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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"

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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
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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.
Read more and watch the video

Archive -
News from the Field

Acting Together Documentary

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Watch the preview!

Find "Acting Together" screenings near you.

News From the Field - Archive

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


November 2010

Conference for Community Arts Education. Presented by The National Guild for Community Schools of the Arts, November 3-6, 2010 in San Francisco. Workshop, panel discussion, and program showcase proposal deadline is April 16, 2010. See the website for more details.

October 2010

Cynthia Cohen of Brandeis University presented a keynote at the International Culture Arts Network Conference 2010, "Exchange: Collaborative Arts/Conflict Transformation." ICAN's inaugural conferences - the second is devoted to visual arts - examine and share experiences of arts and cultural work in international conflict, post-conflict and socially disadvantaged community contexts.

September 2010

"Acting Together," a new documentary film created by the Peacebuilding and the Arts Program of Brandeis' International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life in collaboration with Theatre Without Borders, was launched at a special screening at the La Mama Experimental Theatre Club in New York City on September 23, 2010, at a major international conference on theater and peacebuilding in conflict zones. Read about the launch on BrandeisNOW. More details on the Ethics Center website.

August 2010

This has been John O'Neal's year for winning awards and honors!  He was named a 2009 USA Fellow last fall by United States Artists, and was honored with the Award of Merit for Lifetime Achievement in Performing Arts at the 2010 Annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference.  And of course there was the MAP Fund grant to Junebug Productions and collaborators mentioned in our July posting.

July 2010

John O’Neal’s company Junebug Productions won a prestigious MAP Fund grant for “I Want My Money Back!” The multimedia production, a collaboration of Junebug, Royce Osborn, and Hot 8 Brass Band, is infused with the New Orleans vernacular art of storytelling performance. The project is one of 40 new grants selected from more than 800 submissions spanning the disciplines of performing arts practices. The MAP Fund is a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation.

May 2010

The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy 2010 takes place in Berlin, May 23 – 30. This annual event brings together prominent figures from the fields of international politics, academia, the arts & culture and civil society to discuss issues and challenges relating to culture and international politics. Learn more about the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and the USAME Forum for Young Leaders.

Playwright Catherine Filloux is working with Cambodian playwrights Morm Sokly and Chhon Sina, of AMRITA Performing Arts in Phnom Penh, on their plays "The Tooth of Buddha" and "Phka Champei." These collaborations, started in 2001, are supported by a Future Collaborations Travel Grant from TCG and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

April 2010

Catherine Filloux's plays "Killing the Boss" and "The Beauty Inside" was performed at the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival on April 24, 2010, in Silver Spring, Maryland.

March 2010

World Theatre Day has been promoting the value of cultural exchange and performance on March 27 annually since 1961. Learn more and read this year's inspiring messages from Lynn Nottage and Dame Judi Dench.

Catherine Filloux presented a talk, "The Making of Where Elephants Weep," at Wesleyan University on March 25, 2010. The event was co-sponsored by Wesleyan's Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, The Center for the Arts, & The Little Fund.

Pace University of New York presented the Left Forum Panel: "Playwrights Rekindle the Radical Imagination," on March 20, 2010. The event featured playwrights Catherine Filloux, Karen Malpede, and Lydia Stryk.

Erik Ehn hosted "Arts in the One World" at Brown University in Rhode Island, March 17 - 21.

John O'Neal visited Brandeis during his tour March 15-25, which included Boston College, Emerson College, and a presentation at the Boston Center for the Arts.  Learn more about the visit.

Catherine Filloux gave a talk and presented an excerpt from her play "Dog and Wolf" on March 10, 2010, at Dalton School, sponsored by the Human Rights Club.

Aida Nasrallah spread the word about Aviv (Spring) Day at Beit Berl College in Tel Aviv, Israel, on March 22. It was an opportunity for staff and students, Arabs and Jews, to demonstrate mutual respect and acceptance. See the announcement in Hebrew and Arabic.

Roberto Gutiérrez Varea's performance collective Secos y Mojados presented part one of the BORDER TRIP(tych) project, "Buried in the Body of Remembrance/Enterrada en el cuerpo del recuerdo," March 5-6 at the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.

The Women PeaceMakers Program of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ), in partnership with Theatre Without Borders, presented "Bearing Exquisite Witness: Women using the arts for peacebuilding" at the United Nations 54th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Cynthia Cohen and Catherine Filloux represented the IPJ at the March 2, 2010 event.

February 2010

Catherine Filloux's new play "Dog and Wolf" premiered at 59E59 Theaters in NYC in February.  Filloux, Cynthia Cohen of Brandeis University, and Richard Weisberg of Cardozo Law School spoke on a panel following the February 7th performance. The play was the inaugural production of Watson Arts’ “Write Women Project,” a playwriting series dedicated to female playwrights, and was supported by a LMCC Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant.

Daniel Banks has been in Israel and Palestine, working with Aida Nasrallah and a group of women poets. Visit Banks' website.

Polly Walker, MaryAnn Hunter, and Cindy Cohen plan to present at the IPRA Conference in Sydney in July. The deadline for papers and presentations is February 26th, 2010.

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Polly Walker facilitated two workshops on the "Aesthetics of Peacebuilding" at the Creators of Peace International Conference in Sydney in September 2009.

Kate Gardner's work was featured in an exhibit in the Brooklyn Public Library, "Partners in Art and Life," in September and October, 2009. See Gardner's work in "BrooKenya!"

Cindy Cohen participated in a panel at the Grantmakers in the Arts 2009 Conference in NYC in October. Arts and social justice funders there were very enthusiastic about the Acting Together trailer and theoretical framework.

In September, Cindy Cohen, Roberta Levitow, Catherine Filloux, Allison Lund, Dijana Milosevic, and Erik Ehn participated in a festival at the University of San Diego, "Bearing Exquisite Witness."

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