We launch or support initiatives for creativity and impact.
ISM Arts & Culture Ltd. is a BC Canada provincial corporation. The brand operates in strategic partnership, collaboration, joint venture, subsidiary, and commission models across initiatives.
After a decade-wide body of independent multimedia creative work by Scott Mallory Jr. (including a music collective called "ISM" later used as a personal brand) which gradually expanded to involve more individuals, teams, and his work with organizations, he entered a collaboration in 2019 that ultimately required a corporate structure and called for a new brand altogether (ISM Arts & Culture). This marked a shift towards focusing on more cross-sector, multi-stakeholder initiatives and continuing to operate under the new platform.
We continue to explore initiatives that are driven by passion and defined by creativity and impact, while remaining flexible to varieties of financial or stakeholder models. While we do not promote an outward-facing service, we are happy to help or collaborate on arts, business, international relations, and design thinking to drive social innovation.
HOW IT HAPPENS
Serial founders and high volume creatives on journeys to discover.
Find what we have in common, act on what connects us, and leave our differences aside.
Acknowledge that anything is possible, and take risks without being risk-seeking.
WHY IT CONTINUES
The unbending desire to make something happen, makes it happen.
Designing initiatives to be not only for, but by who they serve.
Accessing multiple categories of theory, practice and context to formulate new ones.
MEANING BEHIND ISM
The platform represents a suffix that may denote a state or quality, principle, practice, system, philosophy, ideology, movement, an action or its result.
It takes on the intrinsic nature of the suffix in itself, leaving its denotation open to multiplicity. It shapeshifts, responds, expands, contracts, explores and indulges in possibility, finds its way into the unexpected, tries to see in every direction, creates dimension, and never does just one thing, but always does things that are necessary. It is a "way," of navigating complex constellations of things we did not know were there.
This is how it first emerged out of one intriguing collaboration, how it multiplied into a variety of imminent calls to action, and is the lifeblood of how it continues to create opportunity.