Highlights

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
The Justice
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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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Nilanjana Premaratna


Nilanjana Premaratna is a PhD student at the School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland. She is a scholar and activist from Sri Lanka with a history of volunteering and working in the Sri Lankan conflict context for over one and a half decades. Her education and research interests build upon this activism and experience.

Nilanjana graduated from the University of Colombo with a Bachelor of Arts and completed her Master's degree at the University of Queensland on an Australian Leadership Award. In her PhD thesis, Nilanjana explores the role of theatre for peacebuilding in South Asia. Thus, her research and activist interests in the nexus of art and peacebuilding complement each other, drawing from and contributing to each other.

She co-authored "Art and Peacebuilding: How Theatre Transforms Conflict in Sri Lanka," a chapter in the following book: Oliver Richmond (ed), "Palgrave Advances in Peacebuilding: Critical Developments and Approaches," London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, pp. 376-391.  

Our gratitude is given to Nilanjana for collaborating with the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts to compile a set of initiatives and organizations in South Asia working in the intersection of theatre and peacebuilding for News from the Field and for our January Peacebuilding and the Arts Now newsletter. 




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