Art, Volunteering & Social Change Conference
May 2 – 3, 2016
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
For its first global event, Inspiration Arts for Humanity has partnered with Makerere University, the Nagenda International Academy for Art and Design (NIAAD) and the Israeli Volunteer Association (IVA), to deliver to you an interesting and thought-provoking conference.
Art and culture are the heart of a society. It is a means of (non-)verbal communication and it can bridge between conflicting parties, because it displays not only what is but also what could be, art can be a driving factor in social change. Art can be perceived as the ultimate expression of human civilization, and following that notion, artists have a central social role, though not always acknowledged by neither artists themselves nor society as a whole.
Unlike the use of art for social change, national- and international volunteerism have a long tradition in development. Today international volunteerism is considered as a powerful transformative tool that can successfully tackle social challenges. Volunteers may help others to acquire skills and discover new perspectives. Likewise they learn from the hosting community, leaving both sides with more knowledge, deepened inter-cultural understanding and -sensitivity.
Art and international volunteerism are both important motors for social change. There is a plentitude of empirical literature on the strengths and pitfalls of past international volunteerism and a growing interest of NGOs, governments, stakeholders and scholars on art for social change. Taking the position of social formative leadership, while combining it with international and community volunteerism, brings the relationship between art and the society to its peak.
The two-day conference will unfold the relations and strengths of art, volunteerism and social change, propose methodologies and expand the expertise in the field of international development.
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