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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

painting of human figures 


Open Call – MASARAT: Grants for artists and cultural initiatives

Apply by February 7, 2021!




Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival in Nicosia, Cyprus

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

 poster with an image of walking human figures


Past Themes: 

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



"Creative Approaches to Climate Change"

animal sculpture 


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



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"

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

And listen to the related podcast series.

A Reflection on Ebony Axis
By Sarah Nzisabira

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)

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

Theatre. Immersion. Education. (TIE)

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

Zurich, Switzerland

Introducing USDAC Outposts

"Arts and Building Peace: The Basics and Envisioning the Future"
Essay by Cynthia Cohen
Peace in Progress Magazine

Theatre: Spotlight on Russia

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

Pop Culture Collaborative

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

Art Radar

Quilts from Syria and Iraq
The Advocacy Project

Displaced Artists Fund Residency Program
Vermont Studio Center

A TheTheatreTimes.com
Now Seeking Contributions

Women In Music

Professor Cynthia Cohen Solves the World's Problems with Creativity
The Brandeis Hoot

Oakland Arts Review
Call for Submissions

Monitoring and Evaluation of Participatory Theatre for Change
Search for Common Ground, UNICEF

“Yes, Art and Culture Can Change the World”
By Adam Horowitz
GOOD Magazine

Artist Protection Fund (AFP)
Apply Now


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

Optivism - Music & Film

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

Africa Yoga Project
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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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

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News & Events


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!


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.


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.”

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Featured Theme: Creative Approaches to Climate Change 

Compiled by Nicole Zamora Flores, Brandeis '21

sculpture of animals

sculpture in Zoo Tampa.


A Florida panther sculpture melts before visitors' eyes to highlight the effects of climate change
The piece of "artivism" is part of the Florida Climate Crisis Campaign by The CLEO Institute, a nonprofit focusing on climate science education in Florida, and the VoLo Foundation.


How long until it’s too late to save Earth from climate disaster? This clock is counting down.
The Washington Post
How long does the world have left to act before an irreversible climate emergency alters human existence as we know it? A new digital clock unveiled in Manhattan’s Union Square over the weekend promises to tell you … [artists Gan Golan And Andrew Boyd] encouraged onlookers to reflect on their own carbon footprint and to come together to create change. ‘The world is literally counting on us … every hour, every minute, every second, counts.’

Arctic Culture and Climate
British Museum
October 22 - February 21
"Developed in collaboration with Arctic communities, the exhibition celebrates the ingenuity and resilience of Arctic Peoples throughout history. It tells the powerful story of respectful relationships with icy worlds and how Arctic Peoples have harnessed the weather and climate to thrive. The dramatic loss of ice and erratic weather caused by climate change are putting unprecedented pressure on Arctic Peoples, testing their adaptive capacities and threatening their way of life."


Olafur Eliasson's AR Earth Speakr app lets children voice concerns about the climate
The app is part of a collective artwork, alongside a dedicated website, which gives a platform to those who are too young to be involved in the official political process but who will bear the consequences of any decisions that are made today.


Matagi Mālohi: Strong Winds
Matagi Mālohi tells the story of our journey to uplift our people and shape a narrative that paints us not as victims of the climate crisis but as the leaders, the healers, the nurturers, the artists, the gardeners, the growers, the seafarers and the navigators we are.


Artivism’: When It Comes To Climate Change In Boston, Can Art Inspire Action?
GBH News
‘Seawalls Boston’ is a group of six new murals by local artists, all part of a global project led by the PangeaSeed Foundation, with 400 murals in 17 different countries so far. The public works of art are designed to call attention to the threat of rising sea levels — something that waterfront cities like Boston cannot ignore.


Josie Tucker & Richard Ashton - Adapt Climate Club - Laughing our way into actionAdapt Podcast in The Spaceship Earth
Adapt is a climate club and creative organisation, using design, humour and contemporary culture to communicate climate issues in a new way. Adapt was created to share knowledge, encourage action and build a community of motivated activists.


Survival Architecture And The Art Of Resilience - Exhibition
San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design
Art Works for Change invited visionary architects and artists to consider artistically interpretive solutions and prototypes for emergency shelter in a climate-constrained world.


Countryside, The Future - Exhibition
Countryside, The Future is an exhibition addressing urgent environmental, political, and socioeconomic issues through the lens of architect and urbanist Rem Koolhaas and Samir Bantal, Director of AMO, the think tank of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). The project presents investigations by AMO, Koolhaas, with students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design; the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing; Wageningen University, Netherlands; and the University of Nairobi. 


Formafantasma investigates impact of timber industry at Cambio exhibition
Formafantasma has curated a research-focused exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London, which aims to unravel the global impact of the forestry industry.


Taipei’s Climate Artivism inspired by Greta Thunberg
Taiwan News
Climate Artivism is an opportunity for Taiwanese students to participate in a global youth-led movement. The main goal is to use art and creativity to express one's fears and concerns about climate change. Participants will paint and put together a puzzle consisting of 5000 large cardboard pieces, resulting in a 60 by 30-meter image that captures the creativity of hundreds of people.

Groups and Websites on creative approaches to climate change

Artists & Climate Change
Facebook page
Celebrating artists from all disciplines whose work addresses issues related to climate change.

Environmental Songwriters, Artists And Writers Fighting Climate Change
Environmental Songwriters, Artists And Writers Fighting Climate Change* has a goal to help build a *ecological arts revolution* with songwriters, fans, writers, organizations, and musicians world wide that come together to create a storm of environmental art that will help save our Earth’s ecosystems from collapse.

The Artivist Alarm
The Artivist Alarm is a global collaborative project to communicate the current and future impacts of the climate crisis. The purpose of this project is to create a platform to facilitate creative communication about the reality of the impacts of …

The Artivist Network
The Artivist Network is a collective of arts-activists and facilitators who work to support movements in more strategically engaging arts, artists and culture in creating change through the innovation, exchange and dissemination of new forms of political intervention.

We're an international movement of ordinary people working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all.


Featured Theme: The Art of Getting Out the Vote in the United States

The U.S. will hold a presidential election in early November, and many artists and arts initiatives are encouraging participation.

Compiled by Toni Shapiro Phim

Artist: Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski. Source: planyourvote.org


Plan Your Vote
A visual campaign, Plan Your Vote is a prompt for U.S. citizens to take action. More than 60 artists created images that encourage registration for and voting in the November 2020 election.


The Musician’s Guide to Getting Out the Vote with HeadCount
Cyber PR
Non-partisan, HeadCount reaches young people at concerts and online, “to inform and empower.”


Art Makes Polling Places Easier to Find and More Fun to Visit in Philadelphia
Knight Foundation/The Voting Signage Project
“The Voting Signage Project begins with the simple question: ‘Can public art increase voter engagement?’”


Come to Vote, Stay for the Art
The New York Times
“California is promoting vote by mail… But for those wanting to vote in person… counties have become… creative.”


Hamilton Cast Reimagines Their Show’s Lyrics to Promote Voter Registration Day
National Public Radio
“Instead of unfurling the biography of Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Fathers [of the United States], the new lyrics are packed with messaging about voter participation — laying out the stakes and the nitty-gritty of casting a ballot.”


Jon Batiste’s “We Are: A Voter Registration Recital,” New York City, June 2020
Sing For Hope


We Decide: Arts, Culture and Voting Power (September 2020 webinar)
United States Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC)
Arts & Democracy and The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture share information about “inspiring nonpartisan programs in both urban and rural communities related to the election and the census, with a focus on historically disenfranchised communities.”

United States Department of Arts and Culture list of resources related to their webinar, We Decide (see above):


Amended podcast
Amended, a podcast from Humanities New York tells a story of the struggle for women’s voting rights that is as diverse, unfinished and complex as the nation itself. IG: @amendedpodcast


Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts provides tools, research, and training that help arts professionals and community members become seasoned arts advocates.


Art on the Streets—Create the Vote Campaign
Coloring pages created by local artists make it fun for everyone to share the how, when, and where of voting in the time of COVID.


Artists in Presidents: Fireside Chats for the USA
In Artists-In-Presidents: Fireside Chats for 2020, fifty artists assume authority over our collective future. They will address the nation over radio, podcast, social media, and in our virtual gallery.


Auntie Sewing Squad
A national collective of volunteers who have turned their living rooms into “sweatshops” to provide proper PPE to essential workers and vulnerable communities. They also make masks for voter outreach effort volunteers.


Dance/USA’s election toolkit and get-out-to-vote campaign ensures dance artists, professionals and supporters have accurate information about voting and know the issues impacting the dance industry and the arts sector.


The Disinfo Defense League (DDL)
DDL is a real-time, rapid response network to disrupt and dismantle manipulation and disinformation efforts targeting Black, Afro Latinx, and Latinx communities. Join here.


IllumiNative amplifies contemporary Native voices, stories and issues to build power for Native peoples to advance justice, equity, and self-determination. Visit their newly launched Natives Vote campaign, Nativesvote.


Into Action
A movement of designers, illustrators, animators and artists building cultural momentum around civic engagement and the issues affecting the country and world. 5000+ free and unbranded gifs and memes.


PEN America’s Election Defense, Media Literacy, & Disinformation Programming
Learn about election defense, media literacy, and disinformation programming.
Their newest election guide is “How to Talk with Friends & Family Who Share Misinformation.”


Radical Cram School-- “These Girls are Running for Office”
Performance artist and comedian Kristina Wong talks to the Young Rebels about what it means to be a leader and why more women should run for office.


Stories in Motion Workshop
StoryCenter director Joe Lambert hosts a workshop to geo-locate stories about place, getting out the vote, and resistance to voter suppression.


1HOOD Media is a collective of socially conscious artists & activists who utilize art to raise awareness in Pittsburgh, PA. On Facebook Live, they are building momentum around voting and the importance of using power of the people. Learn more here.


Californians for the Arts (CFTA)
CFTA is a nonpartisan, comprehensive, multidisciplinary organization focused on advancing and building public awareness of the value and impact of arts, culture and creativity across California. Advocacy Resources. Learn more here.


Sacramento, CA
Participatory storytelling initiatives in their public radio newsroom reach CA’s Central Valley, Sierra Nevada and Western Nevada. CapRadio asks what do you want to hear the candidates talk about?


Creative Acts
During #partyatthepolls, Los Angeles-based Creative Acts asks artists to perform outside polling stations. They also work with ArtAttacks to raise power and inspire incarcerated youth to vote and take action in their communities when they go home.  IG AND FB: Creative_acts


Dance The Vote
St. Louis, MO
The Dance the Vote initiative uses dance, spoken word and song to raise public awareness about the importance of using your voice at the polls. Note upcoming events on social media. Learn more here.


Generation Justice
In New Mexico, Generation Justice seeks to raise underrepresented voices, to heal from internalized wounds, to lift up narratives of hope and inspiration that build pathways to equity and leadership.


In partnership with Art2Action, Inc, Houston in Action  presents #HTownVotes, artist and cultural practitioner projects that will motivate youth and people of color in the Houston area to mobilize to vote. Follow @Art2Action, @HoustonInAction, and #HTownVotes on social media.


Jolt Action
Jolt is the largest Latino progressive organization in Texas, focused on building the political power and influence of young Latinos. They bring together artists from all mediums to lift up stories of resistance.

Featured Theme: Arts, Artists and Demands for Racial Justice
An artwork by Kambui Olujimi                    The 3rd Precinct Burns in Minneapolis (2020)

Kambui Olujimi, The 3rd
Precinct Burns in
Minneapolis (2020).
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the artist (source:

Here we offer links to a small selection -- out of numerous examples -- of potent creative responses and calls to action. Please note that some include depictions and descriptions of violations of dignity, bodies, communities and lives.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 
“Our voices ring loudly through our bodies’ language.” Text written and performed by Hope Boykin.

Kadir Nelson’s “Say Their Names”
The New Yorker
“A closeup examination of the artist’s latest cover, in which the murder of George Floyd embodies the history of violence inflicted upon black people in America.”

5 artworks by Palestinian, Lebanese and Syrian artists inspired by George Floyd: 'we are watching'
The National
“As I saw him choking underneath the officer's knee, I couldn't help but think of the Syrian children who have died of chemical attacks. They were also choking.”


Haka for George Floyd & Black Lives Matter | honored by Maori's Haka
Viral News
“George Floyd & Black Lives Matter were honored by Maori's Haka” in New Zealand.


‘Their Stories Should be Told Right’: How Museums are Documenting the Protests
The Guardian
“From collecting and storing placards to recording oral histories from those who were there, museums across America are archiving a vital moment from history.”


Daveed Diggs Asks: “What to My People is the Fourth of July?”
“Amidst the national uprising against racist violence, [actor, rapper and singer] Daveed Diggs demands we ask what the Fourth of July means to Black people in America right now.”


'Art Can Touch Our Emotional Core.' 
Time Magazine
Among others featured, Palestinian-American Shirien Damra “turned to this form of commemoration in order to spread awareness in a way that avoided sharing videos that she said can be ‘traumatic and triggering’… Damra adds that one thing artists can do is help illustrate what comes next.”


‘This Is a Revolution’: 18 Artists From Coast to Coast Share What They Saw and Felt at the George Floyd Protests
“In New York, Detroit, Baltimore, San Francisco, and Philadelphia, artists were among those in the streets. Here are their stories.”


A Public Art Project Devoted to Dismantling Racism at Every Level
The New York Times Style Magazine
“But how can Black artists, inevitably tasked with putting words and images to American brutality and injustice, reposition the burden to end racism by placing it where it should be — on white individuals?” 


With Monuments Falling All Over Europe, We Asked Historians and Artists to Weigh in on How They Should Be Replaced
“Experts say there are no easy answers.”


See tributes to George Floyd painted on walls worldwide 
“Street artists from… England to Syria are honoring George Floyd in their own colorful ways by painting murals to express solidarity with the African-American community in the US.”


‘Artivist’ Nikkolas Smith Combines Art and Activism Into a Singular Superpower
National Public Radio
Artist Nikkolas Smith celebrates and mourns Black lives in his work.


'My emotions were so raw': The people creating art to remember George Floyd
“In the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, artists have been quick to respond with works that seek to memorialize, to provoke and to heal.”


How Artists Are Responding To The Killing Of George Floyd
Smithsonian Magazine
Murals and portraits memorializing the 46-year-old black man and calling for societal change have appeared across the world.


Artists Square Up To Racial Injustice Via Instagram
“Many posts across Instagram have come from artists and creatives, making new work, or recontextualising historical pieces to respond to, and give a voice to this moment. What has emerged is art’s role, through the globally communicative force of social media to repeat and reinterpret messages that words often fail to articulate.”


The Courage Museum (set to open in San Francisco in 2021)
"The Courage Museum is a design lab for the deep, transformative human change needed to prevent violence before it happens."


“Echoes Across Africa,” reporting on activism and reaction across sub-Saharan Africa in the wake of U.S. anti-Black violence
Thirteen Media with Impact
“Across the African continent, [protests] ...have sparked not only demonstrations, but also a new examination of the roles of race, colonialism and exploitation through the centuries.”


After White House Fence Comes Down, Its Activist Art and Posters Move Nearby
“After the White House installed a controversial metal fence around its perimeter, Black Lives Matter protesters transformed the fence into a messaging board and a spontaneous art show.”

Artists Played on as Police Threatened Peaceful Demonstrators and Disrupted Elijah McClain Vigil
Daily Kos


National Guard Members Dance with Protestors in Downtown Atlanta
11 Alive


Defending Black Lives. Climate Activists for Black Lives
“There is no just recovery from this pandemic or climate justice without addressing systematic extraction, harm, and violence towards Black communities… That means being more radical, more nimble, and intersectional in our work in order to confront white supremacy in ourselves and in every facet of our society.”


"Memorial for Us All" featuring clarinetist Anthony McGill 
Lyncoln Center for the Performing Arts
“Music unlocks thoughts, feelings, and memories that unite and free us. These memorials allow music to begin to heal us all, as it has in so many rituals since the beginning of time.”


Keedron Bryant Singing “I Just Wanna Live”
Keedron Bryant 


LL Cool J Raps About George Floyd and Black Lives Matter
NowThis News


Peaceful Black Lives Matter Protesters Get Creative
Now This News


De-Bo - No Justice, No Peace (music video)
City of Waltham (USA) Black Lives Matter March 2020. “What side of history do you want to be on? ‘No Justice, No Peace’”


Girl Performs Bomba Dance amid ‘Black Lives Matter’ Protest in Puerto Rico
New 18
“A young girl was spotted dancing to the rhythm of Bomba, Puerto Rico's traditional dance, which is rooted in Boricua’s African heritage.”


We’re Coming Out
Kulu Mele African Dance and Drum Ensemble
A “collective self-portrait at a transformative moment, a reflection, a portal. Survival strategies,” from members of “the longest-enduring African dance company” in the U.S.


Art Space Sanctuary
“[W]e ask that cultural and arts institutions… join other groups in declaring sanctuary…to create… spaces that declare their refusal to condone and abet actions and laws that violate justice and conscience.”


The Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington A Digital Justice Gathering
“The largest digital and social media gathering of poor and low-wealth people, moral and religious leaders, advocates, and people of conscience in this nation’s history…”


Black Lives Matter Protests Around the World
Great Big Story
“To dance, to kneel… We are loud, we are brave…” 


‘Through Art, I Hope That We Can Make One Tulsa’
The New York Times
“Talking with two organizers of the movement to reclaim the long-ignored history of Black Wall Street and the Greenwood district’s achievements [in the US state of Oklahoma].”


Curators Urge Guggenheim to Fix Culture That ‘Enables Racism’
The New York Times
“A letter to the director, signed by ‘The Curatorial Department,’ outlines steps the museum should take to diversify its staff, board and exhibitions.”


Black Gallerists Press Forward Despite a Market That Holds Them Back
The New York Times
“As Art Basel opens online, African-American galleries are glaringly absent.”


Banksy's Anti-racism Vigil Inspired By George Floyd's Death And Black Lives Matter
“British street artist Banksy has posted an anti-racism artwork on his Instagram...”


Dallas Contemporary
“Jammie Holmes: EVERYTHING HURTS. is presented to amplify and build upon the artist’s response to the recent murder of George Floyd.”  


Videos: Drone Footage Captures Black Lives Matter Street Murals Across NYC

Edward Colston statue replaced by sculpture of Black Lives Matter protester Jen Reid
The Guardian

Black Lives Matter Street Art
All Arts
In the wake of the killing of George Floyd, artists used boarded-up New York City as their canvas.


Theme: Creative responses to the global pandemic


Hyperallergic Discusses Pandemic’s Effects on Museums and Art Schools
“Cases of COVID-19 are on the rise across the US and much of the world, so Hyperallergic’s news team gathered together for week 3 of our special podcast series to discuss what’s happening at art museums, art schools, and other hubs of the art community during the coronavirus pandemic.”

The Social Distancing Festival
soc-distancing“This is a site for celebrating art from all over the world, showcasing amazing talent, and coming together as a community at a time when we need it more than ever.”

SEGAL TALKS: Daily Live Online Conversations with US and Global Theatre Artists on www.HowlRound.com 
howlroundEvery Monday through Friday, 12 noon EST
The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center is proud to announce the first weekly line-up of its new global series SEGAL TALKS. U.S. and international theatre artists, curators, researchers and academics will talk for one hour with Segal Center’s director Frank Hentschker about life and art in the Time of Corona. and speak about challenges, sorrows, and hopes for the new Weltzustand--the State of the World.”

Join the Call for #GlobalCeasefire with +Peace
peace+Peace”, along with thousands of others around the world, is joining UN Secretary-General António Guterres' call for a #GlobalCeasefire. "It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus on the true fight of our lives," said Secretary-General Guterres. We call for a Global Ceasefire because, as peacebuilders, we know that #PeaceWorksBetter when it comes to tackling COVID-19.

As more groups agree to ceasefires, it opens space for peacebuilders, health professionals, and humanitarians to work. This can be a moment for them to help secure ceasefires & prevent future violence, mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and get vital aid to those in need. We hope you'll join the call for a #GlobalCeasefire to help build the momentum.

What you can do:

To share the call with your friends and family, tag +Peace on social media at @PlusPeaceCo, use #GlobalCeasefire to join the global call, and use #PeaceWorksBette to engage with the peacebuilding movement.

Exquisite Corps (42 choreographers, 1 dance)

“A dance-film: 42 American contemporary choreographers link together on a chain love letter to dance.” [This was created a few years ago, but feels especially relevant now.] Catch the sequel, "And So Say All of Us."

‘I am not a virus.’ A Korean-Swedish artist illustrates coronavirus-fueled racism
Canvas Arts/Public Broadcasting Service
Through a series of one-panel comics entitled, ‘I am not a virus,” Lisa Wool-Rim Sjöblom addresses hostilities Asians are facing during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Coronavirus: Syrian artist paints murals in war-torn Idlib to warn of outbreak
Al Arabia
“As fears grow of an impending coronavirus outbreak in Syria, an artist in the war-torn city of Idlib is painting murals to raise public awareness about the virus – and to remind the world of the Syrian regime’s ongoing attacks against civilians.”

Amid coronavirus, Dutch orchestra stages virtual performance from homes
“Musicians from the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra play Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’ from their homes.”

Art in Isolation: An Ongoing Visual Diary in Our Uncertain Times
The New York Times
“Are we really waiting for a return to normal, or are we ready to build something different?...” Featuring reflections from various contributors.

Alvin Ailey Launches New Streaming Series With “Revelations”
All Arts
 “Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is celebrating its 62nd anniversary with the launch of a brand new online streaming series, dubbed “Ailey All Access.”

Virtual Choir "Va pensiero" ("Nabucco" by G. Verdi) - International Opera Choir
 “To ease this situation of great tension, we have decided to open the doors of our virtual rehearsal rooms, so that each singer comes closer to each other through music.”

Step Inside the Studios of Artists from Around the World
All Arts
 “To boost viewers with a little creative motivation while staying safe at home, we went through our library and picked a sampling of films that reveal the range of artist’s studio processes and workday routines.”

6 Full-Length Theater Shows You Can Now Stream Online
allartsAll Arts
“Five episodes of the ‘Best of Broadway’ collection from Great Performances [a program of public television in the U.S.] are newly streaming as of March 27. All but one are live performances, and two were recorded in London ...”


Historians Cooking The Past in the Time of Covid-19
cooksA Call to Cook
“Facing the daily challenges that come with living through this pandemic has led us to rethink how we engage with the past. In this vein, we have cast aside the traditional call for papers in favour of a call to cook, asking oral and public historians throughout the world to share a food memory and a recipe during these COVID-19 times.”

Coronavirus, Beyond Intractability, and the Constructive Conflict Initiative

Beyond Intractability
“The Coronavirus is not just an epidemiological problem. It is a serious conflict problem. Find out about Beyond Intractability’s effort to help us all think through what we can do to help.”

Share your Art from Home

European Commission
“The European Commission asks beneficiaries of the Creative Europe Programme to showcase their art work using #CreativeEuropeAtHome.”

The cultural mobilization of cities and local governments in the COVID-19 crisis
culture21Agenda 21 for Culture/UCLG [World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments]
“Humanity is facing an enormous challenge. The COVID-19 crisis has an impact in all dimensions of our lives: the public health, the labour systems, the social interaction, the political debate, the use of public spaces, the economy, the environment, and the cultural life. COVID-19 is hitting the cultural life of our communities very severely. Libraries, memorials, community centres, museums and all cultural venues are closing…”

Artist Questionnaire with a focus on migrants and refugees in the London area
questionaireCounterpoint Arts supports, produces and promotes the arts by and about migrants and refugees. Their work is done in collaboration and through co-productions – with artists, arts, cultural and educational organisations and civil society activists working with refugees and migrants. “We have put together a very short questionnaire, which is designed as a listening exercise to learn in more detail about the specific situation you are currently experiencing and what might be your immediate needs in the next phase of COVID-19.”



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  
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...’”


Hong Kong Protest Art. Here Are Some Examples of Their Work
"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
“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?
“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


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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
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)
“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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