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
ELAN: English Language Arts Network

The English Language Arts Network (ELAN) is a professional organization of Ontario educators providing curriculum leadership in English, Language Arts, Media Education and English as a Second Language (ESL). ELAN members benefit from having access to the latest Ontario Ministry of Education documents, meeting well-known authors and workshop presenters, access to publishers, and networking with literacy leaders across the province.

Organization, Training and Education Multidisciplinary Canada
4elements Living Arts


4elements Living Arts (4e) is community engaged arts organization based on Mnidoo Mnising | Manitoulin Island in Northeastern Ontario. Formed in 2002, we have a focus on programs that integrate the arts, environmental and land-based issues through a place-based and community-based approach. To imagine and create a sustainable way forward, creativity and connection to the land are needed more than ever. 4e is contributing to this much-needed cultural shift through land-based engagements - creating space for people to engage in high-quality, creative, interdisciplinary, and experiential programs on the land. We work with community members to re-learn the land, learn about ourselves and the complexity of ecosystems, and build relationships. We collaborate with a range of organizations including cycling groups, First Nations youth groups, educational institutes, and Townships. Our much-loved programs include our River School program, Outside the Box, and Elemental Festival. We also offer training for Artist Educators and a new Land Art Institute program. Residencies for artists, artist-educators, facilitators, and interdisciplinary researchers are available.

4e is funded through the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, the Ministry of Recreation, Culture and Sport.

Organization, Training and Education Multidisciplinary Canada
A Blade of Grass

A Blade of Grass nurtures socially engaged art. We provide resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change. We evaluate the quality of work in this evolving field by fostering an inclusive, practical discourse about the aesthetics, function, ethics and meaning of socially engaged art that resonates within and outside the contemporary art dialogue.

Organization, Training and Education Multidisciplinary United States
ArtStarts in Schools

ArtStarts in Schools is a not-for-profit organization that promotes art and creativity among British Columbia’s young people. Since 1996, ArtStarts has supported educators, artists, parents and students by offering a broad range of programs, services and resources to promote arts and creativity among British Columbia's young people.

ArtStarts in Schools offer fully subsidized professional development programs for teachers and artists "Infusion: Professional Development in Arts Integration for Teachers and Artists: Arts Integration Learning Lab".

Organization, Training and Education Multidisciplinary Canada
Brock University

Brock University's Faculty of Humanities, Department of Dramatic Arts offers Undergraduate Programs with concentrations in Applied Theatre and Drama in Education. There is also the option of pursuing these concentrations in a minor program (for non-majors) or a Co-op Honours Program. It is also possible to pursue a Minor or a Certificate in Drama in Education and Applied Theatre

Training and Education Theatre Multidisciplinary Canada
Concordia University

Concordia University, Faculty of Fine Arts - Department of Theatre used to offer a BFA specialization in Theatre and Development. Although this specialization is not currently offered, one of the Department of Theatre's objectives is to "offer[s] students an opportunity to explore theatre as an art form and instrument for social and personal change." A large variety of ASC related theatre courses are available, such as PERC 209: The Engaged Theatre Artist (3 credits), PERC 351: Community Arts: The Art of Engagement (3 credits) and PERC 354: Popular and Applied Theatre (3 credits).

The former department chair, Edward Little PhD, was also an advisor to our ASC! Research Project.

Training and Education Theatre Canada
COURSE: "Exploring Art for Social Change"

Marcuse, Judith, Visiting Tutor. "Exploring Art for Social Change," Quest University, Squamish, Canada. Jan 2015.

Training and Education Multidisciplinary Canada
COURSE: Drama 3850 A: Dance and Theatre for All Abilities: Production Development

Doolitle, Lisa. Drama 3850 A, Dance and Theatre for All Abilities: Production Development, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Canada.

Training and Education Theatre Canada
COURSE: EDUC 496: Exploring Arts for Social Change: Communities in Action

Marcuse, Judith. EDUC 496, Exploring Arts for Social Change: Communities in Action, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. Fall Semester 2010 and 2011.

Training and Education Multidisciplinary Canada
Creative Manitoba (formerly ACI Manitoba)

"Creative Manitoba strengthens, represents and connects Manitoba’s arts and creative industries. We are a not for profit organization dedicated to supporting the arts and cultural industries of Manitoba and helping to develop sustainable careers for those working in arts and culture. By providing opportunities for business skill development through our various workshops, courses, and seminars, we help you take your creative career to the next level."

Creative Manitoba offers various training programs and workshops for individual artists or those working at arts & cultural organizations. Creative Manitoba also has a Artists + Community Professional Development program among others.

The Artists and Community Professional Development Program is for artists and community members wishing to:

  • develop, grow or refine an existing community arts practice
  • work in the field of community-based arts
  • work collaboratively for community cultural development

Upon completion of the program, participants will have the skills, knowledge and confidence to initiate and manage collaborative community-based arts projects and programs.

Participants who successfully complete the full program will receive a Certificate of Completion from Creative Manitoba.

Certified practitioners may be eligible for national community arts residency exchanges and ongoing support and promotion through the new Manitoba Institute for Artists + Community Collaboration at Creative Manitoba. 

For more information of other training and workshops, as well as costs and registration dates, visit their website

Organization, Training and Education Multidisciplinary Canada
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
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
Goddard College

Goddard College offers a Masters in Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts.

"The Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts (MFAIA) engages artists from a variety of practices, including visual arts, dance, music, theater, performance art, social practice, design, digital media, and the literary arts, to study in a rigorous interdisciplinary context. Students not only have the opportunity to work across artistic disciplines both individually and in collaboration with peers, but the MFAIA also encourages broader interdisciplinary inquiry, enabling dialogue among art and science, social science, humanities, and other systems of knowledge.

One of the only graduate programs in the world committed to art as a transformational practice, the MFAIA is designed to support artists with diverse life experiences and goals ranging from the social, political, to the aesthetic, spiritual or autobiographical. Our learning community supports the development of a robust lifelong art practice. We envision artmaking as a form of critical thinking, that integrates research and interdisciplinary problem-solving and engages ethically in public contexts."


Training and Education Multidisciplinary United States
Jumblies Theatre (Training)

Jumblies Theatre offers a variety of workshops and courses through Jumblies Studio, which is "a flexible, integrated and itinerant full-time program for learning, mentorship and exploration in Arts that engage with and create Community." 

From the Atelier Jumblies Studio page:

"In 2006, in response to growing interest, Jumblies initiated a more intentional focus on learning and mentorship: a thread of the company we call the Jumblies Studio. Based in Toronto with a national reach,the Jumblies Studio is a flexible, integrated and itinerant full-time program for learning, mentorship and exploration in Arts that engage with and create Community.

The Jumblies Studio roots theory in practice, welcomes all disciplines and traditions; encourages idiosyncratic artistic visions; is embedded in active community-based projects; and equips artists with the know-how to survive outside the specialized arts world. Activities include an intensive introductory 6-day course (Artfare Essentials), training and internships of varied lengths, project support and consultancy, seminars, creative explorations, and print and digital resources..."

Check out their website to learn more. 

Training and Education Theatre Canada
Lakehead University

Lakehead University offers an Undergraduate Program in Media Studies at their Orillia campus with a unique focus on topics of social change. 

Training and Education Multidisciplinary Digital Media Canada