In the final year of the five-year ASC! Project, our national research team is busy collating and reporting back on our explorations. I am happy to confirm that art for social change (ASC) is burgeoning across Canada as more and more people recognize the power of co-creation in community-engaged arts to create positive change for individuals, whole communities and for policy creation. One of our goals is to share knowledge and news about these arts practices with a wider public. We regularly update the ICASC website with new resources, including both text and video materials from our team, as well as from colleagues in Canada and abroad.
It will be no surprise that one of our major findings is the need for more research and more exchange within our own sector and with others working for positive change.The Art of Changing the World (ACW) 2017, our gathering in Ottawa in early November, is a direct response to what we have heard from folks across the country in hundreds of conversations and inquiries. More about ACW 2017 below!
We invite you to join in a unique gathering of artists, activists, researchers, scholars, and others working in the field of community-engaged arts/ art for social change (ASC) to actively participate in cross-sector dialogue and action-oriented planning about the present and future of this vibrant and fast-growing field of practice in Canada.
This is not the usual conference!
Our workshops, dialogues, installations, and hands-on learning are designed to provide space for exchange and creative exploration across disciplinary and sector boundaries, as well as to provide opportunities for networking and relationship building.
We will have sessions on a range of topics, including: How are artists from Indigenous and Settler communities acting in response to agendas for reconciliation? How best can we create and sustain partnerships and collaborative relationships? How can a range of evaluative approaches be used to measure the impact of our work? What ethical issues emerge in these processes as well as in other aspects of our work for social change through the arts? What frameworks and languages can best be used to frame the work that we do – with funders, potential partners and changemakers from other sectors?
The ART of Changing the World 2017 is the final public event of the five-year Art for Social Change (ASC!) national research project led by the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC) at Simon Fraser University. Artists, scholars, students and change makers from diverse public and private sector organizations have been working together to conduct research on art for social change practices in Canada. ACW 2017 is a response to what we heard and learned from people in this extraordinary field.
Delegates may book at a special rate with the Lord Elgin Hotel in downtown Ottawa. To book, please call the hotel directly: 1-800-267-4298 or 613-235-3333
or email and quote “SFU – Carleton, The Art for Social Change Project” Read more
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Kitchen Table Chataquas
When we started organising The ART of Changing the World 2017, we asked ourselves “What about those who cannot get to the gathering?” How do they get their voices heard and be part of it? We came up with the idea of Kitchen Table Chataquas.
A Kitchen Table Chataqua is a self-organized, local, informal dialogue amongst changemakers with an interest in art for social change who want to explore and discuss what the most important issues are to them/you. Whether it is two people who happen to have a chat during coffee break or a tea and cake for 10 at a friend’s or colleague’s, we invite you to make a short video on what concerns you the most in community-engaged arts/art for social change and post it online.
This is an opportunity to share issues, concerns and ideas with us and many other communities in the weeks leading up to and during the ACW 2017 gathering.
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“Kitchen Table Chataqua” in Vancouver
On April 25, we piloted a “Kitchen Table Chataqua” in Vancouver. What was originally going to be a small gathering, blossomed into a large, diverse and interesting group, so we had to take the kitchen table out!
Judith Marcuse used multiple arts-infused techniques with 30 change makers to discuss their community-engaged work and the issues most important to them.
As this was a large group that met for 3 hours, there were several topics of concern explored: communication, sustainability, personal sustainability and self-care for artists/practitioners, training, inclusion, emerging practices and evaluation.