ASC Partnerships Summary (presented at ACW 2017)
Partnerships in Arts for Social Change: A summary of the ASC! Project’s research findings on building capacity for partnerships
From 2013 to 2019, the ASC! Project, a six-year, national research project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), explored how the field of community-engaged art for social change (ASC) is evolving in Canada, particularly in the areas of evaluation, teaching and learning, and partnerships.
Partnerships are often the key to the success of ASC work, providing connections with participants, access to resources (such as space and funding), and leverage to enhance the social change impact of the work. There is growing interest in Canada in cross-sector partnerships to address social and environmental issues, and positive partnership experiences often seed future collaboration.
This summary was presented at The Art of Changing the World (ACW 2017) gathering hosted by ICASC and the ASC! research project at Carleton University, Ottawa, in 2017.