In 2015, AFAC produced the Arab Creativity and Entrepreneurship Fund – ACEF book. Published on April 15th 2015, the book includes the list of beneficiaries, grantees stories and an assessment of the impact of the projects supported. The 50 featured projects are challenging stereotypes, raising awareness and empowering their communities, and provide an overview of the work of creative and courageous artists that strive to make their voices heard and contribute to the development of a more culturally rich and tolerant society.
In the midst of the growing trend of extremism and a tendency for communities to become trapped in their own stories of threatened identity, AFAC grantees set out to uncover the social issues that underlie these trends, surface alternative solutions and re-engage their communities in imagining a shared and better future.
The ACEF book goes well beyond storytelling and testimonials. We have decided to look at the different dimensions of social impact of Arts and Culture on our communities and societies, and defined 14 parameters to quantify social return on investment. Initially we set out to categorize the 50 projects in three different sections, with each section corresponding to one integral component of social change—be it raising awareness (Uncover), shifting perspectives (Discover), or inspiring action (Recover). We then weighed each project against the 14 parameters to show how these projects are leading to social change in the Arab region.
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Have a look at the related infograph here