Our partners across Canada are leaders in their fields. These organizations bring expertise to our research activities, including work with youth, elders, indigenous and immigrant populations; arts-infused education in schools and adult education; arts policy, mapping and advocacy; social enterprise; social services and policy development.
Judith Marcuse Projects (JMP) has worked in the field of art for social change for over 30 years. Originally created as a touring repertory dance company in 1979, JMP has produced international festivals and conferences, film and video, and has pioneered work with and for children and youth. In 2008, JMP partnered with Simon Fraser University to create the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC). The Centre has developed extensive Canadian and international networks, has conducted research, created resources, and continues to deliver workshops and courses in post-secondary and community settings.
Simon Fraser University (Host Organization) has a long history of community-engaged practices across all faculties with a particular present emphasis on establishing partnerships with local communities through the new Vancity Office of Community Engagement and the large-scale public initiative, Public Square, working to create collective solutions to social isolation. A key research goal is in pedagogy, including community engagement, sustainability, resilience and wellbeing.
Ashoka Canada is part of an international network of 3000 social entrepreneurs (39 in Canada) and offers extensive networking (particularly in the private sector); youth engagement (Changemakers) and research and training in the field of social innovation.
Arts Network for Children and Youth (ANCY) is a leader in the development of community-engaged arts policies and networking at municipal, provincial and national levels. Founded in 2001, their partnership is particularly important for research with challenged children and youth in both urban and rural communities across Canada.
The Alex has been part of Calgary’s downtown community for 40 years with a mission to provide health-related services to citizens of all ages who live in poverty, as well as people battling addiction, isolation, and homelessness. The Alex addresses issues of isolation, transportation and insufficient support networks. Its primary goal is to increase well-being and quality of life for seniors, providing one-on-one comprehensive care, as well as social programs, including fitness and dance.
The Banff Centre is a globally respected arts, cultural, and educational institution and conference facility. It is a leader in the development and promotion of creative work in the arts, sciences, business, and the environment and offers arts programs in the performing and fine arts, as well as leadership training.
Cirque du Soleil ® brings the expertise and experience it has developed through its international social circus program: Cirque du Monde® (link to Cirque du Monde). Cirque du Monde is one of the greatest sources of pride for Cirque du Soleil. The program combines circus techniques together with social intervention to help youth get their self-confidence back, realize their strengths and discover their hidden talents. Since its creation in 1995, this program has grown and is now implanted in partnership with many local community organizations in more than 80 communities throughout the world.
Founded in 1937, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is a private philanthropic organization funding programs that support Canadians in building a more innovative, inclusive, sustainable, and resilient society. A world leader in innovative strategies that support community development, the Foundation nurtures a wide range of change activities, including social innovation and social finance, urban resilience and liveability, environmental, indigenous and youth initiatives and socially-engaged work in the arts.
Concordia University’s strategic plan, “Reaching Up, Reaching Out” prioritizes Community Engagement and Social Responsibility as one of three strategic directions. Theatre and Development in the Faculty of Fine Arts will be a close partner, with its focus on the theory and practice of theatre from the perspective of art’s capacity to inform and to affect personal and social change, as well as its collective, collaborative and multi-disciplinary approaches to art and activism.
Calgary Arts Development is the city’s designated arts development authority that promotes, connects, advocates for, and leads strategic initiatives in the arts. Calgary Arts Development plays a leadership role to promote, foster and direct investments that develop the capacity of Calgary’s arts sector to achieve public and artistic impact.
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (BC Office) works with a team of over 60 staff & volunteer researchers to research, identify and propose solutions to social, economic and environmental issues in the province. They will offer access to extensive research, networking with relevant organizations in BC, and through the Toronto office with organizations across Canada.
The University of British Columbia’s interdisciplinary resonance with arts and social change work is clear from its vision, in which intercultural understanding and international engagement are featured as major components. The UBC commitment to arts-based conflict transformation is exemplified through multiple research/practice initiatives involving graduate students, emerging scholars and partners across a wide range of organizations in British Columbia, Canada and abroad. The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC is a strong supporter of Art for Social Change work as illustrated through its convening of an international roundtable in October 2012 on Arts, Resilience and Social Change.
The University of Calgary aims to be one of the top five research intensive universities in Canada by 2016. Its recently-adopted strategic academic and research plans include the following priorities that will be addressed by this ASC! project: teaching and research integration, inter-disciplinarily, leadership, connection with community, and building capacity to address societal needs with discoveries, innovations and creative endeavours.
Alberta’s Destination University, the University of Lethbridge is one of Canada¹s most influential research universities, and is committed to providing students with an unparalleled university experience. The university’s liberal education foundation enables students to take a variety of subjects and discover what they are passionate about while developing essential critical thinking and analytic skills.
The Learning Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children is part of the University of Toronto community and represents a central hub for research, learning and training. The Learning Institute is globally recognized and will provide an outlet for broad-based knowledge dissemination of the ASC! project’s processes and outcomes.
Decidedly Jazz Danceworks has been delivering arts in education programs for elementary and secondary school children and teachers since 1985 with artist in education residency programs, teacher and student workshops, as well as curricula and teaching resources for elementary and secondary schools.