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
University of Victoria

University of Victoria's Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Theatre offers a specialization in Applied Theatre.

"What is Applied Theatre?

Applied Theatre is the use of theatre and drama skills for the purposes of teaching, bringing about social change and building a sense of community.

Where is Applied Theatre used?

  • Teachers use Applied Theatre in the classrooms to teach drama and a variety of other core subject areas using dramatic skills.
  • Applied Theatre is used in the education and training of health practitioners, lawyers, and many other areas to role-play career-related situations (whether a reenactment of a trial or medical symptoms) to identify and practice interpersonal relations.
  • Seniors centers work with Applied Theatre practitioners to devise educational and entertaining performances to address issues in gerontology, bring personal stories to life and build community.
  • Museums hire Applied Theatre practitioners as interpreters to enact historic moments in exhibition settings.
  • In communities, Applied Theatre performances can be used as an intervention or public awareness tool to address social issues – like addiction, recycling or racism – as a way of engaging a specific audience in a dialogue about these issues."

For more information on Program Requirements and other details visit the Department of Theatre's website here

Training and Education Theatre Multidisciplinary Canada
University of Washington, Tacoma

Beverly Naidus teaches art for social change and healing. Her courses are offered at the University of Washington, Tacoma, Divison of Cultural, Art and Communication Arts. Here are some examples of courses offered:

T ARTS 266 The Artist as Visionary and Dreamer (5) VLPA
Explores art that investigates dreams including dream journals and work with collage, painting, drawing, and photography. Focuses on reading of the artist as visionary and utopian thinker as well as contemporary dream theory as a tool for social change and healing. Concludes with a collaborative, community-based project.

T ARTS 395 Community-Based Arts Practice (5) VLPA
Investigates community-based art through experiential learning and exposure to contemporary art theory and history. Students create a community-based art project and work with local artists who are developing projects in the community.

T ARTS 402 Eco-Art: Art Created in Response to the Environmental Crisis (5) VLPA
Investigates how art can address the environmental crisis. Experiment with contemporary art practices, creating work that reflects concerns about the environment. Discussions focus on the ways contemporary artists define eco-art, the history of the art that looks at nature, the landscape, and current ecological theory.

T ARTS 410 Community and the Public Arts (5) VLPA
Explores community-based art in our region and culture, with direct experience in research, communication, negotiation, persuasion, improvisation, and collaboration. Students engage in fund-raising, grant-writing, public speaking, problem-solving, documentation, and networking. Guest speakers introduce local social, cultural, environmental histories, and relationships between studio- and community-based art practices.

Training and Education Multidisciplinary United States
University of Windsor

University of Windsor, School of Dramatic Art, offers an Undergraduate program in Drama in Education and Community. Here, students may choose to focus on Drama in Education or Theatre for Social Action. Students applying to the Drama in Education and Community programme must apply in writing and successfully participate in a workshop and interview. Students can also get hands on experience through a work placement opportunity as part of the program

Training and Education Theatre Multidisciplinary Canada
Wapikoni Mobile

From Wapikoni in brief:

  • Mobile studios fully equipped with cutting-edge technology that “travels to” First Nations communities.
  • 30 communities from 9 different nations, visited to date.
  • Since its initial stages, more than 3,500 youth trained or initiated to documentary film or musical recording, where 300 to 500 new participants are added on each year.
  • 50 short films and 30 musical recordings created every year in Canada and abroad.
  • A collection of its kind in the world, featuring more than 850 films and 500 musical recordings; an exceptional First Nations cultural heritage.
  • 100 awards and mentions earned in prestigious national and international festivals.
  • Numerous distinctions awarded to Wapikoni Mobile such as the 2014 Intercultural Innovation Award from the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group, the 2011 Rights and Freedoms Prize, the Honorable Mention Award at Plural +, a festival organized by UNAOC and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the 28th Grand Prize of the Montreal Council of Arts, film category.
  • The mobile studios accumulate thousands of kilometres every year visiting new communities.
  • A non-for-profit organization and a registered charitable organization that employs a dozen people in its administrative offices and approximately 60 contractual field workers, a third of them Aboriginal.
Organization, Training and Education Digital Media Canada
York University

York University's Faculty of Environmental Studies and Fine Arts jointly offers the Community Arts Practice (CAP) certificate. The CAP certificate can be completed full-time by undergraduate and graduate students. The certificate can also be completed part-time by non-university students with relevant experience and/or training. 

Training and Education Multidisciplinary Canada