The Healing Arts initiative is a global Covid-19 response through the arts; specifically to address the growing mental health crisis. Healing Arts charity auctions in partnership with Christie’s will run through December 2021 alongside a programme of city activations exploring urgent thematic areas of mental, societal and environmental health.Read more
Artists for Tomorrow
This UN75 online exhibition in partnership with Google Arts & Culture showcases a group of pioneering artists implementing societal innovation towards a more sustainable world. As iconoclastic thinkers, these artists present projects of transformation and re-imagination, creating an art-inspired path towards a more equitable, sustainable and hopeful future.Read more
The Future is Unwritten is an initiative by CULTURUNNERS to engage the international arts community in the most critical sustainability challenges of our time. As 2020 marked the launch of the United Nations’s Decade of Action, our aim is to empower artists and cultural organizations to transform the future.
2020 Launch Partners
UNGA Week 2020 Program
YEAR OF CREATIVE ECONOMYUN75 DIALOGUE
Create2030 welcomed the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development, 2021, alongside artists, arts organizations, policy and program experts. The panel discussed this opportunity to impact global governance, highlighting creativity’s contributions to the UN Global Goals and Create2030’s new single and music video "Imagine" with youth artists who produced the song for the UN75 Youth Plenary: The Future of Multilateralism.
ARCHITECTURE AFTER CATASTROPHIC CHANGEUN75 PRESENTATION
The World Around presents case studies that show how designers, architects and thinkers can collaborate and rebuild in a time of crisis. Led by Beatrice Galilee, The World Around champions innovative and outstanding contemporary architectural and design practices, connecting a global audience to the most progressive values and promising ideas in culture today.
COUNTRYSIDE, THE FUTURE, A UN75 DIALOGUEUN75 DIALOGUE
In partnership with the Guggenheim, this special UN75 Moderated Dialogue led by renowned architects Rem Koolhaas (Founder, OMA) and Samir Bantal (Director, AMO) coincides with the reopening of their seminal exhibition "Countryside, The Future" addressing urgent environmental, political and socio-economic issues in rural contexts.
ARTS AND HEALING AFTER TRAUMA & CONFLICTUN75 DIALOGUE
Part of Goals House @ UNGA, Community Jameel in partnership with The Future is Unwritten convenes this high-profile discussion to highlight the relationship between art and health after trauma. The event will explore ground-breaking research into the links between art and health and focus on a specific case study relating to the preservation of Yazidi culture following the ISIS genocide in 2014.
THE TIME IS NOW / MUSEUMS AS AGENTS OF CHANGEUN75 DIALOGUE
Hosted by Museum for the United Nations – UN Live and featuring pioneering museum leaders from around the world, this dialogue focuses on how the cultural sector can confront the most pressing social and environmental issues today. Facing unprecedented global threats, a positive and hopeful future depends on radical shifts in mindset and on action at massive scale.
UN75: THE FUTURE WE WANTUN75 GLOBAL CONVERSATION
We are excited to share the findings of the UN75 global conversation with you - and with the world. Over 1 million people from every country in the world have shared their hopes and fears, solutions and priorities, for the future. We believe their voices deserve to be heard and their messages amplified. Throughout 2020, join the UN75 global conversation and share your voice on The Future We Want.
ARTISTS FOR TOMORROWUN75 EXIBITION
This exhibition brings together global artists currently implementing societal innovation towards a more sustainable world. With a focus on innovation and impact, these artists represent the shift from discussion to implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through individual artist presentations, the United Nations honors these cultural pioneers as iconoclastic thinkers, essential for the social entrepreneurship and transformation the future requires. In their role as communicators and creative producers, these artists are reacting to global challenges, working across disciplines and collaboratively to offer poetic and captivating solutions and alternative narratives to the SDGs than those presented by scientists, politicians and the mainstream media
UN75 COMMEMORATIONUN EVENT
Earlier this year, UN Member States agreed to hold a high-level event to mark the UN’s 75th anniversary, and to adopt a forward-looking political declaration negotiated through an intergovernmental process on: “The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism." At the meeting, world leaders adopted a declaration promising a safer and more resilient world for future generations.
Art in the Time of Coronavirus
ParticipantsChristopher Bailey, Jerry Saltz, Anne Pasternak, Mona Chalabi
Letters to the Earth
ParticipantsChristopher Bailey, Seobhan McSweeney, Hardeep Koli, Tyrone Huggins
Rising Waters / Resilient Cultures
ParticipantsErnesto Ottone, Anna Somers Cocks, Hashim Sarkis, Angelique Pouponneau, Rashad Salim
Medicine Men / The Art of Health
ParticipantsChristopher Bailey, Chip Thomas, Kōan Jeff Baysa, Ahmed Mater
ParticipantsShamina de Gonzaga, Joseph Kunkel, Nathalie Bondil, Aaron Leggett, Larissa FastHorse
Countryside, The Future
ParticipantsRem Koolhaas, Samir Bantal, Etta Madete, Dr Linda Nkatha Gichuyia, Matthew Mazzotta, Lenora Ditzler
Architecture after Catastrophic Change
Museums as agents of change
ParticipantsMolly Fannon, Frances Morris, Elizabeth Silkes, Bonita Bennett, Courtney Johnson, Tumu Whakarae, Andrés Roldán, George Okello
Creativy & Recovery
ParticipantsKaty Wickremesinghe, Fady Jameel, Injonge Karangwa, Christopher Bailey, Hannah Thomas, Dr. Maher Nawaf, Antonella Caruso, Lord Ed Vaizey
The Pilgrimage & The Pandemic
ParticipantsChristopher Bailey, Dr Ahmed Mater, Dr Hanan Balkhy, Hamza Serafi
The Future is Unwritten engages the private and public sector to support the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals through art.
We are currently inviting visionary partners to join and support our program in 2021 and beyond.