Caravaan is always interested in hearing from you. If you have questions, comments, are looking to volunteer or to donate please feel free to send us a message and we will get back to you shortly. We have applied for our 501(c)(3) status and hope to receive notification from the IRS soon. You may still donate but there is the risk that the status is not granted, but given our work in the past as well as our future plans, we don't expect that to be the case.

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Our Mission

Cultivating Art to Realize Alternative Ventures to Aid in Afflicted Nations (CARAVAAN)


Caravaan is an art and social justice organization founded in Uganda in 2004 to integrate music education and performance into social justice oriented development work. Through collaborative artistic expression, Caravaan brings together artists from differing backgrounds to build solidarity between local and international communities, integrate art into the delivery of social services and promote music and art education as a means to foster social cohesion, peace building and community participatory development.


Cultivating Art:

“The purpose of music is to sober and quiet the mind, thus making susceptible to greater influences”John Cage

Caravaan was founded with the recognition that music and art play critical roles in building and maintaining peaceful and just societies. The organization supports local artists to create, perform and teach within the context of development work to realize greater outcomes of community participation and social cohesion. Caravaan fosters the creative exchange of ideas between local artists and artists from around the world through shared performances, joint teaching workshops and provision of opportunities for further study. In addition, Caravaan staff and local artists work with schools and communities to promote music and art education within primary, secondary and community-based education as a means to foster social cohesion and peace building skills among young people.

Realizing Alternative Ventures to Aid:

“We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.”– Desmond Tutu on the concept of Ubuntu

Development aid, in its present form, often is based on outside agencies providing funds for a fixed set of donor-driven objectives. While this “top down approach” may help individuals, it often does little to build communities and may worsen indices of inequality. Caravaan seeks to provide an alternative to traditional aid by fostering connections between local artists and grass roots organizations in planning, implementing and evaluating programs to realize greater social, economic and cultural rights. This collaboration is a powerful way to assure broad based, locally sustained community participation in development work.