We are Fine Acts

 
 

Fine Acts bridges human rights and art to instigate social change.

We curate, commission and promote contemporary art with purpose. We bring together activists and artists from across the globe to work on collaborative art projects.

We believe that art is one of the best ways to explain and improve our society. Art can be transcending, connecting us to issues on a deeper, emotional level. Art can create a visceral responsе and forge action from empathy.

By producing and supporting socially engaged art, and by championing it into public and cultural spaces, we aim to raise awareness, trigger action, and foster greater support for human rights campaigns.


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Fine Acts is co-founded by two TED Senior Fellows - an artist and an activist, and a producer, and is advised by some brilliant minds. The Fine Acts Collective currently features more than 40 TED Fellows, and is growing to include other prominent artists and advocates. Fine Acts launched at TED 2015.

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Advisory Board

Maria Popova Founder > Brain Pickings

Maria Popova
Founder > Brain Pickings

Shoham Arad Artist, Designer, Deputy Director > TED Fellows

Shoham Arad
Artist, Designer, Deputy Director > TED Fellows

Colleen Keegan Art Business Advisor

Colleen Keegan
Art Business Advisor

Gavin Starks CEO > Open Data Institute

Gavin Starks
CEO > Open Data Institute

Esra'a Al Shafei Founder, Director > Mideast Youth

Esra'a Al Shafei
Founder, Director > Mideast Youth

Rebecca Lichtenfeld Philanthropic Advisor & Curator > Bertha Foundation & TED

Rebecca Lichtenfeld
Philanthropic Advisor & Curator > Bertha Foundation & TED

Adrian Hong Human Rights Advocate

Adrian Hong
Human Rights Advocate

Safwat Saleem Artist, Designer, Filmmaker

Safwat Saleem
Artist, Designer, Filmmaker

Benedetta Berti Policy & Security Researcher, Analyst

Benedetta Berti
Policy & Security Researcher, Analyst

Alexander McLean Founder > African Prisons Project

Alexander McLean
Founder > African Prisons Project

Gayle Karen Young Culture-builder

Gayle Karen Young
Culture-builder

Lars Jannick Johansen CEO > Den Sociale Kapitalfond  

Lars Jannick Johansen
CEO > Den Sociale Kapitalfond

 


 

Founders & Team

 
 
Yana Buhrer Tavanier Co-founder & Director

Yana Buhrer Tavanier
Co-founder & Director

Yana is a human rights activist with a background in investigative journalism. She has spent many years protecting and promoting the rights of people with intellectual and mental health disabilities. She is an integral part of the team of several NGOs and social startups. She is a TED Senior Fellow and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

 
 

 
 
Julie Freeman Co-founder & Creative Director

Julie Freeman
Co-founder & Creative Director

Julie is an artist who explores how technology can connect us to nature. She translates complex processes and data from natural sources into kinetic sculptures, physical objects, images, sound compositions and animations. Working in the creative digital domain since 1994, she is a TED Senior Fellow, leads the Data as Culture art programme at the Open Data Institute, and is a researcher at Queen Mary University of London.

 
 

 
 
Pavel Kounchev Co-founder & Advisor

Pavel Kounchev
Co-founder & Advisor

Pavel is a social entrepreneur with a strong background in advertising and marketing. His work has won awards for online, viral and integrated advertising. He was named one of Forbes Bulgaria 30 Under 30. WEF Global Shaper.

 
 

 
 
Svetla Baeva Activist Lead

Svetla Baeva
Activist Lead

Svetla is a human rights activist with an academic background in communications and political science. As a campaigner and researcher, she has devoted the last five years to working on issues concerning women's, LGBTI, refugee, minority and children's rights. WEF Global Shaper.

 
 

 
 
Ana Alexieva Artist Lead

Ana Alexieva
Artist Lead

Ana is a documentary producer and a cultural manager. She graduated documentary production at EURODOC and audio-visual entrepreneurship at EAVE. Selected in the Emerging Producers 2015 initiative of Jihlava International Film Festival. Friedrich Ebert Foundation Fellow.