ArtBridges Newsletter: Community Arts & Arts for Social Change Study Programs, Trainings & Workshops
    September 2014
For the ever curious, life-long learner and student, here are our back-to-school listings!
This is just a taste of the many community arts & arts for social change study programs, trainings and workshops currently being offered in Canada.

For more listings like this, browse the ArtBridges Learning & Resources portal.

Vancouver: Social Practice & Community Engagement | Emily Carr University of Art & Design

As part of the SPACE Minor, students have the opportunity to engage with real world issues and problems through applied art, media and design. The SPACE Minor creates bridges and engages students with citizen groups, industry, non-profit organizations, arts groups, the public school system and other related organizations.  Learn more

Toronto: Community Arts Practice (CAP) Program | York University

The CAP certificate is open to students, non-students, activists and community workers.  CAP is ideal for those interested in gaining experience, analyzing their practice, deepening their thinking around art, community and social change, and in networking themselves within the field. Students develop artistic skills, deepen their critical social analysis, develop facilitation skills, and learn to work collaboratively with groups for social change.  Learn more

Toronto: Art & Social Change Certificate | OCAD University

This postgraduate certificate program examines important social movements, real-world issues and activism, with an emphasis on self-examination, critical thinking, anti-oppression politics, community building, experiential learning, field experience and pedagogical approaches. OCAD University also offers an undergraduate Art & Social Change minor.  Learn more

Montréal: Art Hives Practicum Placements | Concordia University

Anyone who is interested in starting a small and sustainable community art studio and garden can arrange to come to La Ruche d' Art: St Henri (Montreal) to volunteer in exchange for mentoring. La Ruche is interested in mentoring anyone interested by email, phone, onsite meeting, or taking our 3 credit university course.  Learn more

Montréal: Theatre and Development | Concordia University

The Theatre and Development program focuses on theatre from the perspective of art's capacity to inform and to effect personal and social change. Collective collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches including street theatre, popular, participatory, and celebratory theatre are studied within the contexts of community building and development, cultural democracy, and relationships between art and activism.  Learn more

Halifax: Community Service Learning Internships | NSCAD University

Students choose potential placements through traditional Internships, Community Service Learning or Design Practicums. New placements are being added throughout the year and we are always happy to work with new community partners on projects. If you have a new placement idea, come talk to us about it. For community based organizations service learning can mean the realization of projects with the facilitation of an emerging artist, craftsperson or designer.  Learn more


A sampling of groups across Canada that offer regular workshops, certificate programs, professional development and learning opportunities related to community arts and arts for social change.

ArtReach Toronto offers a number of workshops and learning tools for youth artists as part of the free GOAL certificate program. ArtReach partners with Nia Centre to deliver the Art of Facilitation Program, a train-the-trainer series that includes popular education and facilitation skills needed to engage diverse youth audiences.  Learn more
Girls Action Foundation offers training on designing programs and creating empowering spaces for girls from marginalized communities. The training also develops workshop and facilitation skills, a deepening understanding of popular education and anti-oppression, and building a community of support through sharing resources and strategies.  Learn more
The International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC) and the ASC! Project offer occasional workshops throughout the year including a six-day summer Art for Social Change Intensive. In this intensive, "participants will learn about and practice diverse approaches, skills, and contexts that are used in Canada and around the world to stimulate creative thinking and innovation, nurture insight, solve problems and create new ideas for engagement, collaboration and action."  Learn more
The Neighbourhood Arts Network (a strategic initiative of the Toronto Arts Foundation) and SKETCH convene the Courage Labs, a series of workshops for community artists and facilitators to explore arts-based tools for anti-oppression and equity. Neighbourhood Arts Network also organizes an annual Community Arts Jam in the fall and regular networking events and professional development events. Top tips from the events can be found online on the NeighbourhoodArtsTO Youtube channel.  Learn more
Engrenage Noir / ROUAGE regularly offers workshops dedicated to community-based arts or arts for social change. Past workshop topics include developing and improving creativity and expression in community-based arts projects. They also offer more general workshops on collective action in the arts and how to create and develop an activist community-based arts project.  Learn more
SKETCH Community Arts Trainings, a part of the Community Artists Program, provide free training to youth on various topics that are important for any community arts worker such as equity and inclusion, facilitation and organizing, artistic development and entrepreneurship. These trainings are useful for anyone who uses art as a tool for social change in their communities.  Learn more
Theatre for Living has roots in Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, and is designed to facilitate community-based dialogue. Theatre For Living offers an annual August Training focusing on the techniques behind Theatre for Living and engaging with community based dialogue through theatre. Learn more
Theatre Terrific pioneers inclusive opportunities for artists of all abilities to develop performance skills and collaborate in the production of  theatrical works.  Through its work, Theatre Terrific challenges audiences to be open to the impact of thought provoking art.  Learn more
Listings compiled September 2014 by Skye Louis, ArtBridges Info Resource Developer. This is just a sampler - check out the Resource Portal for full listings, and please send any suggestions to
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