What's Happening

Coexistence in the Aftermath of Mass Violence -New Book!

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Forces of Art: Perspectives from a Changing WorldNew Book!

An initiative of Prince Claus Fund, European Cultural Foundation and HIVOS

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Opportunities for artists and cultural workers in January and February 2021

 

 

Open Call – MASARAT: Grants for artists and cultural initiatives

Apply by February 7, 2021!

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Join: Creative Approaches to Transitional Justice Conversations Series

(in partnership with Acts of Listening LabCenter for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University)


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Songs of Resistance and Hope by Jane Wilburn Sapp

Encouraging voting on Instagram | Facebook 

In the vodcast, Jane Sapp offers specific songs to support the current demands for racial justice and explores how songs can energize the movement. #votedeis 

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CAST Commitments, in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

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Relaunch of Acting Together on the World Stage Website - Multi-media educational initiative

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

Designing an infrastructure for the field

Read more.

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2019-2020 Annual Report: Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST)

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Read the latest issue of our newsletter, Peacebuilding and the Arts Now.


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Highlights

 

Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival in Nicosia, Cyprus

2020 theme - “Displacement: people, ideas and artistic practice”

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Featured News from the Field Theme:

"The Art of Getting Out the Vote in the United States"

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"Creative Approaches to Climate Change"

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Past News from the Field Theme:"Arts, Artists and Demands for Racial Justice"

 

"Navigating the Nexus of Arts and Peace" book authored by Carrie Herbert, Suyheang Kry, Raymond Hyma, Dona Park, and María Antonia Pérez

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‘White Savior’ by internationally acclaimed playwright Catherine Filloux Premieres at Pygmalion Productions 
Read the press release for details. 

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The cultural mobilization of cities and local governments in the COVID-19 crisis
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Exquisite Corps (42 choreographers, 1 dance)
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Special Edition: "Creative Approaches to Transitional Justice: the Contributions of Art and Culture"
The International Journal of Transitional Justice
Guest edited by Dr. Cynthia Cohen and featuring:

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Past News from the Field Theme: "Creative responses to the global pandemic"


Past 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
Dr. Cynthia Cohen
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Video: Fate, Family and the Floundering of a Friendship
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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


Past News from the Field Theme: "Artists Respond to Climate Change"

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

 

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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Read more News from the Field.

Acting Together Documentary

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Watch the preview!


Find "Acting Together" screenings near you.

Kidnap Road

A New Play by Catherine Filloux

KRKidnap Road is a new play by Catherine Filloux, directed by Stan Cahill and starring Kimber Riddle and Steve Guevara. The play focuses on Ingrid Betancourt, a presidential candidate in the country of Colombia in 2002, who while conducting her campaign was kidnapped by the terrorist organization the FARC. Details of Ingrid Betancourt’s story can be found in the public record. The story is imagined as a two-person play based in part on those events.

In its first public reading the play headlined the staged reading series at Planet Connections Theatre in New York City on June 27, 2015. A community discussion followed the play, which included: the artists; audience, including members of Encore Community Services; Michael Soussan, a former U.N. humanitarian worker; Jenny Pacanowski, a poet, combat veteran in Iraq, and veteran's advocate, especially doing outreach for female vets issues and concerns. Joining the discussion was also Mariette Kalinowski, a fiction writer who served in the Marines in Iraq and a contributor to “Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War.” The discussion addressed: women’s rights, discrimination and abuse against women, the backlash against women leaders and a survivor’s quest for social justice and spirituality. View the brochure.

The following background about the play's development includes the convening of the play's leading contributors - director Stan Cahill, actors Kimber Riddle and Steve Guevara, sound designer Darren R. Sussman, and playwright Catherine Filloux - and their reflections on the subject of the play and their contributions in bringing it to life:

Kidnap Road:
WOMAN: "For Camus it’s all Absurd. Time moves fluidly, there is no past, present, future in the jungle. The existentialists, the absurdists, it’s the perfect time to talk about the Absurd. Camus was happy in the theater. He called the theater 'The night when the game is played.' Le soir où la partie se joue."

The play’s director Stan Cahill says, “Kimber, Steve and I have shared language, thanks to our training at NYU’s Graduate Acting Program.” Kimber Riddle, the play’s actress describes her role: “This is a powerhouse of a woman, who speaks 3 languages fluently, a jewel but it does have its challenges. Full of complexities, a woman who was thrust into more than six years of day-to-day survival.”

“The Edinburgh Fringe is the world’s largest performing arts festival that celebrates challenging material,” says Cahill. “We are looking to put the show into a venue in August, 2016, that is intimate and immersive, allowing the audience to take the journey alongside Kimber. A centrally-located venue that focuses on socially-conscious material.”

“When I first got out of the Grad Acting Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts my focus was film and television which I happily did for awhile,” says Riddle. “I then started working with the theater artist Anna Deavere Smith, as an actress, and subsequently as an artistic associate traveling with her to collect her interviews and working on her productions. I believe this is what solidified my interest in human rights theater. Working with real peoples’ plights specifically on the subject of injustice.”

Riddle was first introduced to playwright Filloux by the Argentinian visual artist and human rights activist, Claudia Bernardi, and by Roberto Gutiérrez Varea, the Argentinian theater artist. In 2012 Riddle played the lead attorney in Filloux’s play Luz, which premiered at La MaMa. “I brought the story of Ingrid Betancourt to Catherine because it affected me deeply and I had always wanted to explore it. I learned of it by watching a breaking news report of her rescue from 6 ½ years of captivity in the Colombian jungle. She was kidnapped by the FARC while running for president in Colombia. I didn’t know of her story and started to dig into it. It has never left me,” says Riddle...

Read the entire piece. 

PlanetCatherine Filloux was recently awarded the Planet Activist Award to honor her long career as an activist artist in the theatre community. Read more.