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New Minor: Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation
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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 Entries: The 2015 Alexia Foundation Grants
Professional Deadline Jan. 29
Student Deadline: Feb. 2

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Featured Theme -
News from the Field: Artistic Responses to the Syrian Crisis 

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and Artistic Responses to Other Current Global Crises


Video: The Conference of the Birds
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Publishing opportunity for students and faculty
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2015 Grant Opportunity: Photography Projects on Conflict
The Aftermath Project
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Reflections from IPRA's 25th General Conference
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Video: Interview with Catherine Filloux about her new play "SELMA '65"
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RFP: Artist as Activist, Rauschenberg Foundation
Travel & Research grants rolling deadline through March 15
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Fulbright-mtvU Grants
Deadline: February 27
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Listen to a podcast from Arts, Well-being and Resilience: Ideas and Music with Cynthia Cohen and Jane Wilburn Sapp
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Video: Liberian Women's Chorus' song about abducted Nigerian girls
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Listen to a podcast of a panel on the theme of Resilience, the Arts and Social Transformation at the UBIAS conference that featured Dr. Cynthia Cohen and many more
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Press Release Summary from 25th IPRA General Conference
August 10-14
Istanbul, Turkey
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Rehearsing Change: A semester study abroad opportunity in Ecuador
Spring 2015
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Read News from the Field under the featured themes of Creative Approaches to Sustainability and Environmental Justice
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and Puppetry and Social Transformation


View a video from
"Composing Our Lives
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workshop with Jane Sapp
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Read more News from the Field.


Acting Together Documentary

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Watch the preview!


Find "Acting Together" screenings near you.

Newsletter

Read the latest issue of our newsletter, Peacebuilding and the Arts Now.


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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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"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.