Are you doing important change work using processes of participatory art making in your community/s?
The time to ADVOCATE for your work in community-engaged art for social change is NOW!
After 6 years of researching community-engaged art for social change (ASC) in Canada, the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC) and the ASC! research project released our policy recommendations report in April, 2018. Our research strongly identifies that, outside of those communities directly impacted by and involved in ASC work, there is a general lack of recognition and understanding of the sector in Canada, especially at the federal level. This is despite our global reputation as pioneers in the field. Municipal, provincial, and foundation funders are recognizing its impact and increasing their support for the sector. Unfortunately, innovative and creative change work through the arts is overlooked and underutilized in the creation and implementation of federal policies and programs. It is widely understood in our community-engaged art for social change (ASC) sector that awareness, understanding and advocacy is desperately, immediately, needed.
Working with Global Public Affairs, ICASC and the ASC! research project are pleased to share this very useful, comprehensive and informative MP Toolkit for your advocacy work. It is designed as the companion "action" piece to our ASC Policy Recommendations report. Please feel free to adapt it to advocate at all levels of government.
When you have met with your MP, please let us know, share your notes, and give us your insights via email at firstname.lastname@example.org!