Who Are We?

Artists Building Capacity as World Citizens (ABC World Citizens) is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) designed to be a resource for artists as they develop their own unique service to humanity. As a non-profit, non-partisan, Bahá’í-inspired organization, ABC World Citizens aims to link and empower creative people who aspire, in their service, to increase global understanding and local action toward the goals of UN sustainable development initiatives.

ABC World Citizens believes that everyone should have the opportunity to develop a profound sense of responsibility for our planet and the well-being of the entire human family. Such responsible world citizenship implies a whole “constellation of principles, attitudes, values, and behaviors” that influence the betterment of humankind and the preservation of the environment.

  • The influence of the arts can illumine both problems and solutions. Creative people have the ability to communicate vision and inspire action, which helps to build capacity in others for service to the common good. Encouraging that each of us “Let your vision be world embracing”, ABC World Citizens supports key concepts such as:

  • Acknowledging the Oneness of Humankind;

  • Upholding Equity, Justice and Universal Human Rights as expressed in United Nations Declarations;

  • Fostering Equal opportunity for girls and boys / women and men;

  • Promoting Environmental Sustainable Development best practices;

  • Celebrating national and ethnic cultural diversity;

  • Working and learning together toward equity, justice and international peace;

  • Encouraging non-adversarial decision-making at all levels of society;

  • Grassroots participation in sustainable community development;

  • Emphasizing an ethic of service to the common good at local, national, and international levels;

  • Championing the noble role the Arts play in the betterment of the world.

ABC World Citizens serves as an information, networking, and small-project scholarship resource for creative people in their efforts to learn about and consult on United Nations development goals, for the purpose of expressing a wider or renewed vision in their creative work and community service.