At Art4Development.Net we are life-long learners and appreciate the value of both knowledge creation and exchange. We collaborate with cross-disciplinary stakeholders and together explore the intersectionality of people, the planet, and the arts; and design educational programs to meet our mutual goals.

Have an artful social impact story to share? We invite those who work on purpose-driven creative projects to contribute to our global learning platforms. Submit your story here.

If you are organizing an event or designing an educational conference on any of the SDGs/developmental issues, invite us and we can help transform hard-to-digest topics into arts-infused creative formats that offer ease of understanding and attendee participation.

Art4DevelopmentNet epublication


art’ishake e-magazine addresses interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and intersectoral issues in tandem with arts and development. The purpose of ‘art’ishake’ is to provide creative and development sector-related information, share opinions, present ‘how-tos’ through the exchange of best practices, inspire, and add ‘knowledge-based’ value to the positive-creative change process.

art’ishake provides an intersectional lens and covers stories, projects, artworks, and issues from across the globe that focus on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with arts/creativity.

Interested in receiving ‘art’ishake’ publications?  Contact us if you would like to publish your paper, share your art, announcements, or any other  relevant content you think aligns with art’ishake.


The Matter of Words: PUBLICATIONS

In the past two decades Art4Development.Net has produced opinion pieces and various types of content based on primary and secondary research with an attempt of sparking conversations around social issues that have often been neglected.

Among our publications are the Creative Change e-Report as well as the chapter that was commissioned by the Committee on Culture of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) AECID on Achieving MDGs with Local Creativity A Brief Overview of Culture and Sustainable Local Development with a Focus on Public-Private Sector Synergies. our

For the 10th anniversary of the Agenda 21 for culture, several thematic notes have been written.

Speak Up & Deliberate

Since 2002, Art4Development.Net has been invited to give lectures and/or presentations at prominent academic institutions and professional organizations on the power of arts and its intersectionality with the development field. Some of these engagements have been at:

  • Annual Conference of Popular Culture Association, USA
  • Annual Conference of Maryland Arts Council, USA
  • Creative Entrepreneurship and Education in Cultural Life Conference, of the Arts, Entertainment and Media Management Department and the Arts Entrepreneurship Center of Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, USA
  • 15th International Conference of the Association for Cultural Economics International, Boston, USA
  • Global Youth Microenterprise Conference (YME), Washington DC International Humanitarian Aid and Development (DIHAD) Conference, Dubai, UAE
  • University of Maryland, Dangerous Places; Potential Spaces Conference, College Park, MD, USA
  • Global Health Council, 33rd Annual International Health Conference, Washington DC, USA
  • Salvation Army, Rotaract Club, Washington DC, USA
  • University of North Carolina, Creative Action Conference, Greensboro, NC, USA
  • Kings College, UK’s Social and Economic Research Council, Social Marketing Seminar Series, London, UK
  • 6th Global Leadership Forum, Istanbul, Turkey


The Art4Development.Net eCommunity is an online forum that brings hundreds of development agents and specialists, professional and amateur artists, artisans, students, and experts from across the globe together (currently from 80 countries). The goal is to connect and exchange ideas, experiences, and works that relate to social, economic and educational development in tandem with arts.

The Art4Development.Net eCommunity has generated hundreds of digests that covered topics like:

  • New Perspectives on Cultural Heritage
  • Arts and Culture Marketing
  • Entertainment-Education
  • Sociodrama: Theatre for Development
  • Arts and Health Marketing
  • Youth, Arts, and HIV/AIDS
  • Music, Conflict Resolution, and Peace Building
  • Volunteerism and Creative Development
  • Arts, Creativity, and Environment
  • Arts and Technology (DigiArts)