The Institute for Social Change through the Arts (ISCA) was founded in 2014 by a group of passionate, forward-thinking artists and art lovers who see immeasurable possibility in the intersection of creating art, community, and social justice.

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What is ISCA?

The Institute for Social Change through the Arts is all about showcasing art - musical performances, art installations, films, poetry - for the sake of gathering the community and empowering people to work together toward social change.  ISCA is concerned with progressive social issues such as realizing equal rights for all, ending poverty and homelessness, and giving voice to the marginalized.

The Institute exists for the benefit of the Broadway neighborhood, the greater Seattle community, and as far as our influence can reach.  Our mission is “to encourage, create, and foster artistic opportunities – giving voice to a diverse array of artists for the definitive purpose of social change.”  Through concerts, events, shows, exhibits, and/or other artistic productions, we aim to create awareness and education, and motivate activism related to social issues pertinent to our community and culture.

Who is ISCA?

The Institute for Social Change through the Arts was founded by its executive director, Dr. Stephen Marshall-Ward. Founding board members include Dave Beck, Rudy Ziemba, Lacey Brown, and J.D. Fugate.


We believe that art for its own sake is beautiful and we strongly encourage it.  However, we also believe that art, as an expression of our most passionate beliefs, has incredible power to move and motivate people to action.  ISCA is proud to team up with local organizations to help further their missions, as well as produce shows and events of our own.

What We've Accomplished

Our first show was called Soul Food: the Nourishing Power of Music in November of 2014. Since then we have had community concerts and multi-media events including our Prayers for Peace: A Concert and Conversation, the Livable Climate Event and The Architecture of Family and the art of self-discoveryEach event has been centered around social justice for our communities and for the world. Find out more about our past events on our events page

What's Next?

We have a lot to look forward to including Let Justice Roll Down: A Multi-Media Journey to Selma and Back in February 2018. See our Events page for more information about our upcoming events. 

More Info

ISCA is affiliated with All Pilgrims Christian Church, Seattle as a non-proselytizing ministry, and is open to all regardless of religious affiliation or belief. The Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, socio-economic status, religion, faith perspectives, sex, sexual orientation, sexual identity, gender expression, age, height, weight, any other physical attributes, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and/or marital status.

As a non-proselytizing ministry of All Pilgrims Christian Church, open to all regardless of religious affiliation or belief, the Institute gratefully accepts donations from the public and from granting organizations.  It has a separate program budget independent of other church activities and the church’s operating budget.


If you would like to partner with ISCA as an artist, partner organization, or donor, please use the contact form here. We'd love to hear from you!