25th IPRA General Conference
Rehearsing Change: A semester study abroad opportunity in Ecuador
Read News from the Field under the featured themes of Creative Approaches to Sustainability and Environmental Justice
and Puppetry and Social Transformation
Drum circle fosters new approach to peace
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."
Learn about our new project:
"A Way Out of No Way"
with Jane Wilburn Sapp
Acting Together Documentary
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.
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 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.
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 documentary. Sign up to receive updates about the Acting Together project.
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.
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).
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.