Exploring the Question: Could Art Change the World?
Sometimes an idea is like the flame of a candle; brilliant and beautiful all by itself, but flickering and small, easy to be extinguished. When that tiny flame is shared; however, passed from person to person, wick to wick, it can become large enough to spark a movement joining hands and linking arms stretched across the globe until, before we know it, an initiative is born. This is, in my opinion, the most beautiful manifestation of art and of humanity. Inspired by JR's Ted talk on the Inside Out Project, we pondered the question, "Could Art Change the World?" After all, if art makes us feel and if what we feel is the same, how different can we really be?
Sometimes it doesn't matter the words that we use or the way that we say them. When we all raise our voices together in a song, like that flame, our message shines brighter and rings louder and truer than anything else. This guide has been designed to help you explore projects, most of them global, that aim to affect social change using art, in a variety of formats, as their medium. Here you will find artistic representations in music, poetry, photography, performance and physical art to help you in examining the question posed by JR. Library resources on this and related topics are also presented.
So, explore, then pass the flame...
Ellen Morais, Assistant to the Library Director
CHANDA MAMA performed by Playing for Change
This Song Around The World is a folk tune that originated in Chennai, India. The track was started in New Orleans then musicians from the all over the world were added before delivering it back to the people of its origin. Vocals were recorded and filmed in Chennai by the Oneness Choir. The result is an uplifting track that has a feeling of perseverance and joy.
Spoken Word Poetry
ANIS MOJGANI performing Come Closer