May 27-29th 2023 

What was the Artivism Summer School?

The immersive summer school experience, a collaboration between NYCI’s Youth Arts Programme and Global Youth Work programme,  provided space for participants to benefit from a supportive environment where they explored their own creativity and activism, reflected on global youth work as a critical youth work practice, and shared experiences with peers. With lots of practical, creative activities; visual arts and spoken word workshops led by artists; group experiences and Discussions! 

What is Artivism?

A combination of art and activism, or artistic activism, artivism is the use of creative and artistic methods of expression to question, challenge, cultivate awareness, and motivate change in society. This 3-day residential summer school focused on developing skills in visual arts and spoken word, while delving into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)We used a pathway that took participants from the personal to the local, the national, and the global (the PLiNGs) to show how artivism can provoke curiosity and engage critical thinking skills,  This event supported participants to explore art as a means for social change and facilitate engagement in a form of creative expression that can inspire awareness, action and changemaking behaviour. 

Contributing Artists

Conan Wynne 

Conan Wynne is a Dublin born artist, currently directing at Phase art centre in Rathgar. He is always on the lookout for new techniques which take advantage of cutting-edge technology to utilise in immersive installations. He delivers workshops in creating graffiti art, designing murals and street art, as well digital art skills.  

Kelvin Akpaloo 

Kelvin Akpaloo is a facilitator and spoken word artist, youth leader, creative director, choreographer, and artistic director. He is passionate about promoting human rights education, inclusion, integration of minorities, and community and youth development. He works at both the national and international levels, using the creative arts, especially spoken word poetry, and dance as methods to empower young people and youth workers in tackling inequality both locally and globally. 

Interactive Gallery (Coming Soon)!


Please check out this link for an interactive tour of a gallery created from the ARTIVISM Summer School to give you a flavour of what happened and some of the ongoing work.

Photo Gallery

Contact Information

The Arts Team and the Global Youth Work Team are collaborating again for a Summer School in May 2024More details to follow but email Rhona, if you are interested and want to hear more.