What's Happening

Possibilities and Dilemmas of Incorporating Sacred Elements into Art for Social Change
January 28 & 29

"Seeking Lives of Purpose"
Event series with Jane Sapp and Don West as part of 'DEIS Impact 2014
February 1-10

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Acting Together short film featured in Culture Unplugged online 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."

Extended Deadline- 
February 15, 2014
Call for Papers:
International Peace Research Association (IPRA) 25th General Conference 

A reflection on the life and passing of Nelson Mandela
by Kim Berman

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.

“Linking the Arts With Justice” by Cindy Cohen. Summer/Fall 2012 issue of Ethics Central Newsletter.

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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Watch the preview!

Find out about "Acting Together" screenings near you.

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


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.

Our Work

The program in Peacebuilding and the Arts works to strengthen the practice and nexus of the arts and conflict transformation by generating and disseminating knowledge, and facilitating networks of effective action. We lead courses, weekend intensives and institutes, produce resources, and maintain a resource library. We have hosted several significant initiatives. Our current project, "Acting Together," is in the dissemination phase.

"Acting Together" Project

In regions scarred by inequity and violence, theatre artists and leaders of rituals are contributing to more just and less violent communities. The "Acting Together" project features the work of twenty-five theatre artists, cultural workers and peacebuilding scholar/practitioners who are supporting communities to resist abuses of power, address injustice, mourn losses, build relationships and imagine a new future. Sign up to receive updates about the Acting Together project, including the anthologies and documentary.

Recasting Reconciliation through Culture and the Arts: A Virtual Collection

This 2003-04 international fellowship program featured artists and cultural workers working in historically divided communities in South Africa, Sri Lanka, Burundi, Cambodia, and New Zealand. Their papers, portfolios, analysis, and recommendations are for artists, cultural workers, peacebuilders, students, scholars and policymakers interested in the contributions of culture and the arts to coexistence and reconciliation.

Student Work

The Arts of Building Peace: Stories of Cultural Workers and Artist-Peacebuilders, May 2007

In what ways do the arts create social change? How do artists and the arts help create a sense of community? What are some examples of successful arts-focused peacebuilding projects? These are among the questions addressed in a collection of papers written by undergraduate and graduate Brandeis students taking COEX 250: The Arts of Building Peace in the spring of 2007. In this anthology you can read the stories of a filmmaker in South Africa, a muralist in El Salvador, a cultural worker in Palestine and community historians in rural America. You can learn how the successful artist-peacebuilders engage and expand the moral imagination. Student papers can be found in the online Resource Library.