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Platform for Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation

Designing a university-based infrastructure for the field
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In partnership with the University of Cyprus:
3-Week Summer School:
Theatre in (Post) Conflict Communities
July 2-20, 2018
Nicosia, Cyprus
University of Cyprus


PeaceCon 2018
October 24-26
Washington, DC

Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy - Peacebuilding Newsletter

Theatre: Spotlight on Russia

"Arts and Building Peace: The Basics and Envisioning the Future"
Essay by Cynthia Cohen
Peace in Progress Magazine

Interview with Lee Perlman about
Book: “But Abu Ibrahim, We’re Family!”

Pop Culture Collaborative

Featured News from the Field Theme: "Arts and Social Change in Kenya: Past and Present"

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

2017 CAST Annual Report

CAST Design Lab Reports

Displaced Artists Fund Residency Program
Vermont Studio Center

Women In Music

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

Artist Protection Fund (AFP)
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Acting Together Documentary

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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

Platform for Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation

Designing a university-based infrastructure for the field

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is supporting an 18-month planning process to design an infrastructure that will leverage university-based programs and cultural institutions to support practice, policymaking, research and teaching in the field.


Over the last 15 years, numerous conferences, conversations, and reports have addressed the potential and the challenges of engaging art and culture in creating more just, more vibrant, and less violent communities. Governments and inter-governmental agencies, policy think tank, educational and cultural institutions, artists, and funders increasingly have become interested in the contributions of the arts and culture to social justice, mutual understanding, and the creative transformation of conflict. Today there is growing consensus about:

  • The need for an infrastructure that will strengthen practice and inform policy in this arena, by, for instance, documenting excellent practice, offering training and education, facilitating exchanges, coordinating responses inn case of artists at risk of human rights abuses, and addressing questions of evaluation and ethics.
  • The value of a network, consortium or organization of stable educational and cultural institutions that will serve as resource centers and as anchors for the more fluid network of individual, initiatives and organization working in communities on the ground.
Learn more about IMPACT: Imagining Together.

Annual Report2017 CAST Annual Report

Read about the activities of the Brandeis University CAST Minor and Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts 2016-2017 program year.

View 2017 CAST Annual Report.

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.

"Acting Together" Documentary, Anthology & Toolkit

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.