How is art used in development programs? Can it serve as ‘agency’, and is it a culturally sound approach towards development? And how can we define ’empowerment’? Especially since it is a term so commonly used, that it runs risk of loosing its meaning. Those are some of the questions that we discussed during the discussion following our presentation at the Artistic Cultural Diplomacy Forum at the ICD – Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin.
Of course there is no one single answer to such complex questions. However, it is our aim to raise questions, to critically reflect our own work and to constantly improve it. Only by doing so can we continue to deliver our work, and bring about social change through art and artistic expression.