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IMPACT: IMAGINING TOGETHER
Platform for Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation

Designing a university-based infrastructure for the field

Upcoming IMPACT Events:

  • February 27-29: IMPACT is attending the Art at Risk Conference in Zurich, Switzerland
  • March 24-29: IMPACT is partnering with the International Community Arts Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands and hosting 2 sessions
  • April 21-22: Next IMPACT Virtual Learning Exchange: An introduction to the arts, culture, and conflict transformation ecosystem

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Listen: Think Tank Discussion on the Emerging ACCT Field with IMPACT Leaders
Hosted by the International Teaching Artist Conference (ITAC)
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New Report-
"Imagine IMPACT: An emerging strategy to strengthen the arts, culture, and conflict transformation ecosystem"

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2018-2019 Annual Report: Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST)
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Newsletter


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Highlights

Now Hiring: Designing Justice + Designing Spaces
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Film: Dancing With the Cannibal Giant 
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Featured News from the Field Theme: "Artistic and cultural dimensions of protest movements around the globe"


Article: Let’s make a better world: policy implications of the cultural work practice of Jane Wilburn Sapp
Journal of Arts Education Policy Review
October 26, 2019
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Video: Fate, Family and the Floundering of a Friendship
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Naila and the Uprising
PBS Special
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Past News from the Field Theme: "The Impact of Authoritarian Regimes on Artistic Freedom and Expression"


Songbook: Let’s Make a Better World: Stories and Songs by Jane Sapp
*Purchase Now!*
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And listen to the related podcast series.


Sarah Terrazano wins Academy of American Poets Prize


A Reflection on Ebony Axis
By Sarah Nzisabira
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Past News from the Field Theme: "Artists Respond to Climate Change"

Past News from the Field Theme: "Creative Reflections on Human Migration"


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Creative Ecofiction
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Professor Cynthia Cohen Solves the World's Problems with Creativity
The Brandeis Hoot
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"Arts and Building Peace: The Basics and Envisioning the Future"
Essay by Cynthia Cohen
Peace in Progress Magazine
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Interview with Lee Perlman about the
book “But Abu Ibrahim, We’re Family!”
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Acting Together Documentary

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Our Work

The program in Peacebuilding and the Arts works to strengthen the practice and nexus of the arts and conflict transformation by generating and disseminating knowledge, and facilitating networks of effective action. We lead courses, weekend intensives and institutes, produce resources, and maintain a resource library. We have hosted several significant initiatives. 

Impact"IMPACT: Imagining Together"

One current major initiative is "IMPACT: Imagining Together," which is designing a university-based infrastructure for the field, a platform for arts, culture, and conflict transformation, supported in large part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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"A Way Out of No Way" Project

Another current major initiative is "A Way Out of No Way," a multi-media project that is documenting the forty-year practice of cultural work of the extraordinary musician, educator, activist and cultural worker, Jane Wilburn Sapp

"Acting Together" Project

In regions scarred by inequity and violence, theatre artists and leaders of rituals are contributing to more just and less violent communities. The "Acting Together" project features the work of twenty-five theatre artists, cultural workers and peacebuilding scholar/practitioners who are supporting communities to resist abuses of power, address injustice, mourn losses, build relationships and imagine a new future. The project included the anthologies and documentarySign up to receive updates about the Acting Together project.

Recasting Reconciliation through Culture and the Arts: A Virtual Collection

This 2003-04 international fellowship program featured artists and cultural workers working in historically divided communities in South Africa, Sri Lanka, Burundi, Cambodia, and New Zealand. Their papers, portfolios, analysis, and recommendations are for artists, cultural workers, peacebuilders, students, scholars and policymakers interested in the contributions of culture and the arts to coexistence and reconciliation.

Student Work

Cultural Work and Social Transformation, 2014

Students are invited to join the "A Way Out of No Way," project as interviewers, transcribers, archivists, researchers, writers and event producers. They are welcome to work as volunteers, or more intensively for credit as interns (in PAX 92a4) or researchers in a group independent study (PAX 97a1). 

PAX 250 – The Arts of Building Peace, 2013

Through analysis of case studies, interviews with socially engaged artists, critical reflections on works of art and student projects, this course explores how cultural productions contribute to non-violent resistance, the re-humanization of former enemies, and reconciliation. It will focus on performance and visual arts. 


The Arts of Building Peace: Stories of Cultural Workers and Artist-Peacebuilders, 2007

In what ways do the arts create social change? How do artists and the arts help create a sense of community? What are some examples of successful arts-focused peacebuilding projects? These are among the questions addressed in a collection of papers written by undergraduate and graduate Brandeis students taking COEX 250: The Arts of Building Peace in the spring of 2007. In this anthology you can read the stories of a filmmaker in South Africa, a muralist in El Salvador, a cultural worker in Palestine and community historians in rural America. You can learn how the successful artist-peacebuilders engage and expand the moral imagination.

Student papers can be found in the online Resource Library.