Table of Contents

IMPACT: Imagining Together

The Distinct Power of Arts to Transform Conflict

Strategic Priorities and Plans

Values and Discourse Principles

Learning Exchanges


Multilingual Reports




Get Involved


Upcoming Events:


Read the Overview of the April Virtual Learning Exchange


Listen: Think Tank Discussion on the Emerging ACCT Field
Hosted by the International Teaching Artist Conference (ITAC)


New Report- "Imagine IMPACT: An emerging strategy to strengthen the arts, culture, and conflict transformation ecosystem"

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New Partner: International Community Arts Festival (ICAF)
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Questions or ideas? Please contact IMPACT’s Project Manager Armine Avetisyan:



IMPACT Design Lab

Design Lab
August 31 - September 3, 2018


Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex
Brandeis University

IMPACT convened a Design Lab on the Brandeis campus from Friday, August 31 through Monday afternoon, September 3. It brought into conversation leading thinkers and practitioners in the arts, culture and conflict transformation field. Read the biographies of the participants.

In preparatim for the Design Lab, various working groups within IMPACT (Executive Committee, Steering Committee, researchers team, data analysis team) sketched out a picture of the arts, culture and conflict transformation field: its strengths and its needs, its internal differences and points of consensus, the opportunities that are emerging and the factors that threaten to limit its efficacy. They listened to the hopes that people have for a stronger regional and global infrastructure for the field, as well as the cautions and concerns that people have expressed about this idea. The working groups have been in conversation with practitioners, researchers, policy-makers and funders, and now have organized the ideas and questions that had emerged from all of these conversations in this Emerging Story of the FieldRead the remarks of Brandeis Faculty Senate President Susan Curnan, delivered at a session of the Design Lab open to invited members of the Brandeis community.

Following the Design Lab, IMPACT translated the bold ideas surfaced into a proposed design of an emerging platform to support the arts, culture, and conflict transformation ecosystem, laid out in the Imagine IMPACT report.  This proposal of an emerging platform includes a web of teams crafting virtual and in person spaces where knowledge can be shared, ethical dilemmas can receive sustained attention, advocacy strategies can be developed and advanced, risks of harm can be minimized, and relationships of reciprocity can be formed.


Read the Imagine IMPACT report overview

Read the Imagine IMPACT full report

Read the Emerging Story of the Field

Read Ellada Evangelou's illustrated diary of the Design Lab

Read bios of participants and staff

Read the remarks of Susan Curnan


Design Lab: Planning for Youth Leadership in the Emerging IMPACT Platform

Top: Youth Design Lab 
participants, Bottom: Aviva
Davis, Design Lab participant.
Credit: IMPACT, Ethics Center

Recognizing the importance of the voice and leadership of young people, one IMPACT working group facilitated a collaborative space for youth to design strategies to support young people in the arts, culture, and conflict transformation (ACCT) ecosystem.           

​Drawing on human-centered design techniques, a youth-focused design lab in November and December 2018 engaged young people around the world in assessing the particular strengths and needs of young people in the ACCT ecosystem. Then, through a “Creativity, Arts, and Social Transformation” (CAST) course at Brandeis University, students developed strategies IMPACT could adopt in order to leverage these strengths and address the needs articulated by young people:

​“Virtual Platform”: A platform for ACCT that incorporates many different social media elements, including: spotlights of human experiences in ACCT, networking, digital marketplace, mapping and highlighting ACCT efforts, telethons, ability to categorize and use many languages.

“Inclusive Learning Spaces”: University-based yearly conferences that rotate among regions and aim to reduce divisions between people in the ACCT ecosystem through reciprocity, homestays, and access to university resources.

“Transformative Consciousness”: ​A weeklong, holistic retreat/festival that rotates among regions, is live-streamed, and plans for follow-up small-scale local replications. 


Read the Youth-Focused Design Lab Report