Artolution initiatives have reached hundreds of young people and their families in cities across India and in Indigenous communities in Australia and New Zealand. Through partnerships with local and international institutions, Artolution has facilitated public art projects in which residents discuss critical issues that are often taboo or sensitive, leading to the collaborative creation of murals, sculptures and performances.
In the Aboriginal town camps of the Central Desert of Australia, quality of life is far from the wealthy cities of Melbourne and Sydney, with severe health and social problems plaguing Indigenous peoples, who have faced oppression and displacement for centuries. However, there exists a sense of hope in these communities, where resilience is rooted in strong traditions and cultures that have persevered since ancient times. Through Artolution’s community mural projects, inter-generational groups of residents have come together to tell their stories, form positive connections with others and celebrate their way of life. Artolution is planning sustainable programming in the Central Desert with local artists taking the lead, in partnership with the Aboriginal organizations Tangentyere and the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, and the health organization Baker Insitute.
Artolution’s 2016 initiative in India, known as Shanti Arts for Action, engaged young people in slum communities, street children, those in drug rehabilitation and survivors of human trafficking. Working in partnership with local and international artists, participants designed and painted their own public murals, created and performed in their own theatrical and dance productions, and made musical sculptures out of trash and found objects. Together, they addressed important issues of gender equality and child labor and raised awareness about sex trafficking in their communities. Thanks to our partners: Give a Hand Foundation, Meridian International Center, Vidya, Mumbai Smiles, Karunalaya, Safe City, the US Consulates in Mumbai and Kolkata, Shakti Vahini, Kid Powered Media and the Birla Academy of Arts and Culture.