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Highlights

Inaugural Women Building Peace Award
Deadline: February 14
women peacebuilding


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"


Youth Opportunity: Peace Summit of Emerging Leaders
Organized by Humanitarian Affairs Asia
February 5 to 7, 2020
Bankok, Thailand
HAPS

Songbook: Let’s Make a Better World: Stories and Songs by Jane Sapp
*Purchase Now!*
songbook

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
just vision


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
theatretimes

Interview with Lee Perlman about
Book: “But Abu Ibrahim, We’re Family!”
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Pop Culture Collaborative
PopCultureCol


Film: “Disturbing the Peace”
Combatants for Peace
disturbing peace


Art Radar
art-radar


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
OAR

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)
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IIE

USDAC "HI-LI" Creative Community Database
Accepting project submissions
USDAC

Optivism - Music & Film
Optivism

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
AFP
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.
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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
 

  • Featured Theme: Artistic and cultural dimensions of protest movements around the globe

News & Events

 

Featured Theme: Artistic and cultural dimensions of protest movements around the globe

 

100 days in: Ten creative ways Hongkongers sustain their protests away from the barricades 
Hong Kong Free Press
September 16, 2019
“From laser pen light shows, to flashmob singalongs and human chains, we look at some of the inventive methods embraced by a movement that shows no signs of abating...”

 

Hong Kong’s Protesters Subvert the Holiday Season With Radical Christmas Cards  
Hyperallergic
December 17, 2019
“As the protest movement against police brutality, eroding democratic rights, and a belatedly-withdrawn extradition bill moves into its seventh month, protesters are hijacking the Christmas card tradition under the #freehkxmascard hashtag. ...For example… one [card] directed towards folks overseas includes a ‘simple’ Christmas wish: ‘to be able to breathe the air of freedom along with you all...’”

  

Lebanese Art Community Joins Unprecedented Protests
Hyperallergic
October 25, 2019
“As artists discuss the role of contemporary art in times of revolution and rally on the streets, 20 leading arts organizations issued a statement of solidarity with protesters across Lebanon...”

“As the protest movement against police brutality, eroding democratic rights, and a belatedly-withdrawn extradition bill moves into its seventh month, protesters are hijacking the Christmas card tradition under the #freehkxmascard hashtag. ...For example… one [card] directed towards folks overseas includes a ‘simple’ Christmas wish: ‘to be able to breathe the air of freedom along with you all...’”

 

 

ICAF: International Community Arts Festival
March 25-29, 2020
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

ICAF logoEvery three years at the end of March, a temporary, creative world emerges in Rotterdam filled with unique community-based art projects and artists aiming to create bridges between people from all walks of life. The International Community Arts Festival (ICAF) draws theatre, dance, music, film, and visual arts projects from every continent. It is built around the idea that community art is a worldwide, cutting edge, and highly relevant arts movement.  

The festival program offers in-depth conversations, inspiration, and exchanges during the days. The evenings are chock full with live theater, dance, film and music performances. The eighth edition of ICAF will take place from March 25 to 29, 2020.

Person writing on white board. Credit: ICAF

PHOTO CREDIT: ICAF

ICAF is the largest and most prominent community arts festival in the world, fostering a growing network of worldwide community artists, arts organizations, scholars and social workers. Between festivals, ICAF organizes artist-in-residence programs, international summer schools, and acts as a partner for different international projects within the field of community arts and participatory arts.

IMPACT and ICAF have established a very important long-term partnership, rooted in the shared belief in the power of art to contribute to a safer, more equitable, and more just world. As partners, we also share the knowledge of the importance of critical reflection and a respect for the complexity of this practice.

Learn more about the 2020 ICAF!

 

El Paro Nacional: Stories of Resistance & Healing

October 25, 2019

"The past two weeks in Quito were marked by widespread protests led by an indigenous movement that brought the nation to a standstill. These protests were sparked by a government decree that removed subsidies on oil prices overnight in order to comply with the conditions of an IMF loan. The government reacted by repressing protests, often violently, leading to further indignation and unrest. On Sunday, the United Nations moderated peace talks between Indigenous leaders and the government, and the government repealed the decree, which marked a massive victory for the indigenous movement.

Many members of the Pachaysana family played a role during the protests. Whether it was in the front lines, bringing donations to collection centers, volunteering to cook or raising funds to buy donations, it was inspiring to see so much community and solidarity in a time of violence, uncertainty, and pain. The struggle that began on October 3rd is far from over and these events have transformed who we are." Read more.

 

VIDEO: Interfaith Reconciliation Ceremony in Atlanta featuring Jane Sapp
Watch a performance by Jane from September 2019 in DeKalb County, Georgia at an Interfaith Reconciliation Service"with roughly 200 people in attendance pledging to tell the truth about DeKalb’s history of racial injustices and to address issues that linger today."

jane sapp
Image credit: Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Video by Ryon Horne/AJC 






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Arts

 

Featured Theme: Artistic and cultural dimensions of protest movements around the globe

 

Hong Kong Protest Art. Here Are Some Examples of Their Work
Time
"A local designer who goes by the name Phesti borrowed from the imagery of local subway signs to create a logo of figures holding hands... The image quickly went viral. Phesti says his designs are for ‘people like me, who are in the peaceful camp don’t dare to protest on the front line and engage in more aggressive action.’ He hopes the work will make such individuals ‘feel like they can still participate in something and find a way of saying what’s on their mind.’”

 

Creativity at the Service of Social Mobilization in Chile
NACLA
“Artistic expression is not only central to the protests in Chile—it's part of a long national tradition of resistance… Examples of these manifestations range from music and performance to murals, installations, comics, street and body art, and graffiti, all overlapping within the appropriation of public space....”

 

How are Lebanese protesters using art to express their views?
Euronews
“Against the backdrop of Lebanon’s political protests, which began in October, a creative and musical art scene emerged. Spray-painting a picture of the country’s socio-political landscape is a muralist who goes by the name, Exist… ‘In a community that has been restricted culturally and financially, I think it’s about time to say we don’t want, like slavery,’ says the graffiti and street-artist. ‘We wrote about our revolution, that’s where culture comes out of, you know, our struggles...’”

 

At Hong Kong Protests, Art That Imitates Life
The New York Times
“Soon after a woman in Hong Kong was hit in the eye at a protest, her likeness began circulating as a meme on internet forums where many demonstrators blamed her injury on the police. Within a couple of weeks, protesters had raised over $25,000 online to build a 13-foot statue of her…”

 

From Beirut to Hong Kong, the face of the Joker is appearing in demonstrations
France 24
“…Days after the global cinema release of the film 'Joker', the distinctive face of the titular comic-book villain began appearing in political demonstrations all over the world...From Chile to Lebanon, via Hong Kong and Iraq... It's still an underground phenomenon, but does this represent a new form of protest like the wearing of the ‘V for Vendetta’ mask?...”

 

 

Book - Locked On!: The Seventh and Most Illegal in the Hitch-hiker’s Guide Trilogy
locked on
By Marty Branagan
“Ever wondered what it’s like to feel so strongly about an issue that you’ll go to jail for it? This novel, based on real-life environmental blockades but set within a humorous sci-fi universe, is a journey to the centre of nonviolent civil disobedience by an author who has been there repeatedly over decades. In a hilarious romp through the universe we meet eco-pirates, space heroines, Indigenous people and farmers united against corporate greed, corrupt governments and environmental destruction…” Available in book and e-book.



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Resources & Opportunities

 

 

Inaugural Women Building Peace Award
Deadline: February 14, 2020
women peacebuilding
History has shown that civil resistance is most successful when women are engaged, peace processes are more likely to last when women are involved, and a country’s propensity for conflict is lower with higher levels of gender equality. The Women Building Peace Award represents the Institute’s commitment to highlighting the vital role of individual women who are working every day in fragile or conflict-affected countries or regions in the pursuit of peace. The award will honor a woman peacebuilder whose substantial and practical contribution to peace is an inspiration and guiding light for future women peacebuilders.

 

Film: Dancing With the Cannibal Giant 
baleDancing With the Cannibal Giant: Five New Stories for the Great Transition is a documentary film portraying five remarkable stories of people and places transforming the world. Narrated by Penobscot elder, Sherri Mitchell (Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset), we are introduced to the Penobscot mythology of the cannibal giant: a creature awakened by the destruction of mother earth. The film is told through the lens of this powerful prophecy: only if people can awaken to their own destruction, and the need for change, will the cannibal giant be put back to sleep. 

The film follows the work and inspiration of people whose recognition of this destruction has put them on a path of radical change. Their lives and work tell the story of a new world unfolding – a world of possibility, to which we are awakening. Dancing With the Cannibal Giant was designed to inspire hope, creativity, and change, in the face of the giant. We are in a time of great transition, and in order to move beyond disempowerment, in a world of turmoil, we must create and share our stories of resilience and hope.

 

Earth Systems Journey
Earth Systems Journey (ESJ) is a curriculum framework for art-led, experiential, place-based environmental education about environmental flows, (such as water, air, energy or material) through a school building and grounds or other learning environment. ESJ is an approach that teaches ecological and environmental content, principles, analysis and decision skills in ways that shows how human-engineered systems are integrated with natural systems. ESJ was born out of Jonee Kulman Brigham's graduate studies at the University of Minnesota and is part of Full Spring Studio, LLC. Now at the Minnesota Design Center and as a Fellow at the Institute on the Environment, she is collaborating with other researchers and with schools on grant proposals to further pilot the Earth Systems Journey Framework and evaluate its outcomes.

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Youth Opportunity: Peace Summit of Emerging Leaders
Organized by Humanitarian Affairs Asia
February 5 to 7, 2020
Bankok, Thailand
HAPSApplication Deadline: December 30, 2019

Humanitarian Affairs would like to invite between 2 to 3 outstanding young leaders to represent your prestigious institution of higher learning at the 2020 Peace Summit of Emerging Leaders at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand from February 5 to 7, 2020.

Who Are We?

The mission of Humanitarian Affairs is to empower young people and inspire youth who are passionate about positive social change. We aim to equip young emerging leaders with the right skills and tools to spark a generation of dynamic individuals paving the way for social change.

Humanitarian Affairs is affiliated to United Nations Global Compact, World Association of Non-Governmental Organization, International Association for Voluntary Efforts and the World Alliance for Citizens Participation.

The 2020 Peace Summit

Humanitarian Affairs Asia is organising the 2nd Peace Summit of Emerging Leaders. The summit aims to gather young leaders from different parts of the world to give them a new perspective and a broader understanding on peace building.

The summit features keynote speakers, networking sessions and interactive workshops to prepare and empower young leaders to be a champion of peace.

Learn more and apply now.

 


2020 Oak Human Rights Fellowship
oak-instituteNovember 30, 2019: Nomination deadline
December 30, 2019: Application deadline

The fellowship provides a one-semester activist-in-residence opportunity for a human rights activist operating in difficult or dangerous circumstances to come to Colby College, one of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges in the United States, for respite from front-line duties to reflect on their experiences. In addition to a $36,000 stipend, the fellowship includes health benefits, housing, a campus meal plan, and transportation.

 

Fthe-labellowship Opportunity: The Lab
Apply by: December 27, 2019

The Lab is now accepting applications for our second cohort of LAB Fellows. As you know, the LAB’s mission is to humanize global politics through the power of performance. The Fellowship is a 2 year, virtual global residency program designed for exceptionally promising professionals (performers, producers, directors, writers, scholars, activists) from around the world who are working at the intersection of performance and politics. Now in our second round, you can read about their first cohort participants.

The Program offers learning and networking opportunities through monthly virtual meetings, annual in-person convenings, and other special events. The Fellows continue to work within their own communities while engaging in regular conversations with fellow participants around the world. They learn online from each other and from mentors. Perhaps most importantly, our Fellows form bonds like a family, and will support each other and each other’s work for decades to come.

Read the details on the program and apply.

Applications are due December 27, 2019.

 

 

ITAC Collaborative launches a new purpose built website 

ITACThe ITAC Collaborative, the first international network for the participatory arts, has now launched a new purpose-built website. The site www.itac-collaborative.com has been designed in response to a consultation with more than 300 teaching artists from 28 countries, conducted during ITAC’s most recent international conference - ITAC4 at Carnegie Hall (2018) in NYC, USA.

ITAC asked artists who work in community and school settings around the world what the biggest issues they faced in their careers were. Then, collated those responses and designed a website which could begin to address their concerns... Read the full press release.

 


Video: Fate, Family and the Floundering of a Friendship
The century old Turkish-Armenian conflict is encapsulated through the personal story of Apo Torosyan, a multi-ethnic artist from Massachusetts.
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ATiYF: ASHTAR International Youth Festival
Application Deadline: December 21, 2019

ASHTAR Theatre is a non-profit NGO, founded in 1991 in Jerusalem, with a scope of work that covers the West Bank and Gaza Strip. At ASHTAR we look at theatre as a tool to free our society, ignite awareness, create internal individual freedom, and invest in culture as a generator for social change and political liberation.

ATiYF is a ten-day biennial Camp-Fest, organized by ASHTAR youth, in their 4th year of the drama training program, as their graduation project.ATiYF aims to create a forum for exchange of experiences between locl and international theatre students (16-24 years old). This year's festival theme is "Artivism."

Read the full details.

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Call for Artists and Open Process Series from Between the Seas
Deadline: December 15, 2019


1927Between the Seas launched 1927, a beautiful art deco space in downtown Athens, a new meeting point for research and culture. Their vision is for 1927 to become an independent hub for international exchanges, collaborations and laboratory work, emphasizing process over product and bridging theory and artistic practice. A welcoming space meant to host Between the Seas’ programming, and open to guest performances, lectures, readings, exhibitions and site specific work.

The main focal points in the programming of 1927 are:

  • emphasis on laboratory work and research through hosting and presenting work in progress projects on a regular basis

  • Thematic calls for performances/residencies/lectures and workshops

  • Bridging of theory and practice and cultivating an international setting by hosting emerging and established artists and researchers from around the world and encouraging collaborations with their colleagues in Greece.

Detailed description of the programming and call for projects:

Open Process:
One of the main programming axes in 1927 is the Open Process series that gives artists space to present in-progress work. Our goal is to create a safe environment for artists to take risks, experiment, make mistakes, try out ideas, freed of the pressure of the final performance. This process is openly shared with the audience so that the artist can benefit from the interaction in the initial stages of the work, making the audience part of the work’s development and cultivating long term relationships between audiences and artists.
Artists and researchers who are interested to present as part of Open Process may submit their work to 1927bts@gmail.com


Call for Artists: Borders, Borderlands and Crossings:
The second axis of our programming consists of thematic calls where artists, academics, researchers as well as professionals outside of arts and academia, are invited to engage with pressing questions of contemporary society, politics and culture from their diverse points of view.
Our thematic call for 2020 is Borders, Borderlands and Crossings. Interested applicants may contact 1927bts@gmail.com for information. Access the application form and details. The deadline for submissions is the 15th of December.

View photos and technical specifications of the space
Learn about our September-October programming

Interested in 1927? contact us at 1927bts@gmail.com

 

USDAC logoUSDAC is Hiring a Co-Director
Apply by: December 9, 2019


USDAC is looking for a collaborative, visionary, movejment-oriented leader to bring the USDAC into its next chapter. Do you know someone with significant experience in both organizational development and grassroots organizing ready to step into an exciting new role?

Check out the full description and please share!  

Applications are due by December 9th, 2019.

Earth Systems Journey
Earth Systems Journey (ESJ) is a curriculum framework for art-led, experiential, place-based environmental education about environmental flows, (such as water, air, energy or material) through the school building and grounds. ESJ is an approach that teaches ecological and environmental content, principles, analysis and decision skills in ways that shows how human-engineered systems are integrated with natural systems. ESJ was born out of Jonee Kulman Brigham's studies at work at the University of Minnesota's Minnesota Design Center and fellowship at the Institute on the Environment. She is collaborating with other researchers and with schools on grant proposals to further pilot the Earth Systems Journey Framework and evaluate its outcomes.




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