What's Happening

Call for Research Memos: Urban Violence and the Arts

Now As Then:
Events focusing creative attention on the struggle for voting rights

- Workshop with Jane Wilburn Sapp
  September 28, 2:00pm. Watch video.
- Songs and Stories of the Struggle for Voting Rights
  October 1, 5:30pm
Selma ’65: Play by Catherine Filloux
  October 8, 5:00pm

Presentations by Recipients of CAST Grants for Faculty Projects
October 23 &
November 3


Dr. James Thompson in Residence
October 31 - November 2

"Arts and Building Peace: Affirming the Basics and Envisioning the Future" - Paper by Dr. Cynthia Cohen

Announcing Recipients
of Acting Together 
Small Grants


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

CAST 2015 Annual Report

CAST Design Lab Reports

Announcing Recipients of CAST Grants for Student Projects

American Theatre Magazine Features CAST, Peacebuilding and the Arts

Article: New minor brings social purpose to the arts


Broadsided Press-
Call for Submissions: Special edition on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Due October 25
Published monthly via international vector distribution
Submissions invited September through May
You could be a vector.
You could get Broadsided.

Activate Gala
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
October 28

Article: CAST-sponsored Ebony Axis debuts

Art With Impact and Movies for Mental Health

Sundance Institute Theatre Program

Kidnap Road - A New Play by Catherine Filloux

The Incredible Ways Art Is Helping Charleston Unite After Church Massacre
The Huffington Post

Srebrenica Quilt Display Will Cap 20 Years of Advocacy and Anguish

Book - Forced to Flee: Visual Stories by Refugee Youth from Burma

OAS Peace Fund Promotes Arts Among Belizean and Guatemalan Children

: An e-Journal from Imagining America


Talk bridges improvisation and justice

In Place of War

Featured Theme -
News from the Field: “The Most Important Images of the Year”: Artists Respond to Racial Violence in the U.S.

Read more News from the Field.


Acting Together Documentary

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Watch the preview!

Find "Acting Together" screenings near you.


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. 

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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.