Creating a lasting impact

The immediate benefits of Making Art Making Change’s projects are creative contagion, playfulness, building trust, discovery, serendipity and interconnectedness.

MAMC goes in without assumptions, meeting participants where they are, harnessing the collective energy to imagine new possibilities, new perceptions and new communities.


Artworks Created


Projects & Workshops


Participating Communities



This project was transformative for me and a life-changing experience.

— Trudy Michielson, participant of Making Voice: Women’s Creative Narratives, 2018

… And you made all this work inspired by me?

— El Anatsui, Artist, speaking about Walls & Barriers, 2010

We became a very closeknit group and shared many personal stories... I believe we would never have been able to do this in another program.

— Francine Hailman, participant of With Thread as Ink, I Tell You My Story, 2020

Students are able to add their own artistic perspective, their own emotional response and their own ideas.

— Francisco Alvarez, Artistic Director at ICC, speaking about Walls & Barriers, 2010

When I do this project, I feel like I can forget everything and just focus... forget my life, my stress.

Vanessa and Elena have a distinct approach to students that makes them feel validated and engaged.

— Kevin Andrachuk, teacher at Greenwood Seconday School, speaking abouy Finding Home: Personal Journeys & Visual Narratives, 2018

Finding Home continues to be one of the most talked about interventions in our space, and is one of the highlights of our 5 years of programming at the Aga Khan Museum.

— Jovanna Scorsone, Education and Public Engagement Manager at Aga Khan Museum, speaking about about Finding Home: Personal Journeys & Visual Narratives, 2018

I am absolutely struck by the sheer quality of the artistic expression itself and the variety of ideas. This is ... not just about collaboration and change but in its own right people are going to say this is really good art.

— William Thorsell, Director at Royal Ontario Museum, speaking about Walls & Barriers, 2010

Stories are our Compass connected precisely with the Power Plant’s vision and mission, to use contemporary art exhibitions as prompts for inquiry into learning about the art of our times.

— Josh Heuman, Curator of Education and Public Programs, The Power Plant, speaking about Stories Are Our Compass, 2016

Participants grew artistically ... [and] found the experience to be socially rewarding and personally stimulating. As many were older adults and social isolation is a factor that we strive to reduce, this was particularly important.

— Amanda Hailman, Community Health Worker, Flemingdon Health Centre, speaking about Making Voice: Women's Creative Narratives, 2018

Elena and Vanessa do not cease to amaze me! They inspire women to tap into the creative force that lies within every one of us to bring about a change filled with hope so to break us free from our isolation.

— Edith Baguinho, on Making Voice: Women's Creative Narratives, 2018


Making Art Making Change is a non-profit charity committed to giving voice to individuals in a group setting within communities through the use of visual arts.

Our experienced artist educators are committed to creating a safe space and engaging projects where participants can explore artistic expression while developing self-awareness, collaboration skills and original creative thinking. Our focus is to facilitate dialogue and collaboration, thereby strengthening community bonds and reducing isolation.

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