photo-9I just got back from a month-long stay in Brazil planning for Lanchonete, at the end of which I learned that the project has been selected for the X São Paulo Architecture Biennial. I had less than two days turn around in NYC before heading out again for a meeting on Wasan Island entitled Philanthropy at the Nexus of Peace and Social Justice and Arts and Culture…should be good!!  Starts slowly with two planning sessions of The Arts & Democracy Project and the Philanthropy for Social Justice & Peace working group, and then amps up with a larger group of global grantmakers, artists and practitioners.

Read more about Philanthropy for Social Justice & Peace in Increasing the Impact of Philanthropy for Social Justice & Peace: Exploring Interrelationships with Arts & Culture. And/Or take a gander at these examples and case studies corralled by facilitator, Moukhtar Kocache … there’s a full report from the meeting forthcoming!  Lastly, check out this article by South African participant, Mike van Graan entitled Human Rights, Development, and Democracy in Africa: What Role for the Arts?

That’s Kathie deNobriga and I in the boat to Wasan…she drove us from Toronto expertly.  I’ve known Kathie since a meeting of the Alliance of Artist Communities in Santa Fe, New Mexico over ten years ago … she is a founder and former ED of Alternate Roots, and I just learned that she is the sitting mayor of Pine Lake, Georgia.