Carol Mark is an artist activist that utilizes art as a means for creating social change and influencing human rights, with an emphasis on women and children. Carol believes Art can change the world with the voices of women. Carol established ACA Gallery (art, culture, aid) that “art can change the world” with proceeds of art sales to grassroots projects targeted for women and children. ACA Gallery was the first social enterprise art gallery in Toronto to raise awareness and funds, as well as bring awareness that art can create social change (This Magazine article).
ACA Gallery incorporated art, artists and purchasers in direct action to create change. ACA Gallery was an incubator where public school children created art that had a direct influence on where the funds from sales of their artwork at the gallery were donated. Exhibits included themes on women and violence, exhibits of art by homeless women and international support for Rebecca Lalossa, leader of a women’s only village in Nairobi Park, to help establish a children’s library. This village was originally established when abused women had nowhere to live after leaving an abusive domestic situation.
Carol has served on Toronto’s Committee on the Status of Women, was a member of a women’s only film collective SHE -TV. Her first short was in the UNESCO Women’s Conference in Beijing. As a supporter of women’s rights she supported Femaid based in France, and underground schools for girls in Afghanistan through RAWA, Revolutionary Afghanistan Women’s Association. Carol traveled to Afghanistan in secret in Oct 2002 with a commitment to aid local women by organizing a 15,000 lbs airline of aid and supplies for a girls’ library named after Malalai Joya, the first elected woman parliamentarian. (CITIZENshift media for social change)