Promoting Social Change and Cultural Diplomacy through the Arts

The arts play a pivotal role in shaping the quality of intercultural relations. It serves not only as a conduit through which cultural heritage and identity can be experienced and interpreted but also creates a unique space for artists, audiences, and other stakeholders in cultural management to come together on a neutral platform. Despite this influence, the use of art to raise awareness of different cultures, promote social change, and strengthen intercultural relations, is the subject of little research and analysis, and is consistently undervalued.

FOR COMMON GOOD thus seeks to shine a much needed spotlight on the viability of arts for social change programming by building the capacity and strengthening the entire network of entities that promote social change through the arts. Helping them in their missions to directly empower the most vulnerable members of society.


U.S State Department International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) September 2019

The project’s conception originated through CFAFF Executive Director, Kevon Foderingham’s participation in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on “Promoting Social Good Through the Arts” in September of 2019 and the impressions left on him by the U.S. based change makers and the international cohort, who were all using the arts to address pressing social issues. FOR COMMON GOOD seeks to now expand on the IVLP experience by providing both an online and physical arts for social change networking platform an associated programs that can foster long-term, self-sustaining relationships and institutional linkages between organizations and artivists around the world, including capacity building support for these while strengthening cross-sector awareness and fostering global collaboration on arts for social change projects.

The freshly launched FOR COMMON GOOD embraces the pivotal role of the creative arts in shaping the quality of intercultural relations as well as creating a unique platform for artists, audiences, and other stakeholders in the sector to strengthen the overall impact of their own arts for social change programming. The platform will roll out with two programs, namely, FOR COMMON GOOD - Arima x Louisville Exchange; and FOR COMMON GOOD - Youth Arts Enrichment Program.