What is a Social Artist? Nadia Chaney Explains…

What is a social artist?

At PYE, we work with many facilitators and youth workers who identify themselves as ‘social artists’ – part artist, part social-change agent. The social artist draws on artistic practice, group dynamics and creative ideas to facilitate change.

For many, this term is complimentary to the concept of the ‘social entrepreneur’, categorizing people who use art and creativity as opposed to business and econmoics for social change and empowerment work, although the two can interlink.

Watch the below video interview with one of PYE’s lead facilitators, Nadia Chaney to hear her thoughts on social artistry, what it is and why it is so important in today’s communities.



At PYE, we love working with social artists to bring about deep change for young people. There are many programs for youth around the world. Sadly, many of these programs fall short of achieving their aims. Bringing about change in society is not an easy task. Lack of engagement or poor leadership can often result in failure to impact on the lives of the young people involved.

At PYE, we’ve found that a committed social artist can be the spark and the glue to drive genuine change. Each creative social artist can effect the lives of hundreds of young people every year. That’s thousands of young people in the course of a lifespan. Given this broad impact, identifying and training social artists has become the root of our mission to inspire social change.

Do you identify as a social artist? We would love to hear about your projects and what you are up to! Leave a comment below or visit our PYE Facebook page. If you would like more information on becoming a social artist, check out our training for social artists pages for information on trainings taking place in your region.


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