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Arts for Life Podcast Series
Episode 1 - Arts for Life: African Voices, a pilot featuring Gcina Mhlophe and Kim Berman

The new Brandeis minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) presents:

Imagining Freedom | Creating Justice - Salon Series:

"Staging Social Change"
November 1, 6:00-8:00pm

Call for Applicants: Grants for Student Projects Related to CAST - Fall 2016
Applications Due: November 29

2016 CAST Annual Report

CAST Design Lab Reports

American Theatre Magazine Features CAST, Peacebuilding and the Arts

Article: New minor brings social purpose to the arts


Professor Cynthia Cohen Solves the World's Problems with Creativity
The Brandeis Hoot

Super PAC (Super Participatory Arts Coalition)
Join USDAC as a ExtraSuperDelegate!
Sept. 6 - Nov. 7, 2016

November 17 - 19, 2016
United States Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC)

Featured News from the Field Theme: "Arts and the 2016 Presidential Election":

Featured News from the Field Theme: "Creative Reflections on Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability":

Oakland Arts Review
Call for Submissions

Muktadhara 2016
7th Bi-annual International Forum Theatre Festival
December 5-20, 2016
Badu, India

Theater of Witness

Songwriting Contest: Musician’s United To Protect Bristol Bay (MUTPBB)

Featured News from the Field Theme: "African-led Initiatives at the Intersection of the Arts and Social Transformation"

Monitoring and Evaluation of Participatory Theatre for Change
Search for Common Ground, UNICEF

2016 Films Online Launch - Global Action Project

Alternate ROOTS

Art for Social Change & State of the Art Reports

Entry Points: The Vera List Center Field Guide on Art and Social Justice #1

“Normalizing the Extraordinary in Medellín - Part I and Part II
The first of a two-part account by Chief Policy Wonk Arlene Goldbard of a visit to Medellín, Colombia, in early December 2015

“Yes, Art and Culture Can Change the World”
By Adam Horowitz
GOOD Magazine

Artist Protection Fund (AFP)
Apply Now


2016 Documentary Winners: Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA)

International Community Arts Festival (CAF)
March 27 - April 2, 2017

Music Versus Gun Violence

Video: Workshop with Jane Wilburn Sapp
Part of the event series Now As Then: Events focusing creative attention on the struggle for voting rights 

Read more News from the Field.


Acting Together Documentary

holding hands

Watch the preview!

Find "Acting Together" screenings near you.


Read the latest issue of our newsletter, Peacebuilding and the Arts Now.

Sign up to receive updates about the Peacebuilding and the Arts program and the Acting Together project

Exploring the contributions of arts and culture to peace

Welcome to Peacebuilding and the Arts, a program of the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life at Brandeis. This website is for artists, cultural workers, coexistence practitioners, peacebuilding scholars, and all who are interested in how the arts and cultural traditions can be crafted to bridge differences, mediate conflicts, and contribute to peace.

We collaborate with artists who work in divided communities, supporting them to reflect on, document, and strengthen their practice. The lessons from these collaborations are accessible through publications, trainings, courses, and this virtual resource center. Read more about why we need creative approaches to peacebuilding.

Sign up to receive our newsletter, Peacebuilding and the Arts NOW, and read the latest issue.

Featured News

Imagining Freedom | Creating Justice 

Salon Series
IFCJA series of salons at The Rose Art Museum hosted by LaShawn Simmons ’18 and Artist-in-Residence: Jane Wilburn Sapp

CAST (Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation) at Brandeis University is excited to present "Imagining Freedom: Creating Justice" -- a series of salons co-hosted by LaShawn Simmons '18 and Artist-in-Residence Jane Wilburn Sapp.

The salon series, held in three parts, will invite participants to explore how various art forms approach the process of social change.

"Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired"
Thursday, October 13, 6:00-8:00pm
Rose Art Museum, Lee Gallery

The first event in the series will focus on visual art. Come share your impressions of the works currently on view in the Lee Gallery: What stands out for you in these works? What words, phrases, images and questions do they stir in you? Based on our discussions, we will create spoken word pieces and a song with Jane Sapp. RSVP encouraged

"Creating Art, Seeking Justice"
Tuesday, October 18
Part I: 5:00-6:00pm, Lurias, Hassenfeld
Part II: 6:00-8:00pm, Rose Art Museum
During the second event in the series, we invite YOU to share your art works, complete or otherwise, and receive feedback from other artists from our community. Come meet the Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation Minors! Feel free to join one or both parts. Refreshments will be served.  RSVP *required.* 

"Staging Social Change"
Tuesday, November 1, 6:00-8:00pm
Rose Art Museum
The final event will engage participants through interactive performances of monologues and songs! RSVP encouraged

RSVP to one or all of the events. View the salon series flyer.

Sponsored by the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts and the minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation, the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life, the Rose Art Museum, the Division of Creative Arts, and the Arts|Race|Activism Series with the support of the Brandeis Arts Council

Call for Applicants: Grants for Student Projects Related to Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) -
Fall 2016

Applications Due: November 29


In the borderland between human suffering and human possibility we find artists, cultural workers, justice-seekers and peace-builders engaged in acts of courage, creativity, beauty and power. Brandeis’s minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) engages students in interdisciplinary exploration of the stories, the people, the actions and the artworks that animate this boundary. To learn more about the minor and the questions it poses, visit go.brandeis.edu/CASTminor.

In the fall of 2016, the CAST minor anticipates awarding up to four grants of up to $500 each for projects proposed by students currently or previously enrolled in the introductory course, or who have taken the earlier course entitled The Arts of Building Peace.

The purpose of these grants is to recognize exemplary creative, scholarly and activist work at the nexus of arts, culture, justice and peace, and enable students to engage in further creative work and theoretical and practical learning about questions that are central to the minor.

The award provides funds for activities that will take place between the end of the fall semester and April 1, 2017.

Applications will be due on 11:59 on Sunday, November 29, 2016.

Read more about the grant opportunity.

Read examples of past recipients.

View application and apply!

2016 CAST Annual Report


Activities of the Brandeis University CAST Minor and Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts 2015-2016

cast-2016This past year has been very productive for both the minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation and the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts. On campus, through the CAST class and events, many different perspectives on the arts and social transformation were brought into conversation. Beyond Brandeis, several research projects, publication opportunities and outreach initiatives have raised the profile of the discipline of peacebuilding and the arts and extended the international network of scholars in the field. View 2016 CAST Annual Report.

Updates from Recipients of Acting Together Small Grants for Course Development in Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict


Meeting held by Walungwa Bitela
Christian with pupils of Makungu
High School.

The Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts provided small grants designed to provide support to five college and university educators as well as trainers of theater practitioners to support the incorporation of the resources of the Acting Together Acting Together Project into their course curricula and workshop sessions.

Acting Together resources were sent to educators and trainers in Canada, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, and the Oglala Lakota College in South Dakota, USA.

Read updates from about how the recipients are using the Acting Together resources.

American Theatre Magazine Features CAST, Peacebuilding and the Arts


American Theatre magazine is featuring the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts and the new minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST) and in a feature of university and college programs that focus on the nexus between theatre and social change.

"Within Brandeis’s International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life is a groundbreaking program called Peacebuilding and the Arts. A leader in for social justice programming among university campuses, Brandeis created Peacebuilding and the Arts to give artists working in conflict zones a toolkit for enacting positive change.... Read more.

New Minor at Brandeis: 
Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation

CASTDo you want to combine your passion for social change with your creative talents?

Do you want to explore how can we join our stories together to create more justice in our communities and around the world?

Do you believe in the power of the arts and want to learn more about how the arts can make a difference?

Join the minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation! The Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts is proud to announce this new interdepartmental minor at Brandeis. The minor offers students the opportunity to explore theory and practice at the center of arts and culture, peace and justice, and creativity. It is designed for students in the arts who want to connect their creative talents to their concerns for social change, and for students in the humanities and social sciences to explore music, theater, literature and visual arts as resources for justice and peace.

Learn more about the minor.

Read an article about CAST in the Ethics Central newsletter.

Read more about the objectives, learning goals, and requirements for the minor. Read the description in the 2014-2015 list of courses (page 18). Students who are interested in signing up for the minor can email Jennifer Cleary or call 781-736-3377. SoA

Read an article about CAST 
by Cynthia Cohen
in Brandeis' State of the Arts Magazine 
Fall 2014 issue

With generous funding from the Max and Sunny Howard Memorial Foundation, the minor will sponsor grants for faculty research and creative projects, and host conversations and events that will invite affiliated students and faculty into an interdisciplinary community of inquiry. We also express gratitude to Naomi Sinnreich P '13 for her vision and support.

Global "Acting Together" Campaign

We are currently partnering with ReCAST, Inc. on a Multilingual Global Campaign for "Acting Together on the World Stage."

Acting Together documentary: “Acting Together on the World Stage
This remarkable 54 minutes documentary highlights courageous and creative artists and peacebuilders working in conflict regions, describes exemplary peacebuilding performances and offers tools for the creative transformation of violence. Order your copy now.

Acting Together anthology: “Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict is a two-volume work describing peacebuilding performances in regions beset by violence and internal conflicts.  Volume II focuses on the transformative power of performance in regions fractured by "subtler" forms of structural violence and social exclusion. Order your copy now.