What's Happening

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)
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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

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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.