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Art for Social Change NOW Gathering Archive – Embedded Evaluation: Capacity Building for the Sector and Beyond

“Hosted by the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC), this was the inaugural event of the Art for Social Change Network (ASCN), a new national network of community-engaged art for social change (ASC) artists and organizations. Right now, in every corner of Canada, community-engaged artists and organizations are nurturing new forms of collaborative creation, dialogue, partnerships, and action for positive change. At the gathering we explored important key questions: Who is doing the work? What are the current struggles and innovative solutions? How can we and how do we address issues of equity and justice? How are we rising to the critical challenges happening in the community-engaged arts landscape today?”

Session – Embedded Evaluation: Capacity Building for the Sector and Beyond

Session – Embedded Evaluation: Capacity Building for the Sector and Beyond – Why do evaluation? Who is it for? How to explore the perspectives of participants, community partners, funders and facilitating artists/ASC organizations? How to use qualitative, quantitative and/or arts-based approaches? How can we carry out this work in respectful and useful ways? Hosted by senior ASC leader, Seanna Connell (ON), this event brings together Dr. Annalee Yassi (BC), Dr. Kim van der Woerd and Dr. Marnie Badham (Australia) who will explore this sometimes-challenging element of our work in community-engaged arts. To provide some context for this event, please visit https://icasc.ca/asc-evaluation-tool.”

Access the Art for Social Change NOW Gathering Archive here: https://icasc.ca/asc-now-archive/

-from ASCN

Video – ASCN Project: Stories Of Now

“Stories of Now” is a project of ArtBridges, a member of the Art for Social Change Network (ASCN), hosted by the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC). The video was produced by Seanna Connell (ArtBridges), Flick Harrison (Polity) and Aquil Virani.

“The project is about gathering and sharing stories emanating from the field – community-engaged arts & arts for social change – now and about what issues and areas of focus matter,” says Seanna Connell. “The stories will be unique vignettes – and together – a chronicle or snapshot of the field and practice now, at this moment in time.”

Learn more at the following links:

  1. Read more in-depth written stories from the Stories of Now project on the ArtBridges blog here.
  2. Watch the whole zoom recording of the “Stories of Now” session when it was live at the Art for Social Change NOW national gathering on Youtube here.
  3. Find more links to other panels and presentations from the national gathering in the archive here.

-from ASCN

Art for Social Change NOW Gathering Archive – The Power of Partnerships in Arts for Social Change

“Hosted by the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC), this was the inaugural event of the Art for Social Change Network (ASCN), a new national network of community-engaged art for social change (ASC) artists and organizations. Right now, in every corner of Canada, community-engaged artists and organizations are nurturing new forms of collaborative creation, dialogue, partnerships, and action for positive change. At the gathering we explored important key questions: Who is doing the work? What are the current struggles and innovative solutions? How can we and how do we address issues of equity and justice? How are we rising to the critical challenges happening in the community-engaged arts landscape today?”

Session – The Power of Partnerships in Arts for Social Change

“The creation of reciprocal and trusting partnerships is central to both short and longer-term ASC community-engaged initiatives. Our panel of experienced ASC practitioners will explore the often-complex elements for success, including taking the time to understand each other’s perspectives, language and processes; defining roles and responsibilities, and clarifying goals and capacities and sustainability. Hosted by Judith Marcuse with presenters Candice Lys (NWT), Laura Barron (BC), Dr. Louise Comeau (NB), and Karin Lavoie (QC) who will share experience and perspectives and then open up the conversation to your questions and comments.”

Access the Art for Social Change NOW Gathering Archive here: https://icasc.ca/asc-now-archive/

-from ASCN

Art for Social Change NOW Gathering Archive – Communities of Hope: Decolonization and Connection for the Revolution Summary

“Hosted by the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC), this was the inaugural event of the Art for Social Change Network (ASCN), a new national network of community-engaged art for social change (ASC) artists and organizations. Right now, in every corner of Canada, community-engaged artists and organizations are nurturing new forms of collaborative creation, dialogue, partnerships, and action for positive change. At the gathering we explored important key questions: Who is doing the work? What are the current struggles and innovative solutions? How can we and how do we address issues of equity and justice? How are we rising to the critical challenges happening in the community-engaged arts landscape today?”

Session – Communities of Hope: Decolonization and Connection for the Revolution Summary

“Join three leaders in discussing ways in which the Art for Social Change sector can embrace anti-colonial practices that center equity and justice through models of care and community. Implicit in this discussion is a consideration of the need for creative spaces that resist exploitative institutional frameworks, the role of artists in imagining our collective future, and the function of nuance in our work. Panelists will also offer tactics for holding onto hope and prioritizing individual and community wellness as integral practices when investing in substantive social change. Speakers include: Allison Yearwood (MB), Vanessa Richards (BC), and Albert McLeod (MB).”

Access the Art for Social Change NOW Gathering Archive here: https://icasc.ca/asc-now-archive/

-from ASCN

Art for Social Change NOW Gathering Archive: The Art for Social Change Network (ASCN): Who and What?

“Hosted by the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC), this was the inaugural event of the Art for Social Change Network (ASCN), a new national network of community-engaged art for social change (ASC) artists and organizations. Right now, in every corner of Canada, community-engaged artists and organizations are nurturing new forms of collaborative creation, dialogue, partnerships, and action for positive change. At the gathering we explored important key questions: Who is doing the work? What are the current struggles and innovative solutions? How can we and how do we address issues of equity and justice? How are we rising to the critical challenges happening in the community-engaged arts landscape today?”

Session – The Art for Social Change Network (ASCN): Who and What?

“Who are we? What are the goals? Hear from each of the ASCN hubs from across the country on what they’re doing in the field of art for social change (ASC). Hosted by Judith Marcuse (BC). Speakers include: Jacob Zimmer (YK), Marie Coderre (NWT), Sally Njoroge (AB), Judy McNaughton (SK), Josh Ruth (MB, Seanna Connell (ON), Maude Levasseur (QC), Saa Andrew (NB), Natasha Blackwood (NFLD), Tim Borlase (LAB), Megan Stewart (PEI), and Heather Wilkinson (NS).”

Access the Art for Social Change NOW Gathering Archive here: https://icasc.ca/asc-now-archive/

-from ASCN

Art for Social Change NOW Gathering Archive: Digital Strategies

“Hosted by the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC), this was the inaugural event of the Art for Social Change Network (ASCN), a new national network of community-engaged art for social change (ASC) artists and organizations. Right now, in every corner of Canada, community-engaged artists and organizations are nurturing new forms of collaborative creation, dialogue, partnerships, and action for positive change. At the gathering we explored important key questions: Who is doing the work? What are the current struggles and innovative solutions? How can we and how do we address issues of equity and justice? How are we rising to the critical challenges happening in the community-engaged arts landscape today?”

Session – Art for Social Change: Digital Strategies

“The world is becoming increasingly digitized and this affects how we approach art for social change. The virtual space offers endless tools for innovation and also presents some significant challenges when it comes to authenticity and community engagement. Panelists will discuss how they have used their respective digital strategies to forward their work for social change through the arts and some of the ways they have navigated challenges within the digital space. Questions about access and representation, as well as innovation and the future of art for social change in an ever-changing environment, will be brought into discourse with panelists and attendees. Featuring: Adonis Huggins (ON), LeeAnne Ireland (AB), and Joy Balmana (MB). Hosted by Josh Ruth (MB).”

Access the Art for Social Change NOW Gathering Archive here: https://icasc.ca/asc-now-archive/

-from ASCN

Art for Social Change NOW Gathering Archive: Stories of NOW

“Hosted by the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC), this was the inaugural event of the Art for Social Change Network (ASCN), a new national network of community-engaged art for social change (ASC) artists and organizations. Right now, in every corner of Canada, community-engaged artists and organizations are nurturing new forms of collaborative creation, dialogue, partnerships, and action for positive change. At the gathering we explored important key questions: Who is doing the work? What are the current struggles and innovative solutions? How can we and how do we address issues of equity and justice? How are we rising to the critical challenges happening in the community-engaged arts landscape today?”

Opening Session: Stories of NOW

“Hosted by Seanna Connell (Artbridges / Stories of Now) and Sally Njoroge (Trico Changemakers Studio / Artist as Changemaker), this session presents a sampling of current community-engaged work happening right now across the country.

Hear from a diverse roster of speakers, including: Miranda Bouchard (ON), Rosemary Georgeson (BC), Traci Foster (SK), Cassandra Spade (ON), Paola Gomez (ON), Moashella Shortte (NS), Glenn Marais (ON), Juliana Bedoya (BC/NB), Will Weigler (BC) and Skye Louis (AB)!”

Access the Art for Social Change NOW Gathering Archive here: https://icasc.ca/asc-now-archive/

-from ASCN

Art for Social Change NOW Gathering Archive

“Hosted by the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC), this was the inaugural event of the Art for Social Change Network (ASCN), a new national network of community-engaged art for social change (ASC) artists and organizations. Right now, in every corner of Canada, community-engaged artists and organizations are nurturing new forms of collaborative creation, dialogue, partnerships, and action for positive change. At the gathering we explored important key questions: Who is doing the work? What are the current struggles and innovative solutions? How can we and how do we address issues of equity and justice? How are we rising to the critical challenges happening in the community-engaged arts landscape today?”

Access the Art for Social Change NOW Gathering Archive here: https://icasc.ca/asc-now-archive/

-from ASCN

Register Now!: Art for Social Change NOW (Jan 25-27)

“Join us on January 25 to 27, 2022, for three half-days of exchange, dialogue, and community-building at our national gathering Art for Social Change NOW (ASC NOW). This is the inaugural (online) event of the Art for Social Change Network (ASCN), a new national network of community-engaged art for social change (ASC) artists and organizations.

Right now, in every corner of Canada, community-engaged artists and organizations are nurturing new forms of collaborative creation, dialogue, partnerships, and action for positive change. Together let’s explore important questions: Who is doing the work? What are the current struggles and innovative solutions? How can we and how do we address issues of equity and justice? How are we rising to the critical challenges happening in the community-engaged arts landscape today? Come celebrate the power of transformative change through the processes of participatory artmaking!

Register and learn more here: https://art-for-social-change-now.eventbrite.ca

-from Art for Social Change Network (ASCN)

Art for Social Change Network: A New National Community-Engaged Arts Network

“The Art for Social Change Network (ASCN) officially launches! Led by community-engaged arts organizations acting as regional hubs, ASCN is designed to connect and support hundreds of arts for social change (ASC) organizations and independent artists across Canada.

The ASC sector in Canada and around the world works in service to the needs of diverse communities through artmaking, new forms of dialogue and partnerships with local non-arts organizations.

We aim to:

  • Build bridges between diverse communities of practice, including those in both rural and municipal settings;
  • Promote and support local and national initiatives including exchanges and dialogues, advocacy, artist exchanges, professional development and national gatherings; address the challenges of inclusion, equity and diversity.
  • Nurture engagement and participation in community-engaged arts, specifically in the development of partnerships within the sector and with non-arts change sectors such as those focused on environmental, health and social justice and decolonization challenges;
  • Provide connections with scholars working in community-engaged arts research.

Who are we?

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

Alberta: Calgary Arts Development, Calgary, https://calgaryartsdevelopment.com/British Columbia: International Centre of Art for Social Change, Vancouver, https://icasc.ca/Manitoba: Art City, Winnipeg, https://artcityinc.com/New Brunswick: Multicultural Association of Fredericton, Fredericton, https://mcaf.nb.ca/en/Newfoundland & Labrador: First Light, St. John’s, https://firstlightnl.ca/ • Labrador Creative Arts Festival, Labrador, https://www.labradorcreativeartsfestival.ca/home/Northwest Territories:
Northern Arts and Culture Centre, Yellowknife, https://naccnt.ca/Nova Scotia: Wonder’neath Art Society, Halifax, http://www.wonderneath.com/ • Youth Art Connection, Halifax, https://www.youthartconnection.ca/Ontario: ArtBridges/ToileDesArts, Toronto, https://www.artbridges.ca/Prince Edward Island: The River Clyde Pageant, New Glasgow, https://www.riverclydepageant.com/Quebec: National Theatre School of
Canada, Montreal, https://ent-nts.ca/enSaskatchewan: Common Weal Community Arts, Regina and Saskatoon, https://commonweal.ca/Yukon: Nakai Theatre, Whitehorse, http://nakaitheatre.com/

What is Art for Social Change (ASC) and why does it matter?

When people make art collectively about what matters to them, new insights, dialogue and actions for change become possible. We passionately believe in the untapped potential of inclusive, arts-infused practices to build and support healthy, sustainable, and more just communities. Our beliefs are founded on a substantial worldwide body of evidence that demonstrates the work’s positive impacts at individual, community, and systems change levels.

What are our current projects?

  • Creation of an Indigenous-directed arts centre program;
  • Youth-created multidisciplinary theatre reflecting histories of their territory;
  • Mapping of Art for Social Change (ASC) organizations;
  • Mentorships of artists and community-based organizations;
  • A youth arts response to the National Day of Reconciliation;
  • Collection of stories about the state of community-engaged arts now;
  • Series of stakeholder roundtables on the role of artist residencies;
  • Decolonization of a former church, now an arts centre, through community-engaged art;
  • Development of video documentation skills with theatre-making in remote communities;
  • A survey of new digital strategies developed during the pandemic.

AND: On January 25 – 27, 2022, ASCN will offer its first national, online public gathering. Art for Social Change NOW will explore perspectives and questions through dialogues, presentations and reports from across Canada. More details to come at icasc.ca/ascnetwork.”

-submitted by ASCN