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Shaun

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Review for Creative Action Institute, Ipswich, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I joined Artcorps initial advisory comittee in support of a compelling vision that art and artists are too often overlooked as a resource to mobilize and accelerate social change. This observation was based on my 20+ years working on environmental and social development issues in Central America where too often change agents can be too technical and talk at people they seek to change rather than fostering empowerment and self-reliance. I have seen how self-discovery and self-expression through art can inspire entire communities and especially youth.

While I recently stepped off the board of directors after 10 years of volunteer service, I remain impressed how this small non-profit is changing the world by placing fantastic artists with disadvantaged communities to change the world with art, one village at a time.

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

I have been able to talk with the artists who volunteered and Central American non-profit organizations that have hosted Artcorps volunteers and remain impressed by the accounts of Artcorps impact and empowerment at the grassroots community level.

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

Get them an endowment so they could worry less about fund raising and focus more on their commitment to continual improvement while expanding their geographic scope. They also need more board members with passion, expertise and an ability to access money.

Role:  Volunteer & I served on the Artcorps board until 2010.