Call for Papers: ACPR Special Issue on the Arts and Peacebuilding in Africa
Deadline: March 15, 2014
Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI)
May 5 – June 13, 2014
Eastern Mennonite University
A reflection on the life and passing of Nelson Mandela
by Kim Berman
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
Acting Together Documentary
News From the Field - Archive
An archived listing of news and events related to our collaborators.
Conference for Community Arts Education. Presented by The National Guild for Community Schools of the Arts, November 3-6, 2010 in San Francisco. Workshop, panel discussion, and program showcase proposal deadline is April 16, 2010. See the website for more details.
Cynthia Cohen of Brandeis University presented a keynote at the International Culture Arts Network Conference 2010, "Exchange: Collaborative Arts/Conflict Transformation." ICAN's inaugural conferences - the second is devoted to visual arts - examine and share experiences of arts and cultural work in international conflict, post-conflict and socially disadvantaged community contexts.
"Acting Together," a new documentary film created by the Peacebuilding and the Arts Program of Brandeis' International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life in collaboration with Theatre Without Borders, was launched at a special screening at the La Mama Experimental Theatre Club in New York City on September 23, 2010, at a major international conference on theater and peacebuilding in conflict zones. Read about the launch on BrandeisNOW. More details on the Ethics Center website.
This has been John O'Neal's year for winning awards and honors! He was named a 2009 USA Fellow last fall by United States Artists, and was honored with the Award of Merit for Lifetime Achievement in Performing Arts at the 2010 Annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference. And of course there was the MAP Fund grant to Junebug Productions and collaborators mentioned in our July posting.
John O’Neal’s company Junebug Productions won a prestigious MAP Fund grant for “I Want My Money Back!” The multimedia production, a collaboration of Junebug, Royce Osborn, and Hot 8 Brass Band, is infused with the New Orleans vernacular art of storytelling performance. The project is one of 40 new grants selected from more than 800 submissions spanning the disciplines of performing arts practices. The MAP Fund is a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation.
The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy 2010 takes place in Berlin, May 23 – 30. This annual event brings together prominent figures from the fields of international politics, academia, the arts & culture and civil society to discuss issues and challenges relating to culture and international politics. Learn more about the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and the USAME Forum for Young Leaders.
Playwright Catherine Filloux is working with Cambodian playwrights Morm Sokly and Chhon Sina, of AMRITA Performing Arts in Phnom Penh, on their plays "The Tooth of Buddha" and "Phka Champei." These collaborations, started in 2001, are supported by a Future Collaborations Travel Grant from TCG and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Catherine Filloux's plays "Killing the Boss" and "The Beauty Inside" was performed at the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival on April 24, 2010, in Silver Spring, Maryland.
World Theatre Day has been promoting the value of cultural exchange and performance on March 27 annually since 1961. Learn more and read this year's inspiring messages from Lynn Nottage and Dame Judi Dench.
Catherine Filloux presented a talk, "The Making of Where Elephants Weep," at Wesleyan University on March 25, 2010. The event was co-sponsored by Wesleyan's Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, The Center for the Arts, & The Little Fund.
Pace University of New York presented the Left Forum Panel: "Playwrights Rekindle the Radical Imagination," on March 20, 2010. The event featured playwrights Catherine Filloux, Karen Malpede, and Lydia Stryk.
Erik Ehn hosted "Arts in the One World" at Brown University in Rhode Island, March 17 - 21.
John O'Neal visited Brandeis during his tour March 15-25, which included Boston College, Emerson College, and a presentation at the Boston Center for the Arts. Learn more about the visit.
Catherine Filloux gave a talk and presented an excerpt from her play "Dog and Wolf" on March 10, 2010, at Dalton School, sponsored by the Human Rights Club.
Aida Nasrallah spread the word about Aviv (Spring) Day at Beit Berl College in Tel Aviv, Israel, on March 22. It was an opportunity for staff and students, Arabs and Jews, to demonstrate mutual respect and acceptance. See the announcement in Hebrew and Arabic.
Roberto Gutiérrez Varea's performance collective Secos y Mojados presented part one of the BORDER TRIP(tych) project, "Buried in the Body of Remembrance/Enterrada en el cuerpo del recuerdo," March 5-6 at the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.
The Women PeaceMakers Program of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ), in partnership with Theatre Without Borders, presented "Bearing Exquisite Witness: Women using the arts for peacebuilding" at the United Nations 54th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Cynthia Cohen and Catherine Filloux represented the IPJ at the March 2, 2010 event.
Catherine Filloux's new play "Dog and Wolf" premiered at 59E59 Theaters in NYC in February. Filloux, Cynthia Cohen of Brandeis University, and Richard Weisberg of Cardozo Law School spoke on a panel following the February 7th performance. The play was the inaugural production of Watson Arts’ “Write Women Project,” a playwriting series dedicated to female playwrights, and was supported by a LMCC Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant.
Daniel Banks has been in Israel and Palestine, working with Aida Nasrallah and a group of women poets. Visit Banks' website.
Polly Walker facilitated two workshops on the "Aesthetics of Peacebuilding" at the Creators of Peace International Conference in Sydney in September 2009.
Cindy Cohen participated in a panel at the Grantmakers in the Arts 2009 Conference in NYC in October. Arts and social justice funders there were very enthusiastic about the Acting Together trailer and theoretical framework.
In September, Cindy Cohen, Roberta Levitow, Catherine Filloux, Allison Lund, Dijana Milosevic, and Erik Ehn participated in a festival at the University of San Diego, "Bearing Exquisite Witness."
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