Read News from the Field under the featured themes of Creative Approaches to Sustainability and Environmental Justice and Puppetry and Social Transformation
A Way Out of No Way: Music as a Source of Resilience, Healing and Justice
Peter Wall Institute
View more News and Events.
Acting Together short film featured in Culture Unplugged film festival
Read reflection from a meeting on documenting and communicating in the field of community cultural development
Read News from the Field under the featured themes of "Theatre for Peacebuilding in South Asia" and "Millennial and Intergenerational Approaches to Peacebuilding and the Arts."
Read reflection by Cindy Cohen: "Synergy: Women, Creativity & Peacebuilding"
A reflection on the life and passing of Nelson Mandela
by Kim Berman
Learn about our new project:
"A Way Out of No Way"
with Jane Wilburn Sapp
Read Cindy Cohen's article in the 2013 Olive Branch Teacher's Guide.
View video: Presentation by the Ulafa’a Visual Artists of Bahrain
Acting Together at Community Arts Lab (CAL) Theatre Festival in Netherlands
Read portrait of Cynthia Cohen in American Theatre magazine.
“Acting Together” Documentary receives the “Spirit of Place” Award
Ethics Central: Winter/Spring 2013 issue featuring Rose Art Museum Exhibit and From Bahrain to Brandeis and Back Again
Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts featured in Brandeis Magazine: (Summer 2012 issue)
“Acting Together” Documentary selected to receive a 2012 Telly Award
Xchange Perspectives (XCP) is using a Peacebuilding and the Arts report to support their work in South Sudan. Read more and watch the video.
Read a review of the Acting Together documentary by Shoshana Zeldner, featured by the Compathos Foundation
Read a Book Review
by Serge Loode of the
Acting Together Anthology
Vol. I & II
Acting Together Documentary
During the course, students learn about the cultural work and the 40 years of experience of Jane Wilburn Sapp, a distinguished African American musician, educator activist and cultural worker, in communities struggling for social justice. Students have the opportunity to reflect on Jane’s work and its meaning in their own lives in writing and in an intimate, small group format. Read Cindy's letter, which includes powerful excerpts of reflections from students.
"The beat of 10 drums filled the Alumni Lounge of the Usdan Student Center on Tuesday evening as musician and educator Toussaint Liberator led a group of Brandeis students in a drum circle. In a collaborative effort by Brandeis Beats and ’DEIS Impact, the event Beats of Peace aimed to enlighten students about the power of drum culture and how drumming can be used as a tool for peace. During the first half of the event, Cynthia Cohen, the director of Peacebuilding and the Arts, a program affiliated with the University’s International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, spoke about how music, and in this case, drums, can be and have been used for peacemaking. Cohen told a story of two drummers, one of the Hutu tribe and one of the Tutsi tribe, both living during the Hutu-Tutsi conflict...." Read more.
Photos from "Seeking Lives of Purpose"
Photographer Don West unveiled his new portrait of Jane Wilburn Sapp and Hubert Sapp during “Seeking Lives of Purpose: Images, Songs and Stories that Challenge and Inspire,” part of ’DEIS Impact 2014. Read about the event series and view additional photos from two of the events: "Ain't You Got a Right to the Tree of Life: Spirituality and the Quest for Justice in the African-American Musical Tradition" and "Meet and Greet Artists Don West and Jane Sapp: Reception."
Acting Together short film accepted into
Culture Unplugged film festival
“Dijana Milošević: Performing Truth in the Face of Denial,” one of the short films from the Acting Together toolkit, was accepted to the online film festival Culture Unplugged! Culture Unplugged aims to integrate disparate parts of the self and the global human society, primarily by leveraging the power of new media and extending the effort to offline events and actions. The organization is committed to contemplate and contribute to personal as well as collective spiritual need of the time by focusing on inner and intercultural expression. View the film.
Reflection on a national meeting on documenting,
archiving, and communicating in the field of
community cultural development
A small national meeting on documentation, archiving, and communication in the field of community cultural development was hosted December 6 - 8, 2013 by the Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts & Cinema, Center for the Arts, Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, and Institute for Policy and Governance. Dr. Cynthia Cohen and Jane Wilburn Sapp participated in the meeting. Read a blog post by another participant Jamie Haft, Assistant Director of Imagining America. The post reflects on learnings from the meeting and explains five misconceptions about documentation, archiving, and communication in the field that the meeting helped to debunk.
By Erica Granor '15
Exploring Ethics: Ethics Center Leadership Council Blog
"I’ve always loved to draw. The margins of my chemistry notebooks are dotted with doodles, my dorm room walls are plastered with sketches of landscapes and flowers. Until I became a member of the Ethics Center Leadership Council, art had always been about the aesthetic. Art took on new meaning when outreach for Peacebuilding and the Arts became my semester project for the ECLC...." Read more.
Applications now being accepted for
Composing Our Lives Together:
Song-Writing Workshop with Jane Wilburn Sapp
Sunday, February 2, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Slosberg Recital Hall
Application deadline: January 27 (Download the application)
Part of ‘DEIS Impact 2014: The weeklong "Festival of Social Justice" at Brandeis University
Join the dynamic activist, musician, educator and cultural worker Jane Wilburn Sapp to create an original song that will inspire us to compose lives devoted to social justice. We will draw themes from Portraits of Purpose and from our own experiences and aspirations. Musical background welcome but not required. Participation limited. If you wish to attend, please download and complete the application and email it to David Stiefel by January 27.
This event is part of the "Seeking Lives of Purpose" event series featuring Jane Wilburn Sapp and photojournalist Don West as part of 'DEIS Impact in February 2014. View the program brochure page.