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Introducing the Artwork for Social Change Community — BC Alliance for Arts + Tradition



The Artwork for Social Change Community (ASCN) has formally launched! Led by community-engaged arts organizations appearing as regional hubs, ASCN is designed to attach and help lots of of arts for social change (ASC) organizations and unbiased artists throughout Canada. The ASC sector in Canada and around the globe works in service to the wants of numerous communities by way of artmaking, new types of dialogue and partnerships with native non-arts organizations.  

ASCN goals to:

  • Construct bridges between numerous communities of apply, together with these in each rural and municipal settings;

  • Promote and help native and nationwide initiatives together with exchanges and dialogues, advocacy, artist exchanges, skilled improvement and nationwide gatherings; handle the challenges of inclusion, fairness and variety.

  • Nurture engagement and participation in community-engaged arts, particularly within the improvement of partnerships throughout the sector and with non-arts change sectors resembling these centered on environmental, well being and social justice and decolonization challenges;    

  • Present connections with students working in community-engaged arts analysis.

Presently hosted by Judith Marcuse Tasks (JMP) and the Worldwide Centre of Artwork for Social Change (ICASC), ASCN is led by a Steering Committee whose members are:

What’s Artwork for Social Change and why does it matter?
When individuals make artwork collectively about what issues to them, new insights, dialogue and actions for change turn into potential. ACSN passionately believes within the untapped potential of inclusive, arts-infused practices to construct and help wholesome, sustainable, and extra simply communities. These beliefs are based on a considerable worldwide physique of proof that demonstrates the work’s optimistic impacts at particular person, group, and methods change ranges.

What are ASCN’s present initiatives?

  • Creation of an Indigenous-directed arts centre program;

  • Youth-created multidisciplinary theatre reflecting histories of their territory;

  • Mapping of Artwork for Social Change (ASC) organizations;

  • Mentorships of artists and community-based organizations;

  • A youth arts response to the Nationwide Day of Reconciliation;

  • Assortment of tales concerning the state of community-engaged arts now; 

  • Sequence of stakeholder roundtables on the function of artist residencies;

  • Decolonization of a former church, now an arts centre, by way of community-engaged artwork;

  • Improvement of video documentation abilities with theatre-making in distant communities;

  • A survey of latest digital methods developed through the pandemic.

On January 25 – 27, 2022, ASCN will supply its first nationwide, on-line public gathering. Artwork for Social Change NOW will discover views and questions by way of dialogues, displays and studies from throughout Canada. Extra particulars to return at icasc.ca/ascnetwork



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