Arts Help is excited to welcome Gina DiClemente to the Arts Help team as a Producer. DiClemente has a in background content creation and media work, providing invaluable experience and perspective to the growing Arts Help team. In addition to her impressive law degree, DiClemente also has experience in social media development, aiding Arts Help's strong media presence. Managing Editor Hannah Chew interviewed DiClemente to learn about her upcoming projects and work with Arts Help.
What is your background/role with Arts Help and how did you get involved?
I’m a producer at Arts Help, working within media channels. When I found out about Arts Help and what they were doing, what they stood for, I just knew I had to be a part of the team. The idea of globally elevating the platform of artists who use their art for good is so important – so let’s make spaces to be creative and expressive!
How does art play a role in your daily life?
Without question, I constantly use various forms of art to connect, feel inspired, and to improve my well-being. I’m often listening to music to motivate me to get through my day, focus, de-stress, and sometimes even to sleep. I enjoy expressing myself through dance, fashion and photography. I love seeing the world through someone else’s lens too. I have a strong passion for the performing arts but I also enjoy many other forms of art.
What projects are you most excited to work on with Arts Help?
Arts Help has so much going on, what the team does is really impressive. We are currently working on some exciting music projects. You’ll have to stay tuned to learn more!
I’m also excited to work in some areas of programing that focus on youth. I’m a big believer in the change and impact our youth can have as leaders of the future. We’re seeing it more and more. Our activists are getting younger and younger, and social media is a powerful tool.
Of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which do you relate to most? How does it connect to your work with Arts Help and your own personal background?
There are a number of the SDG’s that are important to me. Being a criminal defence lawyer, I most relate to goal 16, “peace, justice and strong institutions.” Issues like access to justice, having fair, accountable, and inclusive institutions and societies have always been important to me and drive my work in my practice of law. I’m looking forward to working on this through some of our programing.
How do you interpret the relationship between art and global activism?
Art and activism are like two friends that come from different worlds but together are unstoppable. So many people feel connected through music, are moved through dance, feel emotion or find meaning through art. Art is a great way to reach people and encourage them to make the world better. It can have a message or tell a story. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, we can all appreciate and understand art. It’s a universal language that can touch so many people in the same way or in different ways. Art can unite and inspire our greater global community.
How do you help push forward the UN SDGs in your everyday life?
Responsible consumption is one area that I strive to improve in every day. If we all do our part, starting with the little things, it will have an impact. I try to buy from/support companies that focus on sustainable production or reducing their carbon footprint. I’m constantly mindful of my use of water and minimizing waste. I’m down with the communities that believe in “leave no trace.” Our planet is so precious!
Any final advice for young artists and activists?
Be yourself. Don’t be scared to express your ideas and share your creativity. Be examples of the world you want to see. You have so much POWER! Especially at a time where society is showing a growing acceptance for new and unique forms of self-expression.
Let’s use art to paint a better world and inspire others to work towards its realization!