Call For Papers: 25th General Conference, International Peace Research Association (IPRA). Deadline:
December 15, 2013
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.
Read more and watch the video.
News from the Field
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News From the Field
A listing of news and events related to the field of peacebuilding and the arts.
Feature: Artistic Responses to Trayvon Martin's Life and Death
Feature: Arts - Peacebuilding and the Arts in Latin America
Feature: Resources & Opportunities - Peacebuilding and the Arts in Latin America
International Symposium/ Workshop on Political Discourse: Philosophy, Performance, Literature and Theater
October 21 - 25
National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City
"Acting Together" Project contributor Roberto Gutiérrez Varea and Violet Luna as well as project supporters Paty Argomedo Weisz and Gabriel Weisz are conducting workshops the week of October 21 - 25 during the International Symposium on Political Discourse in Mexico city on the political discourse in the arts, including theater, performance, and literature. Roberto will also be hosting a screening of "Acting Together on the World Stage" on Thursday, October 24 for the symposium participants.
“Iran’s Invisible Cinema”
Touch Art Gallery in collaboration with Festival Invisible Cinema offered a wonderful opportunity to see otherwise-difficult-to-see films from Iran near Harvard Square in Cambridge. Documentaries screened included "Dream Interrupted," by Mahmood Karimi-Hakak. Visit the Facebook event page for details.
"Magdalena" - A New Documentary about Women in Theatre
"Magdalena" is newly-released film produced by Jill Greenhalgh and Sara Penrhyn Jones about the Magdalena Project, a network of women in theatre. This 30-minute documentary draws on footage from two Magdalena festivals in 2011 in Wales and Cuba, and aims to capture the history of the project and convey its spirit which remains is consistently relevant amidst changing environments. The film features Violet Luna, as well as DAH Teatar (by “Acting Together” collaborator Dijana Milošević) and Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani (by “Acting Together” star Ana Correa). The full documentary is available to view online, with information available in English, Português, and Español.
Brandeis Alum Abdul Aziz Sohail Earns Raves as Curator of "Islam Contemporary" Exhibit
August 25, 2013 | The Berkshire Eagle
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts has staged a comprehensive art exhibit, "Islam Contemporary," featuring 24 local, national and international artists. The show includes 90 works of art -- photography, prints, paintings, jewelry, sculpture and more. It the gallery’s first show to be approached about touring and has also earned a "Critic's Pick" honor in the Boston Globe. In addition to the talented artists involved, the show's success should be credited to its curator, 23-year-old Abdul Aziz Sohail, a recent art history graduate of Brandeis University and former Ethics Center Leadership Council (ECLC) member. Sohail said the idea for the exhibit formed "just after the bombing in Boston and I thought it would help with [Islamic] perspectives...I hope to continue working in a cross-cultural context... Bringing Pakistani and Afghani artists together is a really important thing to do, even if it means pushing the boundaries of their own people." Read more.
Festival Aims to Prove Art Can Directly Benefit a City’s Poorest Citizens
July 23, 2013 | The Informal City Dialogues
The Chale Wote Street Art Festival takes place in Accra, Ghana and its name – slang for flip-flops – evokes bonds that transcend social class. Dr. Sionne Neely, the organizer of The Chale Wote Street Art Festival in Accra, Ghana says, “we advocate that every one of us is an artist…Each of us has the capacity to change not only our own lives but that of our communities… Art can be the critical engine of transformation.” Larry Aminu, one of three co-founders of Nima Muhimanchi Art (NMA), an arts collective based out of Nima, one of Accra’s largest slums, says “Art is the only medium that can transform society. Art can bring peace. Art can bring unity. Art can bring togetherness. I do art to change society. I also do art to talk for those who cannot speak for themselves.” Read more.
INDRA Congress 2013:
First Act Youth Theatre host The Art of Cooling Conflict
By Olga Bradshaw, Londonderry Sentinel
The members of First Act Youth Theatre of Londonderry, Northern Ireland hosted an innovative arts project involving over 100 young people from the city as part of a unique gathering called INDRA, otherwise known as the International Development for Reconciliation Using the Arts. The INDRA 2013 Congress will be hosted in Londonderry and is a global network that shares a commitment to the development of the arts as a crucial resource for peace building and the non-violent transformation of conflict. The young people worked with a company of artists to explore ideas and practice together working towards a shared gathering and showcase of art work and performances... Read more.
“Voices in Transition”:
A peace-building expressive arts youth group in Fiji
June 21 | Fiji Times
After experiencing the loss of his parents at a young age, Uate Tamanikaiyaroi "started doing random acts of kindness, every time I would catch a bus or taxi, I would leave a note on the seat with words such as love, courage, hope etc." Subsequently, he co-founded “A peace-building youth group called Voices in Transition which looks at building peace through expressive arts like music, songs and dance and is made up of Fiji's very own vocalists, musicians, and dancers. The aim of the group is to conduct peace-building awareness throughout Fiji," Uate said... Read more.
Somalia: Mogadishu's artistic rebirth
At the height of Somalia's civil war, many artists stopped painting. Those that continued often lost their valuable works as they fled the country. With hope and transformation in the air as Somalia experiences its first sustained period of peace for two decades, a group of veteran Somali artists have taken up their brushes again to send out a message for a better future that can be seen large and clear all around the city... Read more.
Peace and Conflict Summer Workshop -
“Drug Violence on the Border of Mexico and the United States: After 50,000 Deaths, Where is the End?”
Palmetto Center for the Arts, San Antonio, Texas
Matt Scrimgeour (left) and Aaron
Northwest Vista College co-sponsored a Peace and Conflict Summer Workshop on June 12 supported by the Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative of the U. S. Institute of Peace. The workshop welcomed two internationally-recognized speakers, including Matthew Scrimgeour, a professional peace practitioner, published poet, and staff member at the Corrymeela Peace & Reconciliation Center in Northern Ireland, and Aaron Gordon, Program Coordinator at the “Music Theater 4 Youth” in Ireland... View the event report and photos and read more about the event.
World's longest peace mural -
Bringing Filipinos together for peace through art
GMA News | July 2, 2013
Project EDSA in the Philippines organized thousands of peace advocates and volunteers in the call to participate in the making the longest peace mural in the world. Project EDSA features around four kilometers of colorful paintings along the country’s busiest thoroughfare, each depicting scenarios of harmony, camaraderie and, most of all, positive Filipino values. The event is spearheaded by the Asia America Initiative (AAI), a non-profit charitable and educational organization, along with a number of public offices, and is supported by the Filipino web-to-mobile communications company Chikka... Read more. Read another article about the completion of the 3.7 km world's longest peace mural.
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Leading Saudi soldier-artist sets up peacemaking art foundation
The Art Newspaper | July 1, 2013
Abdulnasser Gharem, 40, is a gentle, thoughtful colonel in the Saudi army and a co-founder of the artists’ collective Edge of Arabia. Gharem is now establishing an artist-run foundation in Riyadh, the deeply conservative capital of Saudi Arabia, to which he has given the ecumenical name “Amen” (so be it). Speaking about the name of The Amen Art Foundation, Gharem said “The good thing about the word ‘amen’ is that you find it in Islam, in Judaism, in Christianity. Lately, the king [Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia] has been trying to encourage that kind of dialogue between religions, so I thought, if the king wants this dialogue, I will try to handle the cultural or artistic side of this mission of my country...” Read more.
Black Sea province of Trabzon opens door to female artists
Hurriyet Daily News | July 3, 2013
The Femin & Art International Women Artists’ Association of Turkey is an organization established in 2007 that encourages women to take their place in art and brings together female artists to participate in national and international art activities. “Art and artists are the most important things in terms of enlightening society. We will try to spread our voices to the world while staying away from violence as we aim to spread peace,” said Şükran Üst, president of organization. “When women are educated, the development of countries gets faster,” she said.... “We can say the same things for women who are interested in art.” ...Read more.
Call for Support -
Indo-Pak Theatre for Peace Project by Ajoka Theatre
Ajoka Theatre of Pakistan has been part of the struggle for a secular, democratic just, humane and egalitarian Pakistan for the last 25 years. With partners in India and Pakistan, the theatre is embarking on the new Indo-Pak Theatre for Peace Project, which will include theatre-for-peace festivals, seminars, and workshops to be held in Pakistan and India over a period of two years starting in October 2013. Project funding requests will be sent to U.S. Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, but the group is also seeking support to expand the peace objective, particularly to South Asian Americans living in the U.S. Visit Ajoka’s websiteand Facebook page. For more details on how to support the effort, email Shahid Nadeem.
Egypt's culture 'under attack' from government, claim artists
June 5, 2013 | The Guardian
The Egyptian Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI Centre) has been witnessing with increasing alarm the vicious onslaught against the defining foundations of Egyptian culture, with theatre and the performing arts at the forefront. Alaa Abdel-Aziz was appointed Minister of Culture four weeks ago, and in that time he has fired the head of the Cairo Opera House, the head of the Egyptian General Book Authority, and the head of the Fine Arts Sector. Nayer Nagi, the conductor of the Cairo Opera House, said “In a stand against a detailed plan to destroy culture and fine arts in Egypt we abstain from performing tonight’s opera.” Many report that the Egyptian government is targeting artists, intellectuals, and journalists. A Call for Action has been issued to support the ITI Centre and to call on Abdel-Aziz to protect rather than condemn the contributions artists have made to a diverse, cosmopolitan, multi-ethnic, and multi-religious society, and to refrain from defining “Egyptian culture” in the narrowest terms. The Muslim Brotherhood has issued a relevant statement and a number of leaders globally have signed on to a letter to the media. Learn how to add your name, contact the U.S. State Department to register your concern, or read a related article on CNN.com by Ambassador Cynthia Schneider.
Day after Kabul attacks, 10,000 peace balloons by conceptual artist Yazmany Arboleda handed out
May 25, 2013 | Artdaily.org
After a day of explosions and gunfire, residents of Kabul woke up to be greeted by a public art project in which volunteers handed out 10,000 neon-pink "peace" balloons. Organised by Yazmany Arboleda, a 31-year-old conceptual artist from the United States, the project was an unusual attempt to bring a dose of creativity and fun to a city wrecked by decades of war. "The balloons are not worth any money but they are distributed in the cause of peace so we admire this initiative," said Waheedullah Nizami, a soldier who received a balloon. ...Read more.
Crowdfunding Campaign: Climate Justice Hub
Recently, for the first time in 2 million years, the amount heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million. We have to act now -- and that is exactly a team of Boston area students are doing. Their aim is to launch a project called the Climate Justice Hub, a community space in Boston for student activists to live and spend 100% of their working hours organizing people to take action on the climate crisis in creating an inclusive space for the multi-issue struggle of climate justice. Their goal is to raise $12,500 by mid-June. Learn more and donate.
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Exhibit: "River" by Naoe Suzuki
October 24 - November 27
VanDernoot Gallery, University Hall, Lesley University
The use and abuse of water is something that should be more present in our environmental concerns, at least in the opinion of Japanese artist Naoe Suzuki. In her current solo exhibition, Suzuki explores environmental degradation and the impact it has on water, a natural element she sees as a vessel, a capillary, a vein. View the exhibit webpage and read more in the Artscope magazine newsletter.
Art Print: Trayvon Martin - Ella Baker
by Ricardo Levins Morales - Art for Social Justice
Ricardo Levins Morales’ artistic response to the Trayvon Martin tragedy includes an image of Trayvon integrated with a quote from Ella Baker. Levins Morales states “I believe that art can contribute to changing people's perceptions, hearts and understandings of what has been, what is and what's possible. I'm enough of an organizer to understand that art can't do it alone; people getting together and acting together is the real source of social change. The dignity and possibility in all people is the underlying message of my work.” View the piece and read more about Ricardo.
12 Artistic Responses to the Trayvon Martin Verdict You Haven’t Seen
Following the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, people were angry, but many channeled their rage and grief into positive, creative, artistic expression. One example of this can be found at the Art Works Studio School, in Mount Rainier, Maryland. The founder and director Barbara Johnson said she they “knew right away that we had to do something... to support the community.” One evening, around 30 people, ranging in age from 20 to 60, went to Art Works to express their pain through silent painting and drawing. Johnson recalled: “At times different people would stop painting and walk into the gallery to cry...So many people said, ‘I feel better.’” For many, the experience was cathartic Johnson said. Read more and view some of the many pantings created by the participants.
Singer Kim Nalley's Powerful New Song About Trayvon Martin
Singer Kim Nalley, known for her sophisticated blend of blues, jazz and soul, performs her original song that captures the many layers of emotional complexity in the Trayvon Martin story. View the video.
Video - Trayvon Martin Dedication: 'Little Black Boy Wonder'
by Omari Hardwick and others
Omari Hardwick added his name to the list of Trayvon Martin supporters through a viral video clip titled, “Little Black Boy Wonder.” The four-minute clip, which was written and produced by Hardwick, features an array of Hollywood notables including Eriq LaSalle, Marlon Wayans, David Oyelowo, Sugar Shane Mosely, Bill Duke, and Gary Dourdan among others, citing a dedication poem in honor of Martin. View the video.
Oakulture: Oakland’s Cultural Community Makes “Art 4 Justice”
Following the aftermath of the George Zimmerman trial, the Betti Ono Gallery in Oakland, CA opened its doors for drop-ins, so that members of the African-American community, and anyone else feeling the emotional weight of the aftermath of the trial, could have a safe place to vent, console, empathize, or express their thoughts. At the same time, Jeff Perlstein opened up his spot, Solespace, for an “Art 4 Justice” workshop. At both locations, the windows became message boards for folks to share their feelings about what was going on. “We opened up the space to the entire community,” said Anyka Barber, the owner of Betti Ono Gallery. “The whole point was just to hold a space of peace and love and solidarity, but also find ways to take action and reflect.” There were “impromptu healing sessions, there’s tears, folks who don’t know each other are hugging one another and supporting one another, [and] people are coming together to find ways to plan other engagements” to address the issues raised by the Zimmerman verdict. Read more and view artistic responses by the participants.
"Requiem for a Lost Land"
by Violet Luna
Violet Luna is a performance artist and activist whose work explores the relationship between theatre, performance art and community engagement, using her body as a territory to question and comment on social and political phenomena. Her work “Requiem for a Lost Land” is a performative intervention, by way of ritual, to remember the murders committed during the “War on Drugs” initiative implemented by Mexico’s central government. Requiem is an attempt, from the realm of performance art, to open with a coroner’s knife the discourse of death put forth by those in power under the guise of “national security.” Read Roberto Gutiérrez Varea’s reflection on the piece. View a video excerpt and more images.
The UNESCO Culture of Peace News Network (CPNN), and Women-led Radio Program of Post-War El Salvador
The Culture of Peace News Network (CPNN), launched by UNESCO in 1998, is a project of the Global Movement for a Culture of Peace. CPNN supports programs such as a radio program in El Salvador called “Buenos Tiempos Mujer” that teaches women how to improve their own and their families’ lives and stitch the country's social fabric back together after 12 years of civil war. (Featured in “UNESCO: Building a culture of peace in Latin America,” p.15, and in the article “Constructing Civil Society, Supporting Local Development: A Case Study of Community Radio in Postwar El Salvador.”) After one year, the program resulted in a network of 60 women trained to use tape recorders, take notes and conduct interviews, and to present topics of relevance to all, as well as a team of 25 female educators and 150 organizers. CPNN invites you to read about peace actions and events and media reviews from around the world, and to write your own peace report. Read the 2013 UNESCO Programme of Action for Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for global programs including those in Latin America, to create more grassroots project with goals of “Harnessing the media and ICTs to promote peace, non-violence, tolerance and intercultural dialogue; Promoting heritage and contemporary creativity as resilience tools for building harmonious interactions through dialogue; and Reinforcing the role of education, the sciences, culture, communication and information in their capacity to create sustainable and inclusive knowledge societies in all the regions of the world.”
Chilean Artist Alfredo Jaar
Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar’s installations, photographs, films, and community-based projects, explore the public’s desensitization to images and the limitations of art to represent events such as genocides, epidemics, and famines. Jaar’s work bears witness to military conflicts, political corruption, and imbalances of power between industrialized and developing nations. Subjects addressed in his work include the holocaust in Rwanda, gold mining in Brazil, toxic pollution in Nigeria, and issues related to the border between Mexico and the United States. View the video segment of the documentary “Protest” featuring Jaar speaking about his process of creating art in response to real-world injustices and atrocities in Rwanda and Chile. Read and view more material from Jaar’s work:
- “Summer Exposure,” a group show at Galerie Lelong in New York in the summer of 2013. This exhibition of photographic works focuses on themes of political and social injustice, identity, and contemporary conflicts between man and nature.
- “Alfredo Jaar: The Politics of Images” at the Ryerson Image Center inToronto, Canada, January-April 2013. An analysis of the lack of visibility and the visual clichés about Africa disseminated in Western culture, and an epilogue to Jaar’s “The Rwanda Project, 1994-2000.”
- “Art and Action: Defining a New Paradigm for Social Action Through the Art of Alfredo Jaar,” an educational piece by Humanity In Action that applies Jaar’s approach in Danish and French context to help students engage in discussions about the overall themes of genocide and race.
- Alfredo Jaar’s website
Occularis Films is a multidisciplinary collective established in 2003 that creates, produces and executes film projects with social and political content; it was formed by artists who feel compelled to denounce injustice through art. Its purpose is to favor intercultural communication and social dialogue. Read more about the work of Occularis Films, and its collaborations with Guatemalan and Latin American artists. Read about the social campaign #HipHop4Peace that launched their most recent film.
Espacio Memoria y Derechos Humanos - ex ESMA, (Museum of Space for Memory, Promotion, and Defense of Human Rights - formerly ESMA)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
ESMA, the former Navy Mechanics School of Argentina, served as one of the “most notorious repositories for illegal detention, torture, and murder” during the Argentinian “Dirty War” of 1976 to 1983. Today, a museum called Espacio Memoria y Derechos Humanos (Space for Memory, Promotion, and Defense of Human Rights) occupies the site, which also hosts programs such as the “Meeting of Urban Art and Memory,” which presented visual and musical projects submitted by youth in September 2013, and was supported by the Ministry of Culture and the National Human Rights Department. Emily E. Parson’s wrote “The Space of Remembering: Collective Memory and the Reconfiguration of contested Space in Argentina’s ESMA” and observes, “Although the development of the Museum of Memory is still an ongoing process, the diverse range of actions taken in just a few of the buildings at ESMA reflects the varied interpretations of the representations of memory.” Parsons quotes Marcelo Brodsky, a photographer who was exiled to Spain during the Dirty War and whose brother was imprisoned in ESMA, and author of “Memoria en construcción ,” who asks “How do you transform a space of horror into a space of memory or are the two inextricably bound to each other in this case?” Others, such as the organization H.I.J.O.S., push for further justice in the forms of trials for genocide, and finding the bodies of the 30,000 detained-disappeared. In 2012, the UN inaugurated its International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights (CIPDH) with a seminar-workshop at ex ESMA focused on topics of “Memory, truth and justice; Promotion of human rights in democracy: complete conceptualization of human rights with a focus on economic, social and cultural rights; Educational policies and practices linked to human rights; and Communication, culture and art for the promotion of memory and human rights.”
“Aswan” - Debut Album Release by The Nile Project
The Nile Project announces the release of their debut album “Aswan” which was named one of the five ‘Must-Hear International Albums of the Fall’ by NPR Music. Watch the video from the first concert, view purchasing options, and read more about the project and the call for artists for future recording opportunities.
“Honor the Treaties" short film about the Lakota people of Pine Ridge, South Dakota
Aaron Huey traveled to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to photograph members of the Oglala Lakota Nation and to tell about about poverty and violence in the community, but ended up telling the story of genocide. Huey worked with graphic street artist Shepard Fairey to create a 60-foot mural in Los Angeles about the struggles of the people of the Pine Ridge. "The amazing thing about art is that it can hit people in the gut and affect them emotionally and remind them that they need to be intellectually rigorous about the things that make them feel," said Fairey. "We're so numb to so many things because there's so much white-noise, but art can remind people that they need to care." View the film and read and view the feature in National Geographic from 2012, which call this “A rare, intimate portrait [that] shows their resilience in the face of hardship.” Also, read a blog post and view photos in the New York Times.
Exhibit: Peace of cake?: No ready-made recipe
Through January 5, 2014
Utrecht University Museum, The Netherlands
The Utrecht University Museum of the Netherlands has organized an art exhibition on the science behind peace. The exhibit is a collaboration with with scientists of the Interfaculty Focus Area Conflicts & Human Rights department and focuses on three former war zones: Uganda, South-Africa and Yugoslavia. The exhibit aims to demonstrate how difficult it is to restore peace once war has broken out, and translates these choices in a peace process into a game for visitors using Kinect technology. Throughout the year, school groups can add their own artistic contributions to the exhibition or participate in a drama workshop. Individual visitors can record their own peace message on a dove in the Peace Studio. Read more.
“Transforming Arms Into Art:
Peace-Building in Mozambique
The Asahi Shimbun, Japan
Artwork consisting of weapons from the 1976-92 Mozambique civil war are on display at the “Transforming Arms Into Art: Peace-Building in Mozambique” exhibition, which opened July 11 at the National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) in Suita, Japan. Since about 1997, local artists have disassembled AK-47 assault rifles and other weapons and refashioned the bits into works of art. “Transforming arms into art is to take back the lives of people who might have been killed by the weapons,” said Cristovao Canhavato, one of artists who created “Cycle of Life,” a sculpture of two people on a bicycle... Read more.
Jimmy Engineer: Pakistan’s Painter for Peace
Pakistan's renowned painter and humanitarian, Jimmy Engineer hosted a new international exhibition promoting peaceful relations for the country, titled “Cultural Harmony Between People of Pakistan and Thailand” at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center of Thailand. For Jimmy, world peace is an ideal that cannot be achieved by words alone. His life has revolved around supporting troubled individuals as well as social care institutions, using his art to bring a sort of ‘creative peace’ to humanity... Read more.
Maria Basile performing the solo
Inspired by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, choreographer Karl Schaffer’s “Mosaic” is a dance-concert featuring Jewish Diaspora and Arab music from the women’s choral group Zambra, singer Fattah Abbou and a troupe of local dancers. “I have a kind of special connection and a responsibility as somebody brought up and raised Jewish to speak about injustices that I see in Israel's treatment of Palestinians,” said Schaffer. “I think people in the U.S. are somewhat familiar with what might be called Jewish humor, but Palestinian humor I think is very similar... To me, it shows a kind of commonality... and that can be very revealing...” Read more and read another article about this concert.
Peace Angels Project
Lin Evola started the 'Peace Angels' project in 1992, which uses nuclear missiles and street weapons donated from various law enforcement agencies to create to Peace Angel sculptures that have been exhibited worldwide. 100,000 weapons are melted to create a 30-foot statue. "[The statues] are built from the beginning to inspire change, to inspire people to think within themselves, how they can create a better world," Evola explained. Evola also founded the Art of Peace Charitable Trust (AOPCT), a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to interrupting the cycle of violence and actualizing change on a local, regional and national basis... Read more and watch the video. Read an additional article by Evola about the project in the Huffington Post.
Franck de Las Mercedes’ The Peace Box Joins "Art Takes Times Square"
Franck de Las Mercedes’ Peace Boxes or The Priority Boxes Art Project is a public art project that seeks to initiate dialogue on peace, challenge people to reconsider their ability to influence change, and question the fragility, value, and priority given to those concepts. Franck de Las Mercedes sends abstractly painted, seemingly empty boxes to anybody, anywhere in the world, for free. The project was selected to be exhibited in one of the most iconic locations in the world on 9x12-feet LED screens, as part of "Art Takes Times Square," a massive, global art project curated by the Times Square Alliance and Chashama... Read more, or read another article about the project
On Equal Terms:
Women in Skilled Trades 35 Years & Still Organizing
Exhibit by Susan Eisenberg
September 29 - November 1
Opening Reception: October 3, 6:00-8:00 pm
Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center,
107 Suffolk Street #312, New York City
"On Equal Terms" is a touring mixed media art installation by Susan Eisenberg that will exhibit in New York City at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, Sunday, September 22 - Sunday, October 20, 2013, with support from the Berger-Marks Foundation. An opening reception celebrating tradeswomen will be held Thursday, September 26, 6:00-8:00 pm. "On Equal Terms" uses audio, poetry, found objects, photography, banners, historical artifacts, and 3-D mixed media –– including a plywood bathroom shack with graffiti; a “My Kids Know Which Bridges in Town Are Mine!” cake; and Stella, a life-sized figure on a ladder in a diamond hardhat –– to bring viewers into the experiences of women who work on construction sites. Read more about the exhibit and about Susan Eisenberg.
Peace, Love, and Baklava -
An Exhibition of Contemporary Iranian Artists in London
By Sarah Zakzouk | REORIENT Magazine
The exhibition of contemporary Iranian art titled “Peace, from the Bottom of My Art” of was featured at London’s Opera Gallery from April 25 to May 9, 2013. Sarah Zakzouk shares her experience of the exhibit and discussions with the artists, gallery director, as well as one of the curators Vida Zaim who said, “It wasn’t an exhibition about politics; it was solely … a celebration of art and talent from today’s generation of Iranian artists, and the Iranian people’s interpretation of, and unwavering hope for peace...” Read more.
"Camel Hatred" by Adel Younesi
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New Book Release: "The Choreography of Resolution: Conflict, Movement, and Neuroscience"
Michelle LeBaron, Carrie MacLeod, and Andrew Floyer Acland
Purchase before January 15 for a 30% discount!
Neuroscience is proving what dancers have known for centuries. This book explores the links between the physical, mental, and psychological factors that affect conflict and mediation. The authors consider the role of movement in conflict dynamics, expose the limitations of omitting the body from understandings of conflict, explore ethical dimensions of embodied approaches, and propose key strategies for conflict intervention. Purchasers buying the book before January 15, 2014 will receive a 30% discount! Purchase via ShopABA.org using the discount code "CORTOR13" or download the order form.
HowlRound designs and develops online knowledge platforms and in-person gatherings that promote access, participation, organizational collaboration, field-wide research, and new teaching practices to illuminate the breadth, diversity, and impact of a commons-based approach to theater practice. HowlRound is a story of artists and theater makers sharing dissonant opinions, engaging in-depth dialogue, and promoting best practices with the hope of ensuring a vibrant future for our field. Their stories live in a theater commons—shared resources available to all. The HowlRound knowledge platforms include: an online journal; a livestreaming TV network; a New Play Map; Commons Producers studying playwright residencies; Convenings & Symposia; and The Weekly Howl.
Master of Arts in Applied Theatre Arts
USC School of Dramatic Arts
Deadline to apply: February 21, 2014
Interested in using theatre to create social change? The MA in Applied Theatre Arts at Unviersity of Southern California (USC) invites community-based artists, educators, therapists, social workers and political activists to explore how theatre can be applied to a non-traditional theatreical setting through a rigorous three-semester course of study. Students will culminate their experiene in an overseas immersion experience. For more information, please contact: Dramaticarts.usc.edu, 213-740-1286, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Graduate Programs in Coexistence and Conflict
Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Applications accepted January - March; early application encouraged
The Graduate Programs in Coexistence and Conflict (COEX) focus on the challenges posed by intercommunal and societal conflicts in today's world. Since its inception in 2004, the COEX program has become a top choice for professionals who want to better prevent, mitigate and resolve conflicts. Students can choose among five degree options to gain expertise in a wide range of practical areas, including dual programs with Sustainable International Development (SID), MBA Nonprofit Management, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, and International Law of Human Rights (ILHR), as well as membership in the Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School. The program encourages early application, though there is no hard and fast deadline. Read application guidelines and learn more.
Call for Applications:
CEC ArtsLink Independent Projects
Application deadline: December 3, 2013
Eligible project dates: May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015
Maximum award: $5,000
CEC ArtsLink Independent Projects awards provide funding to artists and arts managers who propose to undertake projects in the United States in collaboration with a U.S. non-profit arts organization or individual artist. Support is provided to create new work that draws inspiration from interaction with artists and the community in the U.S.; to establish mutually beneficial exchange of ideas and expertise between artists, arts organizations and the local community and to pursue artistic cooperation that will enrich creative or professional development or has potential to expand the community's access to the art of other cultures. Read about the 2013 Independent Projects Awardees. For more information, call 212-643-1985 x22 or e-mail email@example.com.
Building Peace: A Forum for Peace and Security in the 21st Century
A publication of the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP)
The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP)publishes and disseminates dynamic content on peacebuilding and models for the field that reach a broad audience, including members of our own community, other nongovernmental organizations, funders, policymakers, and others. One of AfP's publications is "Building Peace: A Forum for Peace and Security in the 21st Century," a magazine that shares stories of people, communities, and organizations that are transforming the face of peace and security around the world. Their latest issue "Preventing Deadly Conflict" gathered many stories under this theme about the creative ways adopted by peacebuilders around the world to prevent deadly violence. Read more.
Compathos Foundation is a media production, education and research organization harnessing the power of the arts and media to inspire transformation, global citizenry and social action. The organization features art, artists and arts organizations that share their vision, cultivates this community, and produces professional media content that enables a broad audience to identify entry points for action. Recently, Compathos featured a review of the "Acting Together on the World Stage" documentary. Read more.
The Rwanda Healing Project -
Program and documentary of the same name
Launched in 2004, this multi-faceted program deals with the grief of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and offers education, development, and hope for life in the future. The organization Barefoot Artists launched a series of programs, for example, the construction of a unique pottery community center in the Rugerero Twa Village with the full engagement of the community, expanding the boundaries of art as a vehicle for healing and transformation of individuals, families and community. The film "The Rwanda Healing Project" is an art piece in itself, which depticts the completion, dedication and impact of the building of the Rugerero Genocide Memorial sponsored by Barefood Artists. Learn more about the project and the film.
La Mujer de Negro de “Adiós Ayacucho”: La no presencia (The Woman in Black of “Goodbye Ayacucho”: The absence)
by Ana Correa, Peru
Ana Correa, who is featured in the documentary “Acting Together on the World Stage,” wrote about being introduced to the work of Miguel, Augusto, and Julio Ortega in “Adiós Ayacucho,” a play that documents the personal experiences of the 'disappeared' people of Peru and their families. Ana writes of her personal emotional experiences of performing the play, and feeling the suffering of the disappeared and the suffering of their families, moved by things like the use of music and the use of the actual clothes of a disappeared person Alfonso Canepa, a peasant leader. She describes how Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani’s performances follow traditional Peruvian ancestral shamanic ritual theater, which is a fine balance between fiction and reality, to depict the history as well as feelings and experience of the people during those times. Yuyachkani honors the work of all three men who worked to tell the story of Adiós Ayacucho in various written and theatrical forms. Read Ana's reflection (in Spanish).
Claudia Bernardi is an internationally known visual artist who works in the fields of human rights and social justice. She works in installations, sculpture, and printmaking, and collaborates in projects with dance, theater, and spoken word. She has worked for over 20 years locally and internationally designing art–in–community projects for political refugees and survivors of torture from Latin America. Most recently she has focused on developing art–in–community projects to be carried out in countries at war or in postwar periods. She created the Walls of Hope, an international art and human rights project of art, education, conflict resolution, crime prevention, diplomacy building, community development and preservation of historic memory. Bernardi's latest collaborative project is the Walls of Hope/African American Elders Share Memories of Integration during the Civil Rights Movement in the 60’s, a collaborative and community based project with students of Mary Baldwin College (MBC), African American elders from Staunton, West Virginia, and the School of Art of Perquin, El Salvador. Read more about Bernardi's work, about her artist residency at MBC, her professorship at the California College of the Arts, and about her other past works.
Daniel Bryan is the program director of a new study abroad program based in the Ecuadorian Amazon called “Rehearsing Change: Empowering Locally, Educating Globally” operated by the Pachaysana Institute in partnership with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. The program engages students from North America with members of local indigenous communities in sustainable development projects/service learning, theatre for social change, cultural and historical study, and work on Spanish language, and is operated by the Pachaysana Institute in partnership with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. The program is also offering independent study opportunities for students, for which they can also receive academic credit. Read more about the program.
Teatro por La Identidad y La Memoria and Abuelas (Teatroxlaidentidad)
Teatroxlaidentidad is a political theater movement of actors, playwrights, directors, choreographers, technicians and producers. It is one of the artistic arm of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, a group founded in 1977 in Argentina dedicated specifically to fighting for the return of their disappeared grandchildren. Teatroxlaidentidad was founded in 2000 in response to the painful reality that even today 500 children are still missing. It uses theater as a socio-cultural tool to deepen and raise concerns about "identity." Acting Together contributor Roberto Gutiérrez Varea speaks about Teatroxlaidentidad in his chapter of the Acting Together anthology Volume 1 (read the chapter summary). On October 15th, the group will host their annual event under the theme “Solo Faltas Voz/ You Only Lack Voice.”
Chile - Víctor Hugo Robles: El Che de los Gays
The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
By Carmen Oquendo-Villar | New York University
While studying in university Víctor observed Commander Che Guevara’s image as it became both a fashionable de-politicized logo as well as a potent anti-establishment symbol used by a wide spectrum of human rights movements and individuals affirming their own liberation. Víctor Hugo's public persona "el Che de los Gays" emerged as a politicized, performative character bent on provoking the "establishment"-from government agencies to established left-wing and LGBT organizations. Specifically, Robles chose to incarnate the intersection of homosexuality and politics to draw attention to the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS in Chile as well as Chilean society's haunting fear of contagion. Read more.
Chile in Progress: Literature, music and public spaces (in Spanish)
The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
By Ruby Carreño Bolivar | Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
This article explores the Chilean university system including access for first-generation students, compensation for professors, and generally the conditions under which knowledge is produced, reproduced, and created. Read more.
Vértice Brasil is a biennial meeting and festival that focuses on the discussion and promotion of artistic and cultural initiatives that concern women’s work in contemporary theatre. It was created in 2008 and integrates The Magdalena Project, an international network that connects women from different parts of the world. Vértice Brasil also hosts artistic residencies and participates in events in Brazil and abroad that can promote visibility to women’s work in theatre and performance. Read more.
"Tribo de Atuadores" - Political Violence in Brazil
“Tribo de Atuadores Ói Nóis Aqui Traveiz” is a theater group founded in 1978 out of a desire for the radical renewal of theater language. Their three main areas of work are: Street Theater, born out of political protests; Experience Theater, in the sense of a shared experience; and artistic pedagogical work. Their performance “Where? Action nº2” provokes, in poetic form, reflections on our recent past and the still-open wounds suffered during the military dictatorship. The action joins in with the movement of thousands of Brazilians to demand that the Federal Government continue to investigate the fate of victims disappeared during the military regime. Read more, view photos and video from the show, and visit their website.
"Behind the Dream” Project
This new audio book “Behind the Dream” tells the story of Dr. Clarence Jones, personal lawyer to Martin Luther King Jr., and sole survivor of his inner circle. Dr. Jones' account gives insight into the factors leading up to Dr. King’s "I Have a Dream" speech, which actually did not include those words until Dr. King, spurred by legendary singer Mahalia Jackson who performed just before his turn, seized the moment for posterity. Read more and listen to audio excerpts of the book.
RFP: Fellowships for Socially Engaged Arts
Letters of Interest Due: December 2
The Blade of Grass (ABOG) Fellowship for Socially Engaged Arts supports individual artists and artists collectives working on projects that promote art as a catalyst for social change. Read more.
Maurice J. and Fay B. Karpf Peace Awards
Deadline: October 29
The Maurice J. and Fay B. Karpf Peace Awards are given annually to people who wish to work toward coexistence and peaceful ways of addressing and resolving conflicts of many sorts. Brandeis undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply for the awards. The awards are meant to enhance peace culture as it evolves in our society and elsewhere in the world. Applications must be in one of these three categories: art works and essays on peace; travel grants for participation in a peace project or conference in this country or elsewhere; or seed money for peace-related projects not involving travel. Read more.
Artists for Peace and Justice
Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) supports communities in Haiti through programs in education, healthcare, and dignity, and is committed to long-term, sustainable development in direct partnership with the Haitian people. APJ aims to remove the barriers that poverty poses to a future of opportunity for children in Haiti. Haiti is a nation of artists, with rhythm and music as the driving forces of Haitian culture. APJ supports independently run programs in Haiti that provide music education to thousands of underprivileged youth each year. Read more.
Call for Student Papers & Creative Projects: "Managing Diversity in Divided Societies” Conference
Georgetown University Conflict Resolution Program
Abstracts Due: October 15th; Submissions Due: December 1
Conference: January 30-31, 2014
How can the arts be used to engage diversity and enhance societal well-being? How can they transform potentially divisionary forces of diversity and enrich peace and just relationships? This conference seeks to address this puzzle by bringing together leading researchers, practitioners, and graduate students who are engaging with issues of diversity. A call has been issued for submissions of student visual arts, creative writing, or videography that address these questions. Awards will be given for the pieces that best represent peaceful diversity management. Send a note of intent to participate and a short (250 word) description of your piece to firstname.lastname@example.org. View the flyer for details about the submission requirements and conference, and visit the conference Facebook page.
Teaching Resources: Arts and Middle Eastern Studies
The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) hosts an online library of lesson plans for teachers including a subsection on the arts with lesson plans on topics such as “War and Remembrance.” The CMES email listserv for teachers also highlighted the resource website of a Fulbright fellow called “Arts & Identity” that features resources for teachers on arts and identity in Israel and Palestine and. The site includes portraits of artists and arts organizations and serves as a tool to look at Palestinian and Israeli identity through the lenses of these artists and art organizations.
Call For Papers:
European Peace Research Association (EuPRA) 8th Conference:
"Building Positive Peace in Europe and Its Neighborhood"
November 7-9, 2013
Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus
Abstract Deadline: September 20
Europe, after major wars which led to long-lasting peace, stands as an example of a peace-zone compared to many other places on our planet. However, within Europe, one would see increasing tensions between North and South, even East-West, and between the center and periphery within Europe and absence of sustainable peace within several European countries.So there are enough reasons to question to what extent the EU can be regarded as a “Peaceful Power” for itself as well as for its neighborhood. The 8th EuPRA Conference welcomes all kinds of papers and presentations concerning peace in Europe and its neighborhood. Abstracts are due by September 20. Read more about conference and download the application.
Abstract submission deadline: December 15, 2013
The International Peace Research Association (IPRA) is hosting 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.” Since the end of the Cold War, the world has been going through a series of interrelated intra-state conflicts rather than inter-state conflicts. New generation threats for peace and security and conflicts appeared immediately as intra-state conflicts with ethnic conflict, political turmoil, protests, and the search for better democracy and peace. A call for submissions of abstracts for papers, posters, or panel proposals has been issued and application forms can be downloaded from the website and sent to email@example.com. Read more about the application process and the conference.
4-Day Workshop: Innovation & Renewal
in Applied and Therapeutic Theatre
August 1 - 4, 2013
The Living Arts Counseling Center and the International Institute of Applied and Therapeutic Theatre are offering this workshop/training for expressive arts therapists, life coaches, theatre workers, social activists, teachers, and more. The workshop aims to reignite the creative spark which inspires personal and professional growth, revitalize professional tool kits through deep explorations of various theatrical and therapeutic processes, and to discover bold, new approaches to individual and social change. The facilitators will challenge traditional therapeutic and theatrical roles and explore techniques such as ‘sound and movement transformations’ and ‘spontaneous self-revelatory performance.’ Read more and register.
CEC ArtsLink -
Engaging communities through international arts partnerships
CEC ArtsLink's unique programs offer support, residencies, workshops and professional exchanges to contemporary artists and arts managers in all genres in the U.S. and 37 countries abroad. CEC ArtsLink promotes international communication and understanding through collaborative, innovative arts projects for mutual benefit and believes that the work of artists and arts administrators can help nations overcome long histories of reciprocal distrust, insularity and conflict. CEC ArtsLink offers grants and residencies for artists, arts managers, and U.S. non-profit arts organizations, as well as other programs and events... Learn more and find them on Facebook and Twitter.
"Acts of Activism: Human Rights as Radical Performance"
By Dr. Soyini Madison (Cambridge University Press: 2010)
Followers of “Acting Together” will be delighted by this exquisitely written ethnography of sub-Saharan activist performances that engage communities in issues of women’s rights, human rights, tradition and modernity, all in the context of extreme poverty. In her epilogue, the author writes that “If we can imagine the power of an idea, a word, an act spinning in a direction and an order – emboldened at each turn by paths of light and indomitable human will – can we re-imagine our world?” Learn more and order your copy.
Book: “International Women Stage Directors”
Published by University of Illinois Press
(Forward written by Roberta Levitow mentioning Dijana Milošević)
A fascinating study of women in the arts, “International Women Stage Directors” is a comprehensive examination of women directors in twenty-four diverse countries. Organized by country, chapters provide historical context and emphasize how social, political, religious, and economic factors have impacted women's rise in the theatre, particularly in terms of gender equity. Contributors tell the stories of their home country's pioneering women directors and profile the most influential women directors practicing today, examining their career paths, artistry, and major achievements. Read more and pre-order your copy.
Prometheus Radio Project
The Prometheus Radio Project is a non-profit organization that builds, supports, and advocates for community radio stations which empower participatory community voices and movements for social change. Prometheus works to demystify technologies and the political process that governs access to our media system and offers free webinars on topics like how to how to apply for a community radio license. The Project values radio because it is easy to produce, free to consume, and accessible to more people across the world than any other mass media, and believes it is a proven tool for movement-building and cultural expression... Read more.
New York Foundation for the Art Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists
Application Deadline: Friday, June 21, 11:59pm
The New York Foundation for the Art’s Mentoring Program pairs immigrant artists working in all disciplines with artist mentors who provide one-on-one support for their mentee, guiding them to achieve specific goals. From July - September 2013, mentors will provide their mentee with broader access to the New York cultural landscape by sharing ideas, advice, resources and experiences. The Mentoring Program provides an opportunity to connect with other immigrant artists through group meetings that include professional development workshops, events and informal gatherings. The opportunity is open to immigrant artists from all disciplines based in the New York Tri-State area and provided free of charge to accepted participants. Learn more about the opportunity and application guidelines, and for additional information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Panel for Peace:
Panel and Live Webcast from Rotterdam, The Netherlands
June 22, 1:00pm Eastern Time (7:00 CEST)
As part of the Grassroots Peacebuilding project, the Dutch organization Formaat is organizing “Panel for Peace,” an interactive dialogue on the use of Participatory Drama for conflict transformation and peacebuilding. The Panel for Peace will initiate and stimulate the dialogue on using wide ranging forms of interactive and participatory theatre for working in and around areas of conflict. The panel will analyze and reflect on the strengths and opportunities, and the challenges and threats to community-based work using Participatory Drama to address and transform conflict. To attend in person, email email@example.com to register, or if you are not able attend in Rotterdam, check the website later for the posted link to join online.
The Vera List Center for Art and Politics
at The New School of New York
Vera List Center was founded in 1992 and named in honor of the late philanthropist Vera G. List. The Center is dedicated to serving as a catalyst for the discourse on the role of the arts in society and their relationship to the sociopolitical climate in which they are created. It seeks to achieve this goal by organizing public programs that respond to the pressing social and political issues of our time as they are articulated by the academic community and by visual and performing artists... Learn more about the Vera List Center.
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