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are Fine Acts.
Fine Acts is operating in a context of a global crackdown on civic space. In this context, we work to:
Ignite empathy:
We produce creative projects that raise awareness, trigger action, and foster greater support for human rights campaigns.
Inspire allies:
We develop effective formats to excite the art and tech communities to support the human rights movement.
Boost innovation:
Through our concept of playtivism, we create novel spaces for multidisciplinary play and experimentation in the human rights field.
Support organizations:
We work with groundbreaking nonprofits from around the world, and design tailor-made creative campaigns for their needs. We also consult and train civil society organizations in embracing art and play as a tool for social change.
Promote openness:
We see openness as a true force multiplier, and place it at the core of our work.
We see incorporating play and experimentation in activism as vital. This is how we came up with the concept of playtivism – we believe that creative play and collaboration across disciplines is essential to human rights work, as play sparks better ideas, and could be an antidote to the high levels of burnout and depression among activists.

2020 was like no other year we know. It was frightening, challenging, and overwhelming, but it was also uplifting, exhilarating and unifying, pushing us into new waters and territories. During this new stage, our community of artists and activists grew, and so did our campaigns and actions. And even though we were confined to the walls of our very own homes for a greater part of the year, we felt that we travelled the world, working and carrying out meaningful initiatives in places from Cairo and New York City, to Berlin and Seoul.

In December, The Calvert Journal asked us: “What did you learn from 2020 that you will take into the following year?”

We wanted to put a hopeful and positive spin on what has been a difficult year for so many – so, these are our four lessons from 2020 that we take into 2021:

Learn to love the unknown.
Each victory and each great story cuts through the waters of the unknown – so there’s no point in dwelling on the shores of the predictable.
Learn to enjoy moulding opportunities out of the clay of crises.
In 2020, we had to cancel events and formats but this gave us the space and time to think, and then create projects beating with the pulse of the times.
Learn to not be afraid to stand still for a while
– as stillness can be a hurricane in the making.
Learn to play more.
In 2020, what gave us life was playtivism – our spontaneous collaborations with the global creative community. There are only winners in multidisciplinary play – as it bursts joy, as well as better ideas. And honestly, what more do we need when trying to change the world?
We hope you’ll find joy and hope in our work from 2020.
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Photo: Stephanie Ewens
On 10.10.2020 we launched ten public artworks on the topic of climate change, in ten cities around the world. The art action was a collaboration with CountdownTED’s global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis.

For this campaign, we worked with a group of prominent artists, all part of the TED Fellows program that celebrates and uplifts exceptional talent in various fields. Fine Acts (also led by a TED Senior Fellow) curated and produced the collection. The works included an actual pyramid of garbage (Cairo, Egypt); a mural that changes based on the temperature outside (Austin, TX); two sonic waterfall installations playing the field recordings of melting glaciers (Vancouver, Canada, and NYC); a climate justice procession led by an all-womxn brass band (Providence, RI); a billboard pointing to the reality and urgency of climate disaster (Los Angeles, CA); an audiovisual site-specific installation introducing the idea of local climate change heroеs (Cape Town, South Africa); an installation that permanently shelters the embryonic cells and DNA of rare lifeforms, threatened by climate change and habitat loss (NYC); a large neon sign that creates a sense of ownership and urgency about climate change (Dallas, TX); a video work depicting powerful still and moving images from Antarctica and the Arctic, with a twist (Limerick, Ireland); and a fifteen-feet-tall champagne glass pyramid responding to the next American housing crisis: property that has lost its value due to the effects of rising water and climate change (Buffalo, NY).

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Bahia Shehab

An actual pyramid of garbage mounted in Cairo, Egypt, the home of the only surviving wonder of the world, the great pyramids of Giza. The artwork hopes to bring to the attention of the viewer the contrast between majestic eternity and wonder, and our current apathetic over-producing, over-consuming existence.

Video: Mahmoud Nasr / Audio: Yasser Sabry

“As a species we have built monuments that have defeated time. We have designed civilizations that dreamt of eternity. With climate change, this eternity is now challenged. Now is the time for us to rethink our legacy on this planet. Are we going to come together to build a sustainable future for all of us or will our new legacy be pyramids of garbage?”

— Bahia Shehab
Photos: Bahia Shehab

A billboard in Los Angeles, CA, depicting Kim’s drawing, merging the artist’s interest in infographics and musical notations. She uses elongated musical notes to create an alarming graph, speaking loudly of the reality and urgency of the climate disaster, calling for significant change now.

Photos: Ian Byers-Gamber
Video: Dash Two
Lope Gutiérrez-Ruiz (and In-House International)

A visually striking mural in Austin, TX, that changes based on the temperature outside. Partially painted with heat sensitive paints, the mural reveals a second image hidden beneath the main one – showing two possible, but very different futures – with and without climate action.

Photos: Jay Ybarra; In-House International
Susie Ibarra & Michele Koppes

Two sonic waterfall installations in Vancouver, Canada, and Innisfree Garden, NY. The work focuses on the rapid change and depletion of our glaciers. The installations play the field recordings the authors collected in the Himalayas, the Pacific Northwest Coast Mountains, and the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Top photo: Tony Cenicola / Bottom photo: Daniel Code
Alicia Eggert & David Moinina Sengeh
with It is Time

A large, flashing neon sign that aims to create a sense of ownership as well as a sense of urgency about the issue of climate change. A temporary version of the sign was displayed on a moving truck in Dallas, TX. A large-scale, permanent installation of this sign will be created on top of a hill in Sierra Leone’s capital city of Freetown.

“If you were told you only had six months left to live, you would probably change your life or behavior in order to make the most of that time. To imagine or be reminded that our days are numbered can help us focus on what truly matters and encourage us to break patterns of procrastination and inaction.”

— Alicia Eggert
Photos: Vision & Verve

An audiovisual site-specific installation in Cape Town, South Africa, using poetry, music and film, introducing the idea of local climate change heroеs (from recyclers to indigenous healers), and sparking solution-based conversations around overconsumption, overproduction, environmental consciousness, and nature conservation.

Photos: Lee Mokobe
Matt Kenyon

TIDE is an installation that consists of a fifteen-feet-tall champagne glass pyramid, installed in Buffalo, NY. Each glass contains a miniature model of a house, cast out of a material with the same refractive index as water, making the houses invisible when they are submerged. TIDE is a response to the next American housing crisis: property that has lost its value due to the effects of rising water and climate change.

As part of Countdown, Kenyon also showcased Cloud – his installation that produces house-shaped forms out of helium foam. The clouds shrink and grow in response to real-time housing and climate data, then rise to form a constellation or “neighborhood” floating for miles in the sky.

Photos: Matt Kenyon and Laura Marris
Camille Seaman

A video work portraying Seaman’s still and moving images from Antarctica and the Arctic. A living artwork, meant to be projected on the walls of cities most threatened by rising sea waters, a line in Seaman’s video depicts where the water level would be in that particular location in 2050 – if no action is taken to curb climate change.

Photos: Camille Seaman
Sarah Sandman (and Jessica Brown)

A climate justice procession linking significant public spaces in Providence, RI. Led by the Clam Jam Brass Band – an all-womxn brass band, the procession highlights the environmental injustices, including climate change, that have a disproportionate effect on communities of color and low income communities in the United States and around the world.

Photos: Stephanie Ewens
Mitchell Joachim, Chris Woebken & Oliver Medvedik

An installation displayed at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, NYC, that permanently shelters the embryonic cells and DNA of rare lifeforms, threatened by climate change and habitat loss. The Anti-Extinction Library allows anyone to submit suggestions of local species to save.

Photos: Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE
Illustration: Jean Carlos García for Fine Acts
In June 2020, we collaborated with 12 Black typographers and lettering artists to create and release an open pack of 24 protest posters – all free to print and share, and ready to be unleashed into action in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
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The project was covered by major media outlets, including Mashable, Culture Type, Design Taxi. The posters were used in protests and widely shared online, reaching hundreds of thousands. Through a series of collaborations, Fine Acts also made it possible for the posters to be sent as postcards, projected on buildings, and turned into gifs, further amplifying the project’s impact.
Jean Carlos García
We teamed up with Into Action, a movement of creatives building cultural momentum around civic engagement, to create a collection of gifs, giving people an easy way to use them in everyday conversations. Hosted on the biggest gif services (Giphy and Tenor, integrated in most messaging apps), our collection accumulated more than 43 million views.
Hust Wilson
David Jon Walker
Adrian Meadows
Agyei Archer
We joined forces with Congress cards, a platform where people can customize and mail real postcards to their representatives. We published a selection of our posters in the form of postcards, calling for an end to systemic anti-Black racism. For every card of the hundreds sent, $1 was donated to the NAACP Legal Defence Fund.
Rick Griffith
We collaborated with Projection in Protest, a group that projects images to transform spaces and inspire change. They lit up the Brooklyn Bridge with a projection of Hust Wilson’s poster “Black Lives Matter” in July, in solidarity with ongoing protests at the time.
Emmanuel Wisdom
We also joined forces with Kosan, to produce a human rights apparel collection that features the work of five of the artists. 100% of the profit from each sale goes towards a nonprofit of the respective artist’s choice.
Leandro Assis
Gia Graham
Eso Tolson
Kevin Adams
All works are published under a specific Creative Commons license, making them available for free noncommercial use and adaptation.
Adapted from the work of Jean Carlos García
Adapted from the work of Hust Wilson
Adapted from the work of Adrian Meadows
Adapted from the work of Eso Tolson
Adapted from the work of Hust Wilson
Adapted from the work of Hust Wilson
Illustration: Pietro Soldi for Fine Acts
The future of human rights must be hopeful. When we only show the abuses, people start to believe that we live in a world of crisis with no alternative.

Our global initiative Reimagining Human Rights is building the largest collection of free, hopeful visual content around human rights, for activists and nonprofits around the world to use in their campaigns. We believe that human rights imagery needs to be reimagined so we can bring more people on board.

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Illustrations: Jacques Kleynhans for Fine Acts
Adapted from the work of Otto Pastias
Adapted from the work of Alex Tait
Adapted from the work of Olga Mrozek
In partnership with hope-based comms, we commissioned 40 artists from around the world, and opened a call for existing works, resulting in hundreds of illustrations published under an open license on The Greats – our unique platform for free socially engaged illustrations. Hundreds of organizations and activists used these visuals for Human Rights Day (Dec 10), and beyond. The gifs we created with Into Action for this project were viewed over 3.6 million times.
Illustrations: Jacky Sheridan for Fine Acts, Safwat Saleem for Fine Acts, Osheen Shiva for Fine Acts, Jon Hanlan for Fine Acts, Alex Tait for Fine Acts, Cachetejack for Fine Acts
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In April 2020, we launched the global art campaign Spring of Hope as a response to the acute necessity of hope and positive messages amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. The campaign included commissioned artworks, as well as a global open call, engaged more than 80 artists from over 30 countries, and resulted in over 100 works – all free to use, share and adapt. It was featured widely by media outlets such as Mashable and It’s Nice That, and endorsed by global organizations such as TED, the Obama Foundation and Creative Commons. The campaign reached millions online, and got tens of thousands engaged.

The illustrations were used by dozens of organizations, to promote their work online, including on social media.

Illustration: Asis Percales for Fine Acts
Illustration: Safwat Saleem for Fine Acts

Several books and reports published by NGOs used the images as key illustrative material, e.g the latest report by Oxfam on Narrative Power. Many people reached out to us with images of the artworks printed as posters and postcards and distributed in different cities across the globe. We partnered with Into Action to create another collection of gifs that accumulated more than 2 million views.

The artworks inspired others – like the South Korean composer Lee Sung Gyu who composed a music piece, played daily for a week on a local radio show; or the Romanian organization ArtLink who included a selection of 20 of the artworks in an AR exhibition.

Illustration: Kyle Platts for Fine Acts
Illustration: Rozalina Burkova for Fine Acts

Postcards from Forever is our postcard writing campaign demanding an end to police brutality and state-sanctioned racism against Black communities. With the works of prominent American photographers, past and present, we created a powerful set of postcards that highlight the timelessness and perpetuity of these issues in the U.S., while also creating a space where people can call on their legislators to work towards a more accountable and equitable future. For the campaign, we collaborated with award-winning photographer Jon Lowenstein and Diversify Photo, a community of BIPOC and non-western photographers, editors and visual producers.

Photo left: Marion S. Trikosko, Thomas J. O’Halloran/Library of Congress, Photo right: Marion S. Trikosko/Library of Congress
People were invited to customize and send real postcards through our partners Congress Cards. In addition, community organizers, teachers and activists who needed higher volumes of postcards were encouraged to download them from our website, and then print them at their local print shop. We also held a number of postcard-writing events, where thousands joined the campaign by mailing postcards with messages of their dreams for the future to friends, families and representatives.
Photos: Joshua Lott

For the contemporary images in the campaign, we teamed up with the great Jon Lowenstein, Brent Lewis, Joseph Rodríguez, Joshua Lott and Nina Berman. For the archival images, we worked with the images of Dick DeMarsico, Gordon Parks, Jack Delano, James F. Gibson, Marion S. Trikosko, and Thomas J. O’Halloran, all sourced from the Library of Congress.

Photos: Jon Lowenstein

In July 2020, Fine Acts collaborated with award-winning Black trans poet and LGBT+ activist Lee Mokobe on Surviving Blackness – a spoken word poem and a kinetic typography video, calling for an end to systemic anti-Black racism. In a continuous commitment to amplify Black artists’ voices, for the video we used fonts by Vocal Type – a protest type foundry uplifting creatives of color. The project has reached over 50 000 views across platforms, and has been widely shared by Black and trans activists alike.

Video: Vasil Petrakov
Design: Borislava Madeit
Design: Atanas Giew

On October 11, International Day of the Girl, we released Vagina Matters, the first illustrated book on sexual health for girls in Bulgaria – a country that completely lacks sexual health education classes as part of the curriculum and, along with Romania, has the highest rate of teenage pregnancies in the EU.

In over 200 illustrated pages, Vagina Matters covers everything from periods, vaginal health and STIs, to body positivity, sex, LGBTQ+ issues. It aims to close the sex education gap in Bulgaria and beyond, and is available to read for free on the Vagina Matters website and in a print edition (2000 copies).

The book, initially the target of an anti-LGBT+ and anti-women’s rights smear campaign launched by a far-right political party in government, has been read over 80 000 times on our website, and reached women and girls all across Bulgaria. Vagina Matter’s launch was featured in several notable national and international media outlets, including The Calvert Journal and Dnevnik, as well as in two major national exhibitions in November – the Melba Sofia Design Festival and the Illustration Biennial.

The Vagina Matters English edition will be launched in the UK in 2021 in partnership with Daye, a gynae health innovator, and Brook, the UK’s leading sexual health and wellbeing charity for young people.

Photos: Radina Gancheva
Illustrations: Borislava Madeit & Stalker Since 1993

In October 2020, we launched Love Speech – a video social experiment on hate speech that reached nearly one million people online, and triggered thousands of positive reactions. The campaign, supported by the Active Citizens Fund, aimed to counteract the rising hate speech that targets Roma, LGBT+ people and POC in Bulgaria.


DECKTATORS is our board game that puts players in the shoes of a dictator, so they get to really grasp the tools and tactics of oppression. The idea was developed during one of our Labs editions that focused on the threats to democracy and civil rights in Europe, and the shrinking space for civil society in the region. In 2020, we continued testing and improving the game, and have entered the final production and pre-launch phase.

Illustrations and design: Teo Georgiev for Fine Acts

WESEUM are our community-curated pop-up museums designed to make marginalized, oppressed and “invisible” communities visible, empowering people to own their narratives and rise above the stereotypization and misrepresentation. In 2020, we worked on developing the global implementation strategy for the concept.


In 2020 we started conceptualizing the next phase of Imagined Artworks – our series of written visual artworks: imagination triggers which evoke conceptual, poetic and emotional experiences. We began the process of engaging a talented group of blind and partially sighted artists and authors, and a number of high profile ʻcelebrities’, to produce a series of unique written visual artworks. The collective works will generate empathy between non-sighted and sighted audiences regarding how visual art is perceived. The project will expand in 2021.


In 2020 we started working on Culture of Solidarity, a creative challenge, supported by the European Cultural Foundation. We commissioned 27 artists (one representing each EU member state) to create compelling open-license visuals that deal with the aftermath of the pandemic, counteract the rising nationalist sentiments, and bring to life a European common vision for a better future.


We launched Born Ready – a campaign focusing on the need for abolition of guardianship for persons with disabilities. Today, tens of thousands of people with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities around the world are stripped of their legal capacity, and placed under guardianship. Born Ready puts self-advocates in the ‘limelight’, where they belong. The campaign originally launched in Bulgaria in 2020, in support of the efforts of the Bulgarian Center for Not-for-profit Law and the Bulgarian Association for People with Intellectual Disabilities to abolish guardianship in the country. In 2021 Fine Acts will publish all campaign materials under an open license, allowing activists and advocates anywhere in the world to use and adapt them in their local campaigning. The campaign was supported by the Open Society Policy Center.


In 2020, our partnership with Habitat for Humanity Bulgaria continued. We produced a number of creative products for their global advocacy campaign Build Solid Ground, including an online exhibition featuring 20 visual artworks that we created with local artists. The campaign promotes access to housing and housing rights, and aims to build critical understanding around the sustainable development of cities and communities.


Objects of Activity is a social media campaign that we created for the Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law. The campaign aims to improve the image of civil society organizations, which has been negatively impacted by various demonization campaigns and attacks on the sector. We featured prominent civil society actors who spoke about their work, tnpm run build hrough a personal object. Their stories reached 200 000 people online, and triggered thousands of positive reactions. The campaign, initially supported by CIVICUS, will be expanded in 2021.

Photos: Yana Lozeva
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Photo: Devin Speak
During the March on Washington on August 28, 2020, we gave out hundreds of protest posters from our collaboration with 12 Black designers, in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, to further amplify the message of the protest.

The posters are published under a Creative Commons license, which means that they can be directly used, adapted or printed for free for non-commercial use.

At the March on Washington we also launched Postcards from Forever, our postcard writing campaign, handing out thousands of postcards that people filled in and sent to their friends, families and representatives.

Photos: Philippa Hughes and Devin Speak
Photo: Devin Speak
In October, we launched an edition of SPRINTS on hate speech, followed by a pop-up exhibition in Sofia. 20 artists created nearly 60 original open-licence artworks within 48 hours.
SPRINTS is our original format where visual artists – graphic designers, typographers, illustrators – are invited to a creative bootcamp to work on a specific topic. Participants are briefed by experts and then have a weekend to develop and produce a visual artwork that communicates a respective message. All produced works are then featured at our open-license image vault The Greats.
Illustration: Rozalina Burkova for Fine Acts
Photo: Mihail Novakov
We were invited to take part in POSTWEST, a transcultural festival that gathered artists from 10 countries, with a lecture on art and activism. Art reflects on grievances in society and frequently seeks social change. We explored the political aspects of art, what distinguishes artistic activism, the power of creative campaigns to engage people and what forms can the combination of art and activism take.
We were invited to speak at the Loeries Creative Week – one of the biggest creative events in South Africa, centered around The Lories, Africa and the Middle East’s premier award that recognises creative excellence in the advertising and brand communication industry. We spoke about the key principles of playtivism, and the importance of play and hope when trying to change the world.
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In 2020, we launched, our unique platform that offers awesome socially engaged visual content, open to anyone to use or adapt non-commercially.

The platform provides a solution to a key issue for the non-governmental sector – powerful, hopeful visual content is of grave importance for engaging support, however, oft en organizations and social movements lack the capacity and resources to create it. High-quality and impactful visuals are oft en either diff icult to find for free, or do not allow adaptations. Our platform is without analogue – as all illustrations are published under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) allowing free use AND adaptation. For all works, we publish the work files, in addition to the print files, so that nonprofits, grassroots organizations, social movements and activists globally can use and adapt them according to their needs – e.g. translating or changing the copy, etc.

Currently, the platform features over 700 (and growing) free illustrations by 300 global artists, on topics ranging from women’s rights, LGBT+ rights, racial justice, freedom of expression, and many more. Most of the content on The Greats is commissioned by us at Fine Acts, through our creative challenges. On top of that, many artists have decided to open up their existing works to support the work of activists worldwide. The works undergo careful selection and curation by our team.

In its first year, The Greats attracted amazing support and interest, with hundreds of large and small organizations downloading, using and adapting the works, including the UN Human Rights Council, Oxfam, Amnesty International, and Creative Commons.

On top of our core work supporting the global human rights movement and various social movements across the world, in 2020 we also produced a number of free-to-use resources and instruments specifically designed to support and equip local defenders in Bulgaria.
We launched The Creative Playbook, a platform that provides educational resources and informational materials for activists. The platform features guidelines for creative campaigning, different types of online and offline tactics, and successful examples of creative campaigns that take an interdisciplinary approach. It aims to become the go-to place for local activists for useful information and campaign tips, and a source of ideas and inspiration. The platform is being regularly updated with new content, including a free-to-download Guidebook for Creative Activism that we developed. We also published a pack of free resources for civil society – including guidelines for creating engaging annual reports, as well as a set of design templates for said reports. All these activities have been supported by Active Citizens Fund – Bulgaria.
As part of our project Reimagining Human Rights, together with hope-based comms we started working on a Visual Messaging Guide for Human Rights. This valuable resource provides a simple way for civil society organizations to apply an effective hope-based approach to their visual communications. The guide is supported by the Open Society Policy Center.
Our co-founder and Executive Director Yana Buhrer Tavanier was selected as a Fulbright Scholar. Led by the belief that in the current context of shrinking civic space rigorous, interdisciplinary, unconventional and unexpected methods are crucial to making human rights advocacy more effective, Yana looked at the intersections of human rights with art, technology and science, to find models and ideas to support civil society organizations and activists to have greater impact. While in NYC, Yana was hosted by Amnesty International USA. The results of her research are – and will continue to be – applied throughout Fine Acts’ work.
In 2020, our Programs Director Ana Alexieva continued her participation in the international project Reshape - a collaborative, bottom-up research process that proposes instruments for transition towards an alternative, fairer, and unified arts ecosystem across Europe and the Southern Mediterranean. The results of Reshape will be published in 2021.
In 2020 we published our first interactive annual report, started a regular newsletter, and created a video showreel about our work.
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“Fine Acts is one of the very few curatorial teams who are putting the bigger narrative on our humanity above art. Their approach is to shift perspectives and create more equitable conditions for all of us on this planet. I have had the pleasure of collaborating with them as an artist on multiple occasions. Each time, their compassion, intelligence, drive, kindness and dedication are a reminder that the old systems are falling and a new vision of what art is and should be is being created.”

Bahia Shehab, artist, designer and art historian

“Art is central to social change. Fine Acts centers this philosophy and is an incredible partner to creatively think about how best to use art and artists to advance an impact agenda. The team and their output are exceptional.”

Logan McClure Davda, Director of Impact, TED

“I never truly considered the impact my creations could have until partnering with Fine Acts. Not only did they revitalise my guiding principle of making a socially positive impact, they opened up further narratives to that meaning. As much as I can, I’ll continue to contribute, partner and share their projects and works of Fine Acts as they are truly creating catalytic change from a visually passionate point of view.”

Edinah, visual designer and artist

“There are many reasons to see 2020 as a dark year for humanity. But in these days we all need a hopeful vision to motivate us. Throughout the year, Fine Acts was a source of joyful action and hopeful creativity. Fine Acts fills a unique and vital function in bringing to life progressive values in powerful, emotional ways. Working with Fine Acts took my work on human rights narratives to a whole new level, mobilising a global community of artists to create a new way of depicting human rights.”

Thomas Coombes, Founder of hope-based comms

“Collaborating with Fine Acts during the global pandemic provided me community, resources and time to produce a pair of art projects for TED’s Countdown. Working with Yana and her team was a rare bright spot in a dark and difficult time.”

Matt Kenyon, new media artist and designer

“It felt so empowering to know that while I was driving a neon sign around Dallas, 9 other artists were also showing their own work in cities all around the world. To be a part of a global action that is tackling the world’s most pressing problems is an incredible feeling.”

Alicia Eggert, interdisciplinary artist

“Our friendship with our friends and colleagues from Fine Acts is not only a happy and incredibly satisfying creative process of inventing, creating and doing great campaigns, but it’s also a time for learning, provocations for ideas and opportunities, and ultimately the most important thing for us – to change the status quo. We always announce our joint campaigns with the following statement: “We are proud to be a part of this.”

Nadya Shabani,
director of the Bulgarian Center for Not-for-profit Law

“Art for the right reasons and changing the world has been part of my life. In collaboration with Fine Acts, I had the great honour to express myself and be part of an amazing talented community of social change. Knowing that whatever art you create won’t end up catching dust! So keep creating and let’s change the world together!”

Hust Wilson, art director and designer

“The work that Fine Acts is doing is timely, necessary, and accessible. I had the pleasure of participating in two initiatives and both surpassed my expectations. Coupling beautiful artistry with powerful messages amplifies important messages with an immediate resonance.”

Kevin Adams, lettering artist and typeface designer

“It has been quite an experience, the truth is that I loved being part of all the projects and feeling that I am helping and supporting other people with my art.”

Jean Carlos García (Champola),
art director and lover of typefaces and lettering

“It all started with a brilliant invitation to use my drawings to talk about human rights, but it ended up a permission to combine my illustrations with the lyrics of one of my favourite bands. Thank you, Fine Acts and IDLES, count on me to fight the good fight with my pens and pencils. Unity!”

Pietro Soldi, cartoonist and illustrator
In 2020 we were thrilled to collaborate with a number of amazing partners. Here, we would like to highlight several of them.
Countdown is TED’s global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action. We teamed up for Artists for Countdown, resulting in 10 public artworks on climate change, launching in 10 cities around the world on 10.10.2020.
Into Action is a movement of designers, illustrators, animators and artists building cultural momentum around civic engagement and social issues. We teamed up for Spring of Hope, 12/24, and Reimagining Human Rights, resulting in several amazing gif collections, viewed close to 50 million times on Giphy.
Goodtype is a platform for showcasing the letter arts and a place to discover and connect with lettering artists and illustrators from all across the globe. They were our communications partner for Reimagining Human Rights, further amplifying the project’s reach and impact.
Hope-based comms is a new global initiative for change-makers who want to modernize the way nonprofits talk, based on the idea that people need hope if they are to engage in social change activism or have empathy for others. We partnered on our Spring of Hope and Reimagining Human Rights campaigns, as well as on the Visual Messaging Guide for Human Rights.
Congress Cards is a platform where people can customize and mail real postcards to their representatives about various social causes. For each card sent, the service donates 1 USD to a relevant cause. We teamed up for Postcards from Forever and 12/24, with the proceeds benefiting the NAACP Legal Defence Fund.
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artwork views at
donors and partners
exhibitions and art interventions
artworks produced
artworks featured in our open calls
artists commissioned
97 000
visits to
50 000 000+
gif views
469 532
content interactions on social media
4 523 277
people reached on social media
Total Income 2020
331 296 EUR
Total Expenditure 2020
262 240 EUR
Fine Acts Budget 2020
(incl. Patreon)
In 2020, Fine Acts established a separate legal body - Fine Acts Consulting - which is 100% owned by the foundation. The purpose of the new body is to manage the services we provide.
Yana Buhrer Tavanier
Executive Director
Pavel Kounchev
Special Projects Advisor
Ana Alexieva
Programs Director
Svetla Baeva
Campaigns Director
Maksim Stoimenov
Creative Director
Boyana Stoilova
Social Media Strategist
Iva Mechkunova
Project Coordinator
Nataliya Zhelyazkova
Operations Assistant
Elena Dimitrova
Pavel Kounchev
co-founder, Chair of the Board
Yana Buhrer Tavanier
co-founder, Executive Director
Julie Freeman
co-founder, Member of the Board
Shoham Arad
TED Fellows Director, Member of the Board
Maria Popova
founder Brain Pickings, Member of the Board
Colleen Keegan
Esra’a Al Shafei
Rebecca Lichtenfeld
Safwat Saleem
Lars Jannick Johansen
Benedetta Berti
Alexander McLean
Gayle Karen Young
Arthur Steiner
Alicia Eggert, Safwat Saleem, Jon Lowenstein, Bahia Shehab, Laura Boushnak, Zena el Khalil, Christine Sun Kim, Candy Chang, Jorge Mañes Rubio, Allison Killing, Andrew Nemr, Anastasia Taylor-Lind, Constance Hockaday, Kiana Hayeri, Sahra Sandman, Joey Foster Ellis, Saeed Taji Farouky, Lee Mokobe, Uldus Bakhtiozina, Jost Franko, Daniela Candillari, Adital Ela, Eman Mohammed, Anita Doron, Sey Min, Sharmistha Ray, Nate Mook, Julie Freeman
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