What's Happening

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

American Theatre Magazine Features CAST, Peacebuilding and the Arts
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CAST Program Awards Grants to Faculty Projects


Article: New minor brings social purpose to the arts
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Highlights

Call for Applications, SXSW® Community Fund $10,000 Grant
Applications Due: June 26
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Broadsided Press

Published monthly via international vector distribution
Submissions invited September through May
You could be a vector.
You could get Broadsided.
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2015 Imaginings
In 16 Cities in the U.S.
Hosted by USDAC
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Public: An e-Journal from Imagining America
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Article: 
Talk bridges improvisation and justice
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Plays by Sean Christopher Lewis: Killadelphia, Dogs of Rwanda, and Rust 
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Volunteering and Internship Opportunities with Ba Futuru
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USDAC "HI-LI" Creative Community Database
Accepting project submissions
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In Place of War
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News from the Field: “The Most Important Images of the Year”: Artists Respond to Racial Violence in the U.S.
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Article:
Forum on Peacebuilding and Traditional Arts
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You Reap What You Sow: Crowdfunding for Film by Pakistani Director
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Press Release La MaMa Umbria International Spoleto Festival
Summer 2015
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Optivism - Music & Film
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24th International Festival of Student Theatre
September 28 to October 2
Besançon, France
Registration Deadline: April 1


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News from the Field: Artistic Responses to the Syrian Crisis 

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and Artistic Responses to Other Current Global Crises

Read more News from the Field.


Acting Together Documentary

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Watch the preview!


Find "Acting Together" screenings near you.

Newsletter

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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. 

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Jane Sapp

"A Way Out of No Way" Project

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

"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. The project included the anthologies and documentarySign up to receive updates about the Acting Together project.

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

Cultural Work and Social Transformation, 2014

Students are invited to join the "A Way Out of No Way," project as interviewers, transcribers, archivists, researchers, writers and event producers. They are welcome to work as volunteers, or more intensively for credit as interns (in PAX 92a4) or researchers in a group independent study (PAX 97a1). 

PAX 250 – The Arts of Building Peace, 2013

Through analysis of case studies, interviews with socially engaged artists, critical reflections on works of art and student projects, this course explores how cultural productions contribute to non-violent resistance, the re-humanization of former enemies, and reconciliation. It will focus on performance and visual arts. 


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