Artist Changemaker Program
Toni Cade BambaraThe role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible.
The Artist Changemaker Program at Global Fund for Women supports artists who are making the gender justice revolution irresistible by using their art as a tool for new visions of the world, where equity and equality for all is a reality.
The program is part of Global Fund for Women’s commitment to support movements, and offers eight artists annually a one-time, unrestricted financial award to each artist with a focus on artists based in the Global South, women artists, LGBTQI+ people, people of color, and/or artists from a marginalized community.
Global Fund for Women has supported grassroots gender justice organizations who are working at the intersection of art and activism for nearly 30 years. Since 1994, we have supported more than 200 organizations in 80 countries worldwide who use art as a strategy for social change. In 2014, Global Fund for Women merged with the International Museum of Women, launching award-winning creative online advocacy campaigns including Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art & Voices, DefendHer, featuring women human rights defenders around the globe, and most recently Fundamental: Gender Justice. No Exceptions, an Emmy-nominated series of docu-shorts featuring gender justice movement leaders in five countries.
MEET THE ARTIST CHANGEMAKERS
Jono Lena (she/they) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Salvador, Brazil. Her art revolves around gender, identity, ancestrality, and race in the face of white, heterocispatriarchal systems of oppression. Created from the center of what she calls the crossroads of sound, imagery, word, and body, her experimentation aims to reject the victimhood imposed upon Black, trans, queer, and gender non-conforming corporalities.
Jaycie Lewis (she/them) is an Antiguan artist born 27 years ago to a Kittitian mother and Antiguan father. At present, the manifestation of her artistry is as a visual storyteller, and building, directing, and performing in stories for stage, stills, and film. Her art is a vehicle for education on and preservation and celebration of Caribbean culture as well as one for pedagogy and social transformation.
One member of our third Artist Changemaker cohort has opted to remain anonymous. In the spirit of practicing feminist ethics of care and safety and in line with the Guiding Principles developed by our Artist Changemaker Advisory Council we offer anonymity as an option for all Artist Changemakers. Artist Changemakers may opt into anonymity for a variety of reasons in line with the multiplicities of their creative practices.
Lujain Jo (she/her/hers) is an Iraqi filmmaker, activist, and performance artist currently living in Lebanon. As part of her strong interest in the manifestations of movement in life, her work includes collaborations with musicians and dancers such as Michaela DePrince and Khansa. She has also worked with multiple media platforms and organizations from Megaphone News and Anti-Racism-Movement to Khateera and Amnesty International on issues related to social movements, migrant workers, police brutality, and feminism.
MEET THE ARTIST CHANGEMAKER ADVISORY COUNCIL
The program is shaped by our Artist Changemaker Advisory Council, a group of feminist creatives, artists, and activists whose work transcend borders, cultures, and disciplines.
Members of the Artist Changemaker Advisory Council join Global Fund for Women in imagining a world where movements for gender justice have transformed privilege and power for a few into equity and equality for all. Artist Changemaker Advisory Council members recognize and commit to a set of Guiding Principles in our shared work as they shape Global Fund for Women's Artist Changemaker Program.
Deep gratitude to the alumni of our Artist ChangemakerAdvisory Council
2022: Amina Doherty, Aweqawe Mda, Priya Kvam