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A Call to Action -
A Way Out of No Way:
Learning from Jane Sapp's Life, Stories and Songs

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How can we use our stories to make the world a better place? How can songs build community and create a sense of hope? How can culture fuel our strategies for greater justice? Jane Wilburn Sapp, a friend and colleague of the Peacebuilding and the Arts Program at Brandeis, has spent more than forty years composing answers to these questions in a cultural work practice that has taken her into communities throughout the United States and abroad.

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Jane Sapp in Workshop
Photo Credit: ELLEN AUGARTEN

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Our partner organization, ReCAST, Inc, is launching an online fundraising campaign to generate resources that will allow Jane Sapp to document her practice in a book, in performance/presentations that will be recorded and disseminated on an accompanying disc, and in a songbook with transcriptions of some of the powerful songs Jane has written with children. This campaign is an experiment to see if folks of modest means can join together to support a cultural worker whose life has been devoted to strengthening communities by helping us value our cultures and build the kind of trust that allow us to work together across differences in the pursuit of justice. This project is designed to support Jane to share her skills, her wisdom and her work with a generation of emerging leaders: organizers, artists, educators, young people and community workers of all kinds, who are pursuing social justice in relation to the criminal justice system, schools, the environment, economic inequity, immigration reform, gender-based violence, voting rights, labor issues, youth development, and more. Please check out the campaign. Even very modest contributions are welcome! You can also support the campaign by sharing it with friends, colleagues, comrades of all kinds. Learn more about the project: "A Way Out of Now Way."

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International Visiting Research Scholar Public Talk:
A Way Out of No Way:
Music as a Source of Resilience, Healing and Justice

May 6, 2014
Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
University of British Columbia

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Dr. Cynthia Cohen will report on her research into resilience, peacebuilding and the arts, focusing particularly on her collaboration with the distinguished musician, activist, educator and cultural worker Jane Wilburn Sapp. Dr. Cohen will be accompanied by Jane who will illustrate the power of music’s contributions to resilience through her own stories and through songs performed at the piano. Conversation will explore connections between resilience and the practices of cultural work, music-making, healing, and justice-seeking.

The evening will be introduced by the premiere of “Invocation,” a new song for voice and piano with text by Professor Michelle LeBaron and music by award-winning UBC composition major Matthew Emery, performed by soprano Bahareh Poureslami and Professor Rena Sharon. View the flyer.






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