We aim to create excellent art, to nurture the voices of youth and adults on issues of relevance to our society, and to create dialogue that leads to progressive action. This three-fold mission is driven by the simple but profound idea that art is a powerful force for positively transforming lives, catalyzing social change and contributing to the development of civil society.
Created in 1980, Judith Marcuse Projects is a not-for-profit arts company that works in the disciplines of dance, theatre, music, film and new media. Over its long history, JMP has morphed from a touring repertory dance company which commissioned work from artists in Canada and abroad, hosted community residencies and produced work for young people, to producers of festivals, film and television, and diverse arts projects designed to facilitate progressive social change. JMP has created three large-scale, five to six-year, youth-centred projects, the ICE, FIRE and EARTH projects, each including three years of workshops with young people, live national touring performances; film and video for broadcast for classrooms. Other activities have included multi-discipline arts festivals, several national and international gatherings focused on art for social change and the production of educational videos and writing about community-engaged arts.
JMP funds and runs the activities of The International Centre of Art for Social Change which is a partnership with Simon Fraser University.
JMP’s History Online
JMP is currently undertaking a large archiving project, the materials to be housed online and available for public viewing in Simon Fraser’s Special Collections library. We will keep you updated about the progress of this initiative which will include over 300 digitized videos and films, photos, articles, and other archival materials plus a new, detailed history of JMP. Watch for updates.