The emerging disciplines of Arts and Social Change
Around the world, artists and social activists are encountering a wide range of demanding social agendas. Jointly they are striving to promote positive social change through collaborative efforts of art-making and social activism. Various terms are used to describe this new and diverse field, each with its own nuanced goals and practices. These include art for social change (ASC), socially engaged art, community-engaged arts, community cultural development, cultural mediation, eco-friendly arts, social innovation arts, and participatory arts.
The Inspiration Paradigm of Art and Social Change
For already over 15 years, Inspiration has been exploring, creating and developing a wide range of methodologies that blend the disciplines of art with social change practices, thus forming an interdisciplinary space for human development.
Inspiration’s ecosystem incorporates a multifactor model, synthesizing four distinct strategies of social change: Awareness (art), Action (art), Human Capacity Building (art), and Community (art) in over twenty applied practices such as Art for Peace, Art for Community Engagement, Art for Community Development, Art for Cross-Cultural Dialogue and Art for Social Innovation, Art Therapy, and Art for Human Dignity. Many of the practices are relevant to more than one social change strategy.