Art for Social Change – Judith Marcuse

judithmarcuseWhy Art for Social Change? As society grapples with complex issues, challenges and concerns, the arts are finding their way into education, business, government and many other areas. These arts-based processes help to expand and deepen knowledge, create insight and engagement, change behaviour, and create opportunities for cooperative enterprise.

Throughout the world, an increasing number of artists and social enterprises are working together to facilitate positive social change through art, whether the work explores issues of racism, facilitates conflict-resolution, educates about health and environmental issues, empowers women to assert their human rights, builds resiliency in youth-at-risk, empowers marginalized communities, creates effective public policy, celebrates local histories, or simply provides new opportunities for expression and dialogue.

Art practices are potent tools serving diverse agendas for social change by engaging people with issues and with each other in new, creative ways.

International Centre of Art for Social Change

“It is through the arts we see each other. It’s not possible to segment culture out. It is core.”
Milton Wong
Chancellor Emeritus of SFU

In Canada and around the world, the arts are opening up new possibilities in people’s lives, building stronger communities, solving problems with innovative solutions, and creating engagement and hope.

The International Centre of Arts for Social Change will be the first university centre in North America to integrate university programming, community engagement in art and social change, academic research and training, as well as professional development and international networking. The International Centre of Arts for Social Change will be a global nexus for collaboration among scholars, activist and artists to research, teach, and share best practices.

International Centre of Art for Social Change – PDF

State of the Art
A Report on Art for Social Change in Canada

Creative connections

Canadian Centre for the Arts
Arts and Social Change
Artists and Ideas
The Artists Voice
Creating Connections with Art
Creating Community with Art
Creating with Our Arts
Arts Community Network
Arts Community Centre