About ASC!

What is Art for Social Change?

There are many ways of defining art for social change. In each of these cases, art for social change strives toward effective engagement with social issues that integrate and celebrate imaginative thinking, helping people to find new ways to see and be engaged in the world. In the context of the ASC Project, three types of art for social change are considered:

  1. Those that are artist-driven, wherein the social change content is in the work of a single artist or group of artists;
  2. Those in which the artist acts as a facilitator or catalyst to, art-making with groups, using specialized forms of art-creation;
  3. Those in which the artist acts as a facilitator in group problem-solving contexts using arts-based processes but not necessarily with the goal of group art-creation.

About ASC! Project:

The arts, especially participatory, community-engaged approaches, are increasingly recognized as core elements of all kinds of change agendas.

In 2013, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) provided a $2.5 million grant to support the ASC! Project: a five-year, national research initiative on art for social change and the first study of its kind in Canada. Hosted by Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University (SFU), the initiative developed out of the seminal work of ICASC, a partnership created by Judith Marcuse Projects (JMP) and SFU in 2008.

The ASC! (Art for Social Change) research project brings together artists, scholars, students and change makers from diverse public and private sectors to better understand how these practices are evolving in Canada as well as to provide information, opportunities for exchange, and resources for both practitioners and those interested to learn more about the field.

Over the next five years, we will share our research here and provide suggestions and perspectives about the field. Watch for weekly updates in a variety of media. We invite your comments!


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Leading From Beside: A Community-Engaged Dance Symposium

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Symposium: September 16-17, 2016
Exhibition: September 10-21, 2016
Exhibition Opening & Keynote Speaker: September 15, 7pm
Location: The Roundhouse, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Symposium fee: $25*, which includes 2 days of activities and light lunches
Exhibition is FREE.

Official webpage: http://www.madeinbc.org/leading-from-beside/
Registration is now OPEN here!

Leading From Beside is one of the many wonderful things that happen when you combine dance, artists and communities! Leading From Beside aims to explore and celebrate community-engaged dance with an exhibition, panel discussions, workshops, performances and dialogues.

About Leading From Beside:

Made in BC and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation present Leading from Beside, a celebration of current, community-engaged dance, including an exhibition, panel discussions, movement workshops, and dialogue circles.”

A great line-up of Panelists and Artists to look forward to – including our wonderful project director, Judith Marcuse! She will be a panelist in the discussion on “Strategic Partnering and Increasing Capacity” at 2:45pm on Friday, September 16.

Here’s a list to get you started:

  • Naomi Brand
  • Yvonne Chartrand
  • Cyndy Chwelos
  • Miriam Colvin
  • Miriam Esquitin
  • Margaret Grenier
  • Karen Jamieson
  • Am Johal
  • Julie Lebel
  • Caroline Liffman
  • Marie Lopes
  • Judith Marcuse
  • Margaret Naylor
  • Alvin Erasga Tolentino

That’s not all! The symposium will also feature workshops and performances from All Bodies Dance Project, Dance Troupe Practice, Community Verve, Foolish Operations: Dancing the Parenting, MACHiNENOiSEY , V’ni Dansi and Polymer Dance.

For more information on panelists, artists, workshops and performances, visit Made in BC‘s page for Leading From Beside here! Stay tuned as they update on more artists, panelists and workshops.

Go prepared! Resources for some ‘pre-reading’:
Leading From Beside, Community Engaged Arts in Recreation.
Written by Cyndy Chwelos and Marie Lopes.

*if symposium fee is a barrier, contact registration for discount options: beverly@madeinbc.org