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
Creative Works Studio

We provide a fully-equipped, safe and accepting community–based arts studio for people living with severe and persistent mental illness and/or addictions. All members are encouraged to reach their highest potential through art projects and workshops. As a result, their general life skills and ability to cope in the larger community also improve. The healing process is based on integration of principles of occupational therapy, mental health care, visual arts and vocational counseling. We support our members on their journey to self-expression through art, greater self-esteem, improved confidence and eventually increased participation within the larger community.

Organization Visual Arts Canada
Creature Tales

We are a small and agile arts company well positioned to take informed measured risks to influence social, cultural, health, educational and economic change. Creature Tales’ core business is innovation, developing new ideas with diverse groups of people. Creative projects stem from research and are collaborative by nature, brokering partnerships across broad sectors.

Organization Multidisciplinary Australia

CuriousWorks is a unique media arts company celebrating diversity in multicultural Australia. Based in western Sydney, we use film, theatre, digital technology and education programs to collaborate with communities so they can tell their own stories to local, national and global audiences. We provide a window and a voice to this ‘other Australia’ (often from migrant, refugee or indigenous backgrounds). We have a focus on building skills and potential of individuals by nurturing a new generation of storytellers within these communities. Step by step we work towards making these largely untold stories central in the mainstream narrative of our country.

Organization Multidisciplinary Australia

DADAA is a not-for-profit community arts and cultural development (CACD) organisation, focusing on creating significant positive social change and opportunities for people with a disability or a mental illness. Based in Fremantle, DADAA offers targeted arts and cultural programs that include a broad range of traditional and new media projects in almost 50 Western Australian communities.

Organization Multidisciplinary Australia
DAH Theatre Research Centre

"In the contemporary world, destruction and violence can only be opposed by the creation of sense"- is the founding and continuing motto of DAH Theatre.The goal of Dah Theatre Research Centre is a constant exchange of knowledge, experience and programs among artists and theatre professionals from different theatrical and national traditions. The artistic education of young people is another important goal, reflected in the ongoing programs of theatre and dance training, and many workshops by visiting artists and pedagogues.

Organization Theatre Serbia

dala is an interdisciplinary creative collective that believes in the transformative role of creativity in building safer and more liveable cities. dala emerged as a response to the growing need for a sustainable space for creative practitioners actively engaging in the production of art / architecture for social change in eThekwini. dala believes that sustainable change can only happen through democratic participation and collaboration.

Organization Multidisciplinary South Africa
Dalhousie University

Dalhousie's Faculty of Medicine, Division of Medical Education offers the Medical Humanities - HEALS program

About Medical Humanities
Artist-In-Residence Program
Community Collaborations

"The Medical Humanities-HEALS program is an exceptional program designed to enhance medical education by providing an opportunity to explore these distinct areas:

  • visual arts
  • music
  • theatre
  • history of medicine
  • creative writing
  • dance
  • life skills"
Organization, Training and Education Multidisciplinary Canada
Dance Exchange

The mission of the Dance Exchange is to create dances that arise from asking: Who gets to dance? Where is the dance happening? What is it about? Why does it matter?

Organization Dance United States
Dance United

Dance United positively changes the lives of marginalised and hard-to-reach people through high-quality dance training and performance. We create bespoke dance projects and interventions to meet the needs of different groups of people who are struggling with difficult circumstances – for example, youth offenders and gang members, people accessing mental health services or who are fighting addictions, and disengaged young people with seriously challenging behaviours.

Organization Dance United Kingdom
Dans La Rue


Fondé par le Père Emmett Johns « Pops » en 1988, Le Bon Dieu dans la rue vient en aide aux jeunes sans-abri ou en situation précaire. Avec dévouement, empathie et respect, et grâce au soutien de la communauté, nous veillons à leurs besoins immédiats et travaillons avec eux afin qu’ils puissent acquérir les compétences et les ressources nécessaires pour mener une vie plus autonome et plus enrichissante.

Founded by Father Emmett Johns (“Pops”) in 1988, Le Bon Dieu dans la rue helps homeless and at-risk youth. With dedication, empathy and respect, and with the support of the community, Dans la rue cares for their immediate needs and helps them acquire the skills and resources needed to lead more autonomous and rewarding lives.

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Organization, Training and Education Multidisciplinary Canada
Danza Mobile

Disabilities. Art. Social integration. Professional integration. Rehabilitation. Standardization. These are some of the key pieces of a puzzle that Danza Mobile proposed to build in 1995 witha project creating space where the world of arts and disability join.

Organization Dance Spain
Darb 1718

Darb 1718’s long-term vision is to promote social change, to sensitize people and to expand their horizons through the inspiration and education of artists and the broader community.

Organization Multidisciplinary Egypt

DAREarts is a Canadian charitable organization that uses educational experiences in the arts to empower children and youth facing life challenges, with confidence, courage and leadership skills to unlock their potential and ignite change in their lives and communities.

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada
Darpana Academy of Performing Arts

Darpana is an arts center where the arts meet society, to inform, educate and transform. Started 66 years ago as a teaching and performance institute, it has grown into a contemporary symbiosis affirming the role of creativity in culture, researching into our origins and reaching out to the unsaid or unthought of. Darpana believes that art is a language that is universal. Darpana is committed to excellence, innovation and the excitement of using the arts for change.

Organization Multidisciplinary India

De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Group is a professional community based non-profit organization dedicated to the vitalization of the Anishinaabeg culture, language and heritage, through education and the sharing of original creative expression with Native and Non-Native people. 

Organization Multidisciplinary Canada