Centre for Social & Political Art (CSPA)

Anti-Vietnam war protests in the United States (1957) Design & People volunteer with Buddha Smiles school model at Vellore, Tamil Nadu (2005) Kalachakra Mandala initiation by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and monks at Leh (2014) Guernica painting by Pablo Picasso (1937) Mahatma Gandhi stamp released by the United Nations (2009)

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'CENTRE for Social & Political Art' (CSPA) is a platform to promote collective involvement of every citizen to appreciate rights of all living beings. It enables the marginalised and victimised people to voice their grievances, build awareness and receive empowerment. The Centre rallies creative artists, thinkers and activists under its banner to work against all power structures. It upholds freedom of all arts and creativity. The Centre is a catalyst, inspiring all vulnerable communities to strive against the existing repressive Social and Political order.

THE INSTITUTION

Centre for Social & Political Art (CSPA) is the first collaborative venture of Design & People and Sylviander Museum, Alappuzha, Kerala, India. Founded by Sethu Das, Co-founder of Design & People, with generous support from Sylvie Bantle and Alexander Devasia, Founders of Sylviander Museum, CSPA acts as a platform for research, documentation and implementation of Social & Political art-design projects. The institution aims at creating a forum to develop new thinking and developing constructive and collaborative programmes through its network of creative professionals from across the globe. The institution is scheduled to start its activities from February 11, 2015.

Centre for Social & Political Art (CSPA)

Design & People: A network of creative professionals working towards social and humanitarian projects serving the needs of non-profit organisations and people's movements in India. Design & People was formed with the slogan 'Design for People in Need' — to intervene, to make a contribution to the ongoing efforts to improve the lives of people disadvantaged by war, disability, and political and environmental conditions. (Web: www.designandpeople.org)

Sylviander Museum: The artistic journey of Sylvie Bantle, artist, writer and performer from Germany and Alexander Devasia, a renowned contemporary artist from the southern state of Kerala started almost at the same time. In December 2012, the couple founded Sylviander Museum at Alappuzha, the first of its kind village art gallery dedicated for the promotion of contemporary Indian art and various other art forms. The artistic-literary events and activities of the Museum has brought hundreds people to work together towards common issues. (Web: www.sylvianderhouse.com)

CSPA Campus Lotus, the 'Symbol of Eternity'

CSPA Identity, the Lotus is deeply associated with the Hindu mythology, philosophy, art, architecture, poetry and culture since the time immemorial. It is the symbol of purity, beauty, divinity and eternity.

In the 'Bhagavad Gita' man is adjured to be like the lotus — he should work sincerely without attachment, dedicating his actions to God untouched by sins like water on lotus leaf and the beautiful flower standing high above the mud and water.

According to Buddhist philosophy, lotus symbolises the most exalted state of man his head held high, pure and undefiled in the sun, his feet rooted in the world of experience.

CSPA OBJECTIVES

1) To create a forum to develop new thinking and to bring creative thinkers, researchers and technocrats to a common platform for a Social & Political change.
2) To develop constructive programmes and implement campaigns to resist degradation and commercialisation of the art world.
3) To help and encourage artists and professionals to bring in fresh focus, perspectives and vision to the Social & Political arena of our contemporary times.
4) To develop and promote programmes and campaigns towards protecting ecological harmony.
5) To improve the living conditions and also to open space for the underprivileged, marginalised and victimised to voice their grievances and concerns.
6) To provide a platform for individuals and organisations to work in collaborative networks and shared space thus moving away from power structures, institutionalised art movements and authoritarian education systems.

Centre for Social & Political  Art - CSPA Centre for Social & Political Art (CSPA), Chettikad Beach Road, Pathirappally PO, Alappuzha 688 521, Kerala, India.
Tel: +91.9995181777, +91.9645817014 Fax: +91.11.47615142 Email: life@cspa.in
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Centre for Social & Political Art (CSPA) is a platform to promote collective involvement of every citizen to appreciate rights of all living beings. It enables the marginalised and victimised people to voice their grievances, build awareness and receive empowerment. The Centre rallies creative artists, thinkers and activists under its banner to work against all power structures. It upholds freedom of all arts and creativity. The Centre is a catalyst, inspiring all vulnerable communities to strive against the existing repressive social and political order.