We are Fine Acts

 
 

Fine Acts bridges human rights and art to instigate social change. Our mission is to:

  • Nurture collaborations: We bring together activists and artists from across the globe to work on collaborative art projects.

  • Produce powerful art: We curate, commission and promote contemporary art with purpose.

  • Create effective campaigns: We work with trailblazing, groundbreaking nonprofits, designing and implementing tailor-made, advocacy or awareness-raising campaigns for their needs.

  • Boost innovation: We design and apply novel formats to explore the intersection of human rights, art and technology.

  • Support organisations: We consult and train organisations and individuals in creative thinking and utilising art as a tool for social change.

We believe that art is one of the best ways to challenge social injustices. 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.

Fine Acts is a global nonprofit, operating across issues and borders.  


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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

  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

  Lars Jannick Johansen  Founder > Den Sociale Kapitalfond   

Lars Jannick Johansen
Founder > Den Sociale Kapitalfond

 

  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

  Arthur Steiner  Founder > Mideast Creatives

Arthur Steiner
Founder > Mideast Creatives


 

Founders & Team

 
 
  Yana Buhrer Tavanier  Co-founder & Director

Yana Buhrer Tavanier
Co-founder & Director

Yana is a human rights activist and a social entrepreneur, with a background in investigative journalism. With skills in nonprofit management and advocacy campaigning, she is an integral part of the team of several NGOs and social startups, and is advising organisations across the globe - including Amnesty International, as part of their Europe & Central Asia Regional Oversight Group. Yana has an academic background in communications and political science, with executive education from Harvard University (Kennedy School of Government), Yale University, and Oxford University (Saïd Business School). She is a TED Senior Fellow, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  

 
 

 
 
  Julie Freeman  Co-founder & Creative Director

Julie Freeman
Co-founder & Creative Director

Julie is an artist, who translates complex processes and data into a variety of art forms. Julie has an MA in Digital Art from Middlesex University and a PhD from the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London. Her work has been exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. She co-leads the Data as Culture art programme at the Open Data Institute, is a TED Senior Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Her focus is on human rights activism and social change through the intersection of art, data and technology.

 
 

 
 
  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 is also co-founder and Managing Director of TimeHeroes.org, the largest do-more-good platform in Bulgaria and main source for volunteers for local nonprofits. Pavel was named one of Forbes Bulgaria 30 Under 30. He is also a WEF Global Shaper, an Aspen Institute Romania Fellow, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Pavel is one of the 12 inaugural Obama Foundation Scholars.

 
 

 
 
  Svetla Baeva  Campaign Director

Svetla Baeva
Campaign Director

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 six years to working on issues concerning women's, LGBTI, refugee, minority and children's rights. Apart from being the Campaigns Director of the largest human rights organisation in her home country, Svetla is also co-founder and CEO of Power Pops, a company dedicated to supporting social change through popsicles. WEF Global Shaper.

 
 

 
 
  Ana Alexieva  Producer

Ana Alexieva
Producer

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. WEF Global Shaper. YTILI Fellow. 

 
 

 
 
  Martina Koleva  Digital/Organisational Lead

Martina Koleva
Digital/Organisational Lead

Martina is a digital specialist with a background in communications, psychology and design. She is one of the co-founders of CoderDojo Bulgaria and is actively involved in the organization of Rails Girls Sofia, making coding more accessible to women and children.