“Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.”– Bertolt Brecht
The Artivist Network is a collective of arts-activists and facilitators who work to support movements in more strategically engaging arts, artists and culture in creating change.
We are a collective of arts-activists and facilitators who support climate organizers and movements to more strategically engage arts, artists and culture in creating systemic change through the innovation, exchange and dissemination of new forms of political intervention. We focus on empowering activists and artists with new skills, network, tactics and forms of political intervention. We work at the interface of art and activism because of the great potential of creativity and innovation to lift up, visualize and tell new stories; challenge and subvert dominant narratives; and bring new people actively into movement organizing.
We understand public-facing activism as a tool to intervene in dominant societal narratives, and focus our trainings upon the theory and tactics of “narrative intervention” and “guerrilla communication”. We specifically teach, encourage, and lift-up forms of creative activism that add new narratives to the public discourse by using specific human-centered stories to question, challenge, and reimagine structural norms and injustices by recentering debates around shared societal values.
The Artivist Network is committed to the long-term, deep work of empowering and connecting artivists. Our commitment to unbranded work in support of local leadership, adds important additional capacity and network to bring local projects, initiatives and stories to an international arena. However, while there is often financial support for arts-activists to produce public-facing projects around specific issues, there is rarely funding for the less visible support work that can create coalitions and international network organizing structures, assist and connect local groups, and facilitate strategic alignment that can lead to greater impact. We see the lack of coordination among Europe’s most powerful creative movements and communicators as a crucial gap in movement organizing.
The Artivist Network, currently based in Budapest, Barcelona and Malaysia, has spent the past decade focusing specifically upon global climate justice organizing for its power and potential to unite diverse movements. We are currently scaling up our work and team in order to grow into a diverse and horizontal global network of arts-activists with the power and network to execute independent member-led and artist-led coordinated global creative projects that tackle the root causes of the climate crisis.