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Call for Research Memos: Urban Violence and the Arts


Selma ’65: Play by Catherine Filloux coming to Brandeis
October 8, 5:00pm
Shapiro Campus Center Theater


Announcing Recipients
of Acting Together 
Small Grants

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

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

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CAST 2015 Annual Report
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CAST Design Lab Reports


Announcing Recipients of CAST Grants 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
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Highlights

Sign up to be an Emissary from the Future
Deadline: September 10
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Tomorrow's Peacebuilders Awards
Deadline: September 15
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Call for Applications, The Intercultural Innovation Award
UNAOC & BMW Group
Deadline: September 30
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Kidnap Road - A New Play by Catherine Filloux
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The Incredible Ways Art Is Helping Charleston Unite After Church Massacre
The Huffington Post
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Srebrenica Quilt Display Will Cap 20 Years of Advocacy and Anguish
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Book - Forced to Flee: Visual Stories by Refugee Youth from Burma
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OAS Peace Fund Promotes Arts Among Belizean and Guatemalan Children
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Use of Arabic cultural arts bring greater peace and understanding
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Short Film: Two Faiths One Prayer -- Muslims and Jews Pray Together in LA
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Broadsided Press

Published monthly via international vector distribution
Submissions invited September through May
You could be a vector.
You could get Broadsided.
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2015 Imaginings
In 16 Cities in the U.S.
Hosted by USDAC
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Public: An e-Journal from Imagining America
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Article: 
Talk bridges improvisation and justice
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Plays by Sean Christopher Lewis: Killadelphia, Dogs of Rwanda, and Rust 
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In Place of War
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Featured Theme -
News from the Field: “The Most Important Images of the Year”: Artists Respond to Racial Violence in the U.S.
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Optivism - Music & Film
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Read more News from the Field.

 

Acting Together Documentary

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Watch the preview!


Find "Acting Together" screenings near you.

Newsletter

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

Exploring the contributions of arts and culture to peace


Welcome to Peacebuilding and the Arts, a program of the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life at Brandeis. This website is for artists, cultural workers, coexistence practitioners, peacebuilding scholars, and all who are interested in how the arts and cultural traditions can be crafted to bridge differences, mediate conflicts, and contribute to peace.

We collaborate with artists who work in divided communities, supporting them to reflect on, document, and strengthen their practice. The lessons from these collaborations are accessible through publications, trainings, courses, and this virtual resource center. Read more about why we need creative approaches to peacebuilding.

Sign up to receive our newsletter, Peacebuilding and the Arts NOW, and read the latest issue.




Featured News


Call for Briefs: Urban Violence and the Arts

We are writing to enlist your assistance with a timely and important research project exploring the role of municipalities in contributing to, preventing and ameliorating the effects of urban violence. In particular, we are focusing on the arts and culture, including individuals, organizations, institutions, municipal arts agencies, etc. This research is part of a larger project initiated by the Global Institute for Justice in the Hague named City Responsibility: The Role of Municipalities in Conflict Prevention

Read the full call for briefs.

Submit your brief via our online form. Or if you prefer, email your response to Nila Premaratna, research assistant.  



Announcing Recipients of Acting Together Small Grants for Course Development in Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict

ATGrantRecipientsThe Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts is proud to announce the recipients of five small grants designed to provide support to college and university educators as well as trainers of theater practitioners support they need to incorporate the resources of the Acting Together Project into their course curricula and workshop sessions. The Acting Together Small Grants for Course Development in Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict were made possible by the generous contribution of Elaine Reuben '63.

Acting Together resources will be sent to educators and trainers in Canada, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, and the Oglala Lakota College in South Dakota, USA.

Read more about the recipients and how they will be using the Acting Together resources.



American Theatre Magazine Features CAST, Peacebuilding and the Arts

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American Theatre magazine is featuring the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts and the new minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST) and in a feature of university and college programs that focus on the nexus between theatre and social change.

"Within Brandeis’s International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life is a groundbreaking program called Peacebuilding and the Arts. A leader in for social justice programming among university campuses, Brandeis created Peacebuilding and the Arts to give artists working in conflict zones a toolkit for enacting positive change.... Read more.



New Minor at Brandeis: 
Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation

CASTDo you want to combine your passion for social change with your creative talents?

Do you want to explore how can we join our stories together to create more justice in our communities and around the world?

Do you believe in the power of the arts and want to learn more about how the arts can make a difference?

Join the minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation! The Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts is proud to announce this new interdepartmental minor at Brandeis. The minor offers students the opportunity to explore theory and practice at the center of arts and culture, peace and justice, and creativity. It is designed for students in the arts who want to connect their creative talents to their concerns for social change, and for students in the humanities and social sciences to explore music, theater, literature and visual arts as resources for justice and peace.

Learn more about the minor.

Read an article about CAST in the Ethics Central newsletter.

Read more about the objectives, learning goals, and requirements for the minor. Read the description in the 2014-2015 list of courses (page 18). Students who are interested in signing up for the minor can email Jennifer Cleary or call 781-736-3377. SoA

Read an article about CAST 
by Cynthia Cohen
in Brandeis' State of the Arts Magazine 
Fall 2014 issue


With generous funding from the Max and Sunny Howard Memorial Foundation, the minor will sponsor grants for faculty research and creative projects, and host conversations and events that will invite affiliated students and faculty into an interdisciplinary community of inquiry. We also express gratitude to Naomi Sinnreich P '13 for her vision and support.



Podcast:
International Visiting Research Scholar Public Talk:
Arts, Well-being and Resilience: Ideas and Music
May 6, 2014
Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
University of British Columbia

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Listen to the podcast (beginning at 15 minutes & 30 seconds).

Dr. Cynthia Cohen reported 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 was accompanied by Jane who illustrated 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... Read more.





Global "Acting Together" Campaign


We are currently partnering with ReCAST, Inc. on a Multilingual Global Campaign for "Acting Together on the World Stage."

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Acting Together documentary: “Acting Together on the World Stage
This remarkable 54 minutes documentary highlights courageous and creative artists and peacebuilders working in conflict regions, describes exemplary peacebuilding performances and offers tools for the creative transformation of violence. Order your copy now.

Acting Together anthology: “Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict is a two-volume work describing peacebuilding performances in regions beset by violence and internal conflicts.  Volume II focuses on the transformative power of performance in regions fractured by "subtler" forms of structural violence and social exclusion. Order your copy now.