Read Cynthia Cohen's notes on feminist epistemology, aesthetic ways of knowing and peacebuilding
Video: Presentation by the Ulafa’a Visual Artists of Bahrain
Read Reflection on Farhat Abgaria’s Visit by Cynthia Cohen
Exhibit: BLUE - Read the interview on BrandeisNOW
Anna Khandros: The Politics Perspective on Peacebuilding
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Now As Then: We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest
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Panel on Resilience, the Arts and Social Transformation
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Community Arts Lab - Arts Festival and Conference
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Reconciliation Art Project
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Facilitating Encounters through Art
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Just Performance: Enacting Justice in the Wake of Violence
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"Acting Together on the World Stage" Boston Premiere
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Peacebuilding and the Arts: Community Cultural Development
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Nexus of Arts and Social Transformation
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Bahrain/Brandeis: Ulafa’a Reconciliation Art Project
Tamadher Ali (right) and Khalid
Ulafa'a Reconciliation Art Project is an initiative supported by the US Embassy in Bahrain in partnership with Bahraini artists and the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University. Since the fall of 2012, project coordinators Tamadher Alfahal and Nada Alaradi have been recruiting a group of artists working in a variety of genres to participate in the project in Bahrain. Through a series of events that include film screenings, panel discussions, live performances, and trainings, Ulafa'a artists will engage in conversation with community members and learn how to develop community-based art initiatives that strengthen relationships across differences.
At Brandeis University, from April 14th through 20th, ten young visual artists from Bahrain will be attending an intensive one-week training conducted by Cynthia Cohen, director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts.
Edd Ibrak, a team member of
Ulafa'a is an Arabic term (plural) that describes a group of people who are familiar with each other and possibly share common feelings. Ulafa'a is an art project that aims to create opportunities for people to express themselves and to strengthen relationships of respect and understanding among the different communities of Bahrain. The project is based on the belief that people can express themselves through a variety of artistic forms, and that these expressions can facilitate communication and the sharing of stories.
You can follow them on Twitter or read their blog.
Ulafa’a Project: Finding Common Ground
through Oral History and the Arts
Presentation by the Ulafa’a Visual Artists of Bahrain
April 16, 2013
Ulafa’a team representatives will present their collaborative work done in Bahrain as a part of the Ulafa’a Reconciliation Project: Recasting Reconciliation through Culture and Arts. Free and open to the public. View the recorded video of the presentation.
Ulafa’a Reconciliation Art Project:
Exhibition by the visual artists of Bahrain
April 19–28, 2013
Shapiro Campus Center, Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)
Opening Reception: Friday, April 19 (12:00 - 2:00pm) *Note: Due to the closure of MBTA and directives from local authorities, Brandeis University is closed today, Friday, April 19. Opening Reception has been cancelled, but the exhibit is opened to students who are staying on campus. The artists are in the gallery and would like students to come see the exhibit.
As a part of the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts, a team of Bahraini artists will be exhibiting the artworks and documentation from their Ulafa'a project. Please come and meet the artists at the opening. Light refreshment will be served. Free and open to the public. View the events flyer.
Ulafa'a team members in front of their stand in market 338,
Ulafa’a Team members with Sarah McCarty, a Brandeis student