humanæ Institute


The Humanae Institute  is an organization that uses art and education to confront race and skin color to reject intolerance and discrimination.


A global art education movement  our understanding of identity, inclusion, equality and diversity through community led projects. 

Our Movement

Intolerance related to race, religion, and color negatively affects self-esteem, personal achievement, and community relationships--particularly among young persons in the areas in which they live and attend school. Within the classroom, intolerance becomes discrimination, removing one's ability to see value in oneself and the others: it muddies the beauty of diversity that marks authentic education. Humanae empowers global educators to stand against discrimination by creating playful spaces for students and the communities in which they reside to discuss such complex, vital issues.

Humanae began as Angelica Dass’ photographic art project before evolving into an educational methode that has reached over 500,000  in diverse school communities. It continues to grow as educators, students, and families around the world struggle to find the best way to talk about - and change - attitudes towards race, skin color, and ethnicity.



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Activator more than activist.

Angelica Dass is an award-winning photographer living in Madrid, Spain. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, she is acutely aware of how small differences in skin tone can swell into large misconceptions and stereotypes about race. She is the creator of the internationally acclaimed Humanæ project—a collection of portraits that reveal the diverse beauty of human colors. The initiative has traveled to more than 30 countries across six continents—from The World economic Forum in davos to the pages of National Geographic, —to promote dialogue that challenges how we think about skin color and ethnic identity. 

In 2016, her career launches to new dimensions with her TED Global Talk, confirming the great potential of her work to go beyond photography, becoming a tool for social change, which promotes dialogue and challenges cultural prejudices. Today, this TED talk exceeds two million views. As part of the TED Residency 2018, she presents her new talk which will be seen online in October 2018.
Angélica’s work transcends the museums and finds in school classrooms a great universe of work. She amplifies the educational message of Humanae through institutional collaborations around the world, such as collaborations with city councils of different cities in the Basque Country, teacher training schools in Madrid, highschools in the Czech Republic, or with UNESCO and the Government of Chile, reaching an impact of more than 50 thousand students in a week.
She is also a powerful and inspiring speaker who has lectured at important organizations, such as the University of Salamanca, the University of Bologna, or the UERJ - Rio de Janeiro; as well as the International Congress of Fundraising - The Resource Alliance, at National Geographic and at the World Economic Forum, as a cultural leader.
This career path leads Angélica to fund the Humanae Institute, a non-profit educational platform with the objective to position diversity as a value in the educational process.


Derek Williamson - director of professional teachers development

Derek Williamson is a science educator with 25 years’ experience in varied settings. Originally a zoologist, he realised it was far more enjoyable talking about other people chasing frogs around swamps than chasing them himself. As the director of the Museum of Human Disease, in Sydney, a teaching collection of the faculty of Medicine at UNSW, he is daily faced with the need to engage students not just with science but with disease – a double-edged sword. He is currently undertaking a Masters by research on ways to promote museum visitors’ learning experience




Ana Cebrián- director of cultural mediation and education

PhD in Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid. Its field of action revolves fundamentally around the visibility and empowerment of minorities, as cultural producers and social actors of their own transformation. 

In Invisible Pedagogies coordinates with other partners the accessibility and collectivity lines, and participates in cultural mediation and training projects, paying special attention to the learning and self-management processes of children and adolescents.




Wendy Espinal - Project manager

Master in History & Heritage Management. Université Sorbonne Paris 1 and  in Cultural Management. University Institute Ortega y Gasset / UCM (Madrid). Professional experience acquired mainly in cultural projects and international film and entertainment productions in various areas of production, management, logistics and communications, in Spain, France, Dominican Republic, United States, Portugal and Germany.




Supporters & Partners 




Janera Solomon                                            Monica Garcia Marec

Gerry Garbulsky                                             Bonnie Mc Donald

Antonella Broglia                                           Joy Eastridge

MaryAnn Camilleri                                          Jonathan Lobel

Marcelo Iniarra                                                Christopher Yates

Board Members

Nick Alen

Isalo Montacute

Derek Willianson


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