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

Established in 1995, VIBE Arts is an award-winning charitable organization committed to providing children and youth in under-resourced communities with high quality community and school based arts and education. With a 20 year trajectory, VIBE Arts has become one of the most celebrated community arts organizations in Toronto. VIBE Arts works collaboratively with children and youth in under-resourced communities to innovate, build skills and resiliency, and lead social change through arts education programming.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Vichama Teatro

Vichama is a community of creators who work and struggle daily for the democratization of art and culture to be accessible to everyone. Vichama the theater is a living laboratory and a space that allows us to meditate and act on history. Our art actively involves the community in order to reflect on their values, their identity and the means to act upon it.

Organization Theatre Peru
Victoria Target Theatre Society

Started in 1986 as a group of older adults with an interest in the performing arts, Victoria Target Theatre Society has grown into a company of mature actors who provide a voice for the concerns of seniors. Target uses theatre to address seniors’ issues because theatre stimulates and moves people in a way that is different from ideas learned through lectures or books. Backed by a volunteer board of directors, and with the help of an artistic director, the company is continually developing new material as it finds its services more and more in demand.

Organization Theatre Canada

VIDYA is a non-profit NGO. We’re a charitable organization that specializes in the education and empowerment of less-privileged children, youth and women through working with them at an individual level. Our nationally-recognized programmes include schools, remedial education, computer training, adult literacy, skills training, microfinance and social entrepreneurship.

Organization Theatre India
Wan Smolbag Theatre

We are a non-government organisation based in Vanuatu with 16 full-time core actors working in theatre productions, radio drama and film work.Our aim is to create awareness and promote community action as well as to provide training and materials to schools, communities, NGO's and government departments in the Pacific and beyond.

Organization Multidisciplinary Vanuatu
Wapikoni Mobile

• Combat isolation and suicide among First Nations youth while developing artistic, technical, social, and professional skills 
• Broadcast films and various public awareness issues facing First Nations while enhancing a rich culture, too often overlooked 
• Contribute to the preservation of First Nations cultural heritage

Organization Digital Media Canada
Wapikoni Mobile

From Wapikoni in brief:

  • Mobile studios fully equipped with cutting-edge technology that “travels to” First Nations communities.
  • 30 communities from 9 different nations, visited to date.
  • Since its initial stages, more than 3,500 youth trained or initiated to documentary film or musical recording, where 300 to 500 new participants are added on each year.
  • 50 short films and 30 musical recordings created every year in Canada and abroad.
  • A collection of its kind in the world, featuring more than 850 films and 500 musical recordings; an exceptional First Nations cultural heritage.
  • 100 awards and mentions earned in prestigious national and international festivals.
  • Numerous distinctions awarded to Wapikoni Mobile such as the 2014 Intercultural Innovation Award from the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group, the 2011 Rights and Freedoms Prize, the Honorable Mention Award at Plural +, a festival organized by UNAOC and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the 28th Grand Prize of the Montreal Council of Arts, film category.
  • The mobile studios accumulate thousands of kilometres every year visiting new communities.
  • A non-for-profit organization and a registered charitable organization that employs a dozen people in its administrative offices and approximately 60 contractual field workers, a third of them Aboriginal.
Organization, Training and Education Digital Media Canada
Western Edge Youth Arts

At Western Edge Youth Arts we create a place where young people can make socially engaged art to change the world and discover some new perspectives along the way.

Organization Multidisciplinary Australia
Westside Circus

Westside Circus is Melbourne’s leading NFP for young people participating in circus. We believe young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, deserve access to creative and healthy activities.

Our unique brand of contemporary circus is designed to to enhance physical and emotional health and wellbeing.

Organization Australia
William Head on Stage (WHoS)

William Head on Stage (or WHoS) is the only inmate-run prison theatre company in all of Canada that invites the public into the prison to experience their shows. WHoS has been creating shows for the public for the last 33 years at William Head Prison, which you will find tucked away on the windy coast in the forests of Metchosin, a 35-minute drive from Victoria, BC. Members of the public may buy a ticket, enter through prison security to the prison gymnasium theatre and watch the fall play performed by the inmates.

Organization Theatre Canada
Willow Springs Creative Centre

We promote growth through creative expression and community development. Willow Springs Creative Centre  provides inclusive, custom designed art, therapeutic gardening and food programming  delivered by professional artists, gardeners and facilitators. 

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Women's Circus

The Women’s Circus is a non for profit arts organisation offering a year round circus and performance training program and producing socially engaged arts projects for women and their communities.

Organization Theatre Australia

Wonder'neath is an independent artist studio for 12 permanent artists located in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  

We have a Project Room available for rent for creative use.  
Our free Open Studio drop-in program happens on both Fridays and Saturdays from
2-4:30 pm and 5-7 pm for all of 2016, thanks to generous funding from 4Cs Foundation and incredible work by the Open Wonder Art Society.  

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Workman Arts

Workman Arts is an arts and mental health company known internationally for its artistic collaborations, presentations, knowledge exchange, best practices and research in the area of the impact of the arts on the quality of life of people living with mental illness and addiction.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
WP Puppet Theatre (WPTS)

At WP Puppet Theatre (WPTS), we seek to spark curiosity; provide understanding about the world we live in; examine the issues of our time; consider solutions and inspire our audiences to become active, ethical and involved citizens through puppetry.

Organization Theatre Canada