2017 ACW Gathering


The ART of Changing the World (ACW)
When: November 3-5, 2017
Where: Carleton University, Ottawa
READ the ACW 2017 Report!



Postscript: This event was a great success! We wish to thank all who came and made it so!
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Have you read the ACW 2017 report? Check it out. There are excellent summaries of themes and sessions, as well as recommendations!


We invite you to join us in Ottawa November 3-5, 2017 for a lively gathering of artists, researchers, and activists from many sectors who are working for progressive change. Around the world, specialized community-based arts initiatives (in theatre, dance, music, visual, literary arts, social circus, urban arts, and more) are emerging as effective and innovative forms of collective social inquiry and action. These engaged arts processes have diverse names including: art for social change (ASC), community-engaged arts, community cultural development and participatory arts; each with its own nuanced goals and practices. This work is growing in many contexts, including: social and environmental justice; education; inter-generational and intercultural initiatives; diverse health sectors; community development initiatives; conflict transformation and justice systems; initiatives for youth, seniors, new Canadians; Aboriginal communities; and social enterprise.

This unique gathering in Ottawa is the final public event of a five-year national research project supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), fifteen partner organizations and eighteen collaborators. The Art for Social Change (ASC!) research partnership, led by the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC) at Simon Fraser University, has brought together artists, scholars, students and change makers from diverse public and private sectors to conduct research on art for social change practices in Canada, and to provide information, opportunities for exchange, and resources for both practitioners and those interested in learning more about the field.

We invite you to join the artists, researchers, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students of the ASC! team, and changemakers from Canada and abroad in November at The ART of Changing the World to learn about highlights from the project and to join in conversations about the present and future of this vibrant and fast-growing field of practice in Canada. This will not be the usual conference; dialogue will be central to our activities.

During The ART of Changing the World, you will have the opportunity to engage in two and half days of cross-sector dialogue and action-oriented planning, as well as contribute to information exchange, working groups, networking and relationship building. Our workshops, installations, dialogues and hands-on learning will all be designed to create space for exchange and creative exploration across disciplinary boundaries.

We look forward to welcoming you!

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We are grateful to the British Council for their generous support that has enabled guests from overseas and First Nations, Metis and Inuit youth from across Canada to join us.




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