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Resource Highlight | ICASC: Art for Social Change Policy Recommendations

Art for Social Change Policy Recommendations
ICASC | The International Centre of Art for Social Change | British Columbia | 2018

“ABSTRACT

Over the last six years, the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC) has led a comprehensive research project, called ASC!, on community-engaged art for social change in Canada. Funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, this initiative has involved six universities, a wide range of community-based partner organizations, funders, NGOs, and 35 researchers across the country. The study has included national gatherings and conferences, the creation and analysis of a wide range of field studies, arts-infused dialogues, the creation of an online evaluation tool and new video resources, as well as surveys and interviews.

Our research strongly identifies that, outside of those communities directly impacted by and involved in ASC work, there is a general lack of recognition and understanding of the sector in Canada, especially at the federal level, despite our global reputation as pioneers in the field. Municipal, provincial and foundation funders are recognizing its impact and increasing their support for the sector. Unfortunately, this innovative and creative change work through the arts is overlooked and thus underutilized in the creation and implementation of federal policies and programs.

The policy recommendations in this brief are a direct result of this wide-ranging investigation of the sector in Canada, its activities and outcomes, partnerships, scholarship, aspirations and challenges.”

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Resource Highlight | Toward Training: The Meanings and Practices of Social Change Work in the Arts

Toward Training: The Meanings and Practices of Social Change Work in the Arts
Judith Marcuse and Yael Harlap | International Centre of Art for Social Change | British Columbia | 2006

“This study is motivated by Canadian choreographer and producer Judith Marcuse’s desire to develop opportunities for artists to learn to put their arts practice toward making meaningful change in society. Increasingly, practitioners working in the domain of arts and social change, usually artists who engage in art making in collaboration with communities, have noted the need for solid training as the field expands.

Partnerships between communities and artists—never forgetting that artists are members of communities—are delicate. Collaborative relationships can fail. Conflicts can arise. Projects can fall apart. Community engagement in the arts can reveal rifts that were hidden from view. Marginalized communities, often the sites for arts and social change work, have a history of being manipulated as pawns in political games that do not benefit them.
The potential for damage is great, and this means that artists need to be, at the least, informed, ethical, critical, and reflective.”

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