The Distinct Power of Arts to Transform Conflict

  • Tokay Tomah singing

    Tokay Tomah, a Liberian singer and dancer, defies ongoing violence and supports movements for peace.

  • A performance artist with white makeup on their face

    In Peru, Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani opens doors for witnessing, truth-telling, healing, and enacting transitional justice in the aftermath of violent conflict.

  • Two girls with scarves on their heads hold oboes and laugh together

    The Afghanistan National Institute of Music supports girls' leadership while preserving cultural heritage and building inter-ethnic trust.

  • A performance artists moving around on a white square

    The Lamenting Forest performance confronts environmental exploitation and community devastation in Indonesia.

Humanity dignifies, restores and re-imagines itself through creating, performing, preserving and revising its cultural and artistic life.

In the face of violent conflict and related challenges — including environmental degradation, inequality, authoritarianism, forced migration and marginalization — cultural heritage, cultural practices and  the arts can be crafted to:

Aesthetic experiences and cultural practices reveal values and ethical commitments, enrich learning by linking thoughts with senses and emotions, and invite new ways to make meaning by reflecting on and experimenting with paradox and complexity.

Professor Rajesh Sampath speaking in front of wood sectional

Rajesh Sampath, Associate Professor of the Philosophy of Justice, Rights and Social Change, talks about the power of art to transform conflict (1:34).