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The Incredible Ways Art Is Helping Charleston Unite After Church Massacre
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News from the Field: “The Most Important Images of the Year”: Artists Respond to Racial Violence in the U.S.
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Optivism - Music & Film
24th International Festival of Student Theatre
September 28 to October 2
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Artistic Responses to Other Current Global Crises
Read Ceremonies of Dance and Song in Native American Peacemaking by Polly Walker
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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.
- Past Featured Theme: “The Most Important Images of the Year” - Artists Respond to Racial Violence in the U.S.
November 14, 8:00pm
November 15, 2:00pm
Directed 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.
DAH 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
Artist Talk & Reception:
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.
Ma(g)dalena International Festival
September 15-20, 2015
Puerto Madryn / Argentina
Ma(g)dalena International Festival is a gathering of collectives throughout the world making a public intervention as part of the fight to end violence against women.
""We understand it is fundamental to maintain a space of empowerment for women committed to the political struggle to overcome injustice. We chose Theatre of the Oppressed as reference method and developed it as Theater of the Oppressed Women with a commitment to continuous aesthetic research.
Without pretension, we women, gathered in 2010 in a Theatre Laboratory to investigate whether it would be easier to talk about our silences only among women. There our voices sounded better. The experience of speaking loudly and softly at the same time, and hearing one’s own voice through the stories of others was amazing. Facing the silence as part of a collective made more sense.
The strong interest in the initial experience, results and discoveries was the impetus needed to advance in Brazil, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique. There was no going back. We crossed borders and we approached others in order to multiply and transform our image. We became many more: Germany, Austria, Italy, Portugal, France, Switzerland, Catalonia, Basque Country, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Guatemala, Colombia, Nicaragua, India ...
We created spaces for sharing and we became an international network to expand the volume of our voices, the visibility of our struggle and the ability to act in an articulated manner. To deepen this process, we organized international meetings and seminars in Rio de Janeiro, Berlin, Buenos Aires and La Paz. We looked at each other and wondered why and for what to move forward ... together!
We are involved in local activist groups and in coordination with social organizations and movements. We are many and diverse. We are a movement of women artists-activists who fight to overcome oppression - caused by capitalism and patriarchy - through their artistic expression.
On that path we wove the dream of organizing a festival with threads of love. Our sisters from Magdalena Puerto Madryn took the tip of the thread to make our common dream a reality. From 15 to 20 of September 2015, in an environment of profound discoveries, the First Festival Ma(g)dalena took place featuring works of Newspaper Theatre, Forum Theatre, performances and interventions in public space. To commemorate November 25, 2015, each Ma(g)dalena collective is committed to making a public intervention as part of the fight to end violence against women.We commenced the festival full of emotions and we were closing it very empowered."
Learn more about the first Ma(g)dalena International Festival.
Srebrenica Quilt Display Will Cap 20 Years of Advocacy and Anguish
Weavers from the Bosnian women's group BOSFAM will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre on July 11 with a powerful exhibition of quilts that carry the names of over 350 massacre victims, including their own relatives. The eleven quilts will be exhibited at the massacre site of Potocari in the former battery factory which served as a base for UN peacekeepers at the time of the massacre. The base has been turned into a museum, but remains a powerful symbol of the UN's inability to protect civilians and prevent genocide. View Weavers for Hope, AP's video about BOSFAM and the Srebrenica massacre. Read more.
Videos: OAS Peace Fund Promotes Arts Among Belizean and Guatemalan Children
The Organization of American States (OAS) Peace Fund helps to build the relationships between the children from Belize and Guatemala by engaging them in the arts. The program runs throughout the year and consists of music (wind and string instruments), singing, painting and theater workshops and training programs for Belizean and Guatemalan students resident in the area. According to Magdalena Talamas, the Chief of the OAS Peace Fund, reports that the programs are productive and primarily geared for children, but even the military personnel from both countries are engaged. Read more.
Use of Arabic cultural arts bring greater peace and understanding
In an area of the world that has been deeply affected by conflict, the Sudanese actor and theatre director Ali Mahdi has not only managed to bring happiness, but also hope and inspiration through the mediums of drama, dance and music.
Indeed through his work as Director of the SOS Children’s Villages Sudan project, Mr. Mahdi has proved that theatre can be a tool for conflict resolution and a place for rebuilding and renewal.
Over the last decade, Mr. Mahdi’s project has toured the conflict affected areas of Sudan, showing that exposure to theatre, as well as to culture in general, is a powerful ally in reconstructing the dreams and restoring the confidence of children affected by tragic situations. Read the full article.
Kidnap Road - A New Play by Catherine Filloux
Planet Connections Theatre, New York City
Kidnap Road is a new play by Catherine Filloux, directed by Stan Cahill and starring Kimber Riddle and Steve Guevara. The play focuses on Ingrid Betancourt, a presidential candidate in the country of Colombia in 2002, who while conducting her campaign was kidnapped by the terrorist organization the FARC. Details of Ingrid Betancourt’s story can be found in the public record. The story is imagined as a two-person play based in part on those events.
In its first public reading, the play headlined the staged reading series at Planet Connections Theatre in New York City on June 27, 2015. A community discussion followed the play, which included: the artists; audience, including members of Encore Community Services; Michael Soussan, a former U.N. humanitarian worker; Jenny Pacanowski, a poet, combat veteran in Iraq, and veteran's advocate, especially doing outreach for female vets issues and concerns. Joining the discussion was also Mariette Kalinowski, a fiction writer who served in the Marines in Iraq and a contributor to “Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War.” The discussion addressed: women’s rights, discrimination and abuse against women, the backlash against women leaders and a survivor’s quest for social justice and spirituality. View the brochure.
Support the Ubumuntu Arts Festival
The arts have played an incredible and critical role in tackling Rwanda's immense post-genocide challenges. The arts have been a transformative medium of healing and reconciliation, channeling the pain, anguish and horror of Rwanda's national experience into song, dance and theatre. However, the country has only just begun to realize the potential of the arts as a creative industry and the employment opportunities therewithin.
The Ubumuntu Arts Festival is the first of its kind in Rwanda, a signature event that will hopefully change the landscape of art in East Africa and the world. 'Ubumuntu' means 'Humanity' in Kinyarwanda, the native tongue of Rwanda. Aiming to be an annual event, the Ubumuntu Arts Festival will take place this year July 11 & 12. These dates are significant because they occur during the last week of the 100 days of the Rwanda Genocide of 1994--the last week of the annual Month of Mourning in Rwanda. It will be a creative and collaborative celebration where artists, dancers, actors, producers, innovators, writers, singers, poets, thinkers and dreamers from all around the world gather to celebrate and elevate our collective humanity. Help bring the groundbreaking Ubumuntu Arts Festival in Kigali, Rwanda to life.
Short Film: Two Faiths One Prayer -- Muslims and Jews Pray Together in LA
NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change
Cindy Kaplan '08 joined a group of Jews and Muslims gathered together for a day of prayer in a series of public spaces across Los Angeles. They prayed side-by-side at each Muslim/Jewish prayer time in an effort to spread a message that peace is possible. Despite growing Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism in America and abroad, the two religions have more in common than meets the eye, including praying to the same God. At their public prayer at City Hall they invited others to join in, resulting in more than 60 people of different faiths praying side by side. Just before they began, they received news about the shooting in Garland, Texas, and since their prayer leader's hometown is Garland, the moment was particularly weighty. NewGround fellows from the 2015 cohort planned the day of shared prayer and filmed their experience. To learn more visit www.twofaithsoneprayer.com, NewGround and Facebook.
A Solution to Street Violence Can Be Found in Martial Arts, Yoga and Meditation
Huffington Post Blog
Every few weeks, it seems, there's a new example of street violence that jumps to front and center of the national media and sparks another round of controversy and debate. But I've seen way too many of these tragedies, and I believe that the world we live in would become significantly less violent if more people -- both civilians and cops -- incorporated martial arts, yoga and meditation into their lives... Read more.
Featured Theme: “The Most Important Images of the Year”: Artists Respond to Racial Violence in the U.S.
The Incredible Ways Art Is Helping Charleston Unite After Church Massacre
June 27, 2015 | The Huffington Post
"Early last week, a few artists painted murals on the walls of a warehouse around a vacant lot in Charleston, South Carolina, preparing for a celebration intended to fill the neglected space with sunlight, art and joy.
Then they learned about the racist attack at Emanuel AME Church, a historic black institution, that killed nine residents of their city.
Reeling from shock and sorrow, leaders of the community arts nonprofit organizing the event had to decide whether to cancel festivities planned for the solstice. It was a clear choice, Enough Pie executive director Cathryn Zommer told The Huffington Post.
'We felt that more than ever, the community needed to come together,' Zommer said. They added a vigil with candle lighting, songs and prayer. Artists made changes to their pieces. On Saturday, people gathered for an experience that mixed joy with sorrow, surrounded by art..." Read the full article.
“Why a charcoal of police in Ferguson is the most important artwork of 2014”
"...Robert Longo’s Untitled (Ferguson Police August 13, 2014) is a 10-ft wide charcoal drawing of a line of faceless cops, clad and helmeted in black, silhouetted against searchlights in a swirl of illuminated smoke. This is a brilliantly powerful drawing, based on photographs taken on the angry streets of Ferguson, Missouri, after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot dead by a police officer there on 9 August. Since the first protests and police reaction that Longo set out to draw, this has become an ever more significant moment in the old and unending story of racial injustice in America. Longo’s picture looks prophetic and monumental. It should be purchased by the Museum of Modern Art or the National Gallery of Art. This is a true history painting for our time, done from photographs in desolate charcoal..." Read more.
Songs of My Neighbors
Songs of my Neighbors is a collaborative initiative aiming to use the arts, and theatre in particular, to encourage dialogue and social justice between communities that share conflict. As a project of the Center of Performing Arts MITOS, it is co-coordinated by Elena Agathokleous and Diomedes Koufteros (MFA '05, Acting). It is partly funded by the Culture Program of the European Union and takes place in Poland, Italy and Cyprus between Autumn 2013 and Summer 2015. Read more.
Plays by Sean Christopher Lewis: Killadelphia, Dogs of Rwanda, and Rust
Sean Christopher Lewis is a theater artist engaged with issues of social justice. His play Killadelphia is based on interviews with men at Graterford Prison who paint some of the 3000 murals in the city of Philadelphia. Ironically, due to their imprisonment, the men will not be able to see and enjoy the murals they create. The play looks at rising incarceration rates in the U.S., the role of justice, and raises questions around the concept of forgiveness within society. Killadelphia won the Barrymore Award and has toured to 30 states and 3 continents.
Lewis’ play Dogs of Rwanda, based off extensive field work in Rwanda, looks at the story of a young missionary from Ohio who found himself lost in the Rwandan countryside during the 100 Day Massacre in April of 1994. After writing a book on the events, he is taken to task by survivors and is forced to discover the meaning of forgiveness. Visit Lewis’ website for more information on 2016 tour dates for both Dogs of Rwanda and Killadelphia.
Co-written with Austin Bunn, Lewis’ play Rust portrays the impact of the 2008 closing of a 75 year-old stamping plant Wyoming, Michigan, which drove over 1,500 people to be out of work, displaced, or forcibly retired. Rust was published in New York Times Magazine and honored with the Kennedy Center Rosa Parks Award, the Smith Prize and the NEA Voices in Community Award.
View a summary of Sean Christopher Lewis’ touring plays and visit his website.
Dara: A South Asian History Play about Islam
Dara, a South Asian history play about Islam, completed its successful run at London's National Theatre. Pakistani playwright Shahid Nadeer explained at International Alert’s peace talks how his play, originally written for audiences in South Asia, is offering insight into the history of Islam and contemporary conflict, violence and extremism in Pakistan and beyond. For 30 years, Nadeer and his theatre group Ajoka have used performance to transform conversations ....Research by In Place of War in conflict sites around the world reveals how art is used by grassroots communities for violence prevention, socio-political resistance, trauma healing, and reconciliation... There is still little documentation of how art creates social and personal change. We must develop this language. Read more.
Hubs of innovation, art and culture; these are the hidden treasures of Africa
"When looking at the conditions of [impoverished and disorganized communities] across Africa with a naked eye, the conditions are wretched, but dig a little bit deeper and you find soul, innovation and vibrancy like nowhere else in the city.... One example is the great genres of music, like semba, that came of Africa’s labour-driven informal settlements that cropped up around colonisation, under repression, and which continues to come out today. "
"...Graffiti in Nairobi- In some [impoverished communities] artistic expression comes in the form of writing or drawing which can transform the settlement into a buzz of elaborate wall paintings. They paint messages of hope and change, seeking to inspire their community by drawing positive images which could change their society."
"...In Uganda for example, the Kampala... [a] festival is building on the creative skills that can be found within settlements... For one day each year, these communities are treated to an arts festival filled with music, street poetry, art exhibitions, street art, handicrafts, film screenings and workshops." Read more.
Featured Theme: “The Most Important Images of the Year”: Artists Respond to Racial Violence in the U.S.
Artists were among the earliest activists in the protests that erupted across the US in December over the grand jury decisions not to indict either of the policemen responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed black men. Some see the response as a renewed willingness to embrace political art after a long period of cynicism, while others suggest that it could be the crystallisation of a new movement. Read more.
Dialogues on Race: Billboard and Mural Project
The Dialogues on Race billboard and mural project explores issues connected to race. The project was designed the founder of Make Art with Purpose (MAP) director Janeil Engelstad to foster discussions about racial justice and equity and to leave a lasting legacy in the Dallas community with two permanent murals. The billboards, designed by North Texas artists, were on display during the November 2014 Facing Race national conference on racial justice. Read more.
Ferguson Moments: Artists Respond
Following the events in Ferguson, artists from all over the United States quickly began connecting by phone, email, and social media over the ensuing militarized police action, protests, violence, and reconciliation taking place. Over the weekend of August 22-24, two weeks after Michael Brown was killed, five theater artists traveled from Ashland, Oregon; Boston, Mass; and New York City to St. Louis and Ferguson where they volunteered, created and saw work, and met with members of the community. Read stories and view samples from across the country.
Facing Race Spotlight: Detroit Artist Collective Complex Movements
The Detroit-based artist collective Complex Movements initiated a traveling installation called “Beware of the Dandelions” that fuses interactive hip-hop performance, visual arts and video projection mapping with community organizing. In each city visits, the installation’s crew makes connections with local activists and students. The premise, according to its web site, is that “change occurs through critical connections rather than critical mass.” Read more.
Artists Activate in Response to Ferguson Shooting
The St. Louis arts community has been active in response to the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white policeman in Ferguson, Mo. "Many arts people have been coming out," said artist Dail Chambers, cofounder of the Yeyo Arts Collective. Artists included “poet Elizabeth Vega, and Danny and Kevin McCoy of print and design studio Work/Play, political activist/community artist Montague Simmons and sculptor and installation artist Simiya Sudduth." Chambers spearheaded the creation of a quilt made of one-foot-square panels contributed by community members. Read more.
Let’s Talk: Ferguson - The role of arts in racial equity
Penumbra Theatre invited the community for “Let’s Talk: Ferguson,” a discussion about the events in Ferguson, Missouri and the resurgence of activism around racial equity fifty years after Freedom Summer. Hundreds of people attended the discussion, including theatre artists, social activists, scholars, and civil and religious leaders. Panelists addressed the shooting of Michael Brown, the long-standing and complex racial tensions in the United Stage, and the role that the arts can play in achieving social justice and racial equality. View a video of the event.
How the local arts community engages in conversations about race
Minnesota Public Radio
“On The Daily Circuit Tuesday, we talked about how the local [Minnesota] arts community has engaged with the dialogue around race in recent months. Ananya Chatterjea, founder and artistic director of Ananya Dance Theatre, and Sarah Bellamy, co-artistic director of Penumbra Theater, joined the discussion and brought up what they're seeing in the most recent reactions to national stories like Ferguson. Bellamy said you can look at protests as a form of artistic performance….” Read more and listedn in on the conversation.
Trojan Kanthavo: the artist’s tryst with destiny
The Island Newspaper, Sri Lanka
Dharmasiri Bandaranayake’s last play, Trojan Kanthavo, a Sinhala adaptation of Euripides’ Trojan Women, took to the stage again recently, to both celebrate its 15th-year anniversary and raise much-needed funds for his art centre, Trikone. Bandaranayake is one of the last in the list of great old-timers of the Sri Lankan performing arts... But Bandaranayake is not merely an enormously talented artist; he is also a citizen with a social conscience…. Read more of the article. Read more about Dharmasiri Bandaranayake in Madhawaihapitiya's case study featured in "Acting Together."
Arts for Social Change - 2016 Fall M.Ed. Program
The Simon Fraser University Faculty of Education
Application Deadline: March 15, 2016
The 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
Hosted 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)
USDAC 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
From 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
Deadline: 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.
- Position 1: Gallery Teaching Internship
- Position 2: Learning and Engagement Department: Interpretation Intern
- Position 3: Family and Youth Programs Intern
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.
Call for Submissions:
Broadsided Press special edition on the Syrian Refugee Crisis
Due October 25
Broadsided Press believes that art and literature belong in our daily lives, and that they inspire and demonstrate the vitality and depth of our connection with the world. The news and images of the war in Syria (the Syrian Civil War) show nearly four million people fleeing the country and the complicated reception of those refugees globally. Five Broadsided Press artists provided images, which to them, speak to the Syrian refugees in a wide sense. Broadsided also reached out to artists abroad, and the Syrian artist Moustafa Jacoub offered one of his pieces. They are now asking you to respond with words to the Syrian refugee crisis - whether in empathy, outrage, beauty & hope. Learn more and view the images, read the guidelines for submission, and make a submission.
Activate Gala & Fundraiser - Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
October 28, 6:00-9:00pm, Judson Memorial Church, New York City
Celebrating five years of working with communities facing discrimination to inspire transformative action through theatre. Evening will include awards, prizes, performances, live music, hors d’oeuvres and drinks.Learn more about Theatre of the Oppressed NYC and the Activate Gala.
New York City
It is Drama Club’s mission to provide theater training and positive mentor relationships to NYC youth throughout each step of their journey through the criminal justice system: detention, placement and probation/aftercare. Providing a much-needed consistency for this population of chronically abandoned and underserved youth will give them positive life skills, academic support and courage to break the potentially life-long cycle of incarceration.
Drama Club provides theater programming as a means of developing empathy, promoting academic growth and empowering the individual through self-expression. Drama Club offers year:round weekly theater classes at Crossroads Detention Center in Brownsville, Brooklyn, Horizon Detention Center in the South Bronx and the Robert N. Davoren Complex for adolescents on Rikers Island. This fall Drama Club will also be offered at Belmont, a school for youth in ‘Close to Home’ custody in NYC. This program will offer Department of Education credit for participants who meet the required seat hours. Read more about Drama Club and its impact on youth.
Music Versus Gun Violence is more than just a music video. It’s a movement that uses the power of music to ignite change and arm those affected with a unified voice and message: #PutTheGunsDown.
Chicago Ideas is a unique nonprofit platform designed to inspire action through accessible events, grassroots initiatives and thought-provoking content. As a part of their mission to spark ideas into tangible social action, CIW is bringing together musicians, activists, and social and community leaders to take a stand against one of the city’s greatest challenges: gun violence.
Read an article about Music Versus Gun Violence and Chicago Ideas.
Art With Impact and Movies for Mental Health
Art With Impact (AWI) promotes mental wellness by creating space for young people to learn and connect through art and media. AWI is committed to a future where artists are revered as cultural icons of courage and change, enabling young people to communicate freely and fearlessly about their mental health.
AWI held their first Movies for Mental Health workshop of the Fall semester at Shasta College on September 9 in Redding, California. The event was held as part of National Suicide Prevention Week initiatives on campus. Students discussed their thoughts and feelings elicited by the short films Gladys, Always Hope and Très, addressing topics including cultural stigma, depression, and substance abuse. They also gained valuable insight surrounding the topic of suicide prevention: "You can survive, and gain control of your life." Read more about Art With Impact.
Sundance Institute Theatre Program
The Sundance Institute Theatre Program advances the work of risk-taking theatre-makers by providing rare developmental opportunities that support artists throughout their careers. The Sundance Lab environment is an atmosphere solely focused on artistic development in which mentors, dramaturgs, peers, actors in the Lab ensemble, and Sundance Institute artistic staff work with Fellows to address the compelling needs of each individual's project. Likewise, the Sundance Retreats offer theatre artists the time and space to work on their projects free from commercial pressures. Read more about Sundance Institute Theatre Program.
Creative Engagement Grants
Applications Due: September 15
The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council offers Creative Engagement, a granting program which provides support to individual artists and organizations to engage and enrich the public through the arts. Often a launching pad for emerging artists and organizations, these grants respond directly to the need for financial support of artists living and working in Manhattan and to the richness and diversity of arts programming they offer across the borough. This year, artists and non-profit organizations are invited to apply for New York City and New York State funding through a single application process, under the program Creative Engagement. The maximum grant amount for a single application will be $8,000 for a project that will take place between January 1–December 31, 2016. The application deadline for Creative Engagement is September 15. Is is recommended that prospective applicants attend an informational session prior to applying. Learn more.
Sign up for USDAC's Next Action: Emissaries from the Future
Applications Due: September 10
Too often, we’re persuaded to believe our voices don’t count or that the future is determined by a powerful few. In these times, exercising social imagination—the capacity to envision alternatives to what is—is a radical and necessary act, shifting dominant narratives and affirming that all of us make the future. When we have the audacity to dream in public, when we begin to unleash imagination and turn it into action, we can move the world.
From October 10-18, 2015, Emissaries from the Future will create Imagination Stations nationwide—popping up in parks, classrooms, galleries, conferences, farmer's markets and beyond to invite participants into this large-scale act of collective imagination. Using an array of creative tactics, Emissaries will engage people in envisioning the world they hope to inhabit and—looking back from the future—celebrating the work they did to get there. The resulting texts, images, videos, and more will be uploaded to an online platform, yielding a crowd-sourced vision of the future, inspiring art, policy, and community action.
Emissaries receive a free toolkit full of creative activities and tips, access to online training and 1-1 assistance, and the opportunity to put your Imagination Station (and all that it yields) on the map, connecting local visions to a national dialogue. Learn more and sign up to host an Imagination Station as an individual or as a group/organization.
Book - Forced to Flee:
Visual Stories by Refugee Youth from Burma
By Erika Berg
For over 50 years, Burma was one of the most isolated and oppressed nations in the world. In 2011, the country’s military junta ceded power to a quasi-civilian government that has begun to implement democratic reforms. Yet beyond the media spotlight, human rights abuses have continued, especially in resource-rich ethnic regions of the country.
Forced to Flee: Visual Stories by Refugee Youth from Burma offers a child’s-eye view of the longest-running civil war in the world. In this deeply personal and impactful book, youth forcibly displaced by conflict harness the power of narrative art to personalize human rights issues and promote interethnic/faith reconciliation in their homeland. Their narrated paintings illustrate that emotions conveyed and evoked by a single image can tell a story of a thousand words, open hearts and build bridges of understanding. The visual stories came from 40 plus workshops facilitated along the borders of Burma and in the United States and Canada. Read more and order a copy.
Application Deadline: September 15
Peace Direct is launching the third annual Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders awards to showcase the best locally led peacebuilding organisations across the world. Entrants will need to show how they are making communities more peaceful, or breaking the cycle of violence in the world’s most fragile and needy places. To be eligible, your work must fit into the categories:
- Arts and peacebuilding
- Women-led peacebuilding
- Youth peacebuilding
- Environmental peacebuilding
- Inter-religious peacebuilding
The three winning organisations will receive:
- $10,000 prize funding for peacebuilding activities.
- Invitation to attend a winners’ event in London.
- Promotion of their work online, including on the Insight on Conflict and Peace Direct websites and newsletters.
Alongside the main prize and categories, the organisation that best makes use of technology in their work will receive a scholarship to attend the Build Peace 2016 conference in Zurich, Switzerland, and become a Build Peace Fellow, receiving additional support for their peacebuilding work. Learn more and view the flyer.
Call for Applications, The Intercultural Innovation Award
United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) & BMW Group
Submission Deadline: September 30 at 5:00pm EST
The Intercultural Innovation Award is a partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group that aims to select and support the most innovative grassroots projects that encourage intercultural dialogue and cooperation around the world. Not-for-profit organizations that are active in promoting intercultural understanding, with a track record of managing intercultural projects and willingness to expand their range of action, are eligible to apply. These organizations should be working in the fields of: migration and integration; intercultural awareness; education for intercultural citizenship; and/or be organizations addressing the needs of specific groups in promoting intercultural understanding (e.g. faith-based, youth, women, media, etc.).
The Award is bestowed upon ten organizations, who receive one year of support and consulting from the UNAOC and the BMW Group, which will assist their projects to increase their effectiveness. Support will also be provided to successful projects so that they can be replicated in other contexts or settings where they might be relevant. Read more and download the application guidelines.
Novel: Dancing with Diana
By Jo Salas
Dancing with Diana is a novel by Acting Together Project contributor Jo Salas. The novel centers around Alex, a boy in a wheelchair who meets the future Princess Diana when they are both 15 years old. The story also is about Diana as well, and the last day of her life. The author and storyteller Dan Yashinsky wrote, "This is a very fine book that side-steps clichés about celebrity to create a new awareness of Diana, and also gives us a startling sense of life lived strongly and meaningfully with cerebral palsy." The book is published by and available through Codhill Press, as well as available as an e-book at Amazon.com. Read more about Dancing with Diana.
Public: e-Journal from Imagining America
Imagining America is proud to announce the most recent issue Public, a peer-reviewed, multimedia e-journal focused on humanities, arts, and design in public life. It aspires to connect what we can imagine with what we can do. We are interested in projects, pedagogies, resources, and ideas that reflect rich engagements among diverse participants, organizations, disciplines, and sectors. The current issue is titled "Organizing. Culture. Change." and features the 2014 IA Conference on the same theme, a piece by Marion Wilson on the integration of art as social practice with her teaching, followed by a conversation with McArthur winning artist Rick Lowe. The issues also features a broad range of case studies that provide examples of integrating culture and organizing and concludes with Ben Fink's review of Harry Boyte's Democracy's Education. Access the journal at public.imaginingamerica.org.
Street 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.
Consensus is an Arts-Based Peacebuilding Center on the southwest side of Chicago where people connect, create, and cultivate. Consensus aims to build peace by fostering collaboration among artists and human service projects in Chicago. The organization's programs, events, and outreach mobilize the arts to prevent violence, transform conflict, and promote healing. They offer their "maker space" as an open, beautiful, inspiring environment where talents become gifts to the community. Current programs include Graffic Traffic, an after-school program for youth who have been disciplined for tagging/vandalism, as well as Urban Art Movement (UAM), Mora Open Mic, and Art as Therapy. Read more.
Featured Theme: “The Most Important Images of the Year”: Artists Respond to Racial Violence in the U.S.
Artists against Police Brutality
Final Submissions Due February 28
Artists against Police Brutality (APB) is a comic book anthology with one primary goal: to show pictures and tell stories that get people talking. We are looking for artists across the disciplines to lend their talents and critical eye for this artistic examination of the US justice system and its treatment of communities of color. We are looking for personal stories, biographies, sociopolitical and historical analysis that shed a light on shared experiences across these communities, not just to act as an echo chamber, but to be used to change minds outside of these communities. Final submissions are due February 28, 2015. Learn more.