The Inspiration Paradigm
Inspiration – Arts for Humanity
Inspiration – Arts for Humanity is a social art movement built on the foundations of artistic excellence, social activism and community engagement. Its vision is deep-rooted in the border-crossing language of art, which expands and deepens our capacity for growth, supports progress in conflict-resolution, empowers individuals and addresses social issues while providing new opportunities for expression and dialogue. It is guided by values of excellence, artistry, social responsibility and humanism. Inspiration is a unique institution, the epicenter of the working knowledge incorporated into a movement of individuals, groups, organizations and businesses around the world. They are working together to promote art as the lifeblood of a more collaborative, understanding and peaceful world.
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. A variety of terms are used to describe this new and diverse field, each with its own nuanced goals and practices. These include fields such as 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 10 years, Inspiration has been exploring, creating and developing a wide range of methodologies, which blend the disciplines of art with practices of social change, 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), Leadership (and art) andCommunity (art) in a dozen and more of practices such as Art for Peace, Art for Community Engagement, Art for Community Development, Art for Cross Cultural Dialogue and Art for Social Innovation. Many of the practices are relevant to more than one social change strategy.