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Martine P.

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Review for Creative Action Institute, Ipswich, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Years ago, as the director of an international grant giving Foundation, I was looking for the missing link that would enable local non-profits to better involve their communities and consequently be more effective in their social or environmental work.
During an African trip, I saw women designing beautiful batik cloths that described methods for controlling malaria. They went to the market with a health promoter who explained each image to a riveted crowd. Shortly after, I attended a village play about HIV . Full house! And lots of questions! I decided right then that art was the link I was looking for. Not an earth shattering idea really, but why was this successful technique not being used more systematically.?

Artcorps is now that missing art link. It is a successful organization led by a passionate staff since 2006, enabling development organizations in Central America to have a sustained impact on their communities, even or rather especially after the artists have left.

In the end, the question: is : does it work? the organizations seem to think so . Artcorps has more demand that it can fulfill.
The staff is dedicated, passionate... and underpaid.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I made many trips to host organzations before and after they had an artist in residence. Before, the villagers even did not know there was an entity set up to help them. After a couple of months of the artist working mostly with women and children, everbody was eager to either at worse, listen, and at best, ge tinvolved.. (ex: villagers controlled their fires in the mountains after a children poster campaign around "don't kill our forests ")

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Definitely add more staff, expand worldwide. Havin more artists musicians, expand the concept of artist to magicians, circus performers, cartoonists.

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What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Hiring a development officer, develop a workshop curriculum

What is its top priority in the long run?

Spreading the concept of art for change at different levels, in the field and providing training workshops.

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Role:  Board Member & Founding member and donor.