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
The Touchstone Center for Children

The Touchstone Center for Children is a nonprofit educational organization founded in New York City in 1969 by its present director, Richard Lewis. The Center was established in the belief that all persons have natural creative, imaginative and artistic capacities, which when encouraged and allowed to develop, find unique expression in each individual. Through its Arts and Education projects, the Center creates interdisciplinary arts programs in classrooms that explore the role of the imagination and poetic thought, particularly in relation to the natural world, as pivotal to all learning.

Organization Multidisciplinary United States
The Village of Arts and Humanities

The Village of Arts and Humanities (The Village) is a multifaceted arts organization dedicated to community revitalization through the arts.

Organization Multidisciplinary United States
The Yellow Door

VISION STATEMENT: To empower young people to initiate and engage in community and creative projects that promote social inclusion, combat urban isolation across all generations, and spark positive societal change.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Theatre and Reconciliation

Theatre and reconciliation: a unique and effective method that transforms behavior, that gives voice to those who are still deprived. We transform community conflicts. We educate people. We strengthen the capacity of civil society. We manage traumas. We work in community integration, diaspora, displaced, refugees.

Organization Theatre Belgium
Theatre Beyond Words

We aspire to create strong physical theatre for adult audeinces; theatre which incorporates universal themes that grow out of personal stories. If we are true to the characters, then the stories resonate with people of all generations, across cultures and languages. 

Organization Theatre Canada
Theatre Day Productions

We are Theatre Day Productions... and yes, we make drama in the Gaza Strip with and for a growing age-group of growing children. Our youngest audience members are 5 and at the other end of spectrum are the teen-agers 10-17. TDP is both a drama training center and a theatre playhouse. With a wonderful theatre building in the center of the Gaza Strip, we train adults in our chosen profession of youth theatre. TDP only works with and for young people. They are our inspiration and we are their new look at life.

Organization Theatre Israel
Theatre Direct

Theatre Direct is one of the country’s leading theatres for young audiences whose productions have reached audiences in schools and theatres touring throughout Ontario, across Canada and overseas. Within its theatre and education studios in the Artscape Wychwood Barns, the company’s productions engage students from over 25 local schools while its year-round drama school and community-based education programs involve over 300 children and their families.

Organization Theatre Canada
Theatre for Living (formerly Headlines Theatre)

Theatre for Living (formerly Headlines Theatre), directed by David Diamond, uses THEATRE FOR LIVING to help living communities tell their stories. THEATRE FOR LIVING has evolved from Augusto Boal's "Theatre of the Oppressed". Since 1989 Theatre for Living work has slowly moved away from the binary language and model of "oppressor/oppressed" and now approaches community-based cultural work from a systems-based perspective; understanding that a community is a complexly integrated, living organism.

Theatre for Living also offers annual summer training workshops: 

Level One

6 days, 8 hours/day. 30 participants maximum

This initial level of training will delve into Group Building, Image Theatre, and Rainbow of Desire. We will also prepare short plays for a non-public Forum Theatre event.

Level Two

6 days, 8 hours/day. 30 participants maximum

Prerequisite: Theatre for Living Level 1

Level 2 focuses primarily on Forum Theatre and Joking. Participants will facilitate games, explore Cops in the Head, image animations and Joke Forum Theatre with feedback.

Visit their website for more information. 


Organization, Training and Education Theatre Canada
Theatre Parminou

Our artistic mission is to develop a popular theater committed the social issues of its time. The foundations of our approach rest on the belief that the theater, like culture in a broader sense, is a common good and the act of creation an avenue of expression shared by the artists and the public. Always driven by this democratic ideal, we pursue the search for new collective spaces both in the creative process and in the venues. Théâtre Parminou continues to question, provoke and challenge the audience through laughter and emotion.

Organization Theatre Canada
Theatre Terrific

Theatre Terrific pioneers inclusive opportunities for artists of all abilities to develop performance skills and collaborate in the production of theatrical works. Through its work, Theatre Terrific challenges audiences to be open to the impact of thought provoking art.

Organization Theatre Canada
Themba Interactive

Themba Interactive – Initiatives for Life is Southern Africa’s leading applied drama and theatre organisation that uses performance to engage with and teach audiences about sexual reproduction, health and wellness, HIV/Aids and prevention, human rights, social justice and diversity. Themba Interactive’s commitment to social change is embodied in its diverse staff, projects and outreach initiatives within Southern Africa.

Organization Theatre South Africa
The Platohedro Corporation

The Platohedro Corporation is a non-profit that functions as a collaborative creative platform based in Medellin, Colombia. Since 2004, Platohedro has been dedicated to creation and artistic experimentation, and ongoing research of free culture and self-training. These processes are guided by the search for the common good for all based on a philosophy of Good Living and Good Knowing.

Organization Multidisciplinary Colombia
This Is My City Art Society (TMC)

The work that TMC does not only enriches the lives of the disenfranchised people in its programs, it opens the door for dialogue among all citizens. It builds bridges so that stereotypes can be broken down and common values can be clearly seen and celebrated. This is My City is a volunteer-run, nonprofit society that brings opportunities for positive creative expression into the lives of some of Calgary’s most marginalized citizens: the homeless and those at risk of homelessness.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Threshold Collaborative

Threshold Collaborative uses stories to promote personal, organizational and community change. Our work develops insight, strengthens empathy, promotes healing and understanding, surfaces knowledge, documents history and designs solutions that address challenges in today's world. We integrate story sharing, photography, video and public art projects to document, explore and learn about issues from the perspective of resident experts – the people living, working and going to school in our communities.

Organization Multidisciplinary United States
Tiempos Nuevos Teatro

In 1992, one year after the Peace Treaty the association Teatro Nuevo Teatro (better known as TNT) started its activity  in San José Las Flores, the first repopulated county after the conflict. Their first members were young people devoted to the Popular Education effort. They started promoting community and neighborhood revitalization through Art that emphasized community´s participation.

Organization Theatre El Salvador