Founder and Co-Director, ICASC, Simon Fraser University
Founder and Artistic Producer, Judith Marcuse Projects
Senior Fellow, Ashoka International

Judith Marcuse’s career spans over 40 years of professional work as a dancer, choreographer, director, producer, teacher, writer, consultant and lecturer in Canada and abroad. She has created over 100 original works for live performance by dance, theatre and opera companies as well as for film and television and has produced seven large-scale, international arts festivals. Her repertory contemporary dance company toured extensively in Canada and abroad for 15 years, while also producing community residencies and youth programs. Her youth-focused, issue-based ICE, FIRE and EARTH projects, each five years long, involved thousands of youth in workshops, national touring, television production and community collaborations. Founder and Co-Director of the International Centre of Art for Social Change, she is a Senior Fellow of Ashoka International. Among many honours, she has received the Lee and Chalmers Canadian choreographic awards and an honorary doctorate from Simon Fraser University. She lead a six-year research study on community-engaged art for social change in Canada (2013-2019) and, in September 2016, launched a first-of-its-kind, two-year Master’s (MEd) program in arts for social change at Simon Fraser University.

Co-Director, ICASC, Simon Fraser University
Professor, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University

Lynn Fels is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Her research interests are arts education, leadership, inquiry and learning through the arts, and performative writing. She was the Academic Editor of Educational Insights, an on-line journal that invites new ways of imagining education (See www.educationalinsights.ca). Her book, Exploring Curriculum: Performative Inquiry, Role Drama and Learning, co-authored with George Belliveau, was published by Pacific Educational Press in 2008.

Co-Director, ICASC
Professor, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University
Dance Education/Arts-Based Educational Research

Celeste Snowber is a dancer, writer and educator, and a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She has focused her teaching and mentorship in the area of embodiment, and arts-based inquiry; her most recent work has been exploring a poetics of the body through her essays, performance and poetry. She has written numerous pieces in journals and chapters in books in the areas of the arts, holistic education and curriculum studies and is the author of Embodied Prayer, now in its second edition.

Project Manager

Tracey Leacock served as the Associate Dean for Academic Projects at the Technical University of BC during its start-up phase. She then joined Simon Fraser University as a faculty member in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology before transitioning to SFU’s Faculty of Education. Her work spans research in technology-mediated education; instructional design for online and face-to-face learning; teaching in university, workplace, and community settings; project management; technical writing; and emergency medical services. Tracey joined ICASC as Project Manager in 2013, at the start of the 6-year national ASC! Project and is now working with Judith Marcuse Projects’ / ICASC’s new initiatives – mentorships and hubs – to help the art for social change / community-engaged arts sector foster agency and resilience in Canadian communities.

Community Engagement and Program Manager

Uninvited settler on unceded First Nations’ lands, working-class (confused), feminist, proud granddaughter of labour activists in the Nelson/Slocan area of BC: Kim has activism bred in the bone. With over a decade in communications and community engagement, Kim began working at Judith Marcuse Projects organising and promoting art for social change work. Passionate about grassroots social and environmental justice activism, and the important role arts can play, it was a natural progression to then move on to coordinating and managing community engagement and programs for Judith Marcuse Projects (JMP)/ICASC and the ASC! research project (2013-2019), hosted at Simon Fraser University.

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