global_stories_header

Storytelling as Action
February, 2014

Tess Landon

READ MORE
donate
global_join
global_contact

facebook twitter tumblr

Mission

Art Works Projects’ mission is to use design and the arts to raise awareness of and educate the public about significant human rights and environmental issues.

Art Works Projects (AWP) provides visual advocacy tools which produce action on human rights crises at the grassroots, media, and policy levels. Conceptualized and created in conjunction with established humanitarian and human rights advocacy organizations, AWP’s art and design exhibitions, books, recordings, films, and other initiatives provide opportunities for large numbers of the general population to engage in ending major human rights violations.

In its first five years of existence, AWP’s agenda includes projects exposing genocide, extreme sexual violence against women, the global shortage of potable water, forced labor and human trafficking, and ethnic cleansing and anti-democracy actions. AWP selects topics which are the most intractable, the least covered in the mainstream media, and the most abusive for victims.

SEE THE VIDEO!

about_pullquoteabout_donate

Objective

  • Create widespread media attention exposing a given issue.
  • Direct viewers and readers to significant opportunities to impact the situation and create lasting change.

Process

  • Develop visual advocacy tools with guidance from major humanitarian and advocacy organizations who address the same topics, ensuring that a given project is useful in creating change.
  • Conceptualize and fabricate the design which most achieves the goal at hand.
  • Partner with a range of organizations and cultural institutions in order to present the issue widely and deliver far-reaching results.
  • Work closely with partner organizations to elicit media coverage.

Click on any staff member to find out more

Art Works Projects has a growing, primarily volunteer, team with a shared commitment to global human rights, the arts, and impact.

EXECUTIVE AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Leslie Thomas

TEAM

Kary Ream
Paul Schmit

Jaclyn Robbins

CREATIVE COLLABORATORS

Greg Doench
J. Matthew Jacob

Jane Sachs

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Amy Eliot
Roberta Feldman
Tracey Fletcher

Hunter Hollins
Elizabeth Lazar
Susan Leach

Alissa Lillie

Susan T. Rodriguez, FAIA

Leslie Thomas also serves on the Board of Directors

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Brandee Butler
Jill Barancik
Olivier Bercault
David Bobrow
Lyn Burgess
Denise Canter
Dolores Connelly
Helen Doria
Tracey Fletcher
Hunter Hollins
Daniela Hrzic
Alexandra Kerr
Laurel Lipkin
Jayme McLellan
Kimberly Merlin
Lisa Odyniec
Karen Rutzick
Jessica Stuart
Jane Sachs
Gretchen Steidle Wallace
Clio Chafee

The entire Art Works Projects team would like to express our enormous gratitude to those donors, advisors, photographers, editors, musicians, composers, designers, curators, writers, friends and family members who have made this work possible.

AWP is grateful for the generosity of these and other sponsors:

The Frankel Family Foundation
Humanity United
International Labour Organization
The Libra Foundation
The MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
The Oak Foundation
The Open Society Institute
Polk Bros Foundation
Rainforest Learning Center
Donald J. Vaccaro
The Save Darfur Coalition
Tempel Steel
UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund
UNHCR, United Nations High Commission on Refugees
UNIFEM, United Nations Development Fund for Women

Art Works Projects is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

 
facebook twitter tumblr