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New Minor: Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation


Listen to a podcast from Arts, Well-being and Resilience: Ideas and Music with Cynthia Cohen and Jane Wilburn Sapp
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Video: Liberian Women's Chorus' song about abducted Nigerian girls
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Listen to a podcast of a panel on the theme of Resilience, the Arts and Social Transformation at the UBIAS conference that featured Dr. Cynthia Cohen and many more
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25th IPRA General Conference
August 10-14
Istanbul, Turkey
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"A Call for a Boston Spring: Arts for an Urban Renaissance"


Rehearsing Change: A semester study abroad opportunity in Ecuador
Spring 2015
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Read News from the Field under the featured themes of Creative Approaches to Sustainability and Environmental Justice
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and Puppetry and Social Transformation


View a video from
"Composing Our Lives
Together" song-writing
workshop with Jane Sapp
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Read more News from the Field.


Drum circle fosters new approach to peace
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Don West unveils portrait of Jane and Hubert Sapp at "Seeking Lives of Purpose"
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Read reflection from a meeting on documenting and communicating in the field of community cultural development
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Read News from the Field under the featured themes of "Theatre for Peacebuilding in South Asia
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and "Millennial and Intergenerational Approaches to Peacebuilding and the Arts."


Read Jean Randich’s award-nominated review of the Acting Together anthology.
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Learn about our new project:
"A Way Out of No Way"
with Jane Wilburn Sapp
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Acting Together at Community Arts Lab (CAL) Theatre Festival in Netherlands
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View video: Presentation by the Ulafa’a Visual Artists of Bahrain
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Read portrait of Cynthia Cohen in American Theatre magazine.


Xchange Perspectives (XCP) is using a Peacebuilding and the Arts report to support their work in South Sudan. Read more and watch the video.
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Acting Together Documentary

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Watch the preview!


Find "Acting Together" screenings near you.


Acting Together short film featured in Culture Unplugged film festival
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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


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

Do 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.

Read more about the minor.

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. The minor is made possible with generous funding from the Max and Sunny Howard Memorial Foundation and gratitude to Naomi Sinnreich P'13 for her vision and support.



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.




Featured Upcoming Events & Opportunities -
News from the Field


International Symposium for
Directors/Actors/Theatre-makers

Session One: June 30 – July 14, 2014
Session Two: July 16 – July 30, 2014
The symposium will be composed of professional workshops with topics such as Theatre of the Oppressed & Playback Theatre, From Personal To Collective History, and Performance For Personal and Social Change. The workshops will be taught by artists including Chen Alon (Israel), Enrico Casagrande & Daniela Nicolo (Italy), Hjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichorn (Bolivia/Germany), Belarus Free Theatre with Natalia Kaliada, Vladimir Shcherban, Nikolia Khalezin (Belarus), Jessica Litwak (USA), Dijana Milosevic (Serbia), Roberto G. Varea (Argentina).


Multi-Arts Pedagogic Safari
Inaugural Session: July 20 - August 15, 2014
2nd Session: September 21 - October 14, 2014
The Multi-Arts Pedagogic Safari is a 21-day creative training program that fuses African traditions & artistic expressions with Theatre of the Oppressed techniques and other contemporary art forms to transform vulnerable communities in East Africa. The program is hosted by the Budondo Intercultural Centre of Uganda and the Amani Peoples Theatre (APT) of Kenya, a leading training provider in participatory methodologies and application in conflict transformation, community development and healing from trauma. The registration for the first two sessions closes on May 20 and July 20, respectively. Learn more or contact apt@aptkenya.org for further details about the program.



IPRA

25th IPRA General Conference
“Uniting for Peace: Building Sustainable Peace Through Universal Values” 

August 10-14, 2014
Istanbul, Turkey

The International Peace Research Association (IPRA) is hosting the 25th General Conference on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of IPRA under the theme “Uniting for Peace: Building Sustainable Peace Through Universal Values.” In pursuit of building sustainable peace based on universal values, aiming at further contributing to the academic debate and on the occasion of the IPRA’s 50th anniversary conference will focus on issues related to post Cold War political ideology, geopolitics, geoeconomics, international and regional cooperation on intra-state and cross-border conflicts. The conference will also include a convening of several IPRA Commissions including the Art & Peace Commission. Read more about the conferenceparticipation fees, and read the latest IPRA newsletter


Read more News from the Field.






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.