Arts Chapter

Arts Grassroots Wisdom Book by Charter for Compassion

Art often isn’t passive or silent. It can hold fantasy, depict reality, convey emotion, carry gravitas, transport one to other places, trigger a physical reaction or experience, and… it can change the world.

Art is a painting, a poem, a program, a play, a performance, a photograph, a city mural, a sculpture, a carving, architecture, and even a cave such as Lascaux or the Great Pyramid. Art puts forth a communique to the viewer, listener, and consumer. Art says: “We are here, and we are human.” Try to argue that art is not a requisite fundamental of life. Art is, and should be, is a human right. Art should be shared; it should not be hoarded nor belong to just the privileged few who can afford to pay a premium for it.

Art is a storyteller when it chronicles history, and it often chronicles history. The sharing of art or the experience of exploring art together can bring people of diverse persuasions closer and create more tolerance for those who may see the world differently than we might. Consuming art is more than a solitary experience; in many forms of cultural engagement and expression involving art, differences are accepted and maybe even encouraged. Art can pull us away from polarization, stigmatization, and the ”making other” or “otherizing” of those we may not know—of “them”—as people, and alternate worldviews. Art is a kind of compass that leads the way and shortcuts the path to the soul.

Art seeks to be a transformative experience. Every artist wants to move you, to call you, to inspire you to consider or reconsider, to maybe take action, to plan differently, and perhaps even to change your future.

With the capacity to change history and change the world, art is a silent language that engages the sensibilities as well as the mind and maybe even the psyche. In fact, art has changed the world. Investing in art does not have to mean contributing in the form of money.

Here are some wonderful projects that people are doing to bring art to the people.

Index for Arts

Page 1 - Shades of Compassion

Page 2 - The Compassion Symphony

Page 3 - Envision Kindness

Page 4 - Museum in a Box

Page 5 - 30/30 Project: The Art of Journaling

Bring this Extraordinary Exhibition to a Museum in Your City

The Shades of Compassion traveling museum exhibition is a collection of 50 Compassion-Centered photographs by a diverse group of the world’s leading photographers*, complemented by powerful, immersive, science-based, interactive experiences, intended to motivate museum goers to engage in sustained, effective acts of compassion. This unique, groundbreaking exhibition is ideally suited for high-quality museums that attract large, diverse audiences. Shades of Compassion will be on tour throughout North America and globally for 5-10 years.



Shades of Compassion is curator by photokunst, Inc., in collaboration with consultants from Emory University’s Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning (SEE)

Learning for children, Life University’s Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) for adults, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Shades of Compassion Foundation (SoCF).


Download the PDF here!


Contact information: Photokunst, Inc

Barbara Cox, Curator - Anne Sheridan, Museum Exhibition Co-Ordinator -

*Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Nick Brandt, Joyce Tenneson, Jerry Uelsmann, Rania Matar, Misha Gordin, Beth Moon, Manjari Sharma, and more

The Compassion Symphony

It is a wish that the Compassion Symphony, written by Lior Attar and Nigel Westlake, be performed in all compassionate cities in the world. It premiered at the Sydney Opera House in 2013. Conducted by Nigel Westlake. Compassionate Austin's Symphony performed it in 2016 and then again in 2019.  Here is part of a review from the Austin American-Statesman:

“Compassion” is a major work of vocal and symphonic world music.

Austin Symphony earned a significant badge of honor three seasons ago when it gave the North American premiere of this seven-movement song cycle by Australians Nigel Westlake and Lior Attar. That debut won an Austin Critics Table Award for best symphonic performance.

The orchestra amplified that honor by racing “Compassion” back to the Long Center stage this season to the delirious response of Austin audiences.

Why not contact your local symphony to see if they will consider putting it on their docket.  This will take time.  The Compassion Symphony has now also been arranged for a smaller orchestra group.


Here is one of the songs from the Compassion Song Cycle:

LIOR - Avinu Malkeinu - performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Envision Kindness

Do you believe the world can be a kinder place?
It can, through your photography. We know that after people see images of kindness, they are kinder, happier, more optimistic, and more generous.
Envision Kindness is a non-profit that inspires kindness, compassion, joy, and love through still and video photography. We share the best images to inspire people wherever they are. Some images become part of inspiring videos for Enspire.
Be a part of the movement. Submit your images #PictureABetterWorld
  • It is FREE to enter!
  • Your art can help create new acts of kindness and make people happier
  • You could win some cash
  • Your work may be showcased on the Envision Kindness website and distributed through our networks with your photo credit
  • Your favorite nonprofit could have their work celebrated and featured across Envision’s platforms

Check out the Envision website for the annual contest. Want more specifics? Visit their official website to know everything you need to know for rules, terms, and conditions. 

Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.Prizes will be awarded according to US law*.

Museum in a Box