Transformation through the Arts
CARAVAN is an international arts NGO/non-profit that is recognized as a leader in using the arts to further our global quest for a more harmonious future, both with each other and with the earth. We believe that the arts can be one of the most effective mediums to heal our world and to creatively foster peace, harmony, wholeness and health in all its forms. Our name "CARAVAN" comes out of the founding vision to encourage and facilitate those from diverse backgrounds and worldviews to “journey together through the arts.” CARAVAN’s artistic initiatives have resulted in unprecedented partnerships with renowned and emerging artists from all over the world, using art to transform our world. We employ the arts to bring needed transformation in our world by:
Consulting - Connecting - Curating - Coordinating - Collaborating
Our beginning . . . Founded by Paul-Gordon Chandler (who is now the Episcopal Bishop of Wyoming), CARAVAN originated out of artistic bridge-building initiatives in Cairo, Egypt in 2009 that focused on addressing the then growing chasm of discord and misunderstanding between the peoples, cultures and creeds of the Middle East and the West.
“Your neighbor is your other self dwelling behind a wall.
In understanding, all walls shall fall down.”
- KAHLIL GIBRAN, early 20th century poet-artist
Art is the conversation. . .
Art offers an opening for the heart. . .
Art is, at least, the knowledge of where we are standing. . .
In this Wonderland. . .
We are partners straddling the universe.”
-HAFIZ, 14th century Persian poet
Enable transformation to take place by facilitating artistic “encounter points”
around the world
What We Do
Artistically address the issues that contribute to conflict, inequality, discrimination and environmental injustice
in our world
Give artists around the world a voice towards bringing about transformation