Community Animation and Social Innovation Centre
CASIC (Community Animation and Social Innovation Centre) was an internationally recognised research centre co-founded in 2014 by Keele University in collaboration with New Vic Borderlines, the outreach department of the award winning New Vic Theatre. The centre had developed a unique and highly effective methodology of community/business engagement and knowledge co-production entitled Cultural Animation - CA. At the heart of Cultural Animation is the creation of democratic research environments where traditional knowledge hierarchies are dissolved in order to facilitate creative dialogues and teamwork between academia and the community. CASIC played a central and vital role in developing the approach to community animation that coCREATE continues to promote and practice today. coCREATE is a key part of CASIC's legacy.