many different ways – documentary filmmaking, storytelling workshops, employability programs, social intervention, group work with youth and adults, consultation, event and conference planning.

Professional video production:

In addition to our youth programs, we offer video production services specializing in social and educational videos. We produce, as well, high quality promotional and corporate videos.

Our strength is in our deeply human approach and our spirit of collaboration.

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Organization, Training and Education Multidisciplinary Digital Media Canada