The mission of 4thU Artivists is to raise awareness and funds to end violence against women and girls globally and locally through creative projects (theater and dance productions, concerts, and art shows) presented under the auspices of the Fourth Universalist Society (“4thU”), a 501(c)(3) in New York City.
Since 2009, 4thU’s landmarked gothic church has been home to our organization. With them serving as our fiscal agent, we have raised over $110,000 for a number of established beneficiaries. We began as a staunch supporter of Eve Ensler’s organization, VDay (www.VDay.org), and their global movement to end violence against women and girls. Initially called 4thU-VDay in tripute, we hosted an annual benefit production of Eve’s shows including The Vagina Monologues, The Good Body, and Emotional Creature.
Beginning with our 2016 shortened season, we reorganized as 4thU Artivists. While our mission to practice “activism through the arts” remained the same, as a more independent body we shifted to a year-round production calendar. We now have the opportunity to collaborate with a variety of local playwrights, musicians, dance troupes, theaters companies, and visual artists. Submissions can be made on our submissions page with periodic calls going out to those on our mailing list.
We continue to donate 10% of our profits to V-Day, with the remainder of our proceeds going towards other wonderful agencies whose work is in alignment with our goals. You can read more about these invaluable resources on our beneficiaries page.