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MusicUnitesUS (MUUS) partnered with the Brandeis Theater Company to present The Conference of the Birds this fall at the Brandeis University Spingold Theater. The effort was a part of MUUS's Fall 2014 Intercultural Residency Series, and the production was directed by internationally renowned theater artist Hafiz Karmali. View a video compilation from the production. MusicUnitesUs believes that music is a common medium that can help to unite diverse cultures in our own neighborhoods and transcend boundaries in the global community.
Artistic Responses to Other Current Global Crises - News & Events
Sand artist appeals for peace in Gaza through sand art
World famous sand artist, Sudarsan Pattnaik, created a sand sculpture at Puri beach in Odisha, urging Israel and Gaza to end the conflict and appealing for peace. "Both countries should talk and resolve the issue. War is not a solution and local people are being affected to such an extent that one gets to see blood everywhere. So we want to send across a message to both the countries through this art that they should make efforts to initiate peace process and U.N. should be part of it," said Pattnaik. Read more.
Russian-language, Ukrainian Playwrights Cope with the Ukraine-Russia Conflict
As the Ukraine-Russian conflict escalated into a shooting war in the first half of 2014, two Ukrainian playwrights spoke out against the violence in their art. Natalya Vorozhbyt spent three months interviewing students, Cossacks, doctors and other volunteers on Maidan, the central square in Kyiv, where the now-famous protests were taking place. The result was a verbatim play, “Maidan: Voices from the Uprising,” which was performed in London at Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre Upstairs. Read more.
Israeli and Palestinian Musicians Perform at New York's Global Citizen Festival alongside Alicia Keys
Israeli producer and musician Idan Raichel performed Saturday, September 27 in New York's Central Park live alongside Palestinian musician Ali Amir-Kanoon and Alicia Key at the Global Citizen Festival. The three performed the American soul singer's newest release "We Are Here," each singing in their native language. Read more.
Diminishing Returns: The Iraq War and Artistic Response, Five Years Onmore, by Ara H. Merjian
During the Vietnam War, artists stopped making work as a form of protest against its atrocities. Why is a similar response to Iraq unthinkable, and what is the artistic community doing instead? The question to ask seems not how much art has been made in response to the war, but rather what kind? To whose ideologies have these works given voice? What resonances if any have they had in the political realm? Can such things even be marked or measured? Read more.
Video: An interview with playwright Catherine Filloux about her new play "SELMA '65"
NBC 4 News New York
Catherine Filloux, playwright of "SELMA '65," sits down with Pei-Sze Cheng to talk about the real-life events that surrounded the legendary 1965 voting march in Selma, Alabama. Catherine Filloux’s one-woman play will receive its world premiere from September 25th to October 12th, 2014 for a 16-performance run at La MaMa, where Filloux is a resident artist. The artistic team includes director Eleanor Holdridge; actress Marietta Hedges; set designer Kris Stone; and costume designer Suttirat Larlarb, who did the costumes for the film Slumdog Millionaire, and with whom Filloux worked on her award winning play Eyes of the Heart. View the video and read more about SELMA '65. Read a blog post about the play and its exploration of a forgotten Civil Rights story.
Irrigate is a nationally recognized artist-led creative placemaking initiative pioneered along the Minneapolis & Saint Paul Green Line (light rail transit) during and after its years of construction. This artist-led community and economic development approach emphasizes cross-sector collaboration with local private and non-profit sectors to build social and economic capital by engaging local artists, neighborhoods, and businesses in addressing opportunities and challenges associated with change in their communities. The organization has trained nearly 600 local artists in placemaking and collaboration, and supported almost 200 of those artists to do 120 collaborative placemaking projects along the Green Line. View the website and video and view the Flickr page.
Rwanda: Arts for Peace Exhibition Tour
As part of activities to mark the 20th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, the National Commission for the fight against Genocide (CNLG), in partnership with Aegis Trust Rwanda has launched the Kwibuka20 National Arts Tour set to cover ten districts.The exhibition featured 15 drawings and 15 poems selected during the National School Arts Competition, held in April 2014, and 40 other collaborative artworks created by young Rwandans at an 'Art for Peace' workshop held in Kigali in the same month. Read more.
Video: Liberian Song about the Abducted Girls of Nigeria
The members of the Liberian Women's Chorus for Change wanted to do something to keep the world's attention focused on the search for the missing abducted school girls in Nigeria. "Kweyenge" is a song of lament in the Kpelle language of Liberia. It is sung by mothers longing for their daughters who are far from home. Watch the video, courtesy of Philadelphia Folklore Project.
Video - Sarah Lewis: How Art Can Change Society
Sarah Lewis, author of "The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery," describes how photography and music are often the catalyst for radical societal change. Lewis is a curator and historian based in New York. Watch the video and learn more about Sara Lewis.
Call for Support:
Theatre of the Oppressed "Tsunami" in Ukraine
The idea for the upcoming Theatre of the Oppressed "Joker Tsunami" originated from a group of Ukrainian Human Rights activists involved in the current protests in the country. For more than two months, the people of Ukraine have been protesting in the streets. However, the protesters and the government are becoming more and more willing to use violence to solve their differences. The main conflict is not only about "EU vs. Russia" but perhaps more crucially about 45 million people (the population of Ukraine) increasingly asking themselves fundamental questions about how to live a dignified life in times of merciless economic globalization and an ever growing unaccountable and deeply corrupt political elite that systematically denies the people of Ukraine some of their most basic human rights.
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The “Joker Tsunami” is a fully self-organized, self-financed, grassroots initiative. A total of six three-day workshops, each culminating in a final, interactive performance will be carried out in five cities of Ukraine, geographically covering the whole country (see map). It will bring together seven Theatre of the Oppressed practitioners from six countries to promote the creation of spaces for dialogue for Ukrainian citizens from different walks of life to analyze the past in the context of the present with the goal to imagine and practice their ideas for a better future.
The Tsunami organizers are inviting you to make a financial contribution to support the effort. The total budget of the initiative is 3,000 USD and includes all travel, accommodation and workshop expenses. So far, the group has raised approximately 1,500 USD amongst its organizers. If you are interested in contributing, please contact email@example.com.
Watch a set of YouTube videos for further information on the nature of their proposed action: video 1, video 2, and video 3. Visit the Facebook page. Thank you. Dyakuyu (Ukrainian). Spasivo (Russian).
Read a full description of the group's work and aims.
Listen to Hector Aristizabal, who recently visited Ukraine and has deep hope that people rather than politicians can resolve their differences through dialogue and art, speaking on an Los Angeles radio show on March 4, courtesy of Uprising Radio. Aristizabal is the founder and artistic director of ImaginAction, a nonprofit theatre arts organization in Los Angeles. In the segment, he speaks about his work, his observations in Ukraine, and explains the symbolism of the term "joker" used by practioners of Theatre of the Oppressed in their approach to human rights.
Trojan Kanthavo: the artist’s tryst with destiny
The Island Newspaper, Sri Lanka
Dharmasiri Bandaranayake’s last play, Trojan Kanthavo, a Sinhala adaptation of Euripides’ Trojan Women, took to the stage again recently, to both celebrate its 15th-year anniversary and raise much-needed funds for his art centre, Trikone. Bandaranayake is one of the last in the list of great old-timers of the Sri Lankan performing arts... But Bandaranayake is not merely an enormously talented artist; he is also a citizen with a social conscience…. Read more of the article. Read more about Dharmasiri Bandaranayake in Madhawaihapitiya's case study featured in "Acting Together."
Artistic Responses to the Syrian Crisis
As the crisis in Syria continues, former Ethics Center staff member Kristin Williams, who now works for the Institute for Inclusive Security, co-wrote the article “Syrian Women Know How To Defeat ISIS” about creative approaches to leveraging on-going but little-known efforts of the women of Syria in support of humanitarian relief, local ceasefires, and resumption of negotiations. As Williams states, the women of Syria are “an untapped resource for creating lasting peace.” Read the article, originally published in Time Magazine. It offers fitting context for news about the artistic responses to the crises in Syrian featured below.
Special Report: Syria’s art in exile is roaring
"...A scream, a child in his eternal sleep, chains, passports with countless stamps, car wrecks, bombed-out buildings and numerous small models of corpses glued on to an empty canvas... Many Syrian artists are affected profoundly by the evils of their war-stricken homeland. The Middle East Monitor (MEMO) met up with a range of artists to study their ways of trying to humanise a war that is so inhuman that new-born babies are perceived as culpable." View this well-formatted, multi-paged report with many samples of artistic responses to Syrian crisis.
Comfort for Kids - a Project for Syria
Syria’s civil war and resulting refugee crisis are poised to become the worst humanitarian disaster of our time. According to the UN, more than half of all Syrian refugees are under the age of 18. Most have been out of school for months, if not years. The youngest are confused and scared by their experiences, lacking the sense of safety and home they need. Lina Safar had the honor to collaborate with Mercy Corps and UNICEF to develop the illustrations and design for a series of support products in both Arabic and English to help Syrian refugees recover from psychological trauma. The project was implemented under the Comfort For Kids (C4K) program with refugees living in Syria’s neighboring countries (Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq). C4K is a program workbook-based activity that is designed to help children express themselves and tell their stories, with an accompanying pamphlet for parents and caregivers. The booklets are in Arabic and each child has their own. Read more.
Video - Banksy marks third anniversary of Syria conflict
Reclusive British street artist Banksy has reworked one of his most celebrated pieces, "Girl with the Red Balloon," to mark the third anniversary of the ongoing conflict in Syria. Actor Idris Elba has lent his support to the campaign, voicing a video with exclusive music from Elbow. View the video, visit www.withsyria.com, and read more.
Book: Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline
In Syria, culture has become a critical line of defence against tyranny. Syria Speaks is a celebration of a people determined to reclaim their dignity, freedom and self-expression. It showcases the work of over fifty artists and writers who are challenging the culture of violence in Syria. Their literature, poems and songs, cartoons, political posters and photographs document and interpret the momentous changes that have shifted the frame of reality so drastically in Syria. Moving and inspiring, Syria Speaks is testament to the courage, creativity and imagination of the Syrian people. Brian Eno states the book is "an extraordinary collection, revealing a dynamic and exciting culture in painful transition - a culture where artists are really making a difference... You need to read this book." Read more. Read an additional review from Art and Politics Now.
Denied visas, Syrian refugees still get a platform
Washington Post | 21 Sep 2014
“Syria: The Trojan Women,” a play explaining the ramifications of the conflict for both Syrians and Americans, was to make its premiere of outside the Middle East. However, those plans were scuttled after a U.S. consular officer in Amman, unconvinced the entertainers would not seek asylum in this country, denied the women their application for visas. Held instead, the program, “Voices Unheard, The Syria: Trojan Women Summit,” was an effort by the Georgetown Lab for Global Performance and Politics and sponsors to explain the play, which was then was supposed to continue on to Columbia University. The project explores the roles of art and culture in international affairs. Read more.
Music to heal children’s souls
“Music won’t stop a bullet or protect a child to feel hungry but it can inspire.” Syrian composer and clarinettist Kinan Azmeh played his music for Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan. He is convinced that music can improve a person’s situation or heal a soul. Read more and listen to a radio interview.
Syria conflict finds a voice in hip-hop
Music and revolution have always gone hand-in-hand and the Arab Spring is no exception... LaTlateh is a Damascus-based three-piece hip-hop outfit whose music documents the day-to-day struggle of the Syrian uprising. "The situation in Syria is what motivates us to write. How can we sit by and watch all the pain and suffering that is going on around us and not speak out?" Read more.
Syria's Creative Resistance
Only a few weeks after it was posted on YouTube, Masasit Mati's play – Top Goon: Diaries of a Little Dictator – had received tens of thousands of views. It is just one of a wealth of satirical dramas, jokes, chants, graffiti slogans, videos, songs, and dances that have proliferated since Syrians began to rise up against the rule of the Assads. The web-based series that uses comedy and satire to lampoon President Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian regime’s response to the popular uprising in the country. Using finger puppets to avoid being identified by the regime, the artists behind Syria’s most daring revolutionary theatre use political satire to expose the regime’s violent strategy of oppressing the protests. Read an audience member's account.
Syrian Crisis: Seeing Conflict Through Art
The World Bank - Voices and Views: Middle East and North Africa
After 3 years of war, themes of fragmentation, fatigue, and bloodshed all come across in the work of Syrian artists were exhibited at the World Bank. Collectively, their paintings convey a sense of the internal turmoil caused by external violence, paintings that hint at conflict: the skeleton beneath the skin, a fractured womb, being caught in a trap like a fly, the scarlet gashes of torn flesh, and sinister handcuffs, to name a few subjects. One of the featured artists Heba Al Akkad, who created ‘In We Are Not Numbers’ said “I relied on my memory of drawings of children from Syria. The aim was to draw attention to the fact that children are not part of the war, to protect their memories from the acts of violence and the cruelties of armed conflict.” Read more and view samples of the art pieces from the exhibit. Read an article about the exhibition.
Damascus, Syria — As a result of the Syrian conflict, cultural events have been on the decline in Damascus. Yet, some performers have moved from theater stages to the streets, with passersby as the audience.Young Syrians have become familiar with the organization Meet Us On The Road, whose members appear unexpectedly on the street with their instruments to recite their "musical" prayers, only to disappear suddenly.The group's most recent appearance on Oct. 9 was different. Titled “Musical March,” six young men and women started a musical march in Old Damascus, at the Khan Asad Pasha in al-Buzuriyah Souk. Read more.
Artistic Responses to Other Global Crises - Arts
The power of arts in the Middle East crisis
War alters societies, and art can serve to gauge the change. In the war-struck Middle East, artists are hindered in their work, and some are forced to emigrate. But they still believe in the healing capacity of art.Sayed Kashua, an Israeli-Arab writer and columnist for Israel's oldest daily newspaper "Haaretz,"left his home in Israel last month. What was supposed to be a short stay in the United States turned into a permanent move. The war between Palestinian Hamas and Israel means Kashua cannot go back. Read more.
Tripoli Graffiti: Revolution Street Art in Libya
It’s difficult to imagine the extent of trauma that the Libyan people have gone through over the past forty years and during the Feb17 uprising, but the street art around Tripoli is just scratching the surface. Messages of deep patriotism and hope combine with the memory of thousands of fallen heroes and fury against the dead tyrant. Honestly, the little graffiti that I saw left me with deep respect for the Libyans and sincere hope that their path will learn from ours and lead to a better future.
Art of the Arab Uprisings
The Occupy Gezi movement—which began as a protest against the destruction of Gezi Park for development purposes—included graffiti logos and slogans painted across Istanbul. Graffiti was one way that demonstrators and artists in Turkey and across the Middle East fought to reclaim public spaces from repressive regimes. The protests also gave voice to thousands of artists who used posters, murals, puppet shows, and plays to express their frustrations and their hopes for the future. Read more.
Palestinian Hip-Hop Group: ‘There are many layers to Palestinian life and identity - not just the occupation.’
Heralded by Le Monde as ‘the spokesmen of a new generation’, the members of DAM – the first [known] Palestinian hip-hop crew and among the first musicians to rap in Arabic – began working together in the late 90s. "There are many layers to Palestinian life and identity – not just [the] occupation."... "Rapping about women’s rights is as important as rapping about the occupation. You know, without social justice, there’s no freedom; so, we feel it’s important to raise our voices and bring [to light] all the issues Palestinians [are facing] today." Read more.
Project & Exhibit: Geographies of War | Iraq Revisited
The exhibition "Geographies of War | Iraq Revisited " was curated by Dr. Alan Ingram in 2013 at University College London. Bringing together artists from Iraq and Britain, it shows six works that give material form to the violence, anxiety and ruin of war but which also raise questions about resistance, resilience and dreams of peace. The project has been guided by the following main questions: How have artists and art institutions responded to the war? How have their responses engaged with the experience, representation and construction of geographic space? What have been the implications of artistic responses for public engagement in issues of war and peace? View the catalog, read more about the exhibit, and view the project’s ongoing blog.
Artists Support Ukraine
Artists Support Ukraine is a cultural initiative aimed at turning the attention of international public towards the current situation in Ukraine. There is an urgent need to stand against military aggression, propaganda and injustice. We are engaging artists and cultural workers from all over the world to make a statement in order to support peace and freedom. View, read and watch messages about the conflict in Ukraine from artists and cultural workers from all over the world. #supportukraine
Art exhibition The King’s Peace examines the role of photography in peace and warfare
1 Aug 2014 - 26 Oct 2014
Curated by Owen Logan and Kirsten Lloyd at Stills (Scotland's Centre for Photography), this exhibition brings together a rich array of artworks, photobooks and archival materials which use realist strategies to offer alternative perspectives on warfare and the civil peace. “Apart from the referendum, war is the big theme of 2014,” says Lloyd. ‘We wanted to stand this theme on its head to instead explore the idea of peace, or what is now often called ‘security.’ Our starting point was to make an exhibition about realist strategies, power relations, warmongering and the meaning of ‘peace’.” View the exhibition webpage, read an article, read an essay, and read the exhibition guide.
Exhibit: "The Language of Objects"
An exhibition titled "The Language of Objects" by female students at the Academic Institute of Arab Education at Beit Berl College in Israel features works constructed from everyday objects that have been thrown away. Under the supervision of Dr. Aida Nasrallah, the students restored objects and let them speak for themselves, leaving them open to the interpretation of the viewers. Students used cloth, fabric, buttons, and threads to quilt their childhood memories, which also help each of students to discover that their artwork can open a window toward the person that she really wants to be. For example, one student who worked with cloth and embroidery realized that she wanted to be a designer of a new Palestinian embroidery featuring modern shapes. She plans to host a workshop for unemployed women to learn the craft in order to support themselves. Read more and view photos.
Casagrande is a Chilean artistic collective and experimental journal created by poets Julio Carrasco, José Joaquín Prieto and Cristóbal Bianchi. Casagrande “publishes” performances in public spaces, changing its format for every issue. Previous formats include a walking-through edition inside the Chilean underground, a newspaper distributed free of charge throughout all the country, a sound edition broadcast by radio, and a planned DVD to be sent to the library of the International Space Station. It also includes other performances such as “Bombing of Poems,” a performance which consisted of dropping one hundred thousand poems printed on bookmarks from an aircraft – a helicopter or plane – over cities bombed during military confrontations in the past, from Berlin to Guernica to Santiago.The bookmarks printed in two languages, written by both Chilean writers and poets native to the location of the city. The poems are released at twilight and every single bookmark is picked up by the crowd. This performance creates an alternative image of the past and is a gesture of remembrance as well as being a metaphor for the survival of cities and people. Read an article about Bombing of Poems, view a presentation by José Joaquín Prieto at the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard University, and view a compilation video of the Bombings.
ImaginAction - Arts and Activism for a Better World
ImaginAction Theater Inc. is a non-profit theatre arts organization founded by Hector Aristizabal based in Los Angeles with workshops and performances throughout the world. Their work has been influenced by Theatre of the Oppressed, Playback Theatre, Theatre of Witness, Psychodrama, traditional storytelling, mask-making, drumming, dance and creative ritual. ImaginAction workshops use theatre to create rituals, allowing participants to recreate themselves and the community around them.
Call for Entries: The 2015 Alexia Foundation Grants
Deadline, Professional Grants: January 29, 2:00pm
Deadline, Student Grants: February 2, 2:00pm
The Alexia Foundation offers a professional Alexia Grant to enable professional photographers and visual journalists to produce substantial bodies of work that share the Foundation’s goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. The Foundation welcomes proposals for still photography or multimedia projects. The professional Grant recipient will receive $20,000 for the production of the proposed project. Student Grant recipeients receive full tuition for 1 year (undergraduate) or two classes up to $15,000 (graduate) and a cash award. Student applicants are encouraged to consider projects that explore cultural understanding in or near their local community.
Call for Contributions: IETM's Arts and Politics
Deadline: November 17
IETM is an international network for contemporary performing arts. We are pleased to announce a new call for contributions for the next IETM’s Fresh Perspectives research on Arts and politics. Is there such a thing as ‘pure art’, art for art’s sake? In times of crisis, is ‘apolitical’ art decadent? In times of violent conflicts, what role can artists and theatre-makers play, what impact can and should we have? What is the influence of art on democracy? How do the performing arts deal with political restrictions to freedom of speech and expression? Deadline for submitting proposals is November 17. Read more about the contribution and application guidelines.
2015 Grant Applications Open for Photography Projects on Conflict
The Aftermath Project
The Aftermath Project’s mission is to support photographic projects that tell the other half of the story of conflict — the story of what it takes for individuals to learn to live again, to rebuild destroyed lives and homes, to restore civil societies, to address the lingering wounds of war while struggling to create new avenues for peace. Grant proposals should reflect an understanding of this mission. Proposals may relate to the aftermath of numerous kinds of conflict, not just international wars. Proposals should include an explanation of the specific aftermath issues related to the project being proposed, as well as an overview of the applicant’s plans for covering the story during the course of the grant year — i.e, the proposed timing of trips, etc. Read more about the application guidelines. Please email sara(at)theaftermathproject.org with additional questions.
Publishing opportunity for students and faculty: The Artifice
The Artifice is an online magazine that covers a wide spectrum of art forms, including Film, Anime, Comics, Literature, Games, and Arts. It is collaboratively built and maintained by the writers. The platform has an established audience of millions. The Artifice is currently expanding and providing an opportunity for Brandeis students and faculty to join their team of writers. Their current writers range from undergraduates, to graduates, to professors and a bit of everyone in between. Read more.
Artistic Responses to Other Global Crises - Resources
Hybrid Theatre Works
Hybrid Theatre Works (HTW) is an international collective of artists focused on breaking artistic and cultural boundaries through the creation of work that is a hybrid of disciplines, cultures, and fields of study. HTW creates interdisciplinary devised work, develop new international plays, and create community based projects, integrating social events into performances to encourage dialogue and community among the artists and audience. HTW was founded in late 2009 by Tracy Cameron Francis and J.J. El-Far to forge their common passions and backgrounds in theatre and peace-building. Since its inception HTW has worked with artists from all over the world including Iran, Libya, Lebanon, Egypt, UAE, Colombia, Turkey, Palestine, Paraguay, Iraq, Pakistan, Italy, and more. Read more.
ArtRole is an International contemporary arts organisation dedicated to building a cultural bridge between the Middle East and rest of the world facilitating artistic dialogue, exchange and mutual support. It works to establish harmonious connections through the medium of art and art education. ArtRole was founded in 2004 by British artist of Kurdish-Iraqi origin, Adalet R. Garmiany, Since its inception ArtRole has worked to develop an annual programme of arts activity in UK, US and Iraq including international artist exchanges, artist residencies, exhibitions, performances, presentations, arts festivals and workshops, human rights and environmental conferences. Read more.
Video: "What does leadership mean to you?" via Portraits of Purpose
During 'DEIS Impact 2014, the event series "Seeking Lives of Purpose" featured an exhibition called Portraits of Purpose, a photography exhibit featuring social justice leaders in Boston and the world. This video compilation reflects on various perspectives emerging from the exhibit on what it means to be a leader.
"What is 'the good' of arts-based peacebuilding?: Questions of value and evaluation in current practice" by Mary Ann Hunter and Linda Page
This article, which was published by Nova in Peace and Conflict Studies, reports on the perception and support for using the arts in peacebuilding within international development agencies, and proposes an original framework for documenting and evaluating this work. Mary Ann Hunter, one of the authors, is a contributor to the Acting Together Project. Read the full article.
Fulbright will be offering up to four Fulbright-mtvU awards in its upcoming application period. Projects should center around research on an aspect of international musical culture, and should focus on contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression or change. Applications will be accepted for any country to which there is an active Fulbright U.S. Student Program for Academic and Arts fields. Preference will be given to graduating seniors and recent graduates. The online application will open November 1, 2014 and close February 27, 2015 at 5:00pm EST. Read more about the application requirements and tips.
Center Stage - Open Call for Nominations, Due October 20
Center Stage has issued a worldwide open call for nominations of performing arts ensembles in all disciplines (dance, music, theater, multidisciplinary) from Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, and Tanzania for tours to the U.S. Four to six individual month-long tours will take place during the period of June to December of 2016. Nominations may be submitted by any individual or organization knowledgeable about performing arts ensembles in these four countries. Interested performing arts ensembles may also nominate themselves. View nomination form. Nominations due October 20, 2014. Center Stage is an exchange program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to support U.S. foreign policy goals and engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and rising leaders in the U.S. and more than 160 countries. Read more.
RFP for Artist as Activist: Three Grant Opportunities from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Today, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation announced the launch of an open call for proposals for artists whose work intersects with activism. Up to $100,000 in project support and up to $10,000 in travel and research grants will be provided to artists and collectives working to address pressing challenges facing societies in the U.S. and beyond. The Artist as Activist program is comprised of three distinct grant opportunities: 1) Artist as Activist Fellows, 2) Artist as Activist Travel & Research Grants, and 3) Artist as Activist Organizations. Read the press release for more details, visit the webpage, read the news blurb, and view the guidelines. Applications for the Travel & Research Grants are accepted through March 15, 2015. Over the next six months, the foundation will announce new grant opportunities related to arts and culture as well as efforts to address climate change.
Job Posting: Director of CONTACT Program, School for International Training
The School for International Training (SIT) based in Vermont, is seeking a doctoral-level person who will serve as Director of the Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT) Program at SIT, as well as professor in SIT’s Master of Arts Program in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation. SIT is seeking a mid-career or late-career professional with considerable international experience in peace/conflict, expertise in experiential education modalities, strong administrative skills, creativity, and vision. View the job description.
ABOG Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art
Letters of Interest due November 24
The mission of A Blade of Grass (ABOG) is to provide resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change. ABOG evaluates the quality of work in this evolving field by fostering an inclusive, practical discourse about the aesthetics, function, ethics and meaning of socially engaged art that resonates within and outside the contemporary art dialogue. The Fellowship is offered to individual artists or artist collectives who are not currently enrolled as students, are US citizens, are 25 years of age or older, and have projects that engage directly with a specific community or communities. Initial Letters of Interest due November 24, 2014. Learn more about eligibility and apply.
Culture+Conflict is a not-for-profit agency focusing on art produced in, or in response to, conflict and post-conflict situations across the world. Our overall aims are to increase the involvement of the arts in conflict and post-conflict situations, to build greater understanding of their value, and to foster the exchange of knowledge and perspectives with other sectors also engaged in conflict and post-conflict work: the political and diplomatic community, NGOs, international development agencies, academia, the media, and the many peace-building initiatives worldwide. We believe the arts have a vital role to play, not least in their unique ability to communicate the powerful personal and political issues of conflict. Read more and view their featured projects.
The transformative power of music is sweeping the United States and the world through the inspiration of Venezuela’s revolutionary El Sistema. Founded in Venezuela in 1975 by Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu, El Sistema is a tested model of how a music program can create both great musicians, and dramatically change the life trajectory of hundreds of thousands of a nation’s most needy children, deeply benefiting youth from all backgrounds who participate. Read more.
CLIMB is a touring, educational theatre that brings our own original plays and classes directly to schools (and other agencies) across the Upper Midwest. Our programs are well researched and have high artistic and educational quality. Our most popular topics include: Bullying Prevention, Empathy, Acceptance of Differences, Respect, Cliques and Exclusion, Self-Control, Cyberbullying, Financial Literacy. CLIMB’s anti-racism performances have reached over 20,000 middle, high school and college students in the last two school years. CLIMB was awarded the 2014 Anti-Racism Initiative Award from MAP for Nonprofits and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.
Press Release: Summary of the 25th IPRA General Conference, “Uniting for Peace: Building Sustainable Peace Through Universal Values,”
August 10-14, 2014
The International Peace Research Association (IPRA) hosted the 25th General Conference on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of IPRA under the theme “Uniting for Peace: Building Sustainable Peace Through Universal Values.” The conference brought together about 550 peace researchers and few others interested in peace research from 94 countries across all the continents with about 600 papers presented in 146 sessions. In pursuit of building sustainable peace based on universal values and aiming at further contributing to the academic debate, the conference focused on issues related to post Cold War political ideology, geopolitics, geoeconomics, international and regional cooperation on intra-state and cross-border conflicts. The conference also included a convening of several IPRA Commissions including the Art & Peace Commission. Read the press release summary, read more about the the conference, participation fees, and read the latest IPRA newsletter.
A semester study abroad opportunity in Ecuador
The Pachaysana Institute, an Ecuadorian NGO, and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) have created a groundbreaking study abroad initiative in the Amazon Rainforest. Rehearsing Change is a semester-long, community-based study abroad program in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The program is academically rigorous, yet creatively structured, facilitated by leading scholars and teaching artists, and combines challenging academics, Arts for Conflict Transformation methodology and experiential/service learning, where students work and study on a daily basis with community members. Participants examine the conflicts between local and global realities, and to use dialogue and innovation to create change.
USFQ, an accredited institution, provides official transcripts to students for the program, which has officially been approved by top universities, including Brown, Brandeis, and American. The next program session begins in spring 2015 and is an excellent opportunity for students with academic focuses or interest in areas such as peace and conflict, performing arts, development, sustainability, and education. Read the full program description, view a slide show, visit the Rehearsing Change website, and visit Pachaysana's Facebook page. Inquiries can be directed to Pachaysana’s Executive Director Daniel Bryan, who is happy to dialogue via skype or the phone.
Performing the World (PTW) Conference
October 10-12, 2014
New York City
The eighth Performing the World (PTW) conference will be held in New York City, October 10-12, 2014. As the performance movement grows worldwide — both within and across geographical, cultural and professional borders — PTW aims to make the most of the creative potential of this growing diversity. International, cross disciplinary, conversational, experiential, and practical-critical, PTW 2014 will provide an opportunity for practitioners, scholars and activists to share and showcase their work and create something new together. Read more about the conference and register. The PTW international organizing committee wants to make the conference inclusive. Please consider supporting their fundraising efforts to help provide travel for performance artists who would not otherwise be able to attend the conference.
Timor-Leste - From Conflict to Conversation:
Using Forum Theatre to Secure Stability
This documentary film highlights the use of participatory forum theatre as an innovative method of channeling socio-economic and political frustrations into non-violent communications to help defuse tensions and prevent conflict in Timor-Leste. Acting Together contributor Roberta Levitow was involved in the project in 2012 and 2013. Watch a clip of the film.
Call to Artists, Academics & Professionals:
Participation in Conflict Resolution & Dance Documentary
Bahar Karbakhsh, a graduate student of law in the field of alternative dispute resolution, is issuing a call to artists, academics and professionals across Canada and beyond who are interested in contributing to a documentary about the power of dance/movement and how they can be used for conflict resolution. Karbakhsh is seeking vibrant, thoughtful and thought provoking individuals and groups who would like to voluntarily contribute by way of interview and/or demonstration, performance. Filming will commence February 2014 and finish early summer 2014 to allow for editing. Read more and contact Bahar to express how you would like to contribute to the film.
Call for Presentations:
International Conference on "Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity"
December 18 - 22, 2014
Carrara - Tuscany, Italy
"Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity" is the annual international multidisciplinary conference researching the bridge between tradition and contemporaneity in performing arts. The conference meeting is recommended to performing arts practitioners and researchers from different countries interested in the traditional methods as applied to contemporary performing arts work, searching for international networks and new collaboration partners: performing arts academics, arts educators, performers, theatre directors, dancers and choreographers, musicians, and more. Learn more about presentation formats that are welcomed and submission guidelines.