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Highlights 

Featured Themes:

Artists confront anti-Asian hate and other current justice issues

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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict: stories from artists

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'Contested Resonances' Conference 2021
July 29-30, 2021 online

 

ITAC Think Tank: Trauma Informed Practice in Africa 
July 30 at 6:00pm EAT online

 

Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival 2021 (in collaboration with IMPACT)
October 8-10, in Cyprus and online

 

Call for Papers: Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice
Special Issue on “Climate Change, Conflict and Peace”
Manuscript Deadline: October 15, 2021 

 

Call for Papers: Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance
Special Issue on “Oral History, Listening and Transitional Justice”
Abstract Deadline: October 31, 2021

 

Music Leadership Summit 2021
Musicians Without Borders 
October 11-15, 2021

 

Past themes:

One year of the pandemic: stories of artists and art

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Countering intimate partner violence during the pandemic: some innovative approaches

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Community Arts Network launches a new website

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A Call for Translations of a Summary of a United Nations Cultural Rights Report
Apply by May 7!

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New podcast series about creative peacebuilding

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The Ann Snitow Prize
Nominate someone by June 15!

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Coexistence in the Aftermath of Mass Violence 

book review

 

Forces of Art: Perspectives from a Changing World

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

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Open Call – MASARAT: Grants for artists and cultural initiatives

Apply by February 7, 2021!

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Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival in Nicosia, Cyprus

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

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Past Themes: 

"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 Featured Theme: Arts, Artists and Demands for Racial Justice 

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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"


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.


A Reflection on Ebony Axis
By Sarah Nzisabira
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Past News from the Field Theme: "The Impact of Authoritarian Regimes on Artistic Freedom and Expression"


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

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


Just Vision
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MASS Action (Museums As Site for Social Action)


Report of the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights
January 4, 2018
Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (ONCHR)
OHCHR


As Criminalization of the Arts Intensifies in Cuba, Activists Organize
Hyperallergic
Yanelyz Nunez Leyva
Photo courtesy Yanelyz Nuñez Leyva, Hyperallergic


Theatre. Immersion. Education. (TIE)


On Ajoka: An Interview and In Memoriam
By Fawzia Afzal-Khan


artasfoundation
Zurich, Switzerland


Introducing USDAC Outposts
 


"Arts and Building Peace: The Basics and Envisioning the Future"
Essay by Cynthia Cohen
Peace in Progress Magazine
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Theatre: Spotlight on Russia
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Interview with Lee Perlman about
Book: “But Abu Ibrahim, We’re Family!”
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Pop Culture Collaborative
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Film: “Disturbing the Peace”
Combatants for Peace
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Art Radar
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Quilts from Syria and Iraq
The Advocacy Project


Displaced Artists Fund Residency Program
Vermont Studio Center
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A TheTheatreTimes.com
Now Seeking Contributions
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Women In Music
WIM


Professor Cynthia Cohen Solves the World's Problems with Creativity
The Brandeis Hoot
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Oakland Arts Review
Call for Submissions
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Monitoring and Evaluation of Participatory Theatre for Change
Search for Common Ground, UNICEF
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“Yes, Art and Culture Can Change the World”
By Adam Horowitz
GOOD Magazine


Artist Protection Fund (AFP)
Apply Now

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USDAC "HI-LI" Creative Community Database
Accepting project submissions
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Optivism - Music & Film
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24th International Festival of Student Theatre
September 28 to October 2
Besançon, France

Past Featured Theme -
Artistic Responses to Other Current Global Crises


Publishing opportunity for students and faculty
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Africa Yoga Project
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Photo Credit: Robin O'Neill


Read Ceremonies of Dance and Song in Native American Peacemaking by Polly Walker


Xchange Perspectives (XCP) is using a Peacebuilding and the Arts report to support their work in South Sudan.
Read more and watch the video
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Archive -
News from the Field

Acting Together Documentary

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News From the Field


A listing of news, events, artistic works, resources, and opportunities related to the field of peacebuilding and the arts.


  News & Events    |    Arts    |    Resources & Opportunities
 

 


News& Events  

 

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Conference Poster. Photo courtesy of Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

'Contested Resonances' Conference 2021
July 29-30, 2021 online
The “Contested Resonances: Creativity, Listening and Performance in Conflict Transformation” conference will be hosted online by the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Queen's University, Belfast.
“This interdisciplinary conference will examine conflict and post-conflict contexts through sound in performative practice. Themes include: peacebuilding efforts by music-based community arts initiatives; sonic-arts and theatrical re-soundings of conflict; creative and musical interventions in conflict and post-conflict societies; sound-based methodologies for exploring the narratives and everyday experiences of people in post-conflict contexts.” 
Cynthia Cohen, Toni Shapiro-Phim and Armine Avetisyan will be sharing developments at the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts (Brandeis University, USA) and IMPACT at the Conference Keynote|Roundtable on July 30. Register for the virtual Conference | Click for Conference Program Booklet.

 

ITAC Think Tank: Trauma Informed Practice in Africa 
"Join the International Teaching Artist Collaborative on Friday, July 30 at 6:00pm EAT for the July Think Tank, which will explore Trauma Informed Practice in Africa.

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Storytelling has been one of the greatest ways to teach humanity about life since the beginning of time. Join Bonface and Angi as they explore ways to engage with the world’s problems through healing-centered peacebuilding. This session will focus on the need for non-biomedical, collective, and contextualized approaches to healing trauma through an African lens, examining the work being done by practitioners in Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia, and beyond, to address these pressing issues."

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Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival 2021 (in collaboration with IMPACT)

October 8-10, in Cyprus and online
Making it through a tough year, the Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival 2021 returns to complement the work that was initiated in 2020 by giving artists and audiences a chance to complete the cycle they had started. In 2020 we developed a hybrid offline/online festival due to the conditions created by the COVID 19 pandemic. The Festival entailed a strong work-in-progress component and fostered several innovative approaches in order to support artists, provide a creative thinking space and to develop new audiences, set in motion with the theme of Displacement, which became the guiding pillar, around which works were proposed, developed and presented. Through collaborations with local and international partners including IMPACT and Youth Board of Cyprus, we broadened and extended our horizons and fields of activity, and we aim to continue to do so in October 2021. 
Moreover, we are working on creating the grounds—through parallel events such as a meet-up/conference -—to unpack concepts of social solidarity in the arts world, the roles and responsibilities of artistic platforms vis-a-vis the artists, support and planning mechanisms, and to further elaborate on how Covid-19 affected artists, the arts and the cultural sector. This is especially important in order to understand and re-create the future of the arts and festivals after the Covid-19 crisis. 

Digital Guide to Theatre of the Middle East Website Launch
July 30, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
“Golden Thread Productions, The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies at Stanford University, and the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland host the launch of The Digital Guide to Theatre of the Middle East: 21st Century Volume (DGTOME) the first and only searchable database in the field of MENA Theatre created by dramaturg and researcher Marjan Moosavi.
The launch will commence with a presentation about DGTOME by Marjan Moosavi followed by a roundtable discussion with Arts Professor Catherine Coray, playwright Adam El Sayegh, and stage director Pirronne Yousefzadeh, moderated by Sahar Assaf, Golden Thread’s Executive Artistic Director and Samer Al Saber, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at Stanford University.
The launch is part of Golden Thread’s online program: “No Summary: Conversations with Artists who Don’t fit in a Box.”
Register here!

Music Leadership Summit 2021
Musicians Without Borders 
October 11-15, 2021
“War divides, music connects: Musicians Without Borders to organize an international summit on music leadership in the global refugee crisis in Ede, The Netherlands.”
“Musicians Without Borders invites musicians and allied professionals to the Music Leadership Summit, building and sharing music leadership skills to respond to the needs of displaced people. An astonishing 80 million people in our world suffer from forced displacement due to war, persecution, abject poverty and human rights violations, a number that has been growing for years. Among the international responses to the plight of people on the move have been those of artists, including musicians. For people stranded in camps or centers, and people adjusting to new environments, music can be a powerful way to express feelings and to connect with others. Yet working with people in highly vulnerable situations asks for a broad range of skills, not only musicianship. Drawing on 20 years of experience in conflict regions around the world, Musicians Without Borders has developed an approach to using the power of music in communities experiencing the impact of displacement. The Music Leadership Summit is an opportunity to share this expertise with musicians and music professionals eager to make a difference and work towards social change in their personal and professional communities. The summit offers a program that combines training and advocacy, focused on building connections and solidarity through music in the context of a world with a growing population on the move. For more information and to register, visit the site of the Music Leadership Summit.” 

 

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Past Events 

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"View from the Ambulance" (2018) by Dylan Mortimer. Photo courtesy of the artist. Spencer Museum of Art Exhibitions Investigate Healing, Illness, and the Human Body Amid a Pandemic

Spencer Museum of Art Exhibitions Investigate Healing, Illness, and the Human Body Amid a Pandemic
Hyperallergic
"Healing, Knowing, Seeing the Body" and "The Aorta of an Archivist" explore our understanding of the human body and related themes of health, care, and connection. On view through May 16.

REBIRTH exhibition
The exhibition presenting the 219 artworks returned, after a period of 46 years, by the Turkish Cypriot to the Greek Cypriot Community, as part of the agreed-upon confidence-building measures, opens at the State Gallery of Contemporary Art – SPEL in Nicosia, Cyprus, on Tuesday June 16.

28th Edition of Sheffield Doc/Fest
June 4-13, 2021
“International documentary filmmakers may apply now for the UK's Sheffield Doc/FestMeetMarket (market and pitch forum) and Arts Talent Market (fostering new, interdisciplinary digital projects). Please note that Sheffield Doc/Fest requires applicants to submit a small fee for each application.”

Ubumuntu Festival 
July 16-18, 2021
Ubumuntu Festival’s team is excited to announce that online applications for next year's Ubumuntu Festival in July 2021, which is themed Rebirth; I can, I must, I will, will open soon.
If you're an artist and want to participate in the 2021 festival, be sure to follow the festival on Facebook,  Instagram and Twitter and check out the website.

Creative Approaches to Transitional Justice
Conversation Series
September 2020-February 2021

drawing of a treeThe Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts and IMPACT in partnership with Acts of Listening Lab,  and Center for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University invite you to explore the contributions of arts, oral history, and culture to communities and societies in transition, based on the March 2020 special issue of the International Journal of Transitional Justice. Discuss implications of examples from many regions for transitional justice processes and possibilities. We will focus on Colombia, the legacy of slavery in the United States, and the Rohingya people of Myanmar.

See the flyer for details. 

Stay tuned for the next conversation: Symbolic Reparations: Ethical Considerations, on Thursday, February 18!

  
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Arts

Featured theme: Artists confront anti-Asian hate and other current justice issues

Compiled by Kyle Desrosiers, Tel Aviv University, and Armine Avetisyan

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Andrew Kung, Wish I Had A Hero Who Looks Like Me, 2019. Courtesy of the artist. Source: Artsy.net

6 Asian American and Pacific Islander artists reflect on the spike in anti-Asian violence
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“For many within the AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) community, the recent spike in racially motivated attacks against Asians in the United States has been alarming and disturbing, but comes as little surprise. U.S. history demonstrates that time and time again, Asians have consistently been used as scapegoats, from the whitewashing of railroad construction to Japanese internment to the murder of Vincent Chin to the ‘China virus’—all the while being labeled the ‘model minority.’ AAPI artists have long been at the forefront of highlighting and unpacking this often invisibilized reality.

​​Asian-American Artists, Now Activists, Push Back Against Hate
The New York Times, Aruna D’Souza
“Newly spurred to action to combat bias, they generate subway posters, leverage social media, stage Zoom webinars. ‘Our community couldn’t take being invisible any longer,’ one artist says.”

Art World Responds To Anti-Asian Hate Crimes
ArtAsiaPacific, Martine Ma
“Artist Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya’s colorful cover for [an] issue of Time magazine honors the six Asian women killed in Atlanta. With Softness and Power (2020) features a woman surrounded by chrysanthemums and peonies, which symbolize beauty and resilience, and was adapted from a series Phingbodhipakkiya created for the NYC Commission on Human Rights.”

Virtual art exhibit aims to counter anti-Asian hate
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Felicia Feaster
“Korean American artist Jiha Moon stages ‘Out Loud’ with Atlanta Contemporary to give a voice to Asian women artists.”

Art Workers Demand Coverage of Stop Asian Hate
Okula Magazine, In Conversation with Sam Gaskin
“Eight Asian artists and art professionals drafted an open letter addressed to Artforum. Published on 1 April, the letter called on the publication to end its 'silence' on the Stop Asian Hate movement and provide a direct response to the rise in anti-Asian abuse and violence.”

UN Women’s New Benefit Auction and Show Spotlight Black Women Artists across the World
Artsy.net, Daria Harper
“This July, UN Women—the branch of the United Nations dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment—is holding “A Force for Change—UN Women: Benefit Auction 2021.” The online auction, which opened exclusively on Artsy and runs through July 30th, will benefit UN Women’s Black Women Programme, which will support a number of Black women–led organizations across the globe.”

SAIC and Chicago Arts Leaders Explore How to Build an Anti-Racist Art Ecosystem With NBC
Hyperallergic
On an episode of The Path Forward, panelists from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s conference series on anti-racism explore how art and design organizations can become more equitable and inclusive.

June Sarpong on the power of black art and visual storytelling
Vanity Fair, June Sarpong
“This is why today, on the anniversary of George Floyd’s death, I wanted to write about the power of visual storytelling and how this medium has the ability to change the world. We can all appreciate the power of images, especially visual art. Images move people, promote ideas and provide windows into different worlds. Images shape our history—and our perception of it.”

Incarcerated artists gather in digital exhibition by the Museum of the African Diaspora
The Daily Californian, Ashley Tsai
“At its bones, the world of visual art is founded on the notion that there is no right or wrong. Any blank space is an opportunity for minds to run wild. This October, the Museum of the African Diaspora achieved this very essence and unveiled its first virtual exhibition, ‘Meet Us Quickly: Painting for Justice from Prison,’ featuring 21 pieces cultivated by 12 artists incarcerated in San Quentin State Prison.”

Pitroda Art – Movement: Art For Social Change
Flaunt, Constanza Falco Raez 
Pitroda Art presents Movement: Art for Social Change, the annual juried exhibition that celebrates artists as champions of positive social change. Having started at the site of the iconic “Black Lives Matter” mural in Washington D.C. on May 13th, 14 artworks by 15 international artists, selected by a renowned jury, were showcased in five different U.S. cities throughout May and June.

Meet the Artist Who Created God Bless the Child, Featured on TIME’s Cover
TIME, Victor Williams
“Visions of Equity is a special project conceived and curated by TIME’s BIPOC staff, featuring stories about the fight for racial justice and ways to build a better world. Those of us leading the project were blown away when we saw God Bless the Child. Casteel’s mother named the painting after the Billie Holiday song. Casteel said she particularly loved rendering the hair. ‘It feels familiar,’ she says. ‘I see myself represented in this work.’”

The Portland Art Museum is reckoning with the pandemic–and the art world’s checkered history
OPB.org, John Notarianni
An acclaimed art museum in Portland, Oregon (USA) evaluates its history as a museum established in the late-19th century’s “Gilded Age,” a time of colonialism and imperialism. According to chief curator Brian Frisso, the museum must look critically at the ways it acquired art and how it relates to justice and equity, as well as which kinds of artists are represented in its exhibitions—which like much of the western art world privileges white European and traditional forms of expression.

In an encyclopedia of Maharashtra’s visual arts, vivid portraits that brush across linguistic lines
Scroll.in, Vivek Menezes
'Visual Arts of Maharashtra: Artists of the Bombay School and Art Institutions (Late 18th to Early 21st Century)’ has been released in an English translation. “Mumbai has four languages with four language theatres…, Marathi and Gujarati speakers watch English and Hindi theatre. But Marathi and Gujarati theatre is not watched by people outside those linguistic groups. When scholars ask me what they can read on Marathi theatre I have to say to them there is much, but it’s all in Marathi to which you don’t have access. This is how our languages keep us apart.”

 

Featured theme: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict: stories from artists

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Farah Elle (Niall Carson/PA). Source: Irish Examiner

Story of women affected by Northern Ireland, Israel and Palestine conflict told in art project
Irish Examiner, Rebecca Black
Herstory’s new Parallel Peace Project sees Israeli, Palestinian and Northern Irish peace activists take part in the project which expresses experiences of conflict and injustice, as well as dreams for peace. It included shows in Dublin, Belfast and Jerusalem as symbols of hope and solidarity.

Caught in a War Zone, Artists and Cultural Leaders in Gaza and Israel Say the International Art Community Must Stand With Palestine
Artnet news, Rebecca Anne Proctor
“The conflict is the latest eruption of violence in the region. But some Palestinians say this time feels different.”

How Artists Are Supporting Victims of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
ARTnews, Tessa Solomon
“As tensions between Israel and Palestine continue to escalate, artists are banding together to support victims of the conflict. Their projects have taken the form of print sales, Instagram Live sessions, and even NFTs, often with the focus on Palestine.”

Palestinian Art Proclaims a People’s Identity in the Conflict with Israel
Al Fanar Media, Salah Bisar
“When political identity is under threat, culture becomes a resistance tool in the face of attempts to obliterate, annihilate and exclude. Resistance is a form of memory in exchange for forgetting. A stateless person would consider writing or art a home to dwell in.”

 

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Past Theme: One year of the pandemic: stories of artists and art

Compiled by Kyle Desrosiers, Tel Aviv University

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A poster by Ministry of Health, Labor and Wellfare of Japan, distributed under a CC By 4.0 license

A Healing Spirit from 19th Century Japan is Back
Atlas Obscura, Claire Voon
Amabie is the name of a nineteenth century Japanese mythological spirit associated with refuge from epidemics. Images of her are popping up across Japan and around the world, ranging from hand-drawn works from amatuer artists to amulets placed on storefronts to ward off illness. “It makes sense, then, that it has resurfaced during the global COVID-19 pandemic, only this time on social media. Illustrations of Amabie are circulating on Twitter and Instagram under the hashtags #amabie and #アマビエ; artists around the world are drawing and sharing Amabie in hopes of repelling disease, or at the very least honing their talents and finding community while social distancing.” 

A View From the Easel During Times of Quarantine
Hyperallergic, Elisa Wouk Almino
This is the 196th installment of a series in which artists send in a photo and a description of their workspace. In light of COVID-19, we’ve asked participants to reflect on how the pandemic has impacted their studio space and/or if their work process has changed while quarantining. Want to take part? Please submit your studio! Just check out the submission guidelines.”

One Good Thing: An artist preserves Wuhan’s COVID memories
Associated Press, Emily Wang Fujiyama, photos by Ng Han Guan
Chinese artist Yang Qian worked as a volunteer delivering vital supplies to hospitals and residents during the city's 76-day pandemic lockdown last year. Now, she is using her art work to ensure that history is not forgotten. She uses dots of black ink to recreate a detailed aerial view of Wuhan, China. The work is painstakingly precise, where each dot honors individual residents of Wuhan who survived the pandemic. The work is an expression of their unity in pulling through the crisis, as well as unseen pain.

Joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony
After conducting its annual peacebuilding ceremony last year as a virtual event during the beginning of the pandemic, two joint Palestinian-Israeli NGOs,  Combatants for Peace and the Parents Circle Families Forum, hosted the Joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony this April in Tel Aviv and Beit Jala. The hybrid event reached over 280,000 viewers throughout Israel, Palestine and the world. Here’s the full bilingual Arabic-Hebrew ceremony (with English sub-titles), with moving testimonies and calls for shared humanity by bereaved family members, former combat soldiers, along with musical performances and protest theatre. 

Handmade Roses Memorialize COVID-19 Victims in Orange County
Voice of OC, Kristina Garcia
Artist Marcos Lutyens, with participation of dozens of community members, made more than 4,600 handmade felt roses to honor COVID-19 deaths in Orange County, California (USA). The handmade roses are currently on exhibition at Christ Cathedral, Orange County, and will become part of a larger display in Washington, D.C. at the National COVID Memorial Day event in March 2022. The delicately handcrafted and individually specific works of memorialization recall the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt–which was also on display for national mourning in Washington.

Jazz Vespers: An Extraordinary Ritual for an Extraordinary Time
Commonweal, David Gibson
“By conventional measures, religion took a big hit during the pandemic. Houses of worship were shuttered. Major holidays like Easter, Passover, and Eid al-Fitr were observed on the calendar but without the ordinary group celebrations. And major rituals like baptisms, funerals, and weddings took place via Zoom. But the spirit blows where it will, giving form to the void, and during extraordinary times like this one, it can give new meaning, depth, and understanding to what religion is, or could be.”

Biden’s Stimulus Bill Includes $470M for Arts and Culture Relief
Hyperallergic, Hakim Bishara
This bill exceeds the respective $75 million allocated to the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities in the Trump administration’s 2020 CARES Act.

#Vaccinated Global Call for Art
Amplifier Community
“Working collaboratively with Team Halo, we are offering $100,000 in awards to artists to help us build a campaign to get the world #Vaccinated. We invite your artwork to help get the world #Vaccinated! These symbols will stand long after the virus is gone as a testament to our resilience. Please join us in this historic moment by submitting!” Deadline: May 10.

‘I paint for healing’: indigenous art in the time of COVID-19
TVO, Jolene Banning
“Wanda Nanibush, an Anishinaabe curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario, says the pandemic has reinforced the importance of Indigenous art. ‘I think it’s interesting that everyone is at home and everyone is isolated, and they immediately turn to art,’ she says. ‘And I think that’s because art is a place we can get out of ourselves and beyond ourselves. Art has always been seen as part of healing. I wouldn’t say it can heal a pandemic — that’s impossible. That’s an actual physical thing. But it can heal some of the trauma of living through one.’”

Will the African Art Market’s Recent Rise Withstand COVID Shutdowns? Dealers Say There’s Reason for Hope
Artnet News, Naomi Rea
“Valerie Kabov, the director of First Floor Gallery in Harare, puts her faith in the region’s long-running resilience in the face of adversity. ‘Galleries in most African countries operate in conditions that require flexibility and adaptability to unpredictable conditions and crises,’ she says. Plus, the ongoing global reckoning with the Black Lives Matter movement could also translate into more spaces being created for under-represented artists, she says, which would set a course for success long beyond the immediate concerns of the pandemic.”

Singing Away the Social Distancing Blues: Art Therapy in a Time of Coronavirus
Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Nisha Gupta
This essay explores the abundance of art flourishing as a therapeutic antidote to the COVID-19 pandemic and panic arising across the world. Specifically, I discuss how the act of viewing, making, and sharing music, street art, paintings, graphic art, cinema, and digital videos can serve as a therapeutic vehicle for empowerment, solidarity, and collective action as most human beings strive to adopt practices of extreme social distancing as the recommended community mitigation strategy to help save lives before a vaccine is developed. This essay explores how therapeutic art-making can promote physical, mental, and social health at a time in history when all of these are under threat by COVID-19. I root these claims in theoretical literature from art therapy, as well as in inspiring and heart-warming examples of the beautiful coronavirus art that has already begun to fill our digital landscape with motivation, resiliency, and hope, though the crisis is still in its early stages.

The Art Angle Podcast: How the Pandemic Totally Changed the Art Market
Artnet News
“We’ve made it through the terrible pandemic winter and are emerging into a strange new world that is very much changed after a full year under the shadow of the coronavirus. In the art industry, normality is still far in the distance, but we’ve learned a whole slew of lessons that have perhaps made us better adapted for the future ahead.” 

 

Past Theme: Countering intimate partner violence during the pandemic: some innovative approaches

By Toni Shapiro-Phim, Assistant Director, Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts

Many of the individual initiatives or art projects mentioned below were identified by students in Brandeis University’s Confronting Gender-Based Violence course, including Lauren Formanski, Iku Tsujihiro, Joanna Xiong, Emma Xu and Carol Xu.

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A performance of "Argue with Me" by Katrin Nenasheva. Image: Yevgeniy Zvezdoruk. Source: The Calvert Journal

Lockdowns the world over, meant to curb the spread of COVID-19, have resulted in a dramatic rise in intimate partner violence. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, calls this a “shadow pandemic”, impacting populations from Australia to Cyprus, Zimbabwe to Argentina, the United States to Singapore, and everywhere in between. Within a month of the World Health Organization’s declaration of a pandemic in March 2020, people working to combat intimate partner violence noted alarming trends: In some places, calls to organizations and hotlines rose astronomically; in others, many fewer requests or pleas for help came in than normal, most likely because individuals were trapped with their abusers and couldn’t reach out safely. Those who identify as women are most, though not solely, at risk to suffer gender-based violence (GBV). UN Women reports that one in three women worldwide has suffered gender-based violence, even before the pandemic. Intimate partner -- or domestic -- abuse (whether physical, emotional, financial or other) is a form of GBV, inflicted by a current or former intimate partner or spouse, most often at home, away from the public eye. Research shows that intimate partner violence increases during times and situations of crisis. International, national and local efforts to counter the 2020/2021 surge of intimate partner violence include remarkably creative initiatives. A United Nations Population Fund partnership with the Thimphu City Bus Services in Bhutan, for example, trains bus conductors and drivers, as well as taxi drivers, “to carry out advocacy on … GBV prevention in public transport services.” The program was instituted after Bhutan’s queen, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, expressed alarm at “the number of domestic violence and abuse cases reported during the first COVID-19 lockdown in August 2020.”

With food markets and pharmacies being kept open when many other businesses have been shut down, a program in France places pop-up counseling centers in grocery stores for those experiencing intimate partner violence while another, started in Spain’s Canary Islands by the Institute for Equality, “Mascarilla-19 (Mask-19)”, offers people the option to ask for a Mask-19 in a pharmacy. This is a code signaling an appeal for help. The pharmacist then connects the person to support services. And in Japan, the government made it possible for individuals to pick up their personal pandemic-related government-issued checks, meant to alleviate economic hardship, rather than have them mailed to their homes, if their partners would block their access to their own money. However, applicants were required to show proof that they already had moved out of the home where the abuse was happening.  

These and other initiatives, including the myriad digital apps that have been developed or re-worked to assist those trapped in dangerous circumstances, also involve risks to the individuals reaching out for help, no matter what mitigation steps are taken by program coordinators or other participants. The crisis calls for diligence in understanding the layered complexity of the violence, and of possible responses.

Artists, too, have been addressing the current emergency, by increasing public knowledge, and attempting to shift attitudes and behavior. Senegalese visual artist Diart presented an exhibition of paintings at House of Urban Culture in Dakar to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25). Each piece is based on her personal experience of intimate partner violence. In a statement, she declares it her “duty to raise awareness” through her paintings, “and to denounce,” while also aiming to de-stigmatize women’s sharing of their experiences of intimate partner violence. In the UK, the ART/DATA/HEALTH research project at University of Brighton, which links the arts with concerns about health and wellbeing, commissioned Anna Dumitriu to create an installation focused on COVID-19 and its relationship to intimate partner violence. Dumitriu collaborated with an intimate partner abuse charity, RISE, in designing a sculptural installation giving (online) viewers the chance to deal on a profound level with the illogic of home being both shelter and safe haven from disease, and, for some, at some moments, its opposite, and with similar issues related to what is public and what is private. Entitled “Shielding,” the exhibition features tiny reconstructions of beds from temporary hospitals constructed in the early days of the pandemic.

“Argue with Me”  is Russian artist Katrin Nenasheva’s contribution. Seated in a St. Petersburg courtyard at a table topped with a vase of flowers, and wearing a white wedding dress, Nenasheva, in May of 2020, provided survivors of intimate partner and other violence with information about local support services, and opened up a space for abusers to ponder their actions and alternatives through her performance. Passers-by were invited to have a seat and converse with the artist, sometimes engaging in craft-making activities as they spoke. Acknowledging that she is not a trained therapist, she started dialogues, and pointed people to resources for follow-up, aiming to bring invisibilized violence into the open so that it can be addressed.

And, though not explicitly related to the pandemic, Chinese pop star Tan Weiwei’s Xiaojuan (alias) / Jane Doe | 谭维维 - 小娟(化名, released in December, 2020, recounts documented brazen and horrific ways in which intimate partners have abused or murdered their wives or sweethearts. By the end of the song, when performed live, Tan Weiwei and the other women who have joined her on stage proclaim they will no longer be known by aliases, and will not stay silent.

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Resources & Opportunities

Research Project and Seminar Series: INSPIRE: Artistic Encounters in War and Violent Conflict

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“Our Sarong, our flag, our victory”/Spring Revolution Collection, Kue Cool

Inspirational Creative Practice: The Work of Artists after War and Violent Conflict (INSPIRE) is a research project that studies the role of artists and creative practice in and after violent conflict. The project is hosted by the Peace Research Institute in Oslo (PRIO) and connected to the PRIO Centre on Culture and Violent Conflict (CCC). Working with artists and activists in Myanmar and Sudan, and exiled artists in four European countries (France, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland), we explore what motivates those engaged in creative practice and how artistic expressions inspire others into action for social justice. ​The INSPIRE research project platform was launched in the beginning of June this year and is at the core of our research project. It functions as a space for critical and creative reflection as well as a live archive of the project. As a multi-disciplinary team, and particularly through the virtual platform, we hope to engage across different disciplines and different geographies, sharing ideas, showing our processes and creating a space that invites collaboration and co-creation of knowledge on themes and topics related to art and artistic practices in the context of war, violent conflict and exile.
This autumn we will be organizing a seminar series, where invited researchers and artists will present their work and working methods. The seminar series will circulate around different themes such as ethics and research with artists; arts-based methods and collaborative research methods; researching art, artists, and conflict/war/post conflict; collaborative methods—researchers’ and artists’ perspectives; arts as transformation—in the context of violent conflict and war; and engaged scholarship. The seminars will happen online and take place monthly, on Wednesdays, 12-13 CET. Visit the INSPIRE research platform at https://inspire.gallery/ for more information! 

Call for Papers: Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice
Special Issue on “Climate Change, Conflict and Peace”
Manuscript Deadline: October 15, 2021
“Under the guest editorship of Dr. Volker Boege, Senior Research Fellow at the Toda Peace Institute, and Dr. Ria Shibata, Research Fellow at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice invites articles for a special issue on Climate Change, Conflict and Peace. Climate change is one of the critical global challenges of our times with grave social, economic, political, cultural and environmental implications. We welcome submissions for a special issue that explores the multidimensional and far-reaching challenges of climate change that include political, technical, material, emotional, psychological, cultural and spiritual issues that can generate ripe conditions for conflict. This issue seeks to address the linkages between the effects of climate change, conflict, security and peace. Both case-based empirical-analytical and theoretical-conceptual contributions are welcome. While we imagine the bulk of submissions will come from academics, we also encourage civil society actors and policy makers to contribute their insights based on their experiences.”

Call for Papers: Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance
Special Issue on “Oral History, Listening and Transitional Justice”
Abstract Deadline: October 31, 2021
Theatre and performance practitioners working with narratives by people impacted by political violence in transitional justice scenarios are faced with a fundamental challenge: how to ethically and aesthetically mediate a social process in which a group of people share their painful experiences and others (a public) listen to them in the context of a performance or a workshop? Listening, in the context of such a creative process, comes centre stage. Listening is a crucial driver of transitional processes, both actual and artistic. (Sotelo Castro, 2019 and 2020, Borneman 2002, Aranguren 2017, Jelin 2007) Increasingly, creative teams are using oral history and other interviewing techniques to collaborate with participants and record their narratives as part of a research and creation process. Curated fragments of the recorded stories may later be delivered verbatim by performers or, at times, by the interviewees themselves. Other approaches to performing oral histories include Theatre of the Oppressed and Playback Theatre. Oral history, thus, “does not solely belong to historians or to a particular paradigm” (Field, 2008). We embrace here an interdisciplinary understanding of oral history that positions creative and production teams, performers and audiences alike as listeners and witnesses of performances in which narratives told in the context of an interview are told again (Pollock, 1990) for an audience. At stake in such work are unresolved, often very complex social questions put forward by living people around justice and injustice, abuse of power, human rights violations, truth, needs of redress and healing, shattered trust, but also hope, community and peace-building.
See the full invitation  [https://bit.ly/Drama_Education] for research papers and other contributions, including digital documentations, audio or photo essays, addressing a number of relevant questions, practices and concerns. 

Podcast: El Arte no Calla!,”a new monthly Spanish-language podcast
Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) 
“The podcast explores art, freedom of expression, and human rights in Latin America. In each episode, ARC's Latin America Representative Alessandro Zagato invites a different guest to help analyze the varying states of artistic freedom in Latin America and the violations that artists and activists are suffering in the region. Some recent episodes are


Publication: Arresting Art: Repression, Censorship, and Artistic Freedom in Asia
Artists at Risk Connection (ARC)
“The climate for artists across South, Southeast and East Asia is increasingly hostile, with the global COVID-19 pandemic continuing to pose a serious threat to artistic freedom and the specter of censorship jeopardizing artists’ ability to work and speak out. In a new publication called Arresting Art: Repression, Censorship, and Artistic Freedom in Asia from PEN America’s Artists at Risk Connection (ARC)—produced in partnership with the Mekong Cultural Hub (MCH) and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) —artists across the Asian continent expressed serious fears, especially around digital security laws and nationalistic tendencies that threaten to impose a culture of conformity across one of the most vibrant, diverse regions for the arts in the world. Arresting Art presents the discussion and findings from a closed virtual workshop convened in December 2020.”
Click for details and to download the full document!

Publication: Cultural Relations in the New Normal
Cultural Relations Platform
“How should we approach intercultural relations in conditions of pandemic-induced uncertainty and instability? Between April and July 2021, our Alteration programme with the Ukrainian Institute and EU Delegation to Ukraine invited professionals from the cultural, creative and civic society sectors to explore this new normal for cultural relations.” 

Online Platform: PRAXISPACE - a virtual studio, library, and coffee shop in one
PRAXISPACE is an online platform for choreographers, artists and other makers, a space to share work and be seen.  Become a member to access a monthly essay and score from Alexandra Beller, community board video and articles archive, dedicated profile pages, messaging, scores archive, free entry into praxischats, and a monthly live online meeting.

Podcast: The Activist Files Podcast
Center for Constitutional Rights
“This month, we are excited to cross-promote our 40th episode with “The Artivists’ Room,” Donkeysaddle Projects’ podcast, which features conversations with artists, organizers, and activists, whose art serves as a tool for movement building. In this episode, our Advocacy Director Nadia Ben-Youssef sat down for an interview with Donkeysaddle Projects’ podcast host, cultural organizer, artist, actor, and writer BK King. Nadia and BK talked about what it means to reconfigure advocacy work in this moment and how to push beyond reactive work to move activism to a place where we are demanding the world we want.
Episode 40: Radical freedom through art and activism with Nadia Ben-Youssef & BK King. The two artists answered the question, ‘What does freedom look like through art?’ by highlighting the importance of art in activism and discussing how creatives transform their radical imaginations to dream of a world where we are liberated. BK closes all of her episodes by asking, ‘If you could talk with anyone in your room, who would it be?’ Listen to this episode to find out Nadia’s answer.”  

Installation: Walkable data visualization shows how trees capture and store CO2
Carlo Ratti Associati
“CRA and Eni present ‘Natural Capital,’ one of the largest data visualizations ever produced. Set in Milan's historic botanical garden, the installation illustrates the role that plants play in absorbing emissions. It matches each tree species with a sphere showing how much CO2 trees can capture and store. The installation will be unveiled at the Milan Design Week in September 2021 as part of INTERNI’s ‘Creative Connections’ exhibition.”

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Community Arts Network - a joint venture of Porticus Foundation and Hilti Foundation launches its new website!

text on blurry background“Co-created by visionaries who believe that the powerful transformative qualities of arts can be used for social impact, CAN is a platform that aims to enable, engage and empower individuals, organizations and communities through arts and unlikely alliances in order to generate meaningful change to shape a more humane future together.”

 

A Call for Translations of a Summary of a United Nations Cultural Rights Report

In early 2021, the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR)  produced a report on the devastating toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on culture and cultural rights. Indeed, the report identifies the pandemic as a “foundational challenge to all human rights.” Below is the report’s summary.

 “COVID-19, culture and cultural rights Report of the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Karima Bennoune”

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is a cataclysm for cultural rights, threatening a global “cultural catastrophe” with severe, long-lasting consequences for human rights if effective action is not taken immediately. In the present report, the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights surveys the negative impacts of COVID-19 on culture and cultural rights worldwide, and the positive potential of culture and cultural rights, and the right to science, to enhance rights-respecting solutions and build resilience. The report also contains relevant recommendations for action.

In March of this year, the Special Rapporteur spoke about the report during a webinar. At the end of the presentation, she invited listeners, who had asked how they could help, to contribute translations of the report’s one-paragraph summary. The translators at the United Nations are preparing the official versions of the summary in the five other UN languages (French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Chinese). We’re sharing a call for translations of it in additional languages. The OHCHR will make sure to have them published on their website for the benefit of all. If you are interested in providing a translation, please send a note to Toni Shapiro-Phim by May 7.

You can read the full report on the impact of COVID-19 on cultural rights and learn more about the role of cultural rights in various global crises on the page dedicated to this issue.

New podcast series about creative peacebuilding
All the episodes of the “Unspeakable Depths” podcast offer insights into extraordinary efforts at the nexus of creativity and peacebuilding. Episode 2 features an interview with Cyprus-based Dr. Ellada Evangelou, artistic director of the Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival and a member of IMPACT’s Leadership Circle. Erin Villaronga Mulligan, the creator of this podcast series, spoke with Dr. Evangelou in March, 2021. Listen to Dr. Evangelou’s stories about her theater and other artistic work for conflict transformation in Cyprus and beyond. In the other episodes we hear from Ketty Anyeko of Uganda, currently a Ph.D candidate in Canada, whose work has focused on gender, transitional justice and peacebuilding, and Kim Berman, professor of visual arts and co-founder of a community arts center in South Africa. Mulligan provides links to transcripts of the interviews, as well as to additional related resources.

Speaking of Empathy: a conversation about empathy and Community, Art & Science
International Community Arts Festival (ICAF) [https://www.icafrotterdam.com/] held its first virtual festival MINI ICAF in February 2021. Tim Prentki and Salvo Pitruzzella facilitated a virtual conversation on empathy, art and community with a diverse international group. Watch the recorded Zoom conversation in two parts: Part 1 and  Part 2.

Follow ICAF’s Eugene var Erven’s blog on empathy: 


a poster of a bookPERSONAL STORIES IN PUBLIC SPACES: Essays on Playback Theatre
“Tusitala Publishing is delighted to announce the publication of PERSONAL STORIES IN PUBLIC SPACES: Essays on Playback Theatre by Jonathan Fox and Jo Salas.
Covering a body of work that spans almost five decades and locations from war zones to great cities, this anthology takes the reader on a journey from the earliest days of Playback Theatre to the present day, and includes several essays written specifically for this collection. AVAILABLE NOW at TusitalaPublishing.com, bookshop.org, amazon.com, and Ingram.
Ebook available at Amazon.
Please note: for Tusitala orders from outside the US please contact tusitalapublishing@gmail.com for correct postage amount.
Colleges, libraries, and bookstores: please order from Ingram.”

Artsakh: Cultural Heritage Under Threat
Hyperallergic
The February 28 “Sunday Edition” of Hyperallergic explores the realities facing the monuments, churches, and landmarks currently threatened in post-war Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), while considering the complexities that are often overlooked in such contested areas of the world.

Change the Story / Change the World (Bill Cleveland’s podcast series): Bob Leonard/Episode 22
"Bob Leonard's story is a crisscross of dialogue and music, lights and dancing, serendipity and surprise. It is bound up with the layers of people and narratives that form the creative community fabric he’s fostered and served through his work In the theater of change".

The Ann Snitow Prize
“Organized by friends and admirers of Ann Barr Snitow (1943–2019), a much-loved feminist writer, political activist, teacher, and co-instigator of groundbreaking feminist organizations, the Prize is an award of $10,000 to a person of extraordinary vision, originality, generosity, and accomplishment who is currently engaged in work that combines feminist intellectual and/or artistic pursuits with social justice activism. Nominations will close on June 15, and the Prize will be awarded in December 2021.”

A Handbook for Artists Facing Persecution
Hyperallergic
PEN America has released a critical guide for artists at risk, created with input from persecuted creators around the world.

 

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Photo courtesy: The University of Michigan Press

Coexistence in the Aftermath of Mass Violence (New Book)
Coexistence in the Aftermath of Mass Violence demonstrates how imagination, empathy and resilience contribute to the processes of social repair after ethnic and political violence. Adding to the literature on transitional justice, peacebuilding, and the anthropology of violence and social repair, the authors show how these conceptual pathways— imagination, empathy and resilience—enhance recovery, coexistence, and sustainable peace. Some of the chapters focus explicitly on the arts, ritual and women’s narratives. Coexistence (or reconciliation) is the underlying goal or condition desired after mass violence, enabling survivors to move forward with their lives. Imagination allows these survivors (victims, perpetrators, bystanders) to draw guidance and inspiration from their social and cultural imaginaries, to develop empathy, and to envision a future of peace and coexistence. Resilience emerges through periods of violence and its aftermaths through acts of survival, compassion, modes of rebuilding social worlds, and the establishment of a peaceful society. Focusing on society at the grass roots level, the authors discuss the myriad and little-understood processes of social repair that allow ruptured societies and communities to move toward a peaceful and stable future. The volume also illustrates some of the ways in which imagination, empathy, and resilience may contribute to the prevention of future violence. The authors conclude with a number of practical and policy recommendations. The cases include examples from Cambodia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, Columbia, the Southern Cone, Iraq, and Bosnia. Edited by Eve M. Zucker, Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Yale University (USA) and Laura McGrew, practitioner and researcher who completed her PhD in peace studies at Coventry University (UK).

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Copyright visual note: Menah, Source: https://forces-of-art.org/

Forces of Art: Perspectives from a Changing World (New Book)
An initiative of Prince Claus Fund, European Cultural Foundation and HIVOS
“Forces of Art is a wide ranging series of investigations into diverse cultural organisations and projects around the world. Independent teams of researchers apply a variety of methodologies to examine the ways in which art and culture have been operational in empowering people, communities, and societies in their own social contexts.”
Watch the book launch
Listen to the Podcast Stance Takes: Forces of Art in Colombia, Syria, Kyrgyzstan, Uganda and Kenya

Call for Papers: Genocide Studies and Prevention (journal)
Apply by March 1, 2021!
The journal editors invite manuscripts on the intersections of the environment and collective violence for a special issue of Genocide Studies and Prevention, Environmental Degradation, Climate Change, and Mass Violence. Click on the PDF above for details of the call for papers, and information about submissions, due by March 1st.

Postcolonial Cultural Management (New Article)
Arts Management Quarterly
“Coloniality - or colonial thinking - is still prevalent in most parts of the world and most aspects of life, even in arts and culture. Professionals in the sector may not think of themselves as biased, but postcolonial studies prove them wrong. This issue of Arts Management Quarterly presents first approaches to decolonize arts and cultural management.”

Music and Arts in Action Journal: Vol. 7 No. 3 (2020)
Special Issue: Keywords for Music in Peacebuilding, Volume 2
Music and Arts in Action (MAiA)
“We are extremely happy to include in this volume experts and/or activists from music sociology, inclusive education, peace studies, transformative leadership, ethnomusicology, community music, spirituality and post-war reconstruction. The keywords found in this volume cover debates about identity and peacebuilding, notions of space, inclusion, sound communities and transitional justice.”

Open Call – MASARAT: Grants for artists and cultural initiatives
British Council
Apply by February 7, 2021!
“The Masarat Grants programme seeks to respond to the needs of artists and cultural practitioners in Iraq, Jordan Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Yemen, providing financial support to enable continued production and project work in very difficult circumstances.”   

Opportunities in January and February 2021
Hyperallergic
From residencies and fellowships to open calls for art and writing, a list of opportunities for which artists, writers, and art workers can apply in January and February.

The Fund for Diversity in Film Scoring 
Accepting applications on a rolling basis
“Reel Change: The Fund for Diversity in Film Scoring is a five-year grant and mentorship program for film composers of diverse ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and abilities that are historically underrepresented in film composition. The fund assists US-based projects currently in production/post-production where additional support and/or mentoring would be beneficial to film composers who are at a pivotal point in their career in which the project will help them break through to the next stage of their profession.”

2021 VSA International Young Soloists Competition
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Deadline: March 2, 2021!
“Each year outstanding young musicians with disabilities from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award, $2,000, and the opportunity to perform and participate in professional development and music coaching activities provided by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.  This program is open to soloists and ensembles of any instrument or genre!”

The most important milestones of Crear Vale La Pena in Argentina 
“Explore the most significant achievements of a very special 2020 in Crear Vale La Pena, Argentina. Creative activities migrated 100% to virtuality! We carried out  workshops for head teachers, teachers, students, artists, health workers, social workers, community leaders, private companies. We reached  5560  young people and adults and through our teachers training program to more than 20,000 beneficiaries with our creative-playful didactic approach! We exhibited in 19 national and international conferences.”

Collaborating in Fragile Contexts and Processes of Peacebuilding Degree Program
Arts And International Cooperation
The CAS Arts and International Cooperation in partnership with artasfoundation brings together artists and members of internationally cooperating organizations from the Global South and North. What they share is an interest in the potential of the arts to support processes of social transformations and peacebuilding and an engagement for fair and sensitive international collaboration. Through a study-trip with field visits, they gain insight into actual art projects in fragile contexts and reflect upon them on the basis of tools and concepts from current literature. They conclude with a mentored diploma thesis that relates to an individual project or work-context. Please consult the course website for all dates and more precise information: CAS Arts and International Cooperation | ZHdK.ch 

Dance Across America | Inauguration Celebration 2021

For Sama (full film)
FONTLINE PBS
“In a time of conflict and darkness in her home in Aleppo, Syria, one young woman kept her camera rolling — while falling in love, getting married, having a baby and saying goodbye as her city crumbled. The award-winning documentary unfolds as a love letter from filmmaker and young mother Waad al-Kateab to her daughter — Sama.”

Stand | Votki | Ayaklan |Debout
Collectif Medz Bazar 
A new song (in Armenian, Turkish, Persian, English and French) from Collectif Medz Bazar calling for peace following the recent 44-day war in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).

COVID Fears Find Expression in Embroidery
The Advocacy Project
Girls from Nepal, Zimbabwe and the US express their fears through stitching.

 
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