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
Manitoba Theatre for Young People | Native Youth Theatre

Manitoba Theatre for Young People has been creating and presenting professional theatre productions for children and families since 1982. MTYP has grown to become one of the most respected professional theatre companies in Canada, for children or adults.

Native Youth Theatre (NYT) specializes in theatre classes for young people like your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, and friends!

Our exciting, supportive and FREE acting courses are geared especially for young Aboriginal actors (ages 9 to 18) and are designed to foster imagination, creativity, self-esteem and self-confidence.

Organization, Training and Education Theatre Canada
Mixed Company Theatre

Mixed Company Theatre produces innovative, socially relevant drama as a tool for positive change. Founded as an artist-run collective in 1983, this nationally recognized not-for-profit today uses Forum Theatre and interactive arts to educate, engage and empower audiences in schools, communities and workplace.

Mixed Company Theatre offers Forum Theatre Training

From their Artists Training page:

"Develop your understanding of and appreciation for Forum Theatre–a UNESCO recognized tool for positive social change. Mixed Company Theatre’s Professional Development Workshops create a space for solving problems and practicing solutions. Learn how to take effective action, exploring choices and consequences by critically examining responses to real-life situations..."

Examples of training courses include, "Introduction to Forum Theatre", "Masks of Manipulation", "Facilitator/Joker* Workshop", and "Playwriting for Forum Theatre". 

For more information, visit their website.

Organization, Training and Education Theatre Canada
Music Liberatory

Music Liberatory aims to dramatically increase the number of female instrumentalists by providing meaningful, fun, and free music programming for women and girls.
We believe that everyone is born with musical ability and that females in particular are systemically denied opportunity and taught to underestimate their capacity.
We work to create vibrant and honest female led music cultures. With focus on the current and potential leadership of women of colour, the Music Liberatory wishes to see all women benefit from sharing music and the freedom this experience brings.
Only a desire to share music is ever needed. No previous music experience or education is required for any of our programs. Instruments are available to use free of charge.

Organization, Training and Education Music Canada
Neighbourhood Arts Network

Neighbourhood Arts Network is dedicated to celebrating and supporting community engaged artists and organizations across Toronto. Our free membership includes professional development, community events, online resources, strategic community partnerships and signature awards.​

Organization, Training and Education Multidisciplinary Canada
Next Up

From Next Up's About page:

Next Up is growing. 2015-16 marks the tenth year since it was started in BC, its eighth year in Alberta, it's seventh year in Saskatchewan, where we have now started a program in Regina. It's our fifth year in Ontario and third year in Winnipeg. Next Up has also ran two leadership intensive programs for First Nations & Métis Youth in Saskatchewan. This year we've  launched 3 new intensive programs: the BC Bootcamp weekend which ran in May; the Alberta Climate Leadership Program that ends this Fall; and our newest intensive program, the BC Indigenous Youth In Action (IYIA) program which begins in August 2016. The BC IYIA is a collaboration with IndigenEYEZ. 

The people organizing Next Up come from a wide range of backgrounds: public policy, community activism, labour, the non-profit sector, and research. We are all involved in social and environmental justice work. We’ve created this program because we believe that a better world is not just possible, but an imperative.

We believe that good solutions to the biggest issues are out there, and can be realized. We have different approaches to teaching and learning, but we all believe that a new generation of progressive leaders is needed and should be supported.

Next Up is a growing network of social change leaders across Canada. The program is a partnership between several organizations with region specific partnerships that help make the program happen in each region.

Each region has it’s own Advisory Committee made up of great people in that community who are working to make a better world. Advisory committee members come from community organizations, the public and private sectors, not-for-profits and trade unions. The amazing people on the advisory committees volunteer their time to help with program's design and delivery in their region and to help make community connections between participants and leaders in their communities.

Next Up also offers Leadership Programs across Canada. Details here.


Organization, Training and Education Multidisciplinary Canada
OCAD University

OCAD University's Faculty of Art offers an Undergraduate Minor and a Postgraduate Certificate in Art & Social Change

"A minor in Art & Social Change offers students the opportunity to explore some of the most pressing social, political and ethical issues of our time. With the tenets of equality, diversity and social and environmental justice at the heart of this minor, and an investigation of the role that art and artists have and can play as catalysts of change, students pursuing this minor stand to expand the liberating powers of dialogue, dissent and collaboration as cultural practitioners engaged in local, national and global contexts.

This minor guides students across disciplinary boundaries and through broad university curriculum with key courses that examine important social movements, real-world issues and activism. Course will emphasize approaches for self-examination, critical thinking, anti-oppression politics, community building, experiential learning, field experience and pedagogy. These will respect each student’s unique experience, facilitate their emerging vision and enable professional networking opportunities. This minor provides our graduates with a critical companion to their major area of study, encouraging their capacities as leaders for positive social change and innovation through informed, inspired and transformative cultural engagement."

OCAD also hosts a social innovation initiative, "The Impact Collective"


Organization, Training and Education Multidisciplinary Canada
Productions Oracle

PRODUCTIONS ORACLE, un organisme à but non-lucratif qui donne aux jeunes un mode d’expression, en français et anglais, qui offre la possibilité de pouvoir participer à la création d’outils multimédias éducatifs, dans un processus professionnel. Le but de Productions Oracle est de mettre en valeur les expériences ou le vécu des jeunes, de les aider à développer l’estime de soi, le respect et la tolérance afin de leurs donner des outils techniques et sociales pour trouver une place au sein de la société.

Nous répondons à notre mission en proposant plusieurs formats : création de documentaires, programmes  de créations littéraires, programmes d’employabilité, intervention sociale, travail de groupe avec les jeunes et les adultes, service de consultation, planification d’évènements et conférences.

Nos services de production vidéo professionnel :

En plus de nos programmes jeunesses, nous offrons également des services de production vidéo spécialisée sur base sociales et éducatives, ainsi que des vidéos promotionnelles et corporatives de grande qualité (HD).

Notre force c’est notre approche humaine et notre esprit de collaboration.

PRODUCTIONS ORACLE is a non-profit organization that provides youth with a creative mode of expression, in English and in French, through educational workshops using writing and video documentary. With the goal of offering youth technical and social skills to help them find a meaningful place in society, we produce professional quality documentary videos whereby youth are empowered by sharing their experiences and encouraged to develop their talents as well as the values of respect and tolerance.

We fulfill our mission in many different ways – documentary filmmaking, storytelling workshops, employability programs, social intervention, group work with youth and adults, consultation, event and conference planning.

Professional video production:

In addition to our youth programs, we offer video production services specializing in social and educational videos. We produce, as well, high quality promotional and corporate videos.

Our strength is in our deeply human approach and our spirit of collaboration.

Facebook profile
Youtube Channel


Organization, Training and Education Multidisciplinary Digital Media Canada
Reel Youth

Reel Youth is a not-for-profit, media empowerment project supporting youth, adults and organizations to create and distribute engaging films about the issues they care about most.

Reel Youth also offers programs for youth and adults in producing and distributing digital media. Various programs include: Video production, Claymation, Music Video, Intergenerational Film Program, Youth and Mentors Film Program, Touring Film Festival, Photography, Broadcasting, Adult Training and Professional Service. Check out their website for more information!

Organization, Training and Education Digital Media Canada
Simon Fraser University, Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education at SFU offers a Masters of Education Program in Arts for Social Change (ASC), co-taught by ASC! Project researchers Judith Marcuse and Lynn Fels.

Location: SFU Vancouver
Start Term: Fall 2016
End Term: Summer 2018
Apply by: April 15, 2016 (closed)

The M.Ed. in Arts for Social Change (ASC), the first to be offered in Canada, is designed for artists, educators, change-makers and others who wish to integrate arts-based practices and insights into their work for social change.

In this interdisciplinary program, students will develop and refine skills in arts-infused group facilitation techniques and the integration of ASC processes into diverse agendas for change. Students will have the opportunity to intern with local organizations engaged in arts-based community projects.

Against a backdrop of practical and ethical concerns, and in contexts both local and global, we will explore the arts as catalysts for change in a wide range of settings, among them:

health and well-being
intergenerational engagement
social and environmental justice
community development
policy change
conflict resolution
social innovation and social enterprise

Ideally Suited For

Practicing artists, art educators at the K-12 and post-secondary levels, community activists, cultural workers, recent graduates and others who wish to integrate the arts and art-making into their work for innovative social change.

Fels, Lynn and Judith Marcuse, Instructors. Masters of Education in Arts for Social Change, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, Fall 2016.

Training and Education Multidisciplinary Canada
Spectrum Productions: Opportunities for Autism

Productions Spectrum: Opportunités pour Adultes Autiste

Our Mission

We are committed to providing quality experiences with film and media production to our participants through easy access to tools, equipment and guidance needed to make personal and collaborative media projects.

Our Programs are designed to encourage and support the social, creative and vocational well being of the youth we support. We believe that self-expression through media is a unique and accessible way to share interests, develop passions, and foster social networks.

Notre Mission

Nous nous engageons à offrir à nos participants une expérience de qualité en production de films et d’autres supports. Pour ce faire, les jeunes ont recours à différents types d’outils et d’équipements, ainsi qu’aux conseils nécessaires à la construction d’un projet média personnel ou collaboratif.

Nos programmes sont conçus pour encourager le bien-être créatif, social et professionnel des jeunes que nous soutenons. Nous sommes persuadés que l’expression personnelle par le biais de différents supports constitue une manière accessible de partager des intérêts, de développer des passions et de favoriser la création de réseaux sociaux.

Facebook page
Youtube channel
Twitter account


Organization, Training and Education Multidisciplinary Digital Media Canada
The Power of Hope

The Power of Hope is a charitable non-profit organization that unleashes the positive potential of youth through arts-centred multicultural and intergenerational learning programs that value self-awareness, leadership, environmental stewardship, community and social change.

The Power of Hope also offers programs for youth, youth workers, artists, teachers, facilitators and team leaders. Programs focus on self expression, facilitation and creative exploration.

Organization, Training and Education Multidisciplinary Canada
Theatre for Living (formerly Headlines Theatre)

Theatre for Living (formerly Headlines Theatre), directed by David Diamond, uses THEATRE FOR LIVING to help living communities tell their stories. THEATRE FOR LIVING has evolved from Augusto Boal's "Theatre of the Oppressed". Since 1989 Theatre for Living work has slowly moved away from the binary language and model of "oppressor/oppressed" and now approaches community-based cultural work from a systems-based perspective; understanding that a community is a complexly integrated, living organism.

Theatre for Living also offers annual summer training workshops: 

Level One

6 days, 8 hours/day. 30 participants maximum

This initial level of training will delve into Group Building, Image Theatre, and Rainbow of Desire. We will also prepare short plays for a non-public Forum Theatre event.

Level Two

6 days, 8 hours/day. 30 participants maximum

Prerequisite: Theatre for Living Level 1

Level 2 focuses primarily on Forum Theatre and Joking. Participants will facilitate games, explore Cops in the Head, image animations and Joke Forum Theatre with feedback.

Visit their website for more information. 


Organization, Training and Education Theatre Canada
University of Alberta

University of Alberta offers an M.A. in Community Engagement, a Community-Based Research and Evaluation (CBRE) Certificate, and a Community Service Learning (CSL) Certificate

In 2015, Professor Jan Selman, Professor Jane Heather and Dr. Diane Conrad have offered a course, "Facilitating Performing Arts for Social Justice" in Kenya as part of their Community Service-Learning study abroad course. 

Training and Education Theatre Multidisciplinary Canada
University of Lethbridge

University of Lethbridge offers a Master in Fine Arts (MFA) - Dramatic Arts. In this program, students may choose from 3 areas of study: 

  • Queer Theatre & Performance
  • Theatre & Youth
  • Theatre & Social Change
Training and Education Theatre Multidisciplinary Canada
University of Toronto

University of Toronto's New College offers a Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Program, which "promotes and supports community–engaged and experiential learning informed by social justice values within New College courses".

New College also offers New One: Learning Without Borders, which is "a first year foundation program that provides a small class learning experience for intellectually curious and socially-engaged students". New One has eight half credit courses, two in each of 4 topics where students can choose one of the 4 half-courses offered in each term. Topics are, "Food Matters", "Travelling Words: Language and Diversity", "Digital Technology in Society", and "Art and Community". 

The University of Toronto also has faculty members involved in Art for Social Change such as Seika Boye and Cindy Block from the Center for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, or Katherine Boydell from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Training and Education Multidisciplinary Canada