Artolution began a decade ago with two nomadic artists, circling the globe to promote positive social change through one-off projects in crisis-affected locations; in places that few people would dare to travel on their own. They brought together groups of people who never knew that they could exist in the same room; only to discover their shared traditions and hopes for the future created the capacity to feel hope together. The communities where they worked repeatedly asked, “But, when will you be back?”
In 2016, Artolution became a not-for-profit corporation. By 2019, Artolution established five year-round, sustainable regional programs; accredited 68 local artists; and impacted more than 6,000 youth annually. This event will feature a program overview and photography of the art created at sites in Bangladesh, Colombia, Uganda, and Jordan. To learn more, visit www.artolution.org.
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About Dr. Max Frieder, Ed.D, Artolution Executive Director and Co-Founder
Max Frieder is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the international community-based public arts organization Artolution. He is a public artist and community arts educator from Denver, Colorado who is based out of New York City. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with honors and a degree in Painting and received his Education Masters (Ed.M) in “Community Arts” in Art and Art Education from the Teachers College, Columbia University. He published a three-year body of research through his Education Doctorate (Ed.D) titled “ The Rohingya Artolution: Teaching Locally Led Community-based Public Art Educators in the Largest Refugee Camp in History”. He has worked with hundreds of communities in different contexts across the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Australasia, Europe, North America and Asia. His work ranges from community building in refugee camps, art education in emergencies, hospital workshops, abuse and addiction support through art, trauma relief, reconciliation and conflict resolution. He is a trans-disciplinary artist, sculptor, puppeteer, teacher and facilitates collaborative mural programs that address critical local issues with children, youth and families. He created the “Foundstrument Soundstrument Project”, building large-scale interactive percussive sculptures out of trash and recycled materials around the world.
His projects have taken him from Syrian, South Sudanese, Palestinian, and Greek refugee camps to conflict zones, traumatized communities, and across borders to over 26 countries globally. He has received recognition from the New York Times, CBS and the Associated Press. He planted the seeds for the first ongoing public arts program for Rohingya artists in the largest refugee camp in the world, in Bangladesh on the border of Myanmar. He is a published author contributing to “Art Making with Refugees and Survivors: Transformative Responses to Trauma after Natural Disasters, War and Other Crises”,as well as publishing with Global Citizen. For his global work, he was awarded the International Crisis Award from World of Children and UNICEF in 2018. His ranging work focuses on cultivating ongoing programs by educating local artists globally on how to transform communities through public engagement, creative facilitation and inspired participation as the next phase in the history of the arts.