"Arts and Building Peace: Affirming the Basics and Envisioning the Future" - Paper by Dr. Cynthia Cohen
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
Training in Music and Conflict Transformation
SIT Graduate Institute, Vermont
Summer Peacebuilding Institute
“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
International Community Arts Festival (CAF)
March 27 - April 2, 2017
Acting Together Documentary
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News - Archive
Just Performance: Enacting Justice in the Wake of Violence
December 1 & 2
The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life organized an innovative symposium with the Northeastern University School of Law on December 1st and 2nd, 2011, which examined the approaches through which societies seek justice in the aftermath of violent conflict and gross violations of human rights. The exploration focused on four different types of “performance” used by communities and societies to pursue justice and restore trust: public ritual, theater, truth commissions, and judicial proceedings... Read more.
Symposium addresses role of theater in justice
The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life held a two-day symposium, “Just Performance: Enacting Justice in the Wake of Violence,” to explore how societies address legacies of violence. The event took place on Dec. 1 and 2 and offered two full days of classes, panels and workshops. The focus was on Peru, Cambodia and the United States, and brought together scholars in the fields of law, transitional justice, and theater to discuss three overarching ideas: How societies best recover from widespread violence and human rights violations… Read more.
Strengthening Work at the Nexus of the Arts and Peacebuilding: Preliminary Report on Survey
The Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University conducted an online survey about priorities for strengthening work at the nexus of arts and peacebuilding. Between October 25 and November 2, one hundred thirty-two people completed the survey online; about half identify themselves as artists and cultural workers, and about half as peacebuilders. By far, most respondents conceptualize work at the nexus of peacebuilding and the arts as either "a field" or "an emerging field." In prioritizing the kinds of resources that would be most helpful in strengthening work in this area, respondents ranked most highly the following: funding, technical assistance to strengthen organizations, training opportunities in conflict regions, opportunities for international exchange, and cultivation of leaders. Additional work will be done to analyze survey responses over the next 3-6 months. Read the preliminary report.
The Transformative Power of Peacebuilding
The Common Ground Blog
"Art is not what one sees but what one can make others see.” With this quote from painter Edgard Degas, Sheldon Himmelfarb, Director at the Center of Innovation at United States Institute for Peace (USIP) opened the Conflict Prevention and Resolution Forum on art and peacebuilding. The first panelist was Cynthia Cohen, Director of the Peacebuilding and the Arts program at Brandeis University, Boston... Read more.
Conflict Prevention and Resolution Forum: Arts and Conflict
U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave, NW
Featured speakers: Cynthia Cohen, Director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University, and Lena Slachmuijlder, Chief Programming Officer at Search for Common Ground.
The arts provide a window through which communities recovering from conflict can explore painful social wounds. How can peacebuilders better engage the arts, media and culture to their advantage?
Learn more and Register Now.
Musical Presentation by Jane Sapp Opens the Peacebuilding and the Arts Weekend Intensive
Friday, October 21, Jane Sapp, singer-songwriter, storyteller and educator, began her presentation by sitting at the piano and playing a few simple blues chords before letting the music capture everyone in the audience. Soon, her soulful rendition of This Little Light of Mine filled Slosberg Music Hall... Read more.
Boston Premiere of "Acting Together on the World Stage"
Evening showcases importance of performing arts in peacebuilding
Artists, peacebuilders, students and educators gathered last night in Distler Performance Hall for the Boston premiere of "Acting Together on the World Stage," a documentary about artistic groups around the world who use creativity in the performing arts to address conflict resolution... Read more.
Acting Together on the World Stage: Moral Imagination and Resilience: Master class for leaders in Arts & Peacebuilding
This four-day master class is co-led by Cynthia Cohen and Dijana Milošević, at the Derry Playhouse's International Culture and Arts Network, Northern Ireland. To attend, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
BBC Radio Arts Extra Interview
Interview with Dr. Cynthia Cohen and Dijana Milošević about the Irish Premiere of "Acting Together on the World Stage" in Derry and Belfast and the cultural work in the region. Listen now.
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Read blogs by our ECLC members, Anna Khandros and Yuan Yao.
Dr. Cynthia Cohen: A Consortium on Peacebuilding and the Arts.
Dr. Cynthia Cohen is the woman behind this week’s events at Brandeis University on Peacebuilding and the Arts and the director of the program on Peacebuilding and the Arts at the university’s Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life. Cynthia is also the creator of the soon-to-be-released documentary on the topic, a two-volume anthology and a tool kit to help peacebuilders engage effectively with the arts.
Interview with Carrie MacLeod: Why Arts and Peacebuilding?
It’s been a terrific gathering at Brandeis University these past few days discussing strategies and values around Peacebuilding and the Arts. There’s much to synthesize! I’ll post more soon, but to start here’s a quick interview with Carrie MacLeod, faculty at University of British Columbia and at the European Graduate School. Carrie has used arts-based peacebuilding methods for years – and articulates well why the arts are such a powerful tool in creating a safe space for healing and envisioning new relationships.
Interview with Michelle LeBaron: How People REALLY Solve Problems
University of British Columbia law professor Michelle LeBaron says peacebuilding practitioners and scholars miss key opportunities to transform conflict when they ignore the wisdom of body and intuition. LeBaron is a participant in this week’s roundtable and think tank on Peacebuilding and the Arts held at Brandeis University. Professor LeBaron’s current work Dancing at the Crossroads explores dance and movement as resources for bringing people together across historical divides.
Watch the interview with Michelle LeBaron.
Interview with Erik Ehn: The Avalanche Towards PeaceErik Ehn is a prolific playwright and peacebuilder who offered intriguing metaphors and keen insight about Peacebuilding and the Arts at this week’s Brandeis roundtable and think tank. Among many other things, Ehn conducts annual trips to Rwanda/Uganda, taking students and professionals in the field to study the history of these countries, and to explore the ways art is participating in recovery from violence. He produces the Arts in the One World conference yearly, which engages themes of art and social change.
Watch the interview to hear Erik’s take on the inevitable emergence of arts in the practice of peacebuilding.
Peacebuilding and the Arts Weekend Intensive (Program works with arts to create peace)
The artist does not have to produce his work in isolation; instead of being confined to the walls of his studio, the artist can place his work in a more global, social context. Students and community development professionals came together from April 1 to April 3 to discuss the role of art in a global context and how it can raise questions about conflict...Read More.
Talking to Mahmood (YouTube) on November 4, 2010. Cindy Cohen and Allison Lund were interviewed by Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, Iranian theater artist, poet and educator.
Cynthia Cohen of Brandeis University presented a keynote at the International Culture Arts Network Conference 2010, "Exchange: Collaborative Arts/Conflict Transformation." ICAN's inaugural conferences - the second is devoted to visual arts - examine and share experiences of arts and cultural work in international conflict, post-conflict and socially disadvantaged community contexts.
"Acting Together," a new documentary film created by the Peacebuilding and the Arts Program of Brandeis' International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life in collaboration with Theatre Without Borders, was launched at a special screening at the La Mama Experimental Theatre Club in New York City on September 23, 2010, at a major international conference on theater and peacebuilding in conflict zones. Read about the launch on BrandeisNOW. More details on the Ethics Center website.