VISUAL VOICES IS A NON - PROFIT ORGANIZATION SUPPORTING YOUTH ARTISTS FROM COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY VIOLENT CONFLICT. WE PROMOTE THE CREATION OF CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ART THAT REFLECTS THE DESIRE FOR POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE AND BUILD THE SPACE FOR THESE IDEAS TO BE SHARED.
The Visual Voice’s vision is to become a global network of peacebuilding organizations, practitioners and artists that recognize the value of arts-based interventions in peacebuilding and the power of art in peace advocacy.
We believe in collaborating locally, while connecting these actors both regionally and internationally. After all, violent conflict is a global issue that is felt locally. This disconnect between local and global must be understood by taking on the perspectives of those directly affected. Our approach seeks genuine, emotional communication achieved through arts-based practices.
Our mission is to strengthen the capacity of young artists (18-35 years old) affected by violent conflict, while building non-commercial platforms of expression for them to share their voice and advocate for peace through contemporary visual art. In doing so, we aim to combine traditional arts-based peacebuilding activities with substantive peace advocacy campaigns. For this reason, we define ourselves as working at the intersection between strategic social art and peacebuilding.
We believe that our primary target group, youth artists from communities affected by violent conflict, have incredible potential to promote positive social change. By positively addressing their challenges and lived experiences of conflict within their art, artists stimulate dialogue and peace-oriented social narratives. Reaching new audiences, Visual Voices supports young artists to share their work through conferences, presentations, campaigns and exhibitions.
Contemporary visual art is a valuable peacebuilding tool, one that allows for non-verbal communication through a medium that is universally understood. Its nature draws out strong emotional responses, often creating deeper feelings of empathy and understanding.
It is in these visual voices that we see the beginning of global narratives for peace.
"The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity. "Alberto Giacometti
Our organizational structure consists of the Directors, Board of Directors and Technical Advisors. This team of highly experienced professionals gives Visual Voices a multi-disciplinary expertise from the perspectives of education, the arts, research, academia and peacebuilding in practice.
We are committed to a high ethical standard, aimed at minimizing negative social impact. We recognize the need to consistently measure the greater impact beyond the immediate project participants and develop innovative methods to better understand community engagement. For these reasons, a rigorous design, monitoring and evaluation methodology has been adopted to measure and respond to the impacts of our initiatives. In doing so, we hope to better the understanding of and appreciation for arts-based peacebuilding practices by providing opportunities to research the impact at community level.