The Workshop to Change the World


The Workshop To Change the World program was created to encourage students to use art to advocate for human rights and environmental issues of their choice. Students are encouraged to explore their passions for arts and humanity and learn to use visual, written, musical, and other creative skills to help realize their visions of addressing human rights in a collaborative and mentored process.


The Workshop can be implemented within a single arts class or over several days of intensive teaching. Two main formats have typically been followed depending on the age of the students and time available. In both, students are empowered to identify an issue important to them and execute a piece of art or an arts campaign that expresses this concern and can impact the issue. Prominent artists and human rights and environmental experts work with small groups of students brainstorming ideas, explaining key concepts, and providing feedback on the students’ own artistic vision.


Before the workshop begins, students select and define topics that are important to them. After an introduction to the ART WORKS methodology, they collaborate with their advisors and peers to formulate a plan to create and market their own projects. The end result of the Workshop is a panel featuring multimedia presentations, photography, drawings, and murals with the potential to later become real-world advocacy tools.


After our inaugural workshop at Marwen in 2011 the Workshop has gone on to partner with the Gallery 37 Advanced Arts Education Program, the South Chicago Art Center, The Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights, Aspire California College Preparatory Academy, Harvard University School of Public Health, and many more.


Email to inquire about hosting a Workshop to Change the World for your community. One day, two day, and class period workshops can be tailored to your schools needs and resources.


Visit the Workshop on Facebook to see photos of past workshops and learn more: www.facebook/WorkshoptoChangetheWorld




Workshop to Change the World: Lake Forest College

February 25, 2016 | Lake Forest College Art History Department


Workshop to Change the World: Cal Prep

June 11, 2013 | Aspire California College Preparatory Academy, Berkeley, CA


Workshop to Change the World: Marin County Day School

April 10, 2013 | Marin County Day School, Corte Madera, CA


Workshop to Change the World: Sacred Heart Schools

January 25, 2013 | Chicago, IL