FUTURES/forward is a National Mentorship Program in Community-Engaged Arts for Social Change (ASC) in Association with Environmental Organizations Across Canada!
→ Are you an early to mid-career community-engaged artist who would benefit from the support of a senior ASC artist? Are you passionate about climate justice?
→ Are you a seasoned community-engaged artist interested in sharing your gifts of experience and wisdom with those newer to the field?
→ Are you part of an environmental organization looking to add depth and reach to your programs by integrating arts into your communications, education, outreach, engagement or research strategies?
FUTURES/forward is hosted by the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC), an Institute at Simon Fraser University in partnership with Judith Marcuse Projects (JMP), an arts organization with a 40-year history in Canada and abroad and a pioneer in the field of ASC. Our recently completed, six-year national study of ASC provides strong evidence of the high impact that community-engaged artists bring to diverse change agendas.
The FUTURES/forward program embeds community-engaged artists within organizations addressing the pressing environmental issues of our times. These artists (mentored by a senior ASC practitioner) might work to enrich existing programs; develop new approaches to include arts-infused initiatives; offer innovative communications strategies, provide inclusive and interactive educational programs; or enrich public engagement and advocacy.