FOR COMMON GOOD Global Arts for Social Change Festival
Executed virtually in 2021, For Common Good Arts for Social Change Festival (For Common Good Fest) is an initiative of our Arima based non-profit CFAFF/For Common Good which embraces the pivotal role of the arts and culture 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.
This year, For Common Good Fest will be fully in-person and held at East Yard in Arima, from June 3rd-4th, 2022 and will be a showcase of the programmatic outcomes of this cycle of the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust I funded, For Common Good Youth Arts Enrichment Program which focuses on arts education at its core and includes social impact programming. An holistic platform for creative capacity building in youth, the program uses an integrated visual and performing arts education and social impact program geared to improve participants’ capacity for leadership, self sustainability, social advocacy and ability to build linkages with the wider world.
“Over the past six months a cohort of young people ages 12 - 17 have been working with our affiliates - All Inclusive FCG, All Ur Experiences (Aux), the Joining Table, Mission Fyzo and NoFilter to learn skills like culinary arts, aromatherapy, jewelry design, photography, community tourism, documenting oral history and therapeutic arts. Mention must be made of All Inclusive FCG, which is working solely with special needs youth. We’re excited to see what these talented youngsters have learnt,” said CFAFF/For Common Good, Executive Director, Kevon Foderingham.
The two day event kicks off with a photographic and video exhibition from NoFilter participants, a visual art exhibition from NiNa Young Women's Leadership Programme participants, a short film showcase from A Group of Artists (AGOA) and a documentary screening from Green Screen Environmental Film Festival.
Day two will feature the For Common Good Expo - a showcase of programmatic offerings from a host of local NGO partners who will be on hand to offer information and services to the general public, the showcase of the work of all the youth participants of the program and a small artisan market. Throughout day two there will be creative demos, lectures and workshops free to the public.