The Art for Development Program collaborates with hundreds of artists and writers every year in exploring the use of art to encourage debate, reflection, and discussion on selected social issues, particularly national identity, free expression, and sustainable development.

Looking for Juan Outdoor Banner Project

The Looking for Juan Outdoor Banner Project is a group art exhibition organized around a theme of timely, social, or cultural relevance. Past outdoor banner shows have been reflections on the meaning of freedom in celebration of Philippine Independence Day; the definition of revolution in celebration of Bonifacio’s 150th birth anniversary; and the portrayal of every day heroism of Filipinos. The banners are displayed in public areas such as around the UP Diliman Academic Oval, at the BenCab Museum Gardens in Baguio, and sometimes, in selected underpasses in Makati City. 

Aside from our annual banner shows and as part of the effort to bring art closer to the public, we have commissioned two artist groups and invited one iconic band to join together to sing and paint for Freedom of Expression last March 2016. 


The Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development (CANVAS) is a non profit organization that works with the creative community to promote children's literacy, explore national identity, and broaden public awareness for Philippine art, culture, and environment.

CANVAS works with some of the best young artists to promote Philippine art, culture, and environment. To be placed on our preview list for future shows and exhibitions, or for more information, email us at