The recent uprisings across the Middle East have had a dramatic impact on governance in many countries across the region. If street protests can usher in such changes, what about art?
According to the organizers of a new campaign to raise awareness about poverty in the Arab world, creative output can be the spark that ignites the forces of change.
The creators of 2015.org describe themselves as a "social movement that uses art to creatively raise awareness, campaign and take action to address issues of poverty in the Arab region." The group takes its name from the United Nations Millennium Development Goal, signed by world leaders in 2000, to "eradicate extreme poverty by the year 2015."
Brandishing a hopeful mission statement ("Art changes perceptions. Perceptions change people. People change the world"), the members of 2015 are asking for creative submissions - images, photos, videos, essays, stories - showing different perception of poverty, hunger and vulnerability to be uploaded to their website, in either English or Arabic. The objective is to create an artistic language for a movement to alleviate poverty in the Middle East.
They've also created a video (involving, apparently, a LOT of tape) to promote their campaign:
You can visit the 2015.org website for more information, and to see some of the submissions thus far.