Forces of Art

Forces of Art challenges assumptions and suggests new ways of thinking about the values that art and culture have for their societies. Through multiple perspectives, methodologies, and voices, it charts a path to understanding the complex ways in which artistic and cultural practices shape and are profoundly shaped by societies and communities worldwide.


Forces of Art is an international research initiative that examines the ways in which artistic and cultural activities shape their own societies. It was initiated jointly in 2018 by the Prince Claus Fund, Hivos and the European Cultural Foundation (ECF), three foundations that support culture internationally. Their goal was to avoid preconceived notions of ‘success’ and to examine the ways in which art reveals its transformative force for and within societies. The research could not have come at a more timely moment, when arts and culture are facing unprecedented pressure.

Fifteen independent teams of researchers were invited to select as case studies projects that had been supported by the three foundations within the past decade. The researchers were free to choose their own framework and methodology. The resulting studies of 38 cultural initiatives place the diversity of art and culture in context and offer nuanced views on the ways they affect their societies.

The studies have now been compiled in a book titled ‘Forces of Art: Perspectives from a Changing World’, edited by Carin Kuoni, Jordi Baltà Portolés, Nora N. Khan, and Serubiri Moses.

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