Alternate ROOTS

Art for Social Change & State of the Art Reports

Entry Points: The Vera List Center Field Guide on Art and Social Justice #1

“Normalizing the Extraordinary in Medellín - Part I and Part II
The first of a two-part account by Chief Policy Wonk Arlene Goldbard of a visit to Medellín, Colombia, in early December 2015

“Yes, Art and Culture Can Change the World”
By Adam Horowitz
GOOD Magazine

Artist Protection Fund (AFP)
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Summer Peacebuilding Institute
June 2016

Training in Music and Conflict Transformation
June 6-17
SIT Graduate Institute, Vermont

November 17 - 19, 2016
United States Department of Arts and Culture

Muktadhara 2016
7th Bi-annual International Forum Theatre Festival
December 5-20, 2016
Badu, India

The Singapore International Festival of Arts 2016
August 11 - September 17, 2016

International Community Arts Festival (CAF)
March 27 - April 2, 2017

2016 Documentary Winners: Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA)

Art With Impact and Movies for Mental Health

Sundance Institute Theatre Program

Kidnap Road - A New Play by Catherine Filloux

The Incredible Ways Art Is Helping Charleston Unite After Church Massacre
The Huffington Post

Short Film: Two Faiths One Prayer -- Muslims and Jews Pray Together in LA

Novel: Dancing with Diana

Book - Forced to Flee: Visual Stories by Refugee Youth from Burma

OAS Peace Fund Promotes Arts Among Belizean and Guatemalan Children

Use of Arabic cultural arts bring greater peace and understanding

2015 Imaginings
In 16 Cities in the U.S.
Hosted by USDAC

Public: An e-Journal from Imagining America

BogotArt Foundation

Volunteering and Internship Opportunities with Ba Futuru

In Place of War

Featured Theme -
News from the Field: “The Most Important Images of the Year”: Artists Respond to Racial Violence in the U.S.

USDAC "HI-LI" Creative Community Database
Accepting project submissions

Optivism - Music & Film

24th International Festival of Student Theatre
September 28 to October 2
Besançon, France

Past Featured Theme -
Artistic Responses to Other Current Global Crises

Publishing opportunity for students and faculty

Africa Yoga Project
Photo Credit: Robin O'Neill

Read Ceremonies of Dance and Song in Native American Peacemaking by Polly Walker

Xchange Perspectives (XCP) is using a Peacebuilding and the Arts report to support their work in South Sudan.
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A listing of news, events, artistic works, resources, and opportunities related to the field of peacebuilding and the arts.

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  • Featured Theme: "African-led Initiatives at the Intersection of the Arts and Social Transformation"

News & Events

African-led Initiatives at the Intersection of the Arts and Social Transformation

Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi: Healing a wounded nation through music
CNN News
Iconic Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi has been successfully performing for nearly four decades throughout Africa as well as in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada. More than just an entertainer, Mtukudzi is committed to addressing everyday social challenges, using his music as a vehicle to speak about the issues he's passionate about. In 2003 he founded an art center in Norton, near Harare, and last year he became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for eastern and southern Africa, focusing on youth development and HIV/AIDS. Mtukudzi, who lost his brother Robert and several band members to AIDS, recently took his campaign to eradicate the HIV/AIDS stigma to mothers in Tanzania.

The Singapore International Festival of Arts 2016
August 11 - September 17, 2016

SIFAThe Singapore International Festival of Arts 2016 is a premier 6-week national performing arts festival managed by the Arts House Limited and commissioned by the National Arts Council. It aims to inspire through great international and Singapore artistic experiences in performance, theatre, dance and music. A pre-festival of ideas (The O.P.E.N.) occurs every June and July, this year June 22 through July 9, 2016, to engage diverse audiences with the ideas, issues and themes of SIFA.

Muktadhara 2016
7th Bi-annual International Forum Theatre Festival
muktahdaraDecember 5-20, 2016

Badu, India
The 7th edition of Muktadhara is a Bi-annual Forum Theatre festival hosted since 2004 by Jana Sanskriti Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed in Badu, India. The festival will be held between December 5 - 20, 2016. Please write to muktadhara.janasanskriti@gmail.com to register for the festival. We are waiting to meet you at Badu, Kolkata! Watch the trailer for Muktadhara 2016. and visit them on Facebook.

A message from Jana Sanskriti: “We are going ahead with the preparation of Muktadhara festival scheduled in December this year. Our villages are specially focusing on the food and boarding during your stay during the festival in the villages. We will provide you tents if you like. We want to make sure that all participants can have enough time to interact with the rural life in Bengal and village dwellers in general. Festival will be touring from village to village. Local traditional artists with their art forms will welcome you in each and every venue of the festivals in the villages. There will be performance of the plays scripted by the workshop participants. So you will not be mere participants but performers too. Every year Muktadhara creates connections among artists and practitioners all across the globe. We experience a feeling of the emergence of a community of TO and other political art forms. We are looking forward to your participation.”

Nicole Fleetwood:
Looking in\Looking Out: Prison Portraits and the Visual Archive of Mass Incarceration
Art | Race | Activism
March 30, 3:30pm
Alumni Lounge, Usdan, Brandeis University

Nicole R. Fleetwood is Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies and Director of the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. “The talk examines contemporary portraits by incarcerated and non-incarcerated artists and documentarians. These works are composed and staged in ways that speak to, work through, or incorporate the ever-looming and multiple lenses of carceral optics.”

BPArt: Pluralism and the Arts
March 14-18: Exhibit
March 15, 7-8pm: Reception and Live Performances
Shapiro Campus Center, Multipurpose Room
BPA"BPArt: Pluralism and the Arts," a juried art exhibition as part of 'DEIS Impact, will feature works that demonstrated how the arts create and inspire values related to pluralism, unity and social justice, and how the artists interpreted these themes through their work. View and experience interpretations of pluralism and social justice through poetry, painting, performance, photography, dance, short film, spoken word, drawing, and more. Sponsored by Brandeis Pluralism Alliance. Applications for art work due February 22.

ArtCOP21: A global festival of cultural activity on climate change
September - December 2015

ArtCOPClimate change is often seen through a policy or scientific lens, and solutions are discussed only in political offices, boardrooms and negotiating halls. ArtCop21 launched ahead of the UN climate talks in Paris, aims to challenge those tropes. Climate is culture. ArtCOP21 connected hundreds of thousands of people to the climate challenge through an extensive global programme of over 550 major events; installations, plays, exhibitions, concerts, performances, talks, conferences, workshops, family events and screenings – plus a whole range of people power gatherings and demonstrations – taking place right across Paris and in 54 total countries worldwide. All these events highlighted the need for governments meeting in Paris to support strong climate action and signal the end of the fossil fuel era – making climate change a people issue, not one to be left solely to the politicians. #FightForTheFutu

Play: Collision
November 14, 8:00pm
November 15, 2:00pm

Merrick Theatre

collisionDirected by Kesi Kmt, Collision is a devised theater project in which actors come together to collaborate and create a play that centers universal and personal narratives as an act of social change. The play is inspired by the film Pariah and sponsored by QPOCC and TRISK by way of BPA GRANTS. Tickets are free and available at the SCC Box Office. Limited space available. Starring: Brontë Velez, Dennis Hermida, Chinyere Brown, Molly Gimbel, Solomon McBride, Victoria Filas, & Kesi Kmt, with musical features from Mannie Rivers.

Crowdfunding Campaign: In/Visible City 

InVisibleCityDAH Theatre, based in Belgrade, Serbia, has dedicated 10 years to the search for peacebuilding and bridging of different cultures, nationalities and groups through the project In/Visible City. This project, an innovative and inspiring approach to connecting differences (through an interactive play performed inside a city bus connecting culturally different parts of the city) has continuously grown in the past decade connecting cities inside Serbia, but also spreading the idea of tolerance throughout Europe.

This year, DAH Theatre is celebrating their 10th anniversary and therefore have decided to, once again, abridge the differences and promote peacebuilding and tolerance. They have raises the funds for half of the In/Visible City project and need your help in funding the rest. View the Indiegogo campaign page and video.

Exhibition: "In Solidarity" 
University Gallery at University of Massachusetts Lowell
October 28 - November 25


Image: Naoe Suzuki | Love,
Sunshine, mixed media on
laser cut paper, courtesy
of Naoe Suzuki and University
of Massachusetts, Lowell

Artist Talk & Reception:
October 29

Talk: 3:30 - 4:30pm (O'Leary Learning Commons Rm. 222)
Reception: 4:30pm - 6:30pm (University Gallery at Mahoney Hall, 870 Broadway Street, Lowell, MA)

For the last four years, Naoe Suzuki’s work has been incited and informed by the dwindling and loss of our world’s most precious resource – water. As we witness California suffering from the worst drought in over a thousand years, water has become a topic of utmost importance. Suzuki addresses the issue of water scarcity in her work by reimagining various geographic waterways as laser cut paper.

View directions, read more about Naoe Suzuki, and read the exhibition press release.

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African-led Initiatives at the Intersection of the Arts and Social Transformation

Play: Demolishing Democracy
Zimbabwean playwright Tafadzwa Muzondo’s latest play Demolishing Democracy, directed by Isaac Kalumba, precisely displays a vivid account of the calamity that inhabitants of ‘illegal houses’ face when their homes are destroyed by authorities. The play was adapted for the Zambian audience by Sam Kasankha. In the interview Muzondo said, “The play is vital in stimulating dialogue on the issue of informal [illegal] settlements in both countries and how governments need to work with communities and all stakeholders in solving the problem, not just bulldozing people’s shelter leaving them homeless.” Read another article about the play.

Film: William Kentridge, the South African artist drawing apartheid
The PBS feature film “William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible" gives viewers an intimate look into the mind and creative process of the South African artist William Kentridge. In the film, Kentridge talks about how his personal history as a white South African of Jewish heritage has informed recurring themes in his work—including violent oppression, class struggle, and social and political hierarchies.View the film.

Healing Arts: A project in Uganda uses listening and collaboration to bear witness to the trauma of war
The project initiated when the three founders met in East Africa as part of a team traveling with playwright Erik Ehn on a project called the Arts in the One World initiative, a series of curated, reciprocal conversations centered on the exploration of arts for social change, and the efficacy and methods of witness. The United Nations estimates that 66,000 children were abducted during the 20 years of war in northern Uganda. Ehn said, “We never arrived with a particular project or outcome in mind—we came in need, to learn, chiefly through waiting and listening, receiving wisdom and experience, attending to opportunities for connection.” Dance, song, poetry, performance—it is the way of the Lango to make arts central to their quest for social healing, essentially coequal with water projects, nutrition, health care, and vocational education. The founders put together a five-year plan, which included using music, dance, and dramatic storytelling for social change and healing of the people.” Read more.


Photo Credit: Gerard Stropnicky,
courtesy of American Theatre Magazine

A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone
By director Marlene (Mo) Morris
A powerful new film documenting the life and work of Edythe Boone, the San Francisco muralist best known for her work on the San Francisco Women’s Building “MaestraPeace” mural, is grounded in current affairs surrounding racial justice. View a trailer; online screener available at anewcolor.doc@gmail.com.

Shedding Light on Sex Trafficking of Youth in Boston:
The BODY & SOLD Project 2015/16
Friday, March 18th & Sunday, April 3rd

at Boston University

In the U.S., there are over 100,000 runaways in any given year. Within 48 hours, 85% of these children will be approached by a man offering food, love, and shelter. Most of the time, he will turn out to be a pimp, and will sell these young people for commercial sex.

Together with community partners Roxbury Youthworks, Inc., members of the Boston and Cambridge Police Departments, and theatre companies across the Boston Metro Area, we're presenting the award-winning play BODY & SOLD, based on interviews conducted by playwright Deborah Lake Fortson with young survivors of sex trafficking in Boston, New York, and Minneapolis. Hear why they ran away, what they suffered, how they escaped and rebuilt their lives. Purchase tickets.

2016 Documentary Winners: Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA)
SIMAThe Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) have announced their 2016 winners. View this year’s SIMA-winning best global impact documentaries. The winning films take viewers on a journey around the world, from the magical Omo Valley of Ethiopia (“Omo Child: The River and the Bush”) to the war-torn desert of Afghanistan (“Tell Spring Not To Come This Year”). Another film The True Cost asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? "We're proud to champion an extraordinary range of global stories and filmmakers every year, especially in the midst of a national debate on diversity in the film industry," said SIMA Executive Director Daniela Kon. "These films are exemplary in their ability to intimately and creatively capture the depth and potential of human nature." Learn more about SIMA and the 2016 winners

2016 Rising Waters Confab - 2nd Rauschenberg Residency
April 25 to May 25, 2016
The Rising Waters Confab II is the second Rauschenberg Residency aiming to spark new thinking and to influence civic will toward finding and spreading solutions to the rising waters of climate change. This movement is a collective effort guided by a diverse array of artists and writers in a spirit of collaboration with scientists, activists, advocates, philanthropists, and island dwellers convening in Captiva, Florida. The second Confab will take place April 25 to May 25, 2016. Learn about the residents, view their blog and read more about the Confab I contributions to ArtCOP21.  

Film: Interational Boulevard
Rebecca Dharmapalan, a student in Oakland, CA, was inspired to create a film to raise awareness about the problem of commercial sexual exploitation of children. "I decided to use art as a means of exploring activism," Dharmapalan, now 19, tells Mashable. "I didn't realize there were so many people in Oakland using art as a way of expressing their changemaking, so I figured I'd try it out." Read about the film International Boulevard and visit the crowdfunding page.

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Resources & Opportunities

African-led Initiatives at the Intersection of the Arts and Social Transformation

Drama for Life
drama-lifeDrama for Life is an independent academic, research and community engagement programme based at the Wits School of Arts in Johannesburg, South Africa. Drama for Life enhances dialogue for purposes of social transformation through research, teaching and learning, and community engagement. We achieve this through a critical reflexive and therapeutic approach that relates to current social realities and the rich indigenous knowledge of Africa.

Long Live the Girls
long-live-girlsLong Live the Girls (LLTG) is a project founded in 2012 in Hawassa, Ethiopia that uses creative writing to promote girls’ empowerment. The project aims to create safe spaces for girls and women to speak and write with freedom, to spark up conversation on women’s rights, and does so by coordinating workshops, readings and street performances. Through this multi-generational creative process, LLTG has created two books of poems and stories that respond to gender policies in Ethiopia: Love Rules and Girl Manifesto. LLTG was co-founded by Action for Youth & Community Change (AYCC), an NGO founded and managed by Ethiopian youth.

Blog - Arts for Social Change: High Time!
This blog seeks to highlight the importance of art in social transformation. Art is as old as humanity and has been used in previous struggles across the continent of Africa, but does art still matter? Music, protest theatre, poetry, street marches, posters, banners, t-shirts, films, speeches and boycotts formed an integral part of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. Now with the ever increasing migration crisis, rising corruption, rising unemployment and rising challenges in the energy, education and health sectors perhaps it would not be far-fetched to re-ignite the fires of arts for social change as a means of giving expression to the demands, dreams and aspirations of the people – who for all intents and purposes have been excluded.

Life is Precious Radio Drama
A Radio Drama Promotes Public Health in Malawi - Moyo ndi Mpamba! (Life is Precious!) is an ‘edutainment’ radio drama programme that combines the power of entertainment with education to address key issues of malaria, family and maternal planning, neonatal and child health, HIV and AIDS, water and sanitation. As a result of the show, people have sought medical help within 24 hours of the onset of fever, using mosquito nets and attending antenatal classes for the required four visits. On a community level, more public toilets have been built, hand-washing facilities in communities have been installed and home births are less frequent.

Article: “Role of Arts & Culture in Political Transformation: How it Shapes Public Discourse”
By Blessing Vava
The past and present centuries have been awash with artistic productions and cultural practises that speak towards political life- whether dynamic or static. Arts and culture have played a big influence and role in influencing society and public discourse and participation in politics. The arts and culture have been catalysts for positive social change and transformation.

Alternate ROOTS
AltROOTsAlternate ROOTS is a regional arts service organization with 39 years of history serving the southern area of the U.S. As a member-driven national resource for artists and cultural organizers, they seek to champion social and economic justice and the work of people in the field. Their mission is to support the creation and presentation of original art, in all its forms, which is rooted in a particular community of place, tradition or spirit. As a coalition of cultural workers they strive to be allies in the elimination of all forms of oppression. ROOTS is committed to social and economic justice and the protection of the natural world and addresses these concerns through its programs and services. View their May Field News and website.

Art for Social Change & State of the Art Reports
ASCThere are many ways of defining art for social change. In each of these cases, art for social change strives toward effective engagement with social issues that integrate and celebrate imaginative thinking, helping people to find new ways to see and be engaged in the world. The ASC! (Art for Social Change) research project brings together artists, scholars, students and change makers from diverse public and private sectors to better understand how these practices are evolving in Canada as well as to provide information, opportunities for exchange, and resources for both practitioners and those interested to learn more about the field. As their five-year ASC! Research Project on art for social change (ASC) in Canada passes the halfway mark, they are share an interim report with you. State of the Art is a snapshot of some of our findings written in non-academic language and created to provide an overview of some of our work, an addition to the many articles, papers and videos that continue to be created and published about specific aspects of the study.

November 17 - 19, 2016
USDAC, the grassroots United States Department of Arts and Culture is holding its first national convening in partnership with the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis/Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute. The event will bring together practitioners working at the intersection of community arts, cultural policy, and social justice; showcase some for the country’s most robust and progressive cultural programs, policies and initiatives; and serve as a catalytic launching pad for powerful new connections, collaborations, and campaigns for cultural democracy. Check for updates at http://usdac.us.

“Yes, Art and Culture Can Change the World”
By Adam Horowitz
Join with others in solidarity and flow, leveraging the power of our collective creativity to build a more just world. “...Art and culture are our most powerful and under-tapped resources for social change. At the people-powered U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, we’re building an army of Citizen Artists dedicated to creating a world rooted in empathy, equity, and social imagination...” Read more.

“Normalizing the Extraordinary in Medellín - Part I and Part II
By Arlene Goldbard, Chief Policy Wonk of USDAC
The first of a two-part account by Chief Policy Wonk Arlene Goldbard of a visit to Medellín, Colombia, in early December 2015.

"I arrived in Medellín, Colombia a few days after a man who claimed to be acting with divine guidance killed three and wounded nine at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. The very next morning I learned that 14 people had been killed and 22 seriously injured at an attack on a holiday party at the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

A day or so later, “The Daily Show” ran a montage of clips of President Obamaresponding to a series of mass shootings. Watching that, you start to ponder the normalization of terror.

Many people in the U.S. like to think of Americans as civilized. I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard someone righteously condemn the barbarism of another society without noticing the scale of our own. So I can’t imagine a better place than Medellín—whose name evokes in the minds of my fellow citizens images of the narco-terrorism that allowed drug lord Pablo Escobar to hold sway over the city until he was killed in 1993—to explore the question of how to transform a society in the grip of fear and violence into a functioning civil society.

Are you surprised that the answer is art and culture?..." Read Part I and Part II.

Entry Points: The Vera List Center Field Guide on Art and Social Justice #1
Edited by Carin Kuoni and Chelsea Haines
EntryPointsA book that captures some of the most significant examples worldwide and introduces an interested audience of artists, policy makers, scholars, students, curators and writers to new ways of thinking about social justice: how it is represented, defined, and practiced through the arts. A section features the Dorchester Projects, a work of historical reclamation, interrogation of archival legacies, and social construction of memory and cultural agency by the American artist Theaster Gates.

Understanding the value of arts & culture: The AHRC Cultural Value Project
By Geoffrey Crossick and Patrycja Kaszynska
A report based on a three year project, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (of the UK), explores why the arts and culture matter, in one of the most-in-depth attempts yet made to understand the difference that the arts make to individuals and society.Read the report.

Call for Participation:
The Cairo International Festival for Contemporary & Experimental Theatre
Cairo, Egypt
September 20-30, 2016
Apply by: May 15, 2016

A noncompetitive festival organised annually under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of the Arab Republic of Egypt, The Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre (CIFCET) is a revised version of the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre (1988-2010). As such, the festival exists to broaden the space for mutual understanding among diverse populations and communities via the exemplary means of theatre and performance. It aims to introduce the latest developments in the international theatre scene to Egyptian and Arab audiences, while also serving as a showcase for local and regional theatre output for the benefit of specialists and interested festivals from all over the world.

CIFCET invites applications for its upcoming edition, to be held in Cairo, Egypt from September 20 to 30, 2016. Accepted performances will be presented for two consecutive nights. Additional performances may be organized outside Cairo at the discretion of both the festival and the visiting delegation. The festival will cover all accommodation, subsistence, and local transportation expenses for up to 15 individuals per delegation. All other expenses, inclusive of flight tickets and shipment of equipment, are the sole responsibility of the visiting delegation. Learn more and apply.

Summer Internship: Rinzler Folklife Archives
SmithsonianSmithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Application Deadline: March 31, 2016

Beginning in 2016, the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is offering one paid summer internship in the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. This competitive internship gives the opportunity to work in collaboration with archives staff to apply collections management best practices in arranging, describing, and digitizing collections. The collections, which consist of papers, photographs, and audiovisual media, include curatorial, ethnographic, and programmatic content associated with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, and more. The stipend is $300 per week for a ten-week, full-time internship. If you have questions about the work associated with this internship, please contact assistant archivist Greg Adams AdamsG@si.edu. Learn more and view other internship opportunities.

Internship: DUSCIS Special Projects Internship
Smithsonian Museum

The Office of the Deputy Undersecretary for Collections and Interdisciplinary Support (DUSCIS) is responsible for central planning and development of the Smithsonian’s vast collections (137 million objects) and interdisciplinary support operations, including collections management, conservation and preservation, and related functions.The purpose of this internship is to provide a learning experience related to collections management and interdisciplinary functions. This opportunity provides interns firsthand experience with a wide variety of projects and programs in a senior executive office at the Smithsonian. The DUSCIS Special Projects Internship is available year-round in three sessions roughly correlated with the Fall (September 1 – December 15), Spring (January 15 – May 15), and Summer: (May 15 – July 15). Learn more and view other internship opportunities.

Summer Institute at Appalshop
​Imagining America & Economic Empowerment and Global Learning Project
July 14-18, 2016
Application Deadline: April 15

Whitesburg, KY

How can arts and culture promote individual voice and collective agency, unbounding a community’s imagination and ambition in order to create the conditions for economic development? How can a community organize itself to build an economy that’s broad-based and sustainable? Join Appalshop; Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life; Lafayette College’s Economic Empowerment and Global Learning Project; and teams of artists, scholars, and community leaders from across the country for a 5-day hands-on Institute to explore these questions. The foundation for our inquiry is the culture hub https://www.appalshop.org/culture-hub/ being built in Letcher County, Kentucky, in the sickest and poorest congressional district in the nation, where the assets of arts and culture are being mobilized and synthesized into new forms of value and wealth creation.

Teams are invited from Imagining America colleges and their communities. During the Institute, participants will explore what’s taking place in Letcher County and create an arts- and culture-based development plan to take back to their home community. Apply.

Summer Peacebuilding Institute
CJPThe Center for Justice & Peacebuilding
Eastern Mennonite University

Explore ways to engage communities and promote positive social change through the use of media and arts-based programming. Hands-on, interactive approaches bring real-world contexts into the classroom to explore creative approaches to problem-solving (No artistic or media skills are required for these courses). Click the links below for more information on courses that give you skills for media and arts-based community building and organizing.

  • Performance Arts for Community Learning and Action (May 30 - June 3, 2016)
  • Playback Theater (June 6 - 10, 2016)
  • Empowering Communities with Cameras: PhotoVoice and Participatory Photography for Social Change (June 6 - 10, 2016)

Learn more.

Training in Music and Conflict Transformation
Musicians without Borders and CONTACT Summer Peacebuilding Program
June 6-17, 2016
SIT-MWBSIT Graduate Institute, Vermont

Musicians without Borders and CONTACT Summer Peacebuilding Program invite expressions of interest for a two week professional training program in community music leadership and conflict transformation in Vermont in June 2016.

The training is open to musicians and music students who are active in their communities as workshop leaders, teachers or social activists and would like to further their knowledge of using music as a tool for peacebuilding and social change. The first week of training will focus on key concepts in peacebuilding and community development, led by CONTACT’s international staff, and the second week of the training will be led by MwB’s professional trainers who are specialized in running community music projects with people dealing with trauma, fear and isolation as a result of war and conflict. Learn more.

Artist Protection Fund (APF)

IIEIn many parts of the world, artists suffer harassment, imprisonment, violence, and even death as a direct consequence of their unique role and power to advance free and creative expression, inspire others and provoke dissent. The Institute of International Education (IIE) launched the Artist Protection Fund (APF) to save the lives and work of artists who face persecution in their home countries. The three-year pilot program supported by a $2.79 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will make life-saving fellowship grants to threatened artists from any field of artistic endeavor, and place them at host universities and arts centers in countries where they can safely continue their work and plan for their future.

Speaking of the artists the program will support, Mariët Westermann, Vice President of the Mellon Foundation, said, "The program will enable their work and voices to continue to be seen and heard, which, as many artists tell us, is of critical importance to them. The benefits will accrue to the artists and their families; their host and home communities; and the larger world in which their art can continue to play a prominent role." Protection Fund (APF) and apply.

Call for Submissions:
Ekphrastic/Written Responses to Flint, Michigan’s Lead-Contaminated Drinking Water Broadsided Press
Deadline: March 15, Collaborations Published March 30  

BroadsidedThis is a call by Broadsided Press for literary artists to engage in our RESPONSES feature. We need your creative, aesthetic, engaged mind to contribute to an ekphrastic response to the lead-contaminated drinking water in Flint, Michigan.

BFlintIn April 2014, Flint changed its water source to the Flint River. This water caused lead from aging pipes to leach into the water supply. Now 6,000 - 12,000 children, in addition to thousands of adults, have been exposed to drinking water with unsafe levels of lead. This crisis is being called a case of environmental racism because it disproportionately exposes ethnic minorities to pollution.

Three Broadsided Press artists (Ira Joel Haber, Stacy Isenbarger, and Lisa Sette) have provided images they've created that, for them, speak to the lead-contaminated drinking water in Flint, Michigan. We now ask writers to respond with words. One piece of writing will be selected for each piece of artwork, and then a broadside will be created. The collaboration will be offered, free, from our website and posted on streets, notice boards, and utility poles around the world in serendipitous locations. View the call for submissionslearn more and make a submission.

At Broadsided Press, we believe that art and literature belong in our daily lives. They inspire and demonstrate the vitality and depth of our connection with the world. To this end, we regularly offer (when world events demand) a RESPONSES feature. RESPONSES provide writers and artists with a channel to offer creative work as comfort, contemplation, and demonstrations of empathy to world events. Other RESPONSES features have addressed the 2014 Ebola epidemic and the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis.

International Community Arts Festival (CAF)
ICAFMarch 27 - April 2, 2017
Rotterdam, Netherlands
CAF is an International Community Arts Festival sharing community arts from all over the world. Once every three years, ICAF brings together the most innovative, the most controversial, the most inspiring work and those involved in it. The next edition will take place from 27 March to 2 April 2017 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The theme for the next ICAF will be MOVEMENT. Organizers urge you to send your thoughts about the theme including exciting projects that might be a good fit.

Institute Summer Residency
Cornerstone Theatre Company
July 7 - August 7, 2016
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Applications Due: March 15

The Institute Summer Residency is the most comprehensive way to learn Cornerstone’s process for creating community-engaged theater. It is designed for people who are looking for insight, tools and inspiration for engaging a community toward a specific project or goal. Through classes and hands-on participation in a production, Cornerstone’s Ensemble, staff, and guest artists share with students how we create a theatrical community-collaboration from start to finish. Learn more.


Apply to Perform at the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts
Deadline: February 12, 9:00am

Are you a Brandeis student, faculty or staff member, or alumnus with a performance you'd like to give at the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts? The festival is welcoming applications for 20-minute performances for the afternoon of Sunday, April 17. The deadline to apply is February 12 at 9:00am. Learn more and apply.

2016 Summer Internship: Whitney Museum of American Art
New York City

Read more about the opportunity. Interested candidates must interview in order to be accepted for participation in 

Application Deadline: February 1
The 2016 Summer Intern Program begins June 6th and continues through August 5th. The Hiatt Center encourages students should log into the Brandeis B.hired website for more detailed information and to apply. The director of the Whitney Museum is a Brandeis graduate.

Internship Opportunity - MUS 92b: The Embodiment of Voice: Internship in Process, Production & Performance
The Division of Creative Arts seeks 6-12 interns to collaborate with Brandeis Creative Arts Award recipient and artist-in-residence Tony Arnold, soprano, on a campus-wide, multi-disciplinary performance and installation that will be presented on Saturday, April 16, 2016, as well as an interactive presentation of John Cage’s Song Books at the Shapiro Campus Center on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Materials for this project will be compiled from pieces produced during Tony’s visits to creative arts classes throughout the spring semester, as well as through original works derived by the interns.

This is a great opportunity for students to be a part of a groundbreaking program, and to get hands-on creative, curatorial, administrative, performance, and producing experience. Interns will meet every week with Tony Arnold and/or course assistant Victoria Cheah to workshop, plan, and discuss the March and April projects from the conceptual stage through implementation.this course. Interviews with Tony Arnold (and Victoria Cheah) will take place on Jan. 21 and Jan. 22. If absolutely necessary, other times may be scheduled at the discretion of instructor. Please email both Tony Arnold and Victoria Cheah to indicate your interest. Please include a CV or resume in your email to tony@screecher.com and vcheah@brandeis.edu.

Opportunity for Brandeis Faculty, Staff, and Students:
Grants - Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts
Apply by January 19

Every year, the Office of the Arts gives grants to support original creative work by faculty, staff and students for the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts. Inspired by this year's Louis D. Brandeis 100: Then and Now, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Louis D. Brandeis' appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Office of the Arts is especially interested in projects that engage with the legacy of Brandeis' tenure. This could include, but is not limited to:

  • Citizenship and the Economy
  • Privacy, Technology and the Modern Self
  • Expanding Diversity
  • Free Speech and Participation in a Democracy
  • The Artist as Citizen

Applications for the 2016 festival (April 14-17) are due on January 19, 2016. Apply and review information about the jury review.


Opportunity for Brandeis Students:
2016 Davis Projects for Peace Grant
Applications Due: January 15

The Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Studies Program at Brandeis University is accepting proposals from students for the 2016 Davis Projects for Peace grant. The Davis Projects for Peace initiative encourages students to design grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world during the summer of 2016. All Brandeis undergraduate students are eligible to apply for this $10,000 grant. Interested students must contact Professor Gordie Fellman prior to December 11 to discuss their proposal. The application deadline is January 15, 2016. Learn more about the opportunity.

Arts for Social Change - 2016 Fall M.Ed. Program
The Simon Fraser University Faculty of Education
Vancouver, Canada
Application Deadline: March 15, 2016

sfuThe M.Ed. in Arts for Social Change (ASC), the first to be offered in Canada, is designed for artists, educators, change-makers and others who wish to integrate arts-based practices and insights into their work for social change. In this interdisciplinary program, students will develop and refine skills in arts-infused group facilitation techniques and the integration of ASC processes into diverse agendas for change. Students will have the opportunity to intern with local organizations engaged in arts-based community projects. The program is ideally suited for: practicing artists, art educators at the K-12 and post-secondary levels, community activists, cultural workers, recent graduates and others who wish to integrate the arts and art-making into their work for innovative social change. Learn more.

Seminar on the Contribution of Art and Culture in Peace and Reconciliation Processes in Asia
November 20 - 21, 2015
Jakarta, Indonesia

CKUHosted by the Jakarta Biennale, the Danish Embassy in Indonesia, and the Danish Centre for Culture and Development (CKU) in Jakarta, Indonesia, a two-day regional seminar on the Contribution of Art and Culture in Peace and Reconciliation Processes will take place from November 20 to 21, 2015. The aim of the seminar is to share knowledge and experiences in order to identify best practices and methods of working with conflict prevention and reconciliation through art and culture. The seminar also provides networking opportunities between artists, curators and institutions from Denmark, Nepal, Pakistan, and Indonesia.

Keynote speakers Professor Yudhishtir Raj Isar, artist Mariam Ghani and curator Ade Darmawan will provide insights on the interlink between art/culture and peace/reconciliation and give solid background for the discussions throughout the seminar. Scholars, art/development practitioners, and artists working in the intersection between art and peace building will gather to answer the following questions: Can art create peace? Has culture anything to offer in post-conflict situations? How can art institutions strengthen dialogue and reconciliation? Learn more, visit the website, and register.

Call for Cultural Agents
Deadline: November 20

The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC)

usdacUSDAC is now recruiting a third cohort of Cultural Agents—deeply creative individuals committed to social change—to perform the USDAC at a local level and build capacity for long-term organizing. From January to June 2016, Cultural Agents will take part in a series of online learning sessions, acquiring the context and practical skills to deepen local cultural organizing efforts within the context of a growing grassroots movement for cultural democracy. Following an initial period of on-the-ground arts-based action-research, Agents have the opportunity to open up a Field Office, a local node for ongoing USDAC activity. Applications are due November 20th. Learn more about the role and the application.

The Art of Peace: Creative Approaches in Conflict Transformation
November 11 - 14, 2015
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, University of San Diego

ArtofPeaceFrom November 11-14, 2015, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ), of the University of San Diego's Kroc School of Peace Studies, will host a multi-day symposium exploring the use of the arts in peacebuilding. The symposium will feature local, national and international playwrights, filmmakers, poets, musicians, visual artists and academics who are mobilizing the creative power of the arts to break the cycle of conflict.

Performances, exhibitions and workshops will demonstrate how the arts can be used to resolve conflict nonviolently, deescalate violence, transform relationships, support individual and community healing, and build capacities for peace. By providing space for artists to reflect on their practice, share their learning and network with other peacebuilders, the IPJ will highlight the importance of this rapidly growing field of arts-based peacebuilding. Join us to experience the unique and universal ability of art to engage audiences in discourses on peace, justice and social transformation. Learn more and view the full schedule of events and register.

Internship Opportunities: deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
deCordovaDeadline: November 12

The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA has various internship opportunities for students interested in the arts, museums, education, and community engagement. 

LGBTQ Friendly Campuses and Student Resources
Affordable Colleges Online
The most frequent intended major reported by LGBTQ students planning to pursue postsecondary education is Visual and Performing Arts, according to a survey by the 2013 National School Climate Survey. Every student faces challenges during college; some of which are common among peers, and others that are more individual. LGBTQ students, for example, have a unique set of challenges to consider. Fortunately, more and more schools are working to make their campuses, traditional and online, more inclusive. The LGBTQ Friendly Campuses and Student Resources guide takes a look at those colleges and universities leading the way in providing curricula and resources to support LGBTQ students throughout their college experience. Information on resources, curricula, and student organizations is provided, as well as candid interviews with LGBTQ community leaders to help alleviate some of the worries that LGBTQ students may have when it comes to postsecondary education. Read more and browse the resource center.

2016 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 aftermathprojectinfo(at)gmail.com with additional questions. This will be the last grant that the Aftermath Project offers, as they concentrate on their tenth anniversary and strategize their way forward.

Broadsided Press

BPStreet art. Fine art. Free art. Dialogue. Serendipitous public art. A counterforce for billboards advertising fast food and cars. Founded in 2005, Broadsided publishes an original literary/artistic collaboration each month for visitors to the site to download, mull, print, and share. Broadsided is here to put literature and art on the streets. On the first of every month, a new Broadsided literary/visual collaboration ise posted on the Broadsided website for free download as a letter-sized PDF.

Broadsided Press takes its name from the traditional broadside, which is loosely defined as paper printed on one side for public distribution as a poster or announcement, and has its roots in 16th century England. It is the origin of popular press and news. "To have been broadsided" means that one has been hit from the side, most often out of the blue. Both histories are behind the name of Broadsided Press.

A unique aspect of Broadsided's structure is that it engages a wide network of "Vectors" (this could be you!) to post issues throughout their communities. Issues can be downloaded and printed by anyone with a computer and printer. See where Vectors are posting and add your town. Broadsided has Vectors posting in almost every U.S. state, in several European countries, Chile, Japan, the Philippines, and several provinces in Canada. Broadsided also presents "Special Features", which includes Broadsided Press Responses, inviting writers and artists respond to current events in the world with their best, most empathetic, most insightful, most wide-ranging selves. The Broadsided Press Groundsourced anthologies, or poems for when things seem impossible to articulate, shared directly via Tumblr via #hashtag. One recent collection is #PoemsForFerguson. Broadsides on the Bus places poetry and art on buses in two communities: Cape Cod and Moscow, Idaho.

Interested in being published in Broadsided Press? Writing is chosen through submissions emailed to Broadsided. Artists allied with Broadsided are emailed the selected writing. They then "dibs" what resonates for them and respond visually. You could be a Vector. You could get Broadsided. Learn more and view a flyer with general information about Broadsided.

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