OUR MISSION

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We are an artist-led initiative, bring members of the growing creative economy together with UN/NGO agencies and social impact brands to help accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs.) 

We advocate and promote sustainable solutions for the creative community - social, economic and environmental.

 

We are made up of 90% BI-POC artists and promote responsible engagement of artists in the UN/NGO sector by advocating for representation in leadership positions, respect for intellectual property rights and compensation.

We were founded in 2015 (formerly I Sell the Shadow) but were built on Founder Lisa Russell's 15+ year career as a UN filmmaker and curator in the UN/NGO space.
 

"Artists are incredible creative thinkers and problem solvers.  Why wouldn't you want us in a room with policymakers solving the world's greatest problems?"

 - Lisa Russell, Founder

WHY THE CREATIVE ECONOMY?

  • The creative economy is one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the world economy. (SDG Fund)

  • The creative economy is booming with more than 300 million workers in the creative class. (International Labor Organization)

  • Cultural and creative industries are major drivers of economies by capitalizing US $2,250 billion and creating 29.5 million jobs globally (SDG Fund)

  • The creative economy is an “asset for diplomacy and foreign policy” that could play a role in achieving the United Nations SDGs (World Conference on Creative Economies)

  • The UN has declared 2021 as the "International Year for Creative Economy and Sustainable Development"

WHAT WE DO

We offer 15+ years of experience as award-winning, professional artists, entrepreneurs, changemakers, educators and more to provide a variety of curatorial and consultancy services to UN/NGO agencies, social impact brands, non-profits and educational groups. 

 

We provide artist development services and performance opportunities to artists interested in creating a career in the social good space. We specifically focus on cultivating artists who want to become changemakers, creative entrepreneurs, teaching artists, and humanitarians.

We lead the writing of Artist Declarations to authentically bring the voices of artists and the creative economy to international conferences and gatherings.

Curation and Consultancy

We help curate live performances with performing artists that amplifies your message and purpose to a wider audience.

PERFORMANCES

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We conduct creative workshops with professional teaching artists to help your staff or audience exercise their creative juices. 

WORKSHOPS

We build partnerships between artists and UN/NGO agencies, social impact brands and others through our innovative programs. 

PARTNERSHIPS

Need help with a creative project or event?

Artist Development

We will provide a comprehensive analysis of your current accomplishments, strengths and weaknesses andcreate a career plan.

ANALYSIS

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We will provide a monthly coaching program tailored to your needs to grow your artistic career in the social good space.

COACHING

We will invite you to events and meetings and provide opportunities when possible for you to share your talents with our clients.

OPPORTUNITIES

Want to jump start your creative career for the social good?

Artist Declarations

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Click here to learn more about our new Artist Declaration for Climate.

Want to bring the voices of artists into your conference or gathering?

Contact us and lets discuss!