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Africa Yoga Project
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Past feature: Theatre for Peacebuilding in South Asia
Past feature: Millennial and Intergenerational Approaches to Peacebuilding and the Arts

News and Events

Writers, artists urged to spread peace and harmony

Daily Times, Pakistan
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) hosted the National Writers and Artist Convention in Pakistan. Speakers at the convention called upon the writers and artists to spread the message of peace, humanity and love through the power of their writings and art. They also urged youth to come forward and not forget their responsibilities in bringing change in society. Secretary General HRCP, IA Rehman, renowned writer Munoo Bhai, artist Qudoos Mirza, Madiha Gohar and large number of writers across Pakistan, members of civil society   and students of different universities were present on the occasion. Read more. Read an additional article on the Convention.

Inaugural Forum for Art and Peace Features Artists and Researchers
In Long Beach, a new local grassroots effort called Children of Refugees hosted their inaugural Forum for Art and Peace. The forum included presentations from cultural anthropologist and dance ethnologist Dr. Toni Shapiro-Phim who has written about the relationship between war, dance, and music in Cambodia and currently serves as Director of Programs at the Philadelphia Folklore Project, photographer Teru Kuwayama, an Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Naazneen Diwan, a Ph.D. candidate at UCLA conducting workshops sharing arts-based tools to empower Muslim women in Gujarat, and Faisal Attrache, an MFA student at USC who shared segments from a documentary he's making about Syrian refugee barbers in Jordan.and Donations supported the International Rescue Committee. Read more.

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Theatre for Peacebuilding in South Asia

South Asia is vibrant in its colours, cultures, conflicts as well as in its arts and activism. The initiatives noted here are a few examples from theatre artists working for peacebuilding in the region, finding their own ways of using theatre to address the ongoing issues. Our gratitude to Nilanjana Premaratna for her collaboration in compiling these initiatives and resources. Learn more about Nila.

Jana Sanskriti Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed


Jana Sanskriti actors in
performance. Image provided
courtesy of Jana Sanskriti.

Jana Sanskriti is an Indian theatre group based in West Bengal that uses political theatre to address issues of structural injustices and power inequalities. The group primarily uses forum theatre as their theatre approach. Jana Sanskriti’s performance teams often come from the same communities in which they perform, thus bringing real life situations into discussion at the public space of forum theatre. Gender discrimination, labour exploitation and political and institutional corruption are recurrent themes in these plays. The group has adapted forum theatre to suit the particular context of West Bengal, moulding Boal’s original form into a resilient hybrid over the years. View a video excerpt of a performance by the core-team members. Read reflections of the artists on their work edited by and with an introduction from Dia da Costa. The founder of the group – Sanjoy Ganguly – talks about the group through his book “Jana Sanskriti: Forum Theatre and Democracy in India.” View their Facebook page.


Jana Sanskriti actors in performance.
Image provided courtesy of Jana Sanskriti.

Jana Karaliya
Jana Karaliya is a multiethnic, bilingual mobile theatre group from Sri Lanka that lives and travels together for most of the year. The two artists – Parakrama Niriella and H. A. Perera cofounded the group. They started their work in 2004 as a reconciliation initiative and continued working throughout the changing phases of Sri Lankan conflict with little hindrance from the conflict parties. With its multiethnic, bilingual cast that originates from various regions of the country, Jana Karaliya models coexistence and voices issues of social justice at the heart of Sri Lankan society. An analysis of the group’s work can be found in the book chapter "Art and Peacebuilding: How theatre transforms conflict in Sri Lanka." Videos on different aspects of the group’s work are offered through Jana Karaliya’s YouTube channel.


Jana Karaliya mobile theatre.
Photo provided courtesy of Jana Karaliya.

Ajoka Theatre
ajokaBased in Kabul, Ajoka uses theatre for social change, contributing to the struggle for creating a democratic, just and a secular Pakistan. Through its productions, the group challenges the notions of extremism, intolerance and discrimination. Ajoka is noted for its collaboration with Indian artists and for organising Indo-Pakistani theatre festivals for peace. Read more about Ajoka.

Sarwanam calls for the establishment of democratic values and human rights in Nepal, speaking from a citizen’s perspective. Ashesh Malla is the founder, playwright, and the theatre director of the group. Sarwanam has been active through the various political transitions in the country since early 1980s and performs in their own box theatre in Kathmandu. The theatre space, once again, works as a platform to bring together people from different social, regional and cast backgrounds. The chosen theatre form of Sarwanam emphasises mime and uses minimal props, in an effort to produce low-cost theatre that is easily accessible across Nepal. Watch the play "Remaining Pages of History," presenting the story of a family during the Maoist Conflict in Nepal.


National Forum Theatre Gathering: Nepal
ZFD peace facilitator Anne Dirnstorfer organized 100 Nepali forum theatre artists in March 2014 at the Kachahari Camp to explore various methods of using theatre for conflict transformation. A documentary produced as an output of the workshop is accessible online in three parts: Part I, Part II, and Part III. It discusses the workshop process and the ways in which some of the participants engaged with their personal experiences of conflict through theatre.  A number of local artists like Yubaraj Ghimre, Rajan Khatiwada, Suresh Chand, Pashupati Rai, and Saraswati Chaudhary who actively adopt and use forum theatre for social change in the Nepali context also feature in the documentary.


National Forum Theatre performers. Image
provided courtesy of the National Forum Theatre.

A reflection on the life and passing of Nelson Mandela
By Kim Berman


Woodcut of Nelson Mandela
courtesy of Kim Berman.
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Kim Berman, who was a Brandeis International Fellow from 2002 - 2004 in the Recasting Reconciliation through Culture and the Arts, founded the Artist Proof Studio (APS) in South Africa in 1991. She created a woodcut of Madiba (the honorable tribal name of Nelson Mandela) the year he was released from prison, which was used to advertise his welcome rally in Boston. View Kim's woodcut and read her reflection, which describes the impact of Nelson Mandela's spirit on APS.

Rwanda after genocide – building peace through art
aegisA mobile exhibition ‘Peacebuilding after Genocide’ in Huye, Rwanda, was organized by the Aegis Trust Rwanda, in collaboration with other organizations like Never Again Rwanda, a human rights and peace-building organization that was established in response to the 1994 Tutsi Genocide. The exhibition used story telling and dialogue methodologies to educate people about the 1994 genocide, to examine what causes violence and to send messages of peace and social cohesion. Read more.

Winners of Rauschenberg Foundation's 2013 Responsive Grants:
Tanzania Literacy Through Photography (LTP) and GYRE's Plastic Ocean

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation's Responsive Grants program allows the foundation to respond to opportunities outside its formal grant guidelines which resonate with our mission and values as well as to respond to emergency needs. For the 2013 fiscal year, $300,000 was allocated and distributed to organizations including the Tanzania Literacy Through Photography (LTP) project, which challenges children to explore the world by photographing scenes from their lives and using their own images as catalysts for verbal and written expression, and GYRE: Anchorage Museum & Alaska SeaLife Center’s exhibit The Plastic Ocean, an exhibition featuring internationally recognized artists and works of art from debris collected from beaches around the world, which explores the relationship between humans and the ocean in a contemporary culture of consumption. Watch a video describing the intent behind the exhibit.

Best of 2013: The Top 10 Public Interest Design Videos
goodHere are ten videos—in chronological order—that captured the attention of Public Interest Design over the past year and represent the range of initiatives shaping the dialogue around design education, practice, and performance. What are the opportunities to create and better communicate the value design brings for social impact? This collection is part of the “Best of 2013” series brought to you by Good - “Creative Solutions for Living Well + Doing Good.” Watch the videos.

Exhibit: Peace of cake?: No ready- made recipe
Through January 5, 2014
Utrecht University Museum, The Netherlands
PeaceofCakeThe 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.

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Opportunities and Resources

Call for Papers: ACPR Special Issue on the Arts and Peacebuilding in Africa

Abstract Submission Deadline: March 15, 2014
ACPRAfrican Conflict and Peacebuilding Review (ACPR) is seeking contributions for a special issue on “The Arts and Peacebuilding in Africa: Creative Approaches to Transforming Conflict,” to be guest edited by Dr. Olivier Urbain and Lindsay McClain Opiyo. Contributions from African and Africa-based scholars, practitioners, and artists are particularly encouraged. View the flyer for more information and submission guidelines.


Millennial and Intergenerational Approaches to Peacebuilding and the Arts

Works Progress and Give & Take
giveandtakeWorks Progress is an artist- led public art & design studio based in Minneapolis, Minnesota founded by millennials Colin Kloecker and Shanai Matteson. Works Progress creates artistic platforms for people to engage, connect, converse and create with/in their neighborhoods and communities, across creative and culture boundaries. The organization works collaboratively with other artists and organizations and produce their own public art projects and programs. One of their current projects is Give & Take, which was started in 2009 to encourage teaching, learning, and face-to-face social interaction in the community. It is an open platform based around custom-designed nametags asking attendees to share one thing that they know, and one thing they want to know. These two questions launch an interactive program of presentations on diverse topics, hands-on activities, and socially-focused games. Give & Take taps the know-how of participants, sparking conversation and building relationships across disciplines and social silos. Read more, visit their Vimeo page, and Flickr stream.


Above and Above Right: Give & Take
Presentations and activities, North Minneapolis.
Photo credit: Zoe Prinds-Flash

Video: "How making art is a practice space for becoming a change agent”
Risë Wilson, Founder of the Laundrymat Project

Risë Wilson founded the Laundrymat Project, which brings art, artists, and arts programming into laundromats and other everyday spaces in New York, thus amplifying the creativity that already exists within communities to build community networks, solve problems, and enhance their sense of ownership in the places where they live, work, and grow. In this video of her presentation at an independently organized TEDx event, she speaks about the link between access to the arts and fostering visionary thinkers and changemakers in our communities. Learn more about the Laundrymat Project through their blog.


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Invention & Creativity Through the Arts (ICTA)
Invention & Creativity Through the Arts (ICTA) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization in Trinidad which was established to promote concepts in teaching and learning through the arts. ICTA’s objective is to create a healthy living in communities by using public art to foster intergenerational collaboration, following the concept that “it takes a village to raise a child.” Under the auspices of the University of West Indies Centre for Creative & Festival Arts, the organization was internationally recognized by UNESCO as a ‘Caribbean Best Practice in Arts Education.’ Read more.

Art & Social Change: InterPlay for Millennial Leaders
Oakland, CA
“Art & Social Change: InterPlay for Millennial Leaders” is a 12-day training for artists and activists age 18 to 32 hosted by Interplay. The program provides participants with creative, embodied InterPlay tools and techniques used around the world in peacemaking, prisons, classrooms, theaters, homes, places of worship, and health care, in order to builds artistic skill, leadership ability, and ultimately strong communities. Their fifth annual program will occur July 21 through Aug 1, 2014 and the registration deadline is June 6, 2014. For more information, email Cynthia Winton- Henry or call 510-465-2797. Download the program brochure and application and watch a reflection video made by the 2013 class.

The Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC)
The Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) builds vibrant communities through programs focused on Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) arts and culture that foster intergenerational and cross- cultural dialogue, cultural identity, collaborations, and social justice. One of OACC’s current projects is the Oakland Chinatown Oral History Project, which aims to preserve the cultural and historical legacy of Oakland’s Chinatown through intergenerational dialogue.

Danceworks, Inc. Intergenerational Multi-Arts Project (IMAP)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
danceworksThe Danceworks, Inc. Intergenerational Multi-Arts Project (IMAP) is a semester-long, multi- generational, multi-arts residency program provided in healthcare and education settings in the Milwaukee area. It uses dance and visual art instruction and intergenerational relationship-building to engage young people and older adults in their communities. The IMAP curriculum theory is that communities that share traditions and communicate through positive creative expression will be stronger and more connected. Learn more and read about the program’s history.

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)
The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is the nation's leading nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. In this capacity, NALAC stimulates and facilitates intergenerational dialogues among disciplines, languages, and traditional and contemporary expressions. NALAC conducted six National Conversations (http://www.nalac.org/programs/national-conversations) to help build next generation latino leadership, cultural equity and creative innovation.


The Gabriel García Márquez Fellowship in Cultural Journalism
Cartagena de Indias and Aracataca, Colombia
March 11-19, 2014
Application Deadline: January 23
fnpiThe New Journalism Foundation (FNPI - Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano) offers the Gabriel García Márquez Fellowship in Cultural Journalism, which will take place in Cartagena de Indias and Aracataca, Colombia, March 11-19. The aim of this workshop will be to use the themes of film and popular culture to strengthen the understanding and practice of cultural journalism, specifically the interview, extended reportage and critical commentary. It will be divided into two modules: Film and Popular Culture. Both modules will be coordinated by FNPI teacher Héctor Feliciano and the American journalist Jonathan Levi.  Read more and visit the website.

New Fulbright Fellowship:
National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

Deadline for submission: February 28, 5:00pm Eastern Time
fulbrightThe Fulbright - National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship is a new component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program that provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and digital storytelling in up to three countries on a globally significant social or environmental topic. Today’s wide variety of new digital media tools and platforms are powerful storytelling resources as we seek to expand our knowledge of pressing transnational issues and build ties across cultures. Fellows will utilize a variety of digital storytelling tools and undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue, comparing and contrasting how that issue is experienced across borders. Applications are accepted online only. Read more.

Global Arts
Global Arts is a collaboration between student artists at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA)  and the children of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Every May, UNCSA high school students share their creativity in creating and performing projects with the orphans of Zanmi Beni, an orphanage and home to more than fifty children left homeless and displaced after the 2010 earthquake. Zanmi Beni is operated by Partners in Health. Learn more about Global Arts, visit their Facebook page, or view the 2014 application for UNCSA students.

Move This World
movethisworldMove This World (MTW) is a global nonprofit that uses creative movement as a vehicle to transform conflict, violence and bullying in communities. In partnership with schools, community-based organizations, families and corporations, MTW is building and connecting more peaceful communities in the United States in Baltimore, Newark, New York City and Washington DC and internationally in Colombia, Europe, and the Philippines. To date, MTW has worked with over 10,000 individuals across 22 cities on four continents. The hallmark MTW program is an innovative, evidence-based curriculum that engages students Pre-K-12, educators, administrators, families, and corporate leaders in movement-based activities that promote empathy, mediation skills, and conflict transformation. In this way, MTW fosters cumulative skill building that grows with the individual and produces measurable impact to promote social change through the art of movement. Learn more.

The Social Justice Artists' Collaborative
The Social Justice Artists' Collaborative is a collective of New York City-based progressive artists, practitioners, and supporting funders focused on creating support for individual artists and small to mid-size organizations reflective of NYC's diverse communities. Since 2010, they have come together with the intent of sharing best practices and developing a network that supports social justice work and the sustainability of our arts, culture, artists, and organizations. View their Facebook page.

Social Practices Art Network (SPAN)
spanSocial Practices Art Network (SPAN) is an online media resource for individuals, organizations, community groups and institutions that are interested in new genre arts forms and practices. As a project of the Social Design Collective, SPAN is meant to serve as a platform for a variety of socially engaged art and design practices. The SPAN Archive consists of 12 distinct archives that have been created over a three-year time span through research and through the use of a content aggregation process. View the list of archive topics including Social Art Practice and Place-making, Community-Building and Network Culture. View their Scoop.it page by founder Jules Rochielle, and their archive interview podcasts.

Announcing: Artist as Activist Print Project
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is pleased to announce the inauguration of its Artist as Activist print project, championing Robert Rauschenberg's legacy of using art as a vehicle for change. Among the subjects of Rauschenberg's prints were apartheid, nuclear disarmament, economic development, population control, and artists' rights. The Foundation's program supports the creation of new prints through collaborations between artists and organizations specializing in health and human services, the environment or global issues. Artists will create limited edition prints that will be sold to raise funds for the selected organization. The foundation has chosen the Coalition for the Homeless as beneficiary for the pilot year of the project. Together, the foundation and the coalition have selected artist Shepard Fairey as this year's Artist as Activist. Read more.

Burning Barriers, Building Bridges Youth Theatre
Burning Barriers, Building Bridges  Youth Theatre (B4YT) was formed with a collaboration between Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and two international fellows at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Their shared vision was an community engagement program to allow Liberian youth to express themselves through the arts. The 300 children involved in the program write and perform their original plays to voice their concerns about their communities through theatre, which contributes to community peace-building efforts. The 2012 production was a tribute to the Liberia Children’s Law, in which youth participants aimed to spread the news about the law and educate other children about their rights. The organization is led by Jasmine Blanks. Read an article about Jasmine and learn more about the B4 Youth Theatre.


Drama lesson in creating tableaus using nature
as inspiration. Liberia. Photo credit: Nelson Taylor,
a B4YT Junior Arts Instructor.

Contest: “My Music MasterPeace”
MasterPeace in Concert, Istanbul
International Day of Peace, September 21, 2014
Submission deadline: February 28, 2014
“My Music MasterPeace” is a global music competi tion hosted by MasterPeace inviting all musicians of all genres from all over the world to become the opening act of MasterPeace in Concert in Istanbul on September 21, 2014, the UN International Day of Peace. This will be the central concert of a 24-hour broadcast featuring concerts, speeches, performances in 60 countries over 100 locations reaching millions all over the globe. MasterPeace WorldBand will be supporting the artists; names includes world leaders and musicians such as: Desmond Tutu, Angelique Kidjo, Emmanuel Jal and others. Submissions accepted December 1, 2013 until February 28, 2014. View the poster and learn more.

Call for Papers:
Women and Conflict Essay Prize

NavalAn invitation to submit papers has been issued for the Naval War College Award for Research on a topic related to women and conflict outcomes. The $10,000 award, sponsored by the Naval War College Foundation, is designed to encourage outstanding new research that advances understanding of the roles of women during conflict and in conflict prevention and conflict resolution. The competition is open to scholars from all disciplines. Papers should be approximately 6,000 words long and suitable for publication in a peer- reviewed journal. Preference will be given to research-based papers with policy relevance. Submissions should be sent no later than April 15, 2014. Read more. Questions and submission should be directed to Mr. Richard Menard.

New Book Release: "The Choreography of Resolution: Conflict, Movement, and Neuroscience"
Edited by:
Michelle LeBaron, Carrie MacLeod, and Andrew Floyer Acland
Purchase before January 15 for a 30% discount!
lebaronNeuroscience 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.

howlroundHowlRound 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 residenciesConvenings & Symposia; and The Weekly Howl.

Master of Arts in Applied Theatre Arts 
USC School of Dramatic Arts
Deadline to apply: February 21, 2014
uscInterested in using theatre to create social change? The MA in Applied Theatre Arts at University 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 theatrical setting through a rigorous three-semester course of study. Students will culminate their experience in an overseas immersion experience. For more information, please contact: Dramaticarts.usc.edu, 213-740-1286, or graduate@sda.usc.edu.

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.

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