Art and Social Commitment Symposium 2021

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Monday, September 27th, and Monday, October 4th


Due to circumstances that are beyond our control, the Symposium was partially rescheduled on Monday, October 4th.

In 2021, we were delighted to return to the Auditorium of the Louvre Museum, after a last edition organized online in partnership with the international structures Serpentine Galleries and ArtReview Magazine.

For the 4th edition of the Art and Social Commitment Symposium, Thanks for Nothing reinforced its commitment to youth by creating a programming around education. Affected by the health crisis and not being able to fully benefit from their training, students were at the heart of the 2021 edition. Thus, half of the seats in the Auditorium of the Louvre Museum were reserved for them.

The edition reunited international actors from the art world, NGOs and scholars to address educational issues.

In addition to the Symposium at the Auditorium of the Louvre Museum, we also gathered international speakers for online conversations everyday of the following week.

Monday, September 27th from 2pm to 5pm

Musée du Louvre Auditorium

Introduction by Dominique de Font-Réaulx,
Director of Cultural Mediation and Programming of the musée du Louvre

followed by Matthieu Decraene, Deputy Director of development of audiences and artistic and cultural education, musée du Louvre

Marine Van Schoonbeek,
General Director et co-founder of Thanks for Nothing

And the partners of the Symposium
Fabrice Badreau, Fonds MAIF pour l’éducation
Aurélie Deplus, Métiers d’Excellence LVMH
Alexandre Boquel, Société Générale

Carte blanche to Abd Al Malik,
Singer-Songwriter, Writer, Movie Director

Anri Sala, Artist, Galerie Chantal Crousel
Screening of his film “Time No Longer”
followed by a conversation with
Corinne Diserens, Director of the Ecole nationale supérieure d’arts de Paris-Cergy

Iris Brey, Author and journalist
with Hortense Belhote, Art Historian

Guillaume Capelle, Co-Founder, Association Singa
Alend Hemsork, Founder « A21 »
Souad Nanaa, Founder and General Director, Association SAMA For All

5:00pm – in English
Oliver Beer, Artist, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

New closing time for the Symposium: 5:30pm
Conclusion by Anne-Hélène Decaux, President of Thanks for Nothing

Additional Date Monday, October 4th from 4pm to 7pm

Musée du Louvre Auditorium

Introduction by Marine Van Schoonbeek,
General Director et co-founder of Thanks for Nothing

4:15pm – in English    
Diana Campbell Betancourt, Artistic Director,
Samdani Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Sarah Koné, Artistic Director,
Maîtrise Populaire of the Opéra Comique

Panel “From Les Grands Voisins to La Collective”:
Aurore Rapin, General Coordination Manager, YesWeCamp, NGO
Armelle de Guibert, Deputy Executive Director, Aurore, NGO
Simon Laisney, General Director, Plateau Urbain, Cooperative
Marine Mandrila, Co-founder, Refugee Food, NGO
Bruno Morel, General Director, Emmaüs Solidarité, NGO
Léa Zaslavsky, Co-founder, makesense, NGO

The Symposium and Week Art and Commitment 2021 were organized thanks to the valuable support of: