Arts for Life Podcast Series
Episode 1 - Arts for Life: African Voices, a pilot featuring Gcina Mhlophe and Kim Berman
The new Brandeis minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) presents:
Article: LaShawn Simmons '18 breaks down barriers and builds empowerment with poetry
Recipient of a CAST Grant for Student Projects
Art & Social Justice
State of the Arts - Fall 2015
Featured News from the Field Theme: "African-led Initiatives at the Intersection of the Arts and Social Transformation"
The Singapore International Festival of Arts 2016
August 11 - September 17, 2016
“Yes, Art and Culture Can Change the World”
By Adam Horowitz
Artist Protection Fund (AFP)
November 17 - 19, 2016
United States Department of Arts and Culture
7th Bi-annual International Forum Theatre Festival
December 5-20, 2016
International Community Arts Festival (CAF)
March 27 - April 2, 2017
"Arts and Building Peace: Affirming the Basics and Envisioning the Future" - Paper by Dr. Cynthia Cohen
In 16 Cities in the U.S.
Hosted by USDAC
USDAC "HI-LI" Creative Community Database
Accepting Project Submissions
Featured Theme -
News from the Field: Artists and Ebola: Preventing, Honoring, Grieving, Healing
Featured Theme -
News from the Field: “The Most Important Images of the Year”: Artists Respond to Racial Violence in the U.S.
Article: From exile to performance, activist Gayflor inspires hope
On Fatu Gayflor and Toni Shapiro-Phim's Residency
Video: Paul Smith, Director of British Council, USA on 'Culture and Conflict' at Reception Honoring Fatu Gayflor & Naomi Sinnreich
Optivism - Music & Film
24th International Festival of Student Theatre
September 28 to October 2
Press Release Summary from 25th IPRA General Conference
Read reflection by Cindy Cohen: "Synergy: Women, Creativity & Peacebuilding"
Ethics Central: Winter/Spring 2013 issue featuring Rose Art Museum Exhibit and From Bahrain to Brandeis and Back Again
Acting Together Documentary
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.
Letter from the Co-Convenors and Advisors of the Art & Peace Commission of the IPRA
"This year, the co-convenors and advisors of the Art & Peace Commission have made the difficult decision of not attending the IPRA conference in Sierra Leone. We sincerely hope that the situation will be resolved by the time of the next IPRA conference in 2018, but in the meantime, we have reached a consensus that it was imperative to show our disapproval of the authoritarian type of management displayed by the current leaders.
For instance, we thought that the way in which the IPRA leadership attempted to remove some Commission Convenors from their positions, and appoint new ones, without adequate consultation, was detrimental to an organization purporting to support peace by peaceful means. In any case, it is now too late and it seems that IPRA is moving ahead as if nothing had happened, so we have decided, with considerable regret, to refrain from attending the conference in November and December 2016 in Sierra Leone. At the same time, we recognize the value of the commission to its members and to IPRA as a whole, and we are not discouraging others from participating.
Looking forward to 2018, we'll be happy to continue exchanging news and reports on activities and research with all members of our Art & Peace Commission through our facebook page and many other ways. Many thanks for your continued support."
Maria Elisa Pinto Garcia
Creative Approaches to Conflict Transformation - A Conversation with Germaine Ingram and Cindy Cohen
The Brandeis Hoot
February 5, 2016
"Germaine Ingram is an activist and tap dancer as well as the keynote speaker for ’DEIS Impact. She spoke with Cindy Cohen, the director of Brandeis’ Peacebuilding and the Arts program, about the importance of art in the midst of conflict on Wednesday, Feb. 3. The conversation centered around Ingram’s experience as the head of a legal team in the Philadelphia school district..."
Read full article in the Brandeis Hoot.
Ingram dances between the law and arts in 'DEIS Impact keynote
February 5, 2016
In the keynote address for 'DEIS Impact, Germaine Ingram delivered a speech that examined issues of social justice in the legal arena and offered her interpretation of the artistic experience, all interspersed with music and dance performances.
It was an appropriate combination for Ingram, who is both an acclaimed jazz tap dancer and an accomplished civil rights lawyer. Before turning to her performance career full-time, Ingram practiced law for 30 years, litigating employment discrimination class action suits, and challenging policies and practices that limited employment opportunities for women and minorities...."
Read full article from Brandeis NOW.
Ingram chosen as keynote for ’DEIS Impact
January 19, 2016
"For civil rights lawyer Germaine Ingram, life is equal parts scholarship, art and social justice; her tap dancing performances often focus on historical and social justice themes, and her lectures draw upon her years spent pursuing justice in court. On Feb. 3, Ingram will bring these themes together as she delivers the keynote address for ’DEIS Impact 2016.
This year marks the fifth annual ’DEIS Impact, an 11-day celebration of social justice. The festival, which includes events hosted by clubs, student organizations and community groups, is put on as a collaboration between the Student Union and the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life. Ingram will be performing “Freedom Underfoot” —about the final year of the Civil War in Atlanta — on Feb. 2 and will give her address, “The Law and the Stage: Platforms for Pursuing Social Justice,” on Feb. 3.
Marci McPhee, the director of campus programs at the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, wrote in an email to the Justice that Ingram was a clear choice, as she “embodies what I feel is the spirit of ‘DEIS Impact: starting wherever you are, taking whatever you have, and using that to build social justice in all its dimensions.”
Additionally, McPhee noted that the invitation is decided jointly, due to the collaborative nature of ’DEIS Impact and given that it is a partnership between the Student Union and the Ethics Center. She added that the talk and performance are also part of the Student Support Services Program’s 25th anniversary celebration, and will be co-sponsored by Brandeis Posse and the University’s new interdisciplinary minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation..."
Read full article from The Justice.
LaShawn Simmons '18 breaks down barriers and builds empowerment with poetry
With a CAST program grant, the Posse Scholar made "Ebony Axis," a zine for black women on campus
By Jarret Bencks | Oct. 9, 2015
During rehearsals of 'for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf,' a play presented by Brandeis Ensemble Theater this past March, LaShawn Simmons '18 began to conceive an idea to keep the collective creative juices flowing.
'I wanted it to be part of a movement,' she said. 'I wanted to continue the care-free black girl vibes. I didn't want it to end with the play.'
Simmons, a Posse Scholar majoring in African and Afro-American studies with a minor in sexuality and queer studies, found that the arts offer disarming ways of open, challenging discussions on issues race and gender, and began to think of other ways to engage people through the arts.
'With art, people can feel more engaged, there aren't those barriers that can get in the way of getting to a deeper conversation,' she said. 'You never know who might be touched by your story.'
Simmons' inspiration led to the founding of Ebony Axis, a poetry zine for black women on campus. The seed for Ebony Axis was planted during the play's production, but the concept was brought to reality through the first round of Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST) student grants...."
Read full article from Brandeis NOW.
"Among the many ways that Brandeis enacts its commitment to social justice is through the arts. 'Recognition of the contributions of arts and culture to peace is real and growing,' writes Cindy Cohen, director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts..." Read more and view the full issue.
CAST-Sponsored Ebony Axis Debuts
By Karen Seymour | October 2, 2015
"After performing in 'for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is not enuf' last fall, Lashawn Simmons ’18, a Posse Scholar, decided to create a zine, Ebony Axis, that contained poetry from black women on campus. To celebrate the launch of her publication and its contributors, a coffeehouse was held at Chum’s over the weekend, with students watching the performances from outside because it was so crowded. The party was a showcase of poets, dancers and singers who shared pieces on blackness, womanhood and the intersection of both." Read the full article. Read more about the CAST minor.
The Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts provided small grants designed to provide support to five college and university educators as well as trainers of theater practitioners to support the incorporation of the resources of the Acting Together Acting Together Project into their course curricula and workshop sessions.
Acting Together resources were sent to educators and trainers in Canada, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, and the Oglala Lakota College in South Dakota, USA.
NOW AS THEN: WE WHO BELIEVE IN FREEDOM CANNOT REST
Events held September 28 through October 8 focused creative attention on the struggle for voting rights
We explored songs and stories surrounding the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1963, and considered actions we can take today in the face of the 2013 Supreme Court decision that, according to the distinguished civil rights leader and now Congressman John Lewis, "put a dagger into the heart" of the law.
Video: Workshop with Jane Wilburn Sapp
September 28, 2:00-5:00pm
Slosberg Music Hall
Workshop with Jane Wilburn Sapp, cultural worker, musician, organizer and educator, adapting and composing songs and spoken word poetry advocating for voting rights today.
Recognizing that 2016 will be the first presidential election in fifty years when all or part of 16 states will not be required to seek federal approval for changes in voter regulations we asked:
- What can we learn from the songs and the stories of those who participated in struggle for voting rights in Selma in 1965?
- What strategies are being used to suppress Americans, particularly African Americans, from voting in 2015 and 2016?
- What can we at Brandeis do to reclaim and strengthen voting rights today?