Creative Migration and the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) have a strong, unified belief that the cultivation of individual and collective creativity is crucial to develop a civil society capable of meeting today’s local and global challenges. An engaged institution, with the capacity to work across a wide range of issues, is best placed to navigate the increasing complexity and interconnectedness of the “wicked problems” that exist in all 21st century societies. Culture and the arts should be at the heart of these institutions, as artists can be uniquely placed to respond to and ignite debate on a nation’s most pressing issues in an array of informed practices. In turn, they have the capacity to inspire new forms of social innovation from within the community.
With support from The Rockefeller Foundation and the Ford Fund, Bangkok 1899, our new cultural and civic hub, will provide a platform for enlightened debate and multidisciplinary collaboration, as well as a space for new ideas, networks, and talent to be fostered and promoted in Thailand. Creative Migration has been offered an historical building as a five-year, gift-in-kind occupancy, in order to establish our hub and to preserve the legacy of its late owner, Chaophraya Thammasakmontri – considered the father of modern education in Thailand. This Italianate home, built in 1899, is centrally located near the Chao Phraya River and Grand Palace. Our hub will represent an intersection of art, design, urbanism, and social innovation.
Our initial two-year pilot program will develop a series of six activities to test, adapt, and maximize our overall impact: an International Artist Residency, a Public Events series (curated by the RSA), Open Spaces (neutral, convivial meeting points including a public garden and organic café), Models for Sustainability (the house will be converted, in phases, to incorporate different types of environmental technologies along with a small urban farm), RSA Fellowship Development, and a Flagship Event (annual event on social innovation, art, and design).
Launching in mid-2018 - stay tuned!