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
Studio 361 - an Urban Art Centre

Studio 631 – an Urban Art Centre” serves as an Arts and Culture Community Resource, Education and Wellness Centre providing event/meeting space, classroom and library space, arts and culture programming at little or no cost to the inner-city residents and Main Street Homeless population.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Studio C

Studio C is an award-winning collaborative art centre in downtown Calgary - a studio and gallery open to the public. The Centre opened in 2005 and continues to innovate through art, creating inclusive culture. There are many ways to experience Studio C - participate in a workshop, teach a class, exhibit your artwork, volunteer, sponsor. Whatever you choose, we welcome you and your collaboration. Studio C is an initiative of Prospect - a non-profit organization that breaks barriers to build an accessible Alberta workforce.

Organization Visual Arts Canada
Studio d'art Saint-Sulpice

The studio’s mandate is to build community ties through art making in a safe, non-judgemental space. Art materials are offered free. Skill and knowledge sharing is encouraged. Each one teach one is regularly practiced in this multicultural, multilingual and multigenerational space. All types of artistic endeavours such as painting, sewing, embroidery, poetry writing, story telling, etc. are nurtured.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Suite Life Arts for Youth

SuiteLife Arts for Youth offers its intensive 16 week multi-disciplinary performing arts workshops to young people who, for whatever reason, cannot afford such training within the mainstream. The workshops include instruction in the fundamental techniques of acting, singing, dance, percussion, improvisation and performance . SuiteLife Arts for Youth also provides the young aspiring artists with a platform from which to share their creative endeavors with their community. The workshops culminate with performances at Harbourfront Centre of fresh new works created by the participants.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Supporting Our Youth (SOY)

Supporting Our Youth (SOY) is an exciting, dynamic community development program designed to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and transgendered youth in Toronto through the active involvement of youth and adult communities. We work to create healthy arts, culture and recreational spaces for young people; to provide supportive housing and employment opportunities; and to increase youth access to adult mentoring and support.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
SWAMP Theatre

The Swamp is an anti-oppression, grass-roots theatre group. Our focus is on healing ourselves and our communities through the use of theatre, dance, movement and story-telling. We utilize Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) and David Diamond's Theatre for Living methods, including Image and Forum theatre, many hilarious and challenging games and exercises, as well as elements of yoga and meditation.​

Organization Theatre Canada
Tamer Institute for Community Education

Tamer Institute for Community Education is a non-profit organization established in 1989, during the first Intifada. We design and implement a locally-specific pedagogy in response to urgent needs within the Palestinian community. Tamer upholds the right to a high-quality education, exploration of identity, freedom of expression, and access to information. The institute works across the west bank and Gaza strip.

Organization Multidisciplinary Palestinian Territory
Tangled Art + Disability

Tangled Art + Disability is a not for profit arts organization and forum for creative and artistic excellence that serves as a leader, catalyst and resource for bringing together professional artists, emerging artists and arts and cultural organizations and a diverse public.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Team City Art Hive

Team City Art Hive is a free public arts space that welcomes everyone of all abilities and serves as an exciting model of community cohesion, spirit, inclusion, openness, and creativity. Our success has been shared between building an exciting new community safe haven and empowering young adults with Down syndrome (DS) to be leaders and mentors.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Team Possibles

Team Possibles is an arts exploration group made up of young adults with Down syndrome and their peers (ages 15-30). Artist Renee Forrestall created Team Possibles in Fall 2007, for the Nova Scotia Down Syndrome Society. It is an artists-run program that addresses the social, cultural, and expressive needs of the young adults through engagement, and exploration in different art forms, including: Visual Arts, film, and dance, music and theatre. Staffed by professional artists, Dalhousie, MSVU, and NSCAD students, and a group of core, dedicated volunteers, Team Possibles continues to develop and grow.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Teater Garasi

Teater Garasi was built on the belief, and the practices, of performing arts as a way to process and produce knowledge and to dialectically engage with the social political environment.

Organization Theatre Indonesia
Teater Satu

Teater Satu was established by Iswadi Pratama in Tanjung Karang, Lampung, in 1996. Teater Satu’s mission is to implement art, culture, education, and social programs, which can inspire the public to embrace values that motivate better directions in life.

Organization Theatre Indonesia
Teatro dell’Argine

Teatro dell’Argine's project winds along four main lines, to support and promote intercultural and intergenerational dialogue, memory and reflection on contemporary times and active citizenship:

Organization Theatre Italy
Teatro Valle Occupato

June 14, 2011 we occupied a theater in 1727 to implement a cultural revolt. We are constantly changing. Occupy is a collective political practice, a gesture of reappropriation establishing a public dialogue. We continue to occupy the Teatro Valle because the gesture is transformed into a constituent process: to activate another way of doing politics without delegates, to build another way to work to create , to state another idea of law instead of the rule of law, to develop new economies out of the profit of a few. An open stage, a project to be shared with companies, artists, professionals, independent spaces of Rome and Italy to experience participatory planning and a different organization of work based on cooperation. A place of education and self-education in which ' access to knowledge and quality are guaranteed. A dimension in which to share needs and turn them into a common action.

Organization Theatre Italy
Teatrovivo Asociación Cultural

Teatrovivo Asociación Cultural has over 25 years of experience doing work in the field of social development. Teatrovivo is distinguished by the use of play techniques, unconventional art lessons to drive transformation of the individual from the inside out, strengthening the genuine expression and participation. This methodology is innovative, while coming from artistic, whole, expressive, emotional, moving disciplines like theater and traditional game, typical of our cultural identity, neighborhood, Peruvian, Latin, which form an alternative non-material, to empower the poor in their fight against poverty.

Organization Theatre Peru