• Special Events

  • Book/Catalogue Publications

  • Artist Salons

  • Podcasts/multimedia


Art alone can challenge political and social narratives, pushing the boundaries of what can be seen, thought, and done in the realm of international relations.


Through art, our lives are examined and reassessed, and our conception of ourselves and others destabilized, refashioned, and enlarged. Reimagining our world in these kinds of ways is the very essence of international relations.


Who We Are

 Members of the Arts Counsel are recognized local, national and international artists, scholars, practitioners, curators, administrators, and activists who have participated in or advised on one or more of WFI’s research and implementation projects, or are leaders within their field who have an interest in amplifying the mission of WFI and the Arts Counsel.

What We Do

Through strategic partnerships with WFI’s scholarly teams and client partners, and in association with leaders in international relations, the Arts Counsel creates dynamic, thought-provoking events in settings that encourage authentic and nuanced conversations. By connecting this diverse population of voices, we can harness art’s transformative power to ensure every voice is heard.


How We Do It


The Arts Counsel is responsible for curating a culturally and artistically rich event each fall to amplify the impact of WFI’s research and implementation programs by bridging mind and heart. Opportunities include:

  • Exhibitions

  • Gallery Showings

  • Readings

  • Performances

  • Round Table Discussions

Partnerships Selection


When selecting our artistic partners, we search for:

  • Artistic inspiration through poetry, visual arts, fashion, writing, music, dance and theater 

  • Artists who are making the voices of those at risk heard

  • Artists using art to break cycles of oppression and hatred

  • Artists who are documenting the experience of survivors, perpetrators and rescuers

  • Artists whose message is focused on finding solutions to the world’s most intractable problems, or about overcoming obstacles and rising from the ashes

  • Artists dedicated to the empowerment of women