The No Evil Project is a nonprofit organization that uses art and humour to encourage conversation rather than confrontation in challenging stereotypes and helping people find commonality and understanding despite cultural, racial, religious, political, gender, physical & mental health, occupational, and socio-economic among other differences.
We work with organizations to help challenge the stereotypes of the people they serve, companies for team building events, colleges for deeper introductions and discussing diversity, high schools as a social-emotional educational program including anti-bullying, and festivals of all kinds to capture the variety of communities.
Programming includes photo shoots, online activities, group conversations, and free curriculum. For photography events, participants pose as the Three Wise Monkeys: See No Evil, Hear No Evil, and Speak No Evil; pick three labels that describe themselves; and write a good deed to show they’re “not evil” and aren’t defined by their labels. Participating encourages exploring our own labels, biases, and stereotypes, without the defensiveness these topics traditionally cause; while seeing the photos and stories of others online and in physical exhibits humanizes the labels we may not relate to, helps us find similarities with others that seem so different, challenges our assumptions, and starts constructive conversations.