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
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
Sarasvàti Productions

Sarasvàti Productions is experimental and transformative theatre that presents significant social issues; engages in community collaboration; and supports emerging artists.

Organization Theatre Canada
Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Programming (SCYAP)

The Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Programming (SCYAP) is a charitable organization that delivers art and culture based programming to address the social, economic, and educational needs of youth-at-risk. Our vision is for happy, healthy and productive lives.

Organization Visual Arts Canada
Savanna Trust

Savanna Trust is an arts organisation that specializes in the use of theatre for social change, theatre production, promotion and development. Founded in August 2006, the organisation implements three distinct programmes that focus on community engagement, arts education & production and festivals.

Organization Theatre Zimbabwe
Search for Common Ground

Our mission is to transform the way the world deals with conflict, away from adversarial approaches, toward cooperative solutions. We work at all levels of society to build sustainable peace through three main avenues: Dialogue, Media, and Community. Activities include TV dramas, call-in radio shows, music videos, participatory theatre and more.

Organization Multidisciplinary United States
Seeds Theatre Group Inc.

Mission: To use theatre and drama as an effective communication tool to address issues that are affecting Papua New Guinea socially, economically and politically.

Organization Theatre Papua New Guinea
Semfilms Burkina

Semfilms Burkina is an association that set the main objective of defending and promoting human rights and freedom of expression through the image. Since 2003, Burkina Semfilms has organized several activities including Ciné Droit free film festival, the production of documentary films, concerts and other events around human rights. Semfilms has a varied film library and a Web TV dedicated to human rights (

Organization Digital Media Burkina Faso

SHAKE! is a project that brings together young people, artists & campaigners to develop creative responses to social injustice. SHAKE! participants engage in dynamic workshops (Poetry writing & performance, Film Making, music) & follow-up mentoring to pursue creative campaigning & events production.

Organization Multidisciplinary United Kingdom

Sheatre - Community Arts for Social Change . Artists and community members work collaboratively to co-create a project using immersive processes that are as important as the product or outcome. We believe in the power of theatre and the arts to change lives and help build a compassionate and healthy society. Sheatre was established in rural Ontario in 1985. Since then, we’ve reached 85,700+ youth and adults through the creation and production of over 110 original plays and 600 events in small urban and rural communities in Canada, the US and England.

Organization Theatre Canada

Shopfront is a youth arts co-operative and community innovator where the arts are accessible to our community in St George and South Sydney. We work by invitation in Western Sydney and regional NSW, and maintain an international network of teaching artists. Shopfront works with young people with and without disability and is a national leader in Arts Outreach. We create imaginative programs that bring young people together with professional artists to make genuine and inventive performance and digital works.

Organization Multidisciplinary Australia
Sibikwa Arts Centre

The Sibikwa Art Centre is a visionary arts centre that promotes quality arts education, performance, vocational training and job creation in South Africa. Sibikwa is an award winning multi-disciplinary holistic arts and culture service provider. Founded in 1988 Sibikwa has extensive experience in vocational training in the performing arts, arts education, community development through the arts and the creation of innovative South African performance pieces.

Organization Multidisciplinary South Africa
Simon Fraser University, Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education at SFU offers a Masters of Education Program in Arts for Social Change (ASC), co-taught by ASC! Project researchers Judith Marcuse and Lynn Fels.

Location: SFU Vancouver
Start Term: Fall 2016
End Term: Summer 2018
Apply by: April 15, 2016 (closed)

The M.Ed. in Arts for Social Change (ASC), the first to be offered in Canada, is designed for artists, educators, change-makers and others who wish to integrate arts-based practices and insights into their work for social change.

In this interdisciplinary program, students will develop and refine skills in arts-infused group facilitation techniques and the integration of ASC processes into diverse agendas for change. Students will have the opportunity to intern with local organizations engaged in arts-based community projects.

Against a backdrop of practical and ethical concerns, and in contexts both local and global, we will explore the arts as catalysts for change in a wide range of settings, among them:

health and well-being
intergenerational engagement
social and environmental justice
community development
policy change
conflict resolution
social innovation and social enterprise

Ideally Suited For

Practicing artists, art educators at the K-12 and post-secondary levels, community activists, cultural workers, recent graduates and others who wish to integrate the arts and art-making into their work for innovative social change.

Fels, Lynn and Judith Marcuse, Instructors. Masters of Education in Arts for Social Change, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, Fall 2016.

Training and Education Multidisciplinary Canada
Sing for Your Life

Our Foundation is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of older Canadians who live at home or in residential care, through music. Our programs create more age friendly communities and improve the life and care of older people, including those affected by dementia, and their caregivers.

Organization Music Canada
Sistema Toronto

Sistema Toronto’s mission is to build and sustain an intensive social program that provides free, ensemble-based music lessons to inspire children at risk to realize their full potential as students, musicians, and citizens. Their vision is to instil a strong sense of community, self-respect, and mutual support in our children through the pursuit of musical excellence in order to prepare them for a better tomorrow.

Organization Music Canada
Sistren Theatre Collective

SISTREN uses the arts as a means of confronting the public on problems facing both genders, and brings pressure to bear on society to change negative stereotypes. The flexibility of SISTREN’s methodology has allowed the organization to adapt to its environment and implement a wide range of solutions to meet the needs of communities. Today, Sistren serves children, youth and adults in communities across Jamaica.

Organization Jamaica