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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

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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”

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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
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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)

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)
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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 - Archive 2020

An archived listing of news and events related to our collaborators.


2020 Archive

  News & Events    |    Arts    |    Resources & Opportunities

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.



October 24, 7:00 pm Eastern Time (U.S.)
In her new play, $#!THOLE COUNTRY CLAPBACK, Award-winning actor and first-time playwright Pascale Armand repudiates Donald Trump’s January 2018 widely-reported comment bemoaning the fact that people from “shithole countries,” including Haiti, are allowed into the United States. To be presented through an online reading at 7:00 pm Eastern Time (U.S.) on Saturday, October 24th, this one-woman show chronicles the playwright’s family’s journey to American citizenship. A story of Haitians and of immigrants in the U.S., $#!THOLE COUNTRY CLAPBACK invites us to meet Armand’s grandmother, uncle and other relatives in all their multi-dimensionality, and to recognize the battles they face against egregious stereotyping in their new home -- a country they love. For information and tickets visit this link.


Artists at Risk Connection (ARC)

a screenshot from the website"Now, more than ever, artists are putting their lives on the line. As COVID-19 rages across the globe, authoritarian regimes are taking advantage of emergency powers to crackdown on dissent, often under the guise of 'disinformation.' At the same time, social movements calling for change gather momentum, leading to ever more hostility from those in power...." Read related press releases and check out ARC's new webinar series "Art on Lockdown," where members of the artistic freedom community discuss the challenges their communities face during the COVID-19 pandemic.



Inviting Imagination: Art and Education
Seeds of Peace
"On July 27th-30th, Seeds of Peace is inviting to be part of a unique week of creativity for American educators, Inviting Imagination: Art and Education, which is part of the Seeds of Peace online initiative, Educating in a Diverse Democracy: Challenges and Possibilities.
The week of creativity will kick off on Monday, July 27th, from 12:00 to 2:00, EST, with a session led by the visual artist Hanoch Piven, and the singer and multi-media artist, Mira Awad. It will continue for the rest of the week with a process led by Micah Hendler and Austin Willacy.  Throughout the week, participants will have the opportunity to express and create together about how they are responding to the challenges of our day." 


Heritage Matters Webinar Series
International Institute for the Inclusive Museums
“The current COVID 19 situation has brought the arts, culture, heritage and environmental sectors into a deep crisis. It is one for which no country or community was prepared. As we ride the wave or tsunami of emergencies, the challenge remains as to how we move forward building on the resilience of communities and cultural groups. What is the best way for governments to make interventions with immediate and long-term impacts? How best can civil society engage? What does inclusion and sustainability mean in the immediate and long-term future?  
In order to safeguard the grassroots cultural and linguistic diversity of our countries and beyond borders, what are the pathways for the future? We know how much Heritage Matters, but how can we position heritage in all its manifestations in the holistic discourse of sustainable heritage development? How do we rethink the way we approach the UN Sustainable Development Goals? How do we continue to locate and advocate for culture in development through demonstration projects? These and many other questions and concerns will be addressed in this series of AnantU Webinars facilitated by the International Institute for the Inclusive Museum and the International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership, AnantU.”



Online Performance: "So You Can Look Ahead"
"so you can look ahead" flyerFriday, June 19, 2020
11am-2pm EST

This prize-winning play, “So You Can Look Ahead” by Edward Morgan is set in New York City, 1932, in the midst of the American eugenics movement. It will be read by an international cast of actors, and is being presented by Regent’s University, London and the memorial association Gedenkort-T4 in Berlin and broadcast online on June 19, 2020.

The play reading will be followed by a Q& A with Dr. Philippa Levine, author of several prominent books on Eugenics, Robert Parzer of Gedenkort-T4, the playwright, and scholars from Regent’s University: Dr. Tom Villis, Dr. Mireille Hebing, and Catherine Davidson. 

By registering, you also will be provided afterwards with a link to a recording of the reading, so that you can watch it at the best time for you.



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.




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...’”


Lebanese Art Community Joins Unprecedented Protests
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


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!


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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).
Image courtesy Of
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

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 ...”


Film: LIST(e)N
list(e)nWith hatred and polarization on the rise around the world, LIST(e)N (80 mins) invites people in the U.S. with opposing viewpoints on some of our most divisive issues – guns, abortion and immigration — to listen to each other. The documentary features participants whose personal lives deeply intertwine with these topics, including one of the survivors of the Parkland, FL school shooting. As their exchanges unfold, and they hear each other out, moments of unexpected emotional connection and understanding arise.

Learn about the The Day of Listening tour, which is going to high schools and universities nationwide to promote listening and understanding with the youth. Questions? Contact the filmmaker Juliana cat juliana@orkideafilms.com



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


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

Art & Culture Heritage Certificate Program


at Georgetown Law

Register by December 1, 2020!

Artistic Freedom Initiative is proud to announce the launch of the virtual certificate program in Art & Cultural Heritage Law, hosted and taught by Georgetown Law and developed in partnership with Center for Art Law. This unique program builds upon AFI's ongoing work championing not only at-risk artists but the preservation and conservation of all forms of art and culture. Focused on the intersection of law, art, and cultural heritage, this course offers customized tracks for lawyers and arts and culture workers.




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Artist: Lmnopi -https://lmnopi.com/

Imperative 21
Imperative 21 is a business-led network driving progressive economic system change, focusing on shared prosperity, free and fair markets, climate action, racial justice and gender equity. It seeks to drive a “reset” from shareholder primacy to an economic system designed for interdependence. It’s launch asserts that “art has the power to wake people up and create meaningful change. Art can be a compass pointing towards the future we want to live in.



The Missing Pillar: Culture’s Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals 
British Council
The report recommends ways that culture can contribute more effectively to sustainable development, taking its place alongside the three acknowledged pillars (economic, social, and environmental imperatives.) 



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In photo: Calbert Beck.

Photo credit: Robert Holman

‘White Savior’ Premieres at Pygmalion Productions 
Pygmalion Productions will be opening its 2020/21 season with the world premiere of ‘White Savior’ by internationally acclaimed playwright Catherine Filloux. The play will be filmed and will be available to view online before the election. Actors will not wear masks for the recording. Read the press release for details. 


Theatre Relief Fund for Lebanon
A fundraiser by a group of theater practitioners in Lebanon who came together during a state of emergency after the explosion in Beirut's port on August 4, 2020. Their aim is to offer immediate and rapid aid to the affected theater community, including spaces.


Collaborating in Fragile Contexts and Processes of Peacebuilding Degree Program
Arts And International Cooperation
Apply by October 31, 2020
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 


OneShared.World  is a visionary movement inspired by Jamie Metzl, a member of the advisory board of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University. A recent summit attracted over a million participants. Among a cornucopia of informative, inspiring and distinguished speakers, Inupiaq native Alaskan poet Joan Naviyuk Kane offered an opening invocation (“I began to accept my past, and as I accepted it/I felt, and I didn’t understand:/ I am bound to everyone”).  Opera singer Renée Fleming spoke eloquently about the power of music and the arts to address the most basic of human needs and forge the connections needed for collaboration.


The Modern Endangered Archives Program's second cohort broadens its global reach, including preservation of cultural heritage in conflict zones
The Modern Endangered Archives Program is dedicated to digitizing and making accessible endangered archival materials from the 20th and 21st centuries, including print, photographic, film, audio, ephemeral, and born-digital objects. This year’s projects include activism around human rights, ecological justice and women's movements; visual history of public space and indigeneity; and memory of displaced peoples and lost spaces. One grant recipient, Preserving Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis: The Role of Social Media, is directed by Kristin Parker, Boston Public Library (USA) and Rasha Kanjarawi, Museum for Islamic Art, Berlin (Germany). This project will identify and survey virtual cultural heritage collections, seen as commemorative community archives, created by Aleppians and other Syrians who have been forcibly displaced from their homes. Kristin Parker is an affiliate of Brandeis University’s Creativity, Arts and Social Transformation program.


Imagine: Reflections on Peace, an exhibition
International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, Geneva
In Imagine. Reflections on Peace, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum has teamed up with the VII Foundation to explore the peace-building process and its outcome in Lebanon, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Rwanda, Cambodia and Colombia: all places that have experienced drawn-out conflicts. Renowned photojournalists who have explored these places reflect on how peace is built day to day. On exhibit through January 10, 2021.


Listen Courageously
A transformative virtual experience on the power of empathic listening
LIST(e)N, award-winning film that recently made its debut in film festivals across the U.S., brings together three sets of individuals with opposing viewpoints, to listen to each other and transcend their differences.
Now, Listen Courageously empathy-inducing virtual experience is on a mission to make people more aware of their listening blocks and better able to engage in heart-centered conversations that lead to understanding.  


Change the Story / Change the World
Change the Story/Change the World is a first-of-a-kind weekly podcast that shares stories of artists and community transformation across the globe. Join Bill Cleveland as he explores the stories of artists helping communities navigate a world turning inside out and upside down. Each episode will introduce you to creative change agents working to re-imagine and recreate the social, political, and cultural narratives that define their communities. This short TRAILER invites you to tune in to Change the Story / Change the World - a project of the Center for the Study of Art & Community 


European Culture of Solidarity Fund 
European Cultural Foundation
culture-solidDeadline: (keep an eye out for the next cycle of funding)
“We invite you to apply for the European Culture of Solidarity Fund in various application windows. The Fund supports imaginative cultural initiatives that, in the midst of the global pandemic crisis reinforce European solidarity and the idea of Europe as a shared public space. The second window opens on June 22nd, and will have a deadline on July 14th, 13:00 CEST PM. ”

Nathan Cummings Foundation (NCF) 2021-2022 Fellowship
Apply by: September 1, 2020

ncf logoThe NCF Fellowship program provides three individuals with up to $150,000 over 18 months to turn an inspired idea that advances social justice into a reality. Fellows also receive hands-on training, resources, and leadership development to scale the impact of their work. The Fellowship is designed for emergent leaders in the U.S. who have limited access to institutional philanthropy and whose work is traditionally underfunded.

The topic of a Fellow’s project should generally align with the Foundation’s focus on climate change and inequality. It should aim to transform systems and mindsets that hinder progress towards a more sustainable and equitable future for all people, particularly women and people of color. The Foundation is also interested in innovative approaches that cut across topics. Learn more and apply.


Dehkontee Artists Theatre’s new Kukatonon Peace Project (Liberia/USA)

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Dehkontee Artists Theatre (DATI) Montserrado County (Liberia)
Peace Advocates, of diverse ethnic groups, preparing
for formal launch of the DATI Kukatonon Peace Project.
Photo by Henry Garjay Brumskine, Director of DATI
Montserrado County Chapter, 2019.

Dehkontee Artists Theatre, Inc. (DATI) has been connecting diaspora Liberians with their brothers and sisters on the continent of Africa and across the globe through its theatrical productions over the span of 46 years.  DATI’s Executive Director, playwright, scholar, actor and theater director Dr. Joseph Gbaba, has called on all Liberians in their homeland and abroad to get actively involved in peacebuilding through the arts and education, even years after civil war officially ended in 2003, as deep divides remain within and across Liberian communities.

Dr. Gbaba, now a resident of the United States, launched the Dehkontee Kukatonon Peace Project in Liberia in November, 2019, at the Providence Baptist Church Shrine in Monrovia and at the Harper City Hall in Maryland County. The Peace Project includes more than 146 college students in Liberia who signed up to serve as Peace Advocates in their communities and neighborhoods, through theatrical productions, facilitated conversations and English literacy workshops. The recruits received training in peace education, mediation, research skills and cultural awareness under the professorship of Dr. Gbaba. This year more than 100 college students enrolled in the cohort II training that is presently ongoing.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, DATI had planned to commence a national peace performance tour across Liberia, but that plan was put on hold due to the lockdown. Nevertheless, DATI administration established the DATI COVID-19 Stimulus Package to assist DATI Peace Advocates with food assistance; they, in turn, distribute food to needy Liberians in under-resourced communities in the nation’s capital.

Dehkontee Artists Theatre is the longest surviving private non-profit theatre organization in Liberia. It was founded in 1977 at the University of Liberia to promote deeper understanding of Liberian culture and history (and African culture and history more broadly) through theater, as well as to create Black solidarity among Liberians and all African descendants. During Liberia’s years of civil strife (1989-1996 and 1999-2003), DATI conducted anti-violence and peace education programs. The organization has four branches: DATI headquarters is presently in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A, while the other three branches are in Liberia. Follow DATI on Facebook.

The Minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST) at Brandeis University publishes a statement of commitment in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.
cast bannerTwo CAST students, along with the program co-chairpeople, have crafted a statement outlining CAST’s commitment to work toward repairing the racial, gender, economic, and environmental injustices, health disparities, and erasure of heritage that continue to situate Black lives as less valuable and more disposable than white lives. “Black lives matter. Black flourishing matters.”


International 2020 Relief Fund for Organizations in Culture and Education
goethe logoGoethe Institute
“On the initiative of the Goethe-Institut and the Federal Foreign Office, institutions working in international cultural cooperation have set up a relief fund. It is aimed at organisations abroad whose commitment is of great importance for artistic freedom and for a pluralistic society. The maximum funding for a project in the period from September to December 2020 is 25,000 euros. For any queries regarding the application process please contact hilfsfonds@goethe.de."  

Fund for Black Theatre in the U.S.
"Black Theatre is alive and vibrant; however, Black Theatre is not funded." - August Wilson 1996


Artist Support: List of Resources for Artists in Need
Contemporary And list of grants offering support to artists in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stimulus Package for Artists in Kenya
Artists of various sectors and media in Kenya are being called on to create “works that entertain and educate Kenyans and the world on the safety and health precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19.” Overseen by the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage, this Work for Pay initiative includes a Kshs. 100 million stimulus package for artists, actors and musicians.

According to Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, “This campaign will use entertainment to centralise three crucial aspects of our society: the importance of new avenues for work, creative community education and sustained mental well-being for all Kenyans during this period. The Kshs. 100m is therefore not a reservoir of free funds, but a provision to educate, innovate, sustain and improve our output as a sector. The objective is to continue developing and nurturing talent to ensure that the sector remains a significant contributor to our economy post-COVID.

icom logoICOM Webinar | Preparing for the Reopening of Museums: The Aftermath of a Pandemic

"A recent ICOM survey estimates that 95% of museums around the world have remained closed for an extended period in recent months. While the direct economic and social consequences of the pandemic on the cultural sector are still being analysed, it is essential that cultural institutions properly address this phase of gradual reopening. By appealing to their vital social role, museums must be guaranteed the right support during the recovery process that lies ahead in the coming months, and years.

On 24 June, 3.00-4.15 p.m. (CEST) the ICOM Webinar “Preparing for the Reopening of Museums: The Aftermath of a Pandemic” engaged all participants in a discussion to take stock of what happened during these long months of closing, assessing the innovative projects that have proved useful for the future."

Listen to recording of the webinar: https://www.yuca.tv/en/icom/webinary17june2020


Call for Input - OHCHR Special Rapporteur’s report on cultural rights and climate change
Deadline: May 1, 2020
OHCHR opens a call for input for the Special Rapporteur’s report on cultural rights and climate change, to be presented at the General Assembly, October 2020.



Theme: Creative responses to the global pandemic

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.”


that encourage registration for and voting in the November 2020 election.

Relief Resources for Artists

Culture of Solidarity Fund
European Cultural Foundation
“The Fund supports imaginative cultural initiatives that, in the midst of the global pandemic crisis, reinforce European solidarity and the idea of Europe as a shared public space.”

Artist Relief fund for artists in residence in the U.S.
Artist Relief
“To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.” 

Resources for New York-based Artists, Freelancers and Creatives During Covid-19 Crisis
All Arts

COVID 19 / [United States] CARES Act Resources
Center for the Study of Art & Community
“Here are some resources relevant to [U.S.-based] artists, do-gooders, sole proprietors, small businesses, and members of the gig nation with good information about how to access funding contained in the StimBomb known as the CARES Act.”

Coalition of Arts Funders Launches Emergency Artist Relief Fund
mellonA coalition of national arts grantmakers, consisting of Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation, and United States Artists, announces the launch of Artist Relief, which will provide rapid, unrestricted $5,000 relief grants to assist artists facing dire financial emergencies due to the impact of COVID-19. The fund will launch with $10 million, consisting of $5 million in seed funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation matched with $5 million in initial contributions from an array of foundations across the United States.

Arts Council England Has Launched a $190 Million Emergency Relief Package for Creative Organizations and Artists
Artnet News

Germany Has Rolled Out a Staggering €50 Billion Aid Package For Small Businesses That Boosts Artists and Galleries—and Puts Other Countries to Shame  
Artnet News
"Artists are not only indispensable, but also vital, especially now,’ says the country's culture minister.”



Sister Artists

The Advocacy Project (AP) and Quilt for Change are working together to develop an exciting new partnership between survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) in Mali and quilters in the Global North.

Under the initiative, known as Sister Artists, survivors have produced 40 embroidered blocks describing the life they led in northern Mali before they were assaulted and driven from their homes during the conflict. Quilt for Change invited quilters from the Global North to turn the blocks into an art quilt. 

Sister Artists in Mali Credit: Sister Artists


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Art piece by Sister Artists Credit: Sister Artists


Now Hiring: Designing Justice + Designing Spaces

djdjDesigning Justice + Designing Spaces (DJDJ) is excited to announce that they're expanding and looking for new team members to join them in Oakland.  They need to fill three important roles on our growing team: Intermediate Architectural Associate, Real Estate Development Manager, and Studio Director. 



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.


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.



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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