Art for Refuge
Organiser from Indonesia
Art for Refuge is a social entrepreneurship initiative that incorporates Art and Digital Media as platforms to share the many compelling stories of refugees in Indonesia. Art is a powerful instrument that can communicate narratives, ideas, and cultural wisdom. In addition, art elicits transformative emotional responses that resonate with viewers. The concept behind the brand name Art for Refuge: Art provides a refuge from reality; it’s a place where we can find solace and have the ultimate freedom of expression.
Art for Refuge aims to empower the lives of refugees through raising public awareness and empathy towards this global humanitarian crisis. Today, over 65 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes and denied basic rights to safety, shelter, and life. A growing number of refugees are dehumanized as they become merely rising statistics; we forget that each number holds a human being, one with feelings, emotions, and a family. Through art, we aim to humanize refugees by instilling empathy and hope back into the public's hearts. We share stories of journeys, hopes, and dreams of the refugee community to give the public insight into their lives. We envision to provide a platform for refugees to develop their creative freedom and expression. We hope that this project will allow the public to see 'the doors of hope and opportunity' that we can open for refugees around the world. Therefore, we can learn to come together to form a more welcoming and empathetic society.