The new Brandeis minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) presents:
Jane Sapp in Residence
April 13 - 25
A Mini-Festival of Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation
April 24, 12:00–4:00pm
A part of the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts
The White Mountain National Forest Artist-in-Residence Program
Applications Due: April 17
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News from the Field: Artists and Ebola: Preventing, Honoring, Grieving, Healing
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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 Gaylor & Naomi Sinnreich
Optivism - Music & Film
Brandeis and CAST student participating in Rehearsing Change study abroad program in Ecuador
24th International Festival of Student Theatre
September 28 to October 2
Registration Deadline: April 1
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.
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Small Grants for Course Development in Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict
Application Deadline: April 30, 2015
The Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University is offering $500 grants to college and university educators to support efforts to incorporate the resources of the Acting Together project into curricula. The resources include a documentary film, a toolkit of resources for teaching and learning, and a two-volume anthology.
Grant recipients will also receive:
- a copy of the documentary with subtitles in Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, Sinhala, Spanish and Tamil;
- the two-volume anthology.
Applications are welcome from faculty members teaching in Theater, Performance Studies, Community Art, or any of the creative arts; or in Peace and Justice studies, Development, Conflict Transformation, Trauma Studies, Foreign Relations, Global Studies, Politics, Sociology, Anthropology, etc. We are especially interested in receiving applications from members of the faculty of institutions with limited resources for media acquisition, including:
- Historically Black colleges and universities
- Institutions with high Hispanic enrollment
- Tribal colleges and universities
- Community Colleges
CAST Grants for Student Projects Related to Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation
Applications Due: April 1
In the 2014-2015 academic year, Brandeis’s new minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) anticipates awarding two grants of up to $500 each for projects proposed by students enrolled in the introductory course, or who have previously taken The Arts of Building Peace. Read more and apply.
Talk bridges improvisation and justice
The Justice | By Brooke Granovsky | Published 03/31/15
March 27, 2015
"...The talk touched on how improv related to people’s daily lives, to activism and ultimately how improvisation allows people to deal with challenges in a productive way. The discussion focused on the process of improvisation and how it is similar or dissimilar to the way people attempt to enact social change. Prof. Tom Hall (MUS) and Cynthia Cohen, director of the University’s Ethics Center’s Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, came together to discuss how their departments overlapped and what this could mean in the context of improvisation and social change...
Cohen commented... that in the context of creating meaning or understanding out of the unknown, improvisation allows for many ways of constructing meaning. She explained that, for instance, in a visual medium of improvisation, the meaning is constructed by the partnership between the artists and the viewers. Their analysis of visual works give the works meaning in addition to the meaning the artists create.
Cohen also noted that this process of internalizing another person’s ideas and using them to draw new conclusions relates well with the concepts of empathy and social justice. Just as improvisation requires people to extend their ideas, so too do empathy and social activism require people to extend their thoughts and experiences in order to gain an understanding of new situations..." Read the full article in the Justice.
Video of remarks by Paul Smith, Director of British Council, USA on 'Culture and Conflict' at Reception Honoring Liberian Singer Fatu Gaylor & CAST Supporter Naomi Sinnreich
March 3, 2015, 4:50 - 6:00 pm
Slosberg Music Center Atrium
Immediately following presentations by Fatu Gayflor and Toni Shapiro-Phim in an open session of the Intro to CAST course, a reception and informal gathering was hosted as part of their March 2015 residency at Brandeis. Featured guests included Paul Smith, the director of the British Council in the USA and Cultural Counsellor at the British Embassy in Washington, DC. He spoke briefly at the reception about 'Culture and Conflict' more broadly, bringing insight from his previous posts in New Zealand, India and Afghanistan. View the video.
Folklore Project event Saturday examines arts as
Philly.com | March 20, 2015
"When the Liberian Women's Chorus for Change performed for soldiers involved in that country's civil war, Philadelphia Folklore Project Director of Programs Toni Shapiro-Phim said that some in the audience were so moved that they handed their guns to the performers as a sign of peace.
The artists from the same group performed in different communities with people of varied ethnic backgrounds as a model for reconciliation in the country, Shapiro-Phim said.
Shapiro-Phim said these are perfect examples of what the PFP's event tomorrow, "Peacebuilding and Traditional Arts: A Forum," will discuss - how traditional arts and social-justice work can combine to create positive change in communities. The event, which will feature a performance by the Liberian Women's Chorus for Change, will run from 2:30 to 5 p.m., at The Performance Garage....
...In addition to the discussions and performances, Cynthia Cohen, of Brandeis University's Peacebuilding and the Arts Initiative, will present the documentary "Acting Together on the World Stage." The film is about artistic endeavors in regions of conflict, and how these efforts can help communities heal after tragedies like mass violence. .." Read more.
From exile to performance, activist Gayflor inspires hope
On Fatu Gayflor and Toni Shapiro-Phim's Residency
March 6, 2015
"Exiled from her home country in the midst of civil war, Fatu Gayflor, renowned vocalist, founder and artistic director of the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change, spoke to the Brandeis community on Thursday, March 5 to share legacies of loss, violence, resilience and hope. Now settled in Philadelphia, Gayflor stated, 'Telling my story has helped me to be the strong person I am today.'
Gayflor is one of four acclaimed vocalists comprising the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change, an initiative of the Philadelphia Folklore Project, which seeks to share experiences of domestic violence and post conflict reconciliation through song and performance. Joined by Tori Shapiro-Phim, director of programs for the Philadelphia Folklore Project, Gayflor shared her experiences as a former refugee and survivor of civil war.
In an exclusive interview with The Brandeis Hoot following her performance, Gayflor revealed her incredible journey through war-torn Liberia to her rise as an acclaimed vocalist inspiring hope in her audiences across the world...." Read more.
The faculty committee of the minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST) has just awarded grants of $2,000 each to four members of the Brandeis faculty for research and creative projects. The awards will support creative and scholarly inquiry into theory and practice at the nexus of arts, culture and social change; enhance teaching and advising; and animate an interdisciplinary conversation about creativity, social justice and peacebuilding through the arts. Read more about the inaugural projects.
New Minor at Brandeis:
Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation
The Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts is proud to announce a new interdepartmental minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation 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.
Why Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation?
Throughout the world, artists, cultural workers, educators and organizers are incorporating the arts into efforts to strengthen relationships across differences and contribute to more just, less violent communities. They engage with a wide array of art forms – music, literature, theater, visual arts, storytelling, digital art and broadcast media, architecture, conceptual art and folk expressions of all kinds.
Artists and cultural workers are nourishing, restoring and strengthening the capacity of communities to live creatively, sustainably and ethically.
Creative and artistic approaches to social transformation involve people as creators, performers, producers, participants, audience members, witnesses and critics. Some initiatives operate in single neighborhoods; some are international in scope. Some are one-time events, others create institutions and processes that last for decades.
Dr. Cynthia Cohen will be teaching the introductory course, Introduction to Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST 150b), starting in spring 2015. Read more about the objectives, learning goals, and requirements for the minor. Read the description in the 2014-2015 list of courses (page 18), and read an article about CAST in the Ethics Central newsletter. Visit the CAST website. Students who are interested in signing up for the minor can email Jennifer Cleary or call 781-736-3377.
Call for Faculty Proposals - CAST Minor
The faculty committee of the new minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation announces awards of $2000 for research and creative projects related to the new minor will be available to members of the Brandeis faculty during the next two academic years. Proposals are due October 27th. The stipends are designed to:
- Support creative and scholarly inquiry into theory and practice at the nexus of arts, culture, and social change.
- Enhance teaching and advising related to the educational objectives of the new minor.
- Animate an interdisciplinary conversation about creativity, social justice, and peacebuilding through the arts.
Read about CAST in the Brandeis Hoot
New minor brings social purpose to the arts
The Brandeis Hoot
October 16, 2014
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.