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Call for Papers- Creative Approaches to Transitional Justice: Contributions of Arts and Culture
2020 Special Issue, International Journal of Transitional Justice
Deadline: July 1, 2019
Guest Editor: Cynthia Cohen

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Call for Project Concepts: Keepers of the Earth Fund
Deadline: August 31
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Post-graduate course on Arts and International Cooperation - Collaborating on Fragile Contexts and Processes of Peace Building
Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland
Next course begins: January 2019
Register by: October 2018


On Ajoka: An Interview and In Memoriam
By Fawzia Afzal-Khan


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Zurich, Switzerland

Featured News from the Field Theme: "Arts and Social Change in Kenya: Past and Present"


PeaceCon 2018
October 24-26
Washington, DC


Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy - Peacebuilding Newsletter
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Introducing USDAC Outposts
 


"Arts and Building Peace: The Basics and Envisioning the Future"
Essay by Cynthia Cohen
Peace in Progress Magazine
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Theatre: Spotlight on Russia
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Interview with Lee Perlman about
Book: “But Abu Ibrahim, We’re Family!”
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Pop Culture Collaborative
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Film: “Disturbing the Peace”
Combatants for Peace
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Art Radar
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Quilts from Syria and Iraq
The Advocacy Project


Displaced Artists Fund Residency Program
Vermont Studio Center
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A TheTheatreTimes.com
Now Seeking Contributions
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Women In Music
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Professor Cynthia Cohen Solves the World's Problems with Creativity
The Brandeis Hoot
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Oakland Arts Review
Call for Submissions
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Monitoring and Evaluation of Participatory Theatre for Change
Search for Common Ground, UNICEF
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“Yes, Art and Culture Can Change the World”
By Adam Horowitz
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USDAC "HI-LI" Creative Community Database
Accepting project submissions
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Optivism - Music & Film
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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
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Africa Yoga Project
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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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News From the Field

A listing of news, events, artistic works, resources, and opportunities related to the field of peacebuilding and the arts.


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News & Events


On Ajoka: An Interview and In Memoriam
By Fawzia Afzal-Khan
March 28, 2018
Published by Arab Stages, Volume 8 (Spring, 2018)
©2018 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

ajoka"I’m talking with Shahid Mahmood Nadeem, playwright and of late, the director of Ajoka [Theatre] in Lahore, and Sohail Warraich, a long time Ajoka member in various guises and capacities..." Read full interview.


PeaceCon 2018
peaceconAlliance for Peacebuilding's Annual Conference
October 24-26
Washington, DC

Each year, the Alliance for Peacebuilding’s Annual Conference gathers together a diverse network of peacebuilders and provides them with the opportunity to share their achievements, insights, and, most importantly, visions for the future of peacebuilding. Over the course of three dynamic days, conference participants have the opportunity to constructively engage in an array of activities and workshops structured around cutting-edge developments in the field of peacebuilding, from neuroscience and psychosocial healing to storytelling and the media. With past participants from over 200 organizations and 30 countries around the world, PeaceCon 2018 will be a pivotal juncture for exploring the challenges facing the field of peacebuilding, as well as developing collaborative solutions for the future.

View this year's conference themes and FAQs, and register to attend. The early bird registration deadline is May 31.


Arts and Social Change in Kenya: Past and Present

Research by Beth Kawira

Art lives in the hearts of people. It’s in music videos, it’s in photos, it’s everywhere. – Boniface Mwangi, an activist.

Art gives voice to the voiceless. It helps in communicating and expressing what people are afraid of expressing under normal circumstances. In Kenya, individuals, civil society and the government have increasingly embraced artistic forms in the process of peace building and social change. This has worked quite well in social transformation, including socio-economic development, fostering peace and reconciliation of conflicting parties.

With the just concluded 2017 General Elections, so much was done using the arts in promoting peace in Kenya. Elections have always come with tension in the country. The citizens have always been apprehensive about the outcome, which at times lead to conflicts based mostly on tribal lines, ignorance and politicians ‘using’ young people to cause destructions in the name of campaigns. With the 2017 elections, all were hopeful that they would be peaceful, free and fair. We see now that there is still much work to do.


Training for Kenyan Artists and Peacebuilders at Juniata College

This summer, Bakers Institute For Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College held a week-long training for Kenyan peace builders, scholars, and artists on how art can and has been used a tool for social transformation in Kenya. The participants held in depth discussions with the facilitators: Dr. Cindy Cohen from Brandeis University, Prof. Kitche Magak from Maseno University in Kenya and Dr. Polly Walker from Baker institute for peace and Conflict Management, Juniata College.

The Kenyan participants explored various examples on how arts has brought positive impact to the Kenyan communities and played a great role in social transformation. Art has been embraced not only at the national level but also at the grassroots level where it has been used as a tool in settling disputes such as inter-ethnic conflicts, gender inequalities, cattle rustling, land disputes and domestic violence.

Caroline Ngesa, Director Africa Snowman Productions Company, stated that over the recent past, Kenyans have held the fact that its only through art that ‘life can be well lived’ and this has immeasurably improved peoples’ lives.

Dr. Cohen introduced the story circle, which was well received by the participants. This suggested that to help bring peace in the society, one has to understand the people from their own point of view, learn to listen and understand their stories because they inform the basis on how issues are addressed.

At the end of the week, Prof. Kitche Magak assisted the participants come up with proposals on arts and peacebuilding initiatives.

Read about additional arts & social transformation initiatives in Kenya on this page under Arts and Resources, and view the full list






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Arts and Social Change in Kenya: Past and Present


Kibera Walls for Peace

Kibera Hamlets (KH) is a Nairobi-based organization that has worked with various Kibera-based graffiti artists and American artist Joel Bergner and to foster cooperation, promoting peace and understanding amongst the different ethnic communities. Reflecting on two-month long violence following the 2007 elections, resulting at least 1500 deaths reported and hundreds of thousands of households internally displaced due to inter-tribal conflict, KH worked with communities to create murals and peacebuilding workshops on issues of peace and reconciliation ahead of the 2013 general elections.

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Photo by MA’ Vulture. The message ‘Kabila langu Ni Kenya’ in the mural
translates to “My Tribe is Kenya,” encouraging community members
to embrace their commonalities rather than tribalism.



“Heal the Nation” Documentary

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Photo credit: Boniface Mwangi

The documentary was created by an organization called Picha Mtaani, Swahili for 'street exhibitions,' an initiative founded by a Kenyan activist, Boniface Mwangi. It showcases the photographs he took during his countrywide tour after the 2007/2008-post election violence. The images are remarkable for their explicit depictions of carnage and politically motivated ethnic violence. A few minutes before the launch of the documentary, these images were showcased in the street and attracted quite a large group of people. The documentary shows both emotional reactions to the photographs themselves, and shares the narratives of victims and perpetrators driven by their encounter with the aim of preventing such violence in the future.


Read about additional arts & social transformation initiatives in Kenya on this page under News/Events and Resources, and view the full list



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Resources & Opportunities


Call for Project Concepts: Keepers of the Earth Fund
Deadline: August 31, 2018

Cultural Survival

KOEFCultural Survival is pleased to announce the Keepers of the Earth Fund (KOEF) Call for Project Concepts. The KOEF is a small grants fund that supports Indigenous values-based community development. These grants have supported Indigenous-led projects on the leading edge of solutions to the most pressing issues for Indigenous Peoples everywhere.

Through the KOEF, Cultural Survival intends to provide grants ranging between $500 and $5,000 to Indigenous-led and -controlled organizations and groups around the world.

Grants can support projects focused on a vast array of development activities. Applications will be viewed with an eye toward innovation, Indigenous values woven into the design of the project, and projects addressing real-time development needs. The connection between Indigenous values and the proposed project should be clearly articulated.

The primary purpose of the Keepers of the Earth Fund is to empower grassroots Indigenous communities in establishing their rights and retaining their traditional values.

We seek to fund projects that work in collaboration with others for the larger community as opposed to working alone. We encourage partnerships and networking, capacity building for results, and strategic approaches to Indigenous development.

Project Concepts will be accepted through August 31, 2018. Read the full guidelines.



Call for Papers: Creative Approaches to Transitional Justice: Contributions of Arts and Culture
2020 Special Issue, International Journal of Transitional Justice
Deadline for submissions: July 1, 2019
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Guest Editor:
Cynthia Cohen, director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University’s International Centre for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, US.

The International Journal of Transitional Justice invites submissions for its 2020 Special Issue, Creative Approaches to Transitional Justice: Contributions of Arts and Culture, to be guest edited by Cynthia Cohen, director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University’s International Centre for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, US.

This Special Issue invites works that document, critically engage with, and imagine new forms of artistic and cultural research and practice in/with transitional justice processes. The Issue seeks creative approaches crafted to address the legacy of human rights abuses and to effect social reconstruction and transformation through transitional justice in the wake of widespread violence and oppression. We welcome a variety of forms, including scholarship, practitioners’ reflections and creative works suitable for presentation in print format and on the journal’s website.

Submissions are invited on any questions and themes related to creative approaches to transitional justice. The submission deadline is July 1, 2019. Learn more about the submission guidelines. Papers should be submitted online through the IJTJ webpage at academic.oup.com/ijtj. For further information, please contact the managing editor at ijtj@csvr.org.za.


Post-graduate course on Arts and International Cooperation - Collaborating on Fragile Contexts and Processes of Peace Building
Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland
Next course begins: January 2019
Register by: October 2018

How can art contribute to social change? What specialist knowledge do organizers and artists need for artistic collaborations in fragile contexts or crisis regions?

On the basis of these questions, artasfoundation worked together with the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) to develop a concept for the postgraduate degree program (CAS) Arts and International Cooperation. In this program, experienced international practitioners and researchers from Switzerland and abroad teach.

The study program is extra-occupational, consists of four modules and its second year begins in January 2019. It is aimed at people who work in international cooperation and want to broaden their expertise in art projects and to experienced artists and curators who want to expand their expertise want to expand in international cooperation. It is also aimed at artists, curators and organizers of fragile contexts who want to involve international partners in their projects.

The curriculum focuses on practices and theories from the fields of contemporary art, international cooperation, humanitarian work and peace building. 

Those interested in the course, which begins in January 2019, should register by October 2018. View details about the program on the Zurich University of the Arts website: https://www.zhdk.ch/en/cas-arts-and-international-cooperation.


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Swiss Foundation for Art in Regions of Conflict

artasfoundation was founded in 2011 and initiates and supports art projects in regions of conflict and in times of crisis. Based in Switzerland, it’s center of competence for art in the context of conflict mediation and peace building with a mission to initiate art projects in affected regions in the aftermath of wars in processes of reconstruction and democratization, and to supplement established humanitarian work with art. artasfoundation is an independent and impartial operating foundation that is financed by public grants and private contributions. As of early 2018, the organization has been mainly active in the Southern Caucasus region of Switzerland and successfully conducted 36 art projects in 12 different cities and villages in the region.

artasfoundation also conducts research and analyzes the existing examples and methods of art within the context of conflict mediation and peace building and to apply this research to new initiatives. Additionally, the organization sets up international networks between individual initiatives for art in the context of conflict mediation and peace building and to encourage the exchange of experiences.

Visit the artasfoundation website or for more information, contact info@artasfoundation.ch.


USDAC Outposts
Apply by: May 25, 2018

usdacThis moment calls for unabashed creativity, deep connection, and community resilience. That’s why we're introducing USDAC Outposts, a new way that anyone can access the information, allies, and advice needed to bring the people-powered department to life in their community.

There are many ways to take part in the USDAC—online learning calls, National Actions, and more—but there’s something to be said for strength in numbers and ongoing local engagement. Get a few allies together and you multiply your capacity to learn, plan, engage others, and make real impact. We've developed USDAC Outposts with that in mind.

A USDAC Outpost is a group of four or more individuals committed to enacting USDAC values in their community. Outposts may focus on learning, relationship-building, and/or taking action through USDAC National Actions and their own local value-aligned projects and campaigns to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging. Outposts receive:

  • A start-up Toolkit with resources, information, and ideas to help you jumpstart an Outpost and set your own agenda of learning, relationship-building, and action.
  • A batch of USDAC swag, and official Outpost certificate.
  • A listing on the USDAC website.
  • Support from the USDAC Office of Instigation in taking part in National Actions and in formulating your own projects and plans.
  • Access to Action Network to create your own e-list, send out eblasts, track activists, create petitions, actions/events, forms, fundraisers, and more.
  • Fiscal sponsorship and support in applying for funding for Outpost activities and projects.
  • Opportunity to apply for micro-grants from the USDAC.
  • Regular online video calls connecting Outposts with each other and with experienced USDAC organizers.

To learn more about this opportunity to deepen your local creative activism in partnership with a growing national community of practice, visit: www.usdac.us/outposts.




Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy - Peacebuilding Newsletter
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The mission of the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD) is to promote a systems-based approach to peacebuilding and to facilitate the transformation of deeply-rooted social conflict. The Institute is based in Arlington, VA, and has more than 1300 members in 31 countries. IMTD approaches peacemaking as a living system. Since 1992, we have worked to improve the web of interconnected relationships that operate together for a common goal: a world at peace. We strengthen the interconnection of activities, individuals, institutions, and communities together to globally improve systems and lives.

Read the IMTD Peacebuilding February 2018 Newsletter.


Paper- The Dark Journey Back to Humanity: Trauma and the Survivors of Sexual Gender Based Violence in Kenya
By Akech Obat Masira
Director, Misango Arts Ensemble
Chairman, Lake Victoria Basin Film Makers Guild
Kenya

The Misango Arts Ensemble in collaboration with the Ministry of Health Services (County Government of Kisumu, Kenya) seek use various interventions to address and reduce the Gender Based Violence in Kisumu County, in partnership with clinicians from Ministry of Health Services... The theatrical productions will be creatively and artistically designed to provoke the community to understand and acknowledge the full complexity of the trauma experienced by the survivors of the Gender Based Violence and how this violence manifest itself in Kisumu County. Secondly, the productions will also encourage the survivors to seek early medications, counseling and finally to overcome the stigma and discrimination associated with the sexual abuses in Kenya... Read paper.


Residency Opportunity: Theatre Peace Building Project for Socially Engaged Theatre Artists / Community Theatre Artists / Applied Theatre Facilitators
playhouseThe Playhouse Theatre
Derry-Londonderry and specific locations (to be decided) in Northern Ireland & the Border Counties of Ireland
Application Deadline: February 23, 2018

The Theatre Peace Building Project draws from this previous work and, in partnership with Holywell Trust, Thomas D’Arcy Foundation and Queens University, will programme a range of nationally / internationally theatre artists with significant experience of using arts activity in areas of conflict & post conflict / areas of social breakdown to promote healing and reconciliation within Northern Ireland / Border Counties. 

The project will use Theatre as a tool to explore truth recovery & community relations issues in safe, accessible environments. It will facilitate significant cross community interaction amongst participants from diverse backgrounds who will work collaboratively towards common goals. This aims to result in meaningful, purposeful and sustained contact between persons from different communities with the aim of promoting positive community relations attitudinal and behavioural change. >

The project will target those people and communities most affected by the conflict, including representatives from interface & segregated areas, historical atrocities, victims & survivors and public sector workers who were significantly involved / impacted upon during The Troubles. >

Proposals/ Tender Brief: Playhouse Theatre is seeking to receive Tenders from Socially Engaged Theatre Practitioners who will deliver the National / International Residencies. Learn more and apply.



Call for Applications: Truth & Reconciliation Residency
sfaiSanta Fe Art Institute
Deadline: February 15, 2018

From September 2018 through August 2019, Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) will bring together 70 artists, creative practitioners, content experts, and innovative thinkers from all over the world to explore how uncovering and acknowledging the truth can be used as a means of reconciliation. Applications are due before February 15, early applications are encouraged.



“Aesthetic Perspectives: Attributes of Excellence in Arts for Change”
A report by John Borstel, Pam Korza, Andrea Assaf; Chris Dwyer; Mark Valdez, Denise Brown, and Barbara Schaffer Bacon.

A framework to enhance understanding and evaluation of Arts for Change developed by Animating Democracy. View a ‘short take’ of the report and the full report.


Arts and Social Change in Kenya: Past and Present


Amani Peoples’ Theatre (APT)

Founded by university and college students, Amani Peoples’ Theatre (APT) works with communities and youth organizations in various counties in Kenya using participatory theatre to explore the sources of conflict. APT provides training in conflict transformation and peacebuilding, interfaith dialogue, trauma healing, youth crime prevention & rehabilitation, drama therapy, and psychodrama using multi-arts approaches. It focuses more on working to deal with conflict based on identity, ownership and access to land, political violence and identity, poverty-related issues, and historical injustices.



Arts & Abolition Foster Care Home

Arts & Abolition is a non-governmental foster care organization that provides trauma therapy and art therapy to girls who have survived sexual violence. Art therapy includes various modalities including dance, song, and visual arts/ painting. The founder and executive director explains that the art therapy provides healing through important opportunity for expression and deeper experiences of freedom.



Sponsored Arts for Education (S.A.F.E) KENYA

S.A.F.E. is a non-governmental organization that uses the performing arts and community programs to inspire and deliver social change. After the 2007/2008-post election violence in Kenya, S.A.F.E began a peace program, including a play, which was made into a film titled ni sisi (It Is Us). The film explored how political campaigns divide people along tribal lines rather than unite people in building their country.

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Safe actors perform the Ni Sisi play, which was
made into a film. Photo credit: S.A.F.E. Kenya



EARTHwise Centre for Arts & Social Change

EARTHwise is a social enterprise providing stewardship, capacity development, whole system design, education, and vision development for ecological flourishing and actualization. As part of their education and sustainability program, EARTHwise invited Alex Mativo, founder and CEO E-LAB, an afro-futurist brand that designs jewelry and furniture from electronic waste to speak about turning e-waste into pieces of art. His work portrays how art plays a role in transforming people’s lives by reducing waste in the environment and providing a income generating product for local people.



Lenga Ugaidi Na Talanta (Fight Terrorism through Talent)

Lenga Ugaidi Na Talanta is a short-film competition organized in collaboration between a few youth organizations in Kenya. Young people showcase their creative films that feature anti-terrorism messages. Films awarded address topics including terrorism, radicalization, and violent extremism.


Read about additional arts & social transformation initiatives in Kenya on this page under News/Events and Arts, and view the full list



2018 People’s State of the Union & Story Circles
USDACHosted by USDAC
January 25 - February 4, 2018

From January 25-February 4, 2018, Citizen Artists across the country will host Story Circles in their communities, bringing neighbors together to make sense of this tumultuous year, strengthening social fabric, and creating much-needed space for truth-telling and deep listening. Over the last three years, people in more than 350 different communities signed up to host.

Why? In January of most years, the President delivers a State of the Union Address. It’s a broadcast from one to many. But democracy is a conversation, not a monologue. The People’s State of the Union is an invitation to join in hosting a national conversation in our own homes, schools, houses of worship, and community organizations. Learn more about how to host a Story Circle in your community.

In polarized times, being able to cross cultural and political divides and remain in dialogue is a worthy challenge. Who are we? What touches our hearts and minds? What do our communities need, and what do they need to hear from us? We may know our own answers, but do we know each other?

Hosting a Story Circle as part of the People's State of the Union is a simple, powerful way of bringing people together and reinforcing the deeply democratic idea that everyone’s story counts, overcoming the ignorance and fear that divide us. #PSOTU2018 is just what we need right now: an antidote to soundbites, screens, and fake news. Download the People's State of the Union Toolkit here.

Whether you're hosting a few folks in your own home, a dozen simultaneous circles in a community center, or inviting members of your organization or network to host their own circles, the Toolkit explains absolutely everything you need to know to organize, promote, and pull off your event, plus how to access online training and technical assistance.
The thousands of stories shared in Story Circles across the country will then serve as inspiration for the collaboratively composed Poetic Address to the Nation, performed and broadcast live. They’ll also live in the #PSOTU2018 Story Portal, where anyone can read and learn from them. Together, we’ll build a composite picture of the state of our union, celebrating what connects us and bringing our creativity to healing all that pulls us apart. Sign up here to co-create the fourth annual People's State of the Union.




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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