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Arts Collaboratory (AC) is a translocal ecosystem of twenty-five organizations situated in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and the Netherlands that is focused on art practices, processes of social change, and working with communities beyond the field of art.

Arts Collaboratory has a self-governing structure. A Future Plan and lifeline from each organization has replaced funding applications and reports, and the ecosystem is run by working groups drawn from AC.

The annual assembly is integral to the way in which Arts Collaboratory operates as a translocal organization in line with our ethical principles. It is the moment in which the organizations gather and live together, share and tool knowledge, address issues and challenges in a mode of collective study, and engage in decision-making processes.

Banga meetings are small-scale meetings based on a “call for gathering” for friendship, self-care, reciprocal support, collective study on a particular subject/issue, and tooling

Tooling

Tooling refers to the various ways we share our (un)learning processes with others . While study as a form of being together and conversation is the core ongoing activity of Arts Collaboratory, it is important to share what we are studying outside of the group. To us, tooling acknowledges our own transformative and creative capacity to redistribute a concept that belongs to one or a few, for others and many. It is a process where “radical imagination” is practiced.

Future Plan and lifelines

The Future Plan of the Arts Collaboratory is a working document that develops alongside the evolution of the Arts Collaboratory ecosystem. Instead of funding applications each participating organization shares a lifeline document projecting their interests, needs, vulnerabilities, and priorities. The new system thus draws from the principle of mutuality and transparency. It does not shy away from experimentation and interrogation, and leaves the door open for trial and error.

Ethical principles

Ethical principles are the DNA of Arts Collaboratory; we return to them whenever we encounter new questions and challenges in our working process. Our principles do not function as a manifesto, but as an open mechanism that guides the operation of the organization.

Triangles and working groups

The Arts Collaboratory ecosystem requires strong rituals and habits to interiorize and practice the self-managed model. Establishing a common rhythm is necessary to keep this process alive. This rhythm is understood as the habit of conversation, studying, and working together, and is formulated through the mechanisms of triangles made up of three AC organizations and working groups that take up the maintenance of the ecosystem – from fun(d)raising for the common wealth of the ecosystem, to taking of our internal and external communications.