ArtBridges’ Community Arts 101 Series: Judith Marcuse (International Centre of Art for Social Change)

The next installment in ArtBridges’ Community Arts 101 audio series comes from Judith Marcuse of the International Centre of Art for Social Change. Have a listen to Judith’s recording as she explains what is arts for social change means to her.


Judith’s career spans over 50 years as a dancer, choreographer, producer, teacher and consultant. Trained in Canada and abroad, she danced with Canadian and foreign companies for three decades. Establishing Vancouver-based Dance Projects Society (1979) and turning to choreography, she created over 100 works for her own and other organizations. Her repertory company toured for 15 years, pioneering residency and youth programs. She has produced seven large-scale festivals. Her internationally-recognized work focuses on art for social change (ASC). Over a span of 18 years, the ICE, FIRE and EARTH multi-faceted projects explored suicide, violence and other issues as experienced by youth. Founder/Co-director of the International Centre of Art for Social Change, she has received an honorary doctorate from Simon Fraser University and a Senior Fellowship from Ashoka International. She currently leads a major national research project in ASC and has established a new, two-year ASC Master’s program to launch in Fall 2016.

For more information about the ASC! project, visit their site or read ICASC’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

With funding support from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, we are producing a short introductory Community Arts video. With the help of videographer and filmmaker Andrea Dorfman from Halifax, we have produced a video for people who would like to know what “community arts” “community-engaged arts” & “arts for social change” are about.

During the videomaking process we’ve unfortunately had to cut a lot of great contributions from the video, but we still want these voices to be heard! We are starting an audio series on our blog that will feature voices from different initiatives that lent their voices. Please look forward to hear what they have to say about community arts and what is means to them.

If you’d like to add your voice, please contact us at!

Click to hear previous voices from ArtBridges’ Community Arts 101 Audio Series.

-compiled by Lisa Tran, ArtBridges Content Coordinator. Content for this post provided by Judith Marcuse

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