What's Happening

Arts for Life Podcast Series
Episode 1 - Arts for Life: African Voices, a pilot featuring Gcina Mhlophe and Kim Berman
 
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The new Brandeis minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) presents:

2016 CAST Annual Report
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CAST Design Lab Reports


Article: LaShawn Simmons '18 breaks down barriers and builds empowerment with poetry
Brandeis NOW
Recipient of a CAST Grant for Student Projects
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American Theatre Magazine Features CAST, Peacebuilding and the Arts
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Article: New minor brings social purpose to the arts

Highlights

Featured News from the Field Theme: "African-led Initiatives at the Intersection of the Arts and Social Transformation"


The Singapore International Festival of Arts 2016
August 11 - September 17, 2016
SIFA


Alternate ROOTS
AltRoots


Art for Social Change & State of the Art Reports
ASC


Entry Points: The Vera List Center Field Guide on Art and Social Justice #1
entry-points 


“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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IIE


CULTURE//SH/FT
November 17 - 19, 2016
United States Department of Arts and Culture


Muktadhara 2016
7th Bi-annual International Forum Theatre Festival
December 5-20, 2016
Badu, India
Muk


2016 Documentary Winners: Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA)
SIMA


International Community Arts Festival (CAF)
March 27 - April 2, 2017
ICAF


Music Versus Gun Violence
#PutTheGunsDown
MvsGV 


Video: Workshop with Jane Wilburn Sapp
Part of the event series Now As Then: Events focusing creative attention on the struggle for voting rights 
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Article: CAST-sponsored Ebony Axis debuts
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Art With Impact and Movies for Mental Health
AWI

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Acting Together Documentary

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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.