Joel Bergner

Joel Bergner
Founder Artolution

Joel Bergner is a mural artist and the CEO and Co-Founder of Artolution, a non-profit organization that uses collaborative art-making to address issues of displacement and trauma. Joel leads projects with vulnerable children that provide a creative platform to shape their own narratives, connect with their community and strengthen resilience. Joel travels the globe with his wife, CJ Thomas, who leads performance workshops, and their young daughter. They train and support local teaching artists in refugee camps and crisis-affected communities to lead their own sustainable, arts-based programs with youth based on the Artolution methodology, affecting thousands of lives each year. Artolution programs are now running year-round in the South Sudanese refugee settlements of Uganda, Rohingya camps in Bangladesh, Syrian camps and communities in Jordan, and communities in crisis in Colombia, the United States and beyond. Artolution partners with UNICEF, the Red Cross, UNHCR and other humanitarian agencies. Joel’s innovative work, and that of Artolution, have been widely featured in media outlets like CNN, Al Jazeera, NBC and CBS News, among many others.