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

SKETCH is a Creative-Enterprise Hub that creates opportunities for young people (ages 16 to 29) living street involved, homeless or otherwise on the margins, to experience the transformative power of the arts; to build leadership and economic self-sufficiency in the arts; and to cultivate social and environmental change through the arts.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Small World Theatre

Small World Theatre is an Arts and Culture for Development organisation with over 30 years experience producing puppet theatre performances, running an Arts and Sustainabilty programme, implementing projects and facilitating workshops, and creating educational theatre.

Organization Theatre United Kingdom
Snuff Puppets

Snuff Puppets is a radical large-scale puppet company pushing theatrical boundaries and rocking audiences around the world. Our main streams of activity are giant puppet roaming acts, community workshops and main-stage shows. We have a range of work that we present in a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces. Most is suitable for families, we also create works for adult-only audiences. Snuff Puppets arrive like a circus, parading through town using outdoor and roaming performances to ambush audiences and entice them into the world of theatre.  Our art explores, provokes and inspires progressive cultural change. We are unashamedly hand-made and experimental in a world obsessed with perfection and mass-consumption. Snuff Puppets is proudly anarchic, fiercely fun and all-inclusive.

Organization Theatre Australia

SO((U))L creates alternative community spaces for discussion exploration and discovery of the arts, culture, spirituality,music, creativity and the promotion of social justice, equality, self-reliance. These spaces are called HQs (HEADQUARTERS). The first of these spaces is located in Stony Hill, St.Andrew Jamaica.

Organization Multidisciplinary Jamaica
Social and Public Art Resource Centre (SPARC)

SPARC’s intent is to examine what we choose to memorialize through public art, to devise and innovate excellent art pieces; and ultimately, to provide empowerment through participatory processes to residents and communities excluded from civic debate. SPARC’s works are never simply individually authored endeavors, but rather a collaboration between artists and communities, resulting in art which rises from within the community, rather than being imposed upon it.

Organization Visual Arts United States
Sojourn Theatre

Sojourn theatre is a 13 member ensemble-based theatre company working around the nation at the intersection of performance, public process & participation.

Organization Theatre United States
Some Assembly Artists Society

Some Assembly advances education and the public’s appreciation of the arts by producing theatre art works with artistic excellence that build community, awareness, wellness and encourage dialogue among community members about diverse issues.

Organization Theatre Canada
Southern Edge Arts (SEA)

Established in Albany, WA in 1985, SEA is a dynamic youth arts community that nurtures the expression of imagination through stimulating performing arts experiences and opportunities. SEA has a unique track record in attracting professional artists of national and international repute to support skills development and the creation of new work. SEA is directly driven by community need and aspiration.

Organization Multidisciplinary Australia
SPEAKout Poetry

A platform for poetic talent to inspire respect, entertain with purpose and connect community. SPEAKout seeks to Inspire its community with values that advocate for people’s betterment; ones that stress the Respect of self and of others. SPEAKout presents Entertainment, but with a purpose to engage its community and to challenge the status quo. SPEAKout seeks to find points of overlap between different communities, and advocates for communities to find common grounds for dialogue & peace. SPEAKout strives to find the points of overlap that we all share; to foster understanding and establish a common framework to build healthy and diverse communities together.

Organization Theatre Canada
Spectrum Productions: Opportunities for Autism

Productions Spectrum: Opportunités pour Adultes Autiste

Our Mission

We are committed to providing quality experiences with film and media production to our participants through easy access to tools, equipment and guidance needed to make personal and collaborative media projects.

Our Programs are designed to encourage and support the social, creative and vocational well being of the youth we support. We believe that self-expression through media is a unique and accessible way to share interests, develop passions, and foster social networks.

Notre Mission

Nous nous engageons à offrir à nos participants une expérience de qualité en production de films et d’autres supports. Pour ce faire, les jeunes ont recours à différents types d’outils et d’équipements, ainsi qu’aux conseils nécessaires à la construction d’un projet média personnel ou collaboratif.

Nos programmes sont conçus pour encourager le bien-être créatif, social et professionnel des jeunes que nous soutenons. Nous sommes persuadés que l’expression personnelle par le biais de différents supports constitue une manière accessible de partager des intérêts, de développer des passions et de favoriser la création de réseaux sociaux.

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Organization, Training and Education Multidisciplinary Digital Media Canada
STEPS Initiative

The STEPS Initiative is an award winning public arts organization that builds the capacity of citizens to take action in creating more vibrant and connected communities through what we call public space ARTivism.

Organization Visual Arts Canada
Still Moon Arts Society

Still Moon Arts Society inspires vibrant and connected communities by creating artistic experiences and nurturing a passion for nature. The Still Moon Arts Society is working towards a Still Creek neighbourhood where people live as part of a healthy ecosystem and participate in a community where the arts thrive.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada

Stompin began in Launceston, in 1992 with the idea that when young people collaborate with professional artists, they can create inspiring, bold and relevant new dance work. Stompin involves young people in every aspect of our creative process from conception to realisation. Stompin shifts dance out of traditional performance venues and into atypical landscapes, introducing contemporary dance to a range of people previously unexposed to it.  

Organization Dance Australia
Stopgap Dance Company

Stopgap Dance Company create exhilarating dance productions for national and international touring. We employ disabled and non-disabled artists who find innovative ways to collaborate. Stopgap value a pioneering spirit and are committed to making discoveries about integrating disabled and non-disabled people through dance. Difference is our means and our method. Stopgap’s productions are devised by the company dancers and collaborators, working as an ensemble under the artistic direction of Lucy Bennett.

Organization Dance United Kingdom
Street Culture Project Inc.

Street Culture Project Inc. is a non-profit, charitable organization in Regina, Saskatchewan that mentors and supports under-serviced youth. Using social entrepreneurialism and positive adult role models, we connect with youth to help them work through changing their lives.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada