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Read News from the Field under the featured themes of Creative Approaches to Sustainability and Environmental Justice and Puppetry and Social Transformation

Call to Artists, Academics & Professionals: Participation in Conflict Resolution & Dance Documentary

Report - "ReGeneration: Young People Shaping Environmental Justice" 

View a video
"Composing Our Lives
Together" song-writing
workshop with Jane Sapp

Second Annual Global Peace Workshop
, Muğla, Turkey

Call For Papers:
IPRA General Conference
Extended deadline: 
April 30, 2014

What's Happening

A Way Out of No Way: Music as a Source of Resilience, Healing and Justice
May 6
Peter Wall Institute

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More Highlights

Call for Support:
Ukraine Theatre of the Oppressed "Tsunami"
Listen to radio segment
March 5, Uprising Radio

Read more News from the Field.

Drum circle fosters new approach to peace
The Justice
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Don West unveils portrait of Jane and Hubert Sapp at "Seeking Lives of Purpose"

LaMaMa Umbria International 15th Annual Symposium for Directors, 5th Annual Playwright Retreat
, Summer 2014


Acting Together short film featured in Culture Unplugged film festival

Read reflection from a meeting on documenting and communicating in the field of community cultural development

Read News from the Field under the featured themes of "Theatre for Peacebuilding in South Asia" and "Millennial and Intergenerational Approaches to Peacebuilding and the Arts."

Read Jean Randich’s award-nominated review of the Acting Together anthology.

Read review by Anthony Ellis of the Acting Together anthology.

Read News from the Field under the featured themes of "Peacebuilding and the Arts in Latin America" and "Artistic Responses to Trayvon Martin's Life and Death."

Read about Panel on Resilience, the Arts and Social Transformation at UBC Conference

Learn about our new project:
"A Way Out of No Way"
with Jane Wilburn Sapp

Read Cindy Cohen's article in the 2013 Olive Branch Teacher's Guide.

Acting Together at Community Arts Lab (CAL) Theatre Festival in Netherlands

View video: Presentation by the Ulafa’a Visual Artists of Bahrain

Read portrait of Cynthia Cohen in American Theatre magazine.

Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts featured in Brandeis Magazine: (Summer 2012 issue)

Read a Book Review
by Serge Loode of the
Acting Together Anthology 
Vol. I & II

Xchange Perspectives (XCP) is using a Peacebuilding and the Arts report to support their work in South Sudan. Read more and watch the video.

Acting Together Documentary

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Find out about "Acting Together" screenings near you.

Read a review of the Acting Together documentary by Shoshana Zeldner, featured by the Compathos Foundation


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About Us

The program in Peacebuilding and the Arts is directed by Dr. Cynthia Cohen, continuing work previously undertaken within the framework of ‘Creative Approaches to Coexistence and Reconciliation.' Our program focuses on the distinctive contributions of culture and the arts to the transformation of conflict. We collaborate with several departments and programs at Brandeis University, including MusicUnitesUS, PAX (Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Studies), the School of Creative Arts, and the Office of the Arts.

Our current major initiative is "A Way Out of No Way," a multi-media project that is documenting the forty-year practice of cultural work of the extraordinary musician, educator, activist and cultural worker, Jane Wilburn Sapp

The "Acting Together" Project is undertaken in partnership with Theatre Without Borders and ReCAST, Inc.

Peacebuilding and the Arts is part of Brandeis University's International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life. The Ethics Center also houses a program in international justice and sponsors an array of programs on the Brandeis campus.