Judith Marcuse

Ashoka Fellow
West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Fellow Since 2011


This profile was prepared when Judith Marcuse was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2011.
The New Idea
Although many organizations around the world effectively use art practices as vehicles to promote social change, there is little infrastructure to support discipline-wide collaboration and knowledge-sharing. Judith’s work at ICASC (and in a wide variety of other settings around the world) provides skill-building opportunities and exchange in a wide variety of contexts to build community capacity to drive change by providing innovative, arts-based resources and innovative strategies for change-making. Her arts-based work stimulates community-led dialogue on relevant social and economic problems, leading to sustainable solutions for often complex problems. Judith’s work has influenced policymakers and has empowered communities to become more creative, collaborative, and resilient.

Through her centre, Judith integrates community engagement with arts, academic research, training, professional development, and global networking. She brings together leaders from across Canada and globally who are using the arts as potent elements for social change. Through this network, she is strengthening leaders’ skills and their combined impact as they engage with marginalized and other groups to explore issues and strategies for the future. She is also providing and consulting on new university programs to help educate the next generation of practitioners in Canada and abroad.
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