Are you a socially engaged artist?


Many artists focus their work on social issues, and they make art with children, with people who suffer of mental illness, with immigrants, etc. They work locally, but also in international projects, helping people to use art as a tool to improve their wellness.

Tom Finkelpearl, director of the Queens Museum in New York, defines social practice as “art that’s socially engaged, where the social interaction is at some level the art.” He think that the popolarity of social practice is a reaction against the excesses of individualism.

I don't want to talk about the reasons why some artists choose to being socially engaged artists, but... if you are (or would being) that kind of artist visit the following websites:


1) SEAJ - Socially Engaged Arts Journal is an online  quarterly  publication  that  explores the intersection of art + people.

2) CREATIVITY WORKS - Their goal is inspiring and empowering people through creativity. Friendly website.

3) KWMC - Knowel West Media Center is an arts organisation and charity based in Bristol. You find there projects, media studio, opportunities, etc.

4) OPEN ENGAGEMENT is an international conference and platform to support socially engaged art. Open Engagement 2016 takes place in Oakland, California. The theme is "power".

5) ARTIST ORGANIZED ART works With Artists & Institutions To Support Artist Organized Media, Events & Cultural Education By Strategic, Collaborative & Financial Means.

6) AXIS WEB is a UK registered charity. Their purpose is to advance the education of the public by developing understanding and appreciation of artists.

7)  A BRADE OF GRASS provides resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change.

8) MORE ART  nonprofit organization that fosters collaborations between professional artists and communities to create public art and educational programs that inspire social justice.

9) CREATIVE REGIONS based in Australia their work is centered on making arts experiences that are relevant to regional communities.

 

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