An association for social arts

Associated Social Artists
(Pending editorial review)
Canada (Montréal)
Founded in 2016, the Association of Social Artists is an organization that brings together Artists, Social Artists, companies and academics working with Social Art Practices. It’s mandate is to defend the professional interest and to improve the socioeconomic condition of SAs everywhere. We engage in the organization of events that help inform, network, train, promote and develop the potential of SAs, contributing to the innovation of social art practices for the increase of their lasting social impact. Our intent is to see SA practices increase their capacity to transform individuals, groups and societies by helping them tackle the change they need to engage in. we believe that by cultivating creativity, we support the development of agility, needed to to engage with 20th century complexity. By advocating for SAs' legitimacy, exposing practices and connecting practitioners, we anticipate a general strengthening of SAs' capacity to fund projects that will succeed at transforming their target audiences. We do this by regrouping the resources and tools in one convenient location ( while hosting events that encourage exchanges between SAs, artists, companies, researchers and more.
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Matthieu Rhéaume (23 April 2018)


Fascinated by human systems and their capacity to create fertile conditions for the thriving of their stakeholders, communities, and the world around them, I am investigating way through which these organisations cultivate their postures of power and succeed at creating lasting change. Thanks to my experience in organisational development, service design, game design, applied art empowerment, youth work, event organisation, social innovation and the start-up scene, I have developed the capacity to help change actors make sens of their work and expand the impact of their interventions through the use of pedagogy and facilitation. I've been known to coach, to manage projects, to facilitate, to do creative / collaborative / innovative interventions in businesses, to lead social innovation programs and to teach business practices but, at my core, I'm a social artist who likes to empower entrepreneurs, youths and avid learners by refining their leadership skills while working on the success of their own projects. Currently, I am very interested in exploring the ways through which teachers and change makers succeed at creating transformative experiences by empowering creativity and self-expression. This interest in moving me to seek out new sources of learning, work experiences, mentors and international projects through which to develop an expertise on stimulating openness to self-transformation.

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Matthieu Rhéaume

An international professional association for social artists

The Montreal community

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