Agents of Change is a project by The Umbrella Network in collaboration with the Van Abbemuseum focusing on giving center stage to social design, Arte Util and community projects in Eindhoven by organising interactive tours, workshops and various activities to create a social map of the city.
It means researching “the commons” and connecting local initiatives, individuals and active communities with a critical and analytical position within society. They all believe that change is always possible and that real social transformation begins on a small scale. They are the real Agents of Change.
These dynamic communities, artists, social designers and hands-on citizens are working parallel in different neighbourhoods. They are facing similar challenges and local problems. We invite them to exchange their knowledge, challenges and experiences. It is a starting point for a negotiation process with the art institution to re-think its position within the city and open up different possibilities of support and interaction with these communities. We encourage them to discover how to use the Van Abbemuseum and its resources differently: as a platform to reflect their position, as an agency for action.