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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
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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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Archive -
News from the Field

Acting Together Documentary

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News From the Field - Archive

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


December 2012

The ICD Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 2012
“The Power of the Arts & Culture to Promote Democracy & Global Peace”
December 13–16, 2012
Berlin, Germany
The ICD Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 2012, hosted by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, will focus on the most significant developments in 2012 in the field of Cultural Diplomacy, International Relations, Peace-building, Human Rights, the Arts, and Culture. This conference will bring together over 150 current and former heads of state and ministers, celebrities, dignitaries, and other international interdisciplinary participants. Participation is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics & scholars, economists, journalists, artists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, young professionals and students, as well as other interested individuals from across the world. Apply to attend, submit a paper for consideration, or read about the conference speakers and agenda.


Conference Call Live From Kabul
The Way Forward: An Afghan Conversation
December 6, 2012, 10:00am EST
The way the war in Afghanistan ends for the United States may be very different than the way it ends - or doesn't end - for the people of Afghanistan. In the US, the discussion is often framed through military strategy, and rarely includes Afghan perspectives. Community Supported Film (CSFilm) will be hosting a conference call live from Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, December 6 from 10:00 to 11:30am Eastern Standard Time with guests from Agfan civil society organizations including Afghan Voices, Aid Afghanistan for Education, and Integrity Watch Afghanistan to discuss the positive role U.S. civil society can play as upcoming milestones in the war approach including the departure of NATO/US forces and presidential elections to replace Hamid Karzai after 10 years of rule. Call-in details to be posted soon.  Visit the event page, sign up on Facebook and follow the conversation on Twitter at #AfghanConversation.

November 2012

Call for Submissions: Peace Studies Journal
PSJThe Peace Studies Journal was founded in 2008 out of the initiative of the Central New York Peace Studies Consortium to publish the articles presented at the annual Peace Studies Conference, and is now an international interdisciplinary free online peer-reviewed scholarly journal. The goal of the Peace Studies Journal is to promote critical scholarly work on the areas of peace, nonviolence, social movements, conflict, crisis, ethnicity, culture, education, alternatives to violence, inclusion, repression and control, punishment and retribution, globalization, economics, ecology, security, activism, and social justice. Acceptable submission formats include research essays, lecture summaries, protest summaries, as well as films, book/ art/media reviews, interviews and dialogues, poems, videos and more. Scholars, activists, and community leaders are invited to submit and publishing dates are quarterly: January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1. View the flyer or read more.

Historical Justice and Memory:
Memory, Politics and Transitional Justice

Palgrave Macmillan is now accepting manuscripts for the Memory, Politics and Transitional Justice series. Editors: Jonathan Allen and María Guadalupe Arenillas.

Call for applications: Goethe-Institut Fellowship at Haus der Kunst
Munich, Germany
Deadline: November 30, 2012
Goethe Institut and Haus der Kunst have recently announced a new postdoctoral fellowship program, the Goethe-Institut Fellowship at Haus der Kunst. The program will award each fellowship for one academic year beginning this fall 2012. Haus der Kunst is a non-collecting public museum and a key global center for contemporary art located in Munich. It is dedicated to the exploration of the diverse histories of contemporary art based on a foundation of focused exhibitions, research, and education. The museum's aim is to establish research as an integral cornerstone of its vision, and to develop a context for scholarship that allows for the interplay of art, culture, politics, and society in the way modern and contemporary art are understood on a global level. The Goethe-Institut Fellowship is an important building block towards this aim. Interested scholars should send their application via email to Isabella Kredler by November 30, 2012. Read more.

The Museum of Art and Peace:
Art exhibit designed to 'break the visual stereotypes of incarcerated people'
November 16, 2012  | NewsWorks

Documentary photographer Lori Waselchuk teamed with inmates of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola for a unique traveling art exhibition that visits both prisons and galleries around the country, titled Grace Before Dying. Waselchuk first encountered an inmate-run, all-volunteer prison hospice program in Angola, Pennsylvania in 2007, when she sought to photograph it for a magazine assignment. The scenes she witnessed in the prison hospital compelled her to return again and again. She hoped images of lifers tenderly caring for their most vulnerable brethren to "break the visual stereotypes of incarcerated people." Waselchuk said she hopes the discussions prompted can become an "incubator" for change in a country whose incarceration rate—far outstripping that of any other nation — has become "insane." … Read more. Learn about the Museum of Art and Peace.
Photo: Calvin Dumas, left, helps turn George Alexander in his bed. Alexander is a hospice patient dying of brain and lung cancers. Dumas and Alexander have been very close friends for the 30-plus years they have been incarcerated at Angola. With permission from security and support from his coworkers at his prison job, Dumas is able to stay with Alexander continuously for days at a time.  “When I’m around, he looks like he’s getting better. When I’m not here, he looks like he’s going down,” says Dumas.

Photo credit: Lori Waselchukas

Kenya: FAFA - for Peace and Fashion

November 17, 2012  | AllAfrica.com

Festival for African Fashion and Arts (FAFA) was formed in 2008 by Kiko Romeo Fashion designer Ann McCreath, and has always carried a message of peace since it was formed during the post elections violence period. "FAFA has always been about peace. A channel for young Kenyans to showcase their fashion and design talent so that when the international media reports about Africa, there can also be some positive story out there… FAFA shows that there is so much to gain by opening our minds and using creativity as a bridge between cultures" …Read more.


Where Irish 'Troubles' Began, the Arts Heal
November 26, 2012 | New York Times

If you have heard of Derry (or Londonderry, as it is alternately known), the image that comes to mind is most likely a rather stark one. Following the peace agreement of 1998, Derry found a measure of calm, and has now won a bid to be the first United Kingdom City of Culture in 2013, a designation that will bring a year’s-plus worth of marquee events showcasing both British and Irish culture. “The interesting thing is that the arts scene here is grass roots; people really wanted it to happen,” said Maoliosa Boyle, the manager of the Void, an artist-led contemporary gallery. “A lot of this was born during the conflict, and now it’s getting a chance to grow.”  …Read more.


Women on Stage Festival for Peace
November 20–December 15, 2012
Bogota, Colombia
The twenty-first annual “Women on Stage Festival for Peace” or “Festival De Mujeres En Escena Por La Paz” will feature more than fifty theatrical montages from various regions of Colombia and other countries such as Ecuador, Cuba, Canada, the United States, and Spain, and will be presented in unconventional spaces including community squares and public schools. The festival is hosted by the Colombian Theatre Corporation (CCT), which is a cultural nonprofit for over forty years of dedication to the artistic creation, dissemination, trainings, cultural work, and projects with individuals and groups that are traditionally excluded. CCT also offers workshops with displaced populations that cultivate shared memory and cultural narratives, providing technical knowledge and creative opportunity for aesthetic and artistic growth. Read more about the “Women on Stage Festival for Peace” or view the festival schedule (in Spanish).


Conference - Music and Transformation:
The Performing Arts and Restorative Justice
November 30 & December 1, 2012
Simon Fraser University, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts 
This conference will focus on conflict transformation and restorative justice through the performing arts within contexts ranging from international peacekeeping to local prison life. Two evening concerts feature the premières of six new works of music commissioned especially for the conference. Daytime events include five workshops exploring recent initiatives in the performing arts and restorative justice such as Music in Prisons UK. Themes to be addressed in detail at the conference, which have also inspired new works of music are:  Reclaiming the Value of Vulnerability, Reclaiming Life After Genocide, Reclaiming the Embodiment of Justice, Reclaiming Voice: Along the Path Toward Healing Justice, and Reclaiming the Harmony of the Law. Read more.


Cultural Expression in the Wake of Catastrophic Violence: Art and Healing Panel
November 20
Brown University, Rhode Island, USA
This panel focuses on the uses of performance and visual art in address to healing from trauma, in cases of genocide and war. These panels coincide with "Soulographie: Our Genocides," a 17 play-cycle by Theater Arts Performance Studies Professor, Erik Ehn, developed in part by Brown and performed at La MaMa in New York. Read more.


Call for Papers: Historical Justice and Memory – Research Network
Excavating Memory: Material Culture Approaches to Sites of Remembering and Forgetting
Edited book by Maria Theresia Starzmann and John R. Roby
Deadline for submission of abstracts: November 12, 2012
Call for Papers Deadline: August 1, 2013
The concerns of the book are (a) the tension between remembering and forgetting, or erasure of the past, manifesting in practices of exclusion; (b) a debunking of the myth that memories must be ‘whole’ to be meaningful, and instead a recognition that fragmented memories can contribute to the emergence of radically different identifications; (c) the question of how and to what end anthropological studies may bring marginalized, under-privileged, or silenced memories into the open. Submit the title of your paper, name(s) of author(s), abstract (250-500 words), previously published works, journal section of interest, and any images to Maria Theresia Starzmann.


The Artists' Bill of Rights
ABRThe Artists' Bill of Rights is an ethical set of standards for the protection of the artists’ rights to their creative works (such as photographs, poems, paintings, music, stories, etc.) when submitted to competitions and other appeals for creative works. The Bill of Rights was created to provide the foundation for a campaign to combat the exploitation by private and public sector organizations of artists’ exclusive rights in their creative works. When you create a work of art, such as a painting, a photograph, music, a story or poem, etc., the law gives you the exclusive right to control how it may be used, published or performed. This right enables you to require payment from other persons or organizations who wish to use, publish or perform any of your works. Many organizations worldwide have proclaimed their support for the Artists' Bill of Rights. Read more.

Art work exploring the impact of sex trafficking and abuse within Native American communities by Geri Montano
Geri Montano is a multiracial contemporary artist emphasizing her Native American heritage; Navajo from her father’s lineage, French, Spanish and Comanche from her mothers. Her recent works of drawings, collages, and works on paper explore the dark side of the Native American communities including sex trafficking and abuse. Geri speaks of her new work as, “exposing what many would rather not see—the consequences of colonization: poverty, lack of employment opportunities, drug and alcohol addiction, racism, isolation on rural reservations, lack of health care, and epidemic sexual violence. These very real experiences, along with the U.S. government continual breaking promises, which devalue first nations people and contribute to low self-esteem. Trauma is compounded, rather than reconciled, generation after generation. As a result, Native American girls and women are left exceptionally vulnerable to predatory traffickers.” Visit her website to see more artworks.


Singing for peace and hope: Joanne Shenandoah, Native American singer


Image: courtesy of the
artist with permission

Joanne Shenandoah, Ph.D, is one of Americas most celebrated and critically acclaimed musicians. She is a Grammy Award winner, with over 40 music awards (13 Native American Music awards).  She has captured the hearts and souls of audiences all over the world, from North and South America, South Africa, Europe, Australia and Korea, and has been praised for her work of peace and hope. Visit her website to learn more. Hear her songs in person at the upcoming concert in New York on November 24th! 


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


Native American dancer from
the Two Rivers Powwow at the
Myall Creek Ceremony
Photo Credit: Polly Walker

“When we dance, every time our foot hits the ground, it is a prayer” (Tsani Grosvenor, Cherokee).
Grosvenor’s description of prayerful dance typifies Native American peacemaking, which seeks to maintain and restore balance and harmony to vast networks of relationships among living humans, ancestors, generations to come and the natural world. These processes also seek to restore balance within each individual, bringing harmony to the spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical aspects of human experience. Native peacemaking could be described as processes that assist people to live in harmony with … Read more.

We Still Live Here (Âs Nutayuneân): Documentary Film by Anne Makepeace


Jessie Little Doe Baird with daughter Mae
Photo courtesy of CullturalSurvival.org

Documentary film about the revival of Wampanoag language (Âs Nutayuneân) tells a remarkable story of cultural revival by the Wampanoag of Southeastern Massachusetts. Their ancestors ensured the survival of the Pilgrims in New England, and lived to regret it. Now they are bringing their language home again. This inspiring and award winning documentary, “We Still Live Here,” was filmed by a filmmaker, Anne Makepeace, and have been shown at various locations in the world. See the screening schedule for upcoming screening events.

The story begins in 1994 when Jessie Little Doe, an intrepid, thirty-something Wampanoag social worker, began having recurring dreams: familiar-looking people from another time addressing her in an incomprehensible language. Jessie was perplexed and a little annoyed– why couldn’t they speak English? Later, she realized they were speaking Wampanoag, a language no one had used for more than a century... Read more and watch the trailer.


Director of SOS Children in Sudan named UNESCO Artist for Peace
November 5 | AlertNet and SOS Children's Villages – UK
Ali Mahdi, director of SOS Children's Villages Sudan, has been officially named 2012 United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Artist For Peace for his work bringing drama performances to children in the frontline of conflict in Sudan. In 2004, Mr Mahdi founded the Al-Buqaa Theatre, which travels around conflict zones in Sudan staging plays based on traditional African stories. The Al-Buqaa Theatre builds bridges across communities, by offering participants a safe environment to communicate their emotions, be creative and retain traditions. His work has shown that exposure to theatre, as well as to culture in general, can contribute towards the rehabilitation of children affected by tragic situations… Read more.

Amritsar hosts peace festival to strengthen bonds of Indo-PaK friendship
November 4 | News Track India
The objective of the colorful Amritsar-Lahore Peace Festival is to strengthen bilateral relations through the medium of art and culture. Pakistani artist, Sai Zahur said: "This is the 9th year of this. Nine years back, we started this effort of Amritsar and Lahore peace festival and this time again, we have brought love, peace and harmony from Pakistan to India through our art form."  India and Pakistan have also introduced a project named 'Aman Ki Asha', a peace initiative between India and Pakistan. In spite of the many contentious issues, India and Pakistan have made major strides in reducing the "trust deficit" over the past few years… Read more.

November is Native American Heritage Month
Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior; U.S. Library of Congress 
What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose. The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of New York. Several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September. Presently, several states have designated Columbus Day as Native American Day. In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 "National American Indian Heritage Month." …Read more. 


Learning about Native American Cultural and History, Native American Heritage Month
4.3 million people identify themselves as Native American in the United States, and a part of hundreds of Native American groups. November is Native American Heritage Month, and what better way to celebrate it than to learn something about the culture of some of the first Americans? Resources include the National Museum of the American Indian, which is part of the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Picturing America Project, which reproduces and discusses traditions of American Indian pottery and basket making from 1100 through 1940. EDSITEment also offers lessons plants for grades K-12. Did you know that many of New York City’s most famous skyscrapers were built with the high rise construction expertise of Native Americans? …Read more. 


Ways to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month 
U.S. College Fund
November marks National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. To commemorate the month, you can attend a lacrosse game at a local high school or college. Lacrosse was one of many varieties of indigenous stick ball games being played by American Indians at the time of European contact. You can also replace beef with buffalo in your recipes.  Read more ideas of how to celebrate.


Presidential Proclamation - National Native American Heritage Month
October 29, 2010  |  Whitehouse.gov

For millennia before Europeans settled in North America, the indigenous peoples of this continent flourished with vibrant cultures and were the original stewards of the land… I, Barrack Obama, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2010 as National Native American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to commemorate this month with appropriate programs and activities, and to celebrate November 26, 2010, as Native American Heritage Day... As we celebrate the contributions and heritage of Native Americans during this month, we also recommit to supporting tribal self-determination, security, and prosperity for all Native Americans. While we cannot erase the scourges or broken promises of our past, we will move ahead together in writing a new, brighter chapter in our joint history… Read more.


October 2012

October is the Arts and Humanity Month
Americans for the Arts | July 6, 2012
October is the month to commemorate National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM), a coast-to-coast collective celebration of culture in America. It is the largest annual celebration of the arts and humanities in the U.S. It is designed to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts and humanities. To learn more, visit the official NAHM website or Facebook page. You can also find an existing NAHM event orcreate your own. 


UN announced 12 young winners of “Art for Peace” contest
UN News Centre | October 23, 2012
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the 12 young artists who won the United Nations Art for Peace contest, which asked participants to depict their vision of a world free of nuclear weapons. “I spend a great deal of time urging governments to create a nuclear-weapon-free world for the sake of children and youth,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks during the award ceremony for the contest at UN Headquarters in New York. “Today, I get to see how children and youth themselves envision a nuclear-weapon-free world.” Read more. Listen to the UN Radio about a young Japanese artist winning the “Art for Peace” contest.

UNAFF 2012: Human Dignity – International Documentary Film Festival
October 18-28, 2012
Palo Alto, Stanford University, East Palo Alto and San Francisco

The theme of the 15th annual United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) is Human Dignity. The festival was originally conceived to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and this year’s jurors have reviewed 600 submissions. The festival celebrates the power of films dealing with human rights, environmental themes, population, migration, women’s issues, refugees, homelessness, racism, health, universal education, war and peace… Read more.

Nonrandom Theatre Troupe Performance
Thursday, October 11, 7:00pm
Medicine Wheel Productions (MWP)
Free and open to the public*
Nonrandom Theatre Troupe is an educational theater troupe that uses theater and performance to address illiteracy and support the development and survival needs of young people in rural Thailand. This performance is part of their U.S tour, which will also be stopping in New York City at the Performing the World conference, and is in conjunction with the MWP’s Spoke Gallery exhibition, Terrain. *Small Thai souvenirs will be for sale at the performance and MWP all proceeds will go towards the recovery from the 2011 floods in Thailand which destroyed the Troupe's facilities.


La MaMa presents LUZ: A New Play by Catherine Filloux
September 28 - October 14, 2012
La MaMa Theatre
Directed by Jose Zayas, LUZ takes a hard look at gender-based violence in the global context and makes connections between the actions of corporations and their impact on human rights. From the garbage dump in Guatemala City, to the tent cities in Haiti, to the toxic oil ponds where birds expire, Luz, Helene and Zia -survivors of targeted violence-with the help of human rights lawyer Alexandra search for hope in the unlikeliest, in-between places. LUZ is a play that is at once volatile and tender, entertaining and surreal. Purchase tickets, read more, or watch the video clip.


September 2012

Burma/Myanmar Democracy Activist Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Calls for U.S. Support, Easing of Sanctions at USIP
United States Institute of Peace | September 18, 2012
Nobel Peace laureate and longtime democracy champion Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, appearing at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) on September 18 at the beginning of a 17-day visit to the United States, called for continuing U.S. support on behalf of the Southeast Asian nation’s transition to democracy and for a further easing of the U.S. economic sanctions that remain in place following decades of military dictatorship. The event was jointly sponsored by USIP and the Asia Society… Read more.


Make Art, Not War
Mutualart.com  | September 20, 2012
Designed after World War II by the Soviets, the AK-47 remains one of the most dangerous and most common weapons, with roughly 100 million in use worldwide. For over 60 years, this assault rifle has been used by nations, rebels, gangsters, child soldiers - and recently, contemporary artists. Twenty-three celebrated UK artists were asked to transform AK-47s, reconceiving what has become a symbol of global violence into artworks of captivating beauty... Read more. 

Yoko Ono's Peace Day Times Square Act In Honor Of 'Peace One Day' Campaign 
The Huffington Post  | September 21, 2012

In 1969, Yoko Ono and John Lennon invited the public to join their honeymoon as it unfolded in a Montréal bedroom, complete with a song-writing session with Timothy Leary. This was the start of the couples' iconic bed-in series, and a showcase for what would become one of Ono's favorite concepts: Peace. Today being the International Day of Peace, Ono isn't missing her cue... Read more.

International Day of Peace Art Show
One World Dialogue  | September 21, 2012

The purpose of this show is to bring awareness and promote collaboration in the community around Peace Day. The objective is that by bringing different artists together, we can promote a dialogue on peace and integration in our community. Through art, we can create a space for positive public engagement in a non-threatening setting. Art is often about emotions and personal experience; thus artists have the unique ability to explore subjects in ways that are accessible to everyone... Read more.

Buddhist Monks’ Art Project Spreads Message of Peace
Tenzin Dekyong and six other Buddhist monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India embarked on a four-day process of creating a 5-by-5-foot mandala out of millions of grains of colored sand, painstakingly funneled into intricate designs at the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. After the four days, the monks conducted a procession from the museum to the nearby Potter Lake, where they tossed in the sand in the belief that the water carries the mandala’s healing energies throughout the world. Read more.

Illuminating the Arts-Policy Nexus
Artists leading policy change, policymakers using creative strategies
World Policy Institute Senior Fellow Todd Lester is organizing a fortnightly series of articles on the role of art in public policymaking. The series invites WPI fellows and project leaders as well as external practitioners to contribute pieces on how artists have led policy change and how policymakers can use creative strategies. The core themes engaged by WPI—media/conflict, security, water, migration, and the economy—will serve as guideposts for the series. Read more.

1000 Thousand Poets for Change: Massachusetts
September 29
Boston Public Library
 This historic global event is free and open to the public. Many local and notable poets, writers, artists, musicians, city and state luminaries and patrons of the Arts will also be in attendance for this gala event. This is a celebration of Poetry and the Arts, as a vital and essential part of our global cultural heritage, vibrancy and to bring new awareness in increasing world literacy and for a renewed appreciation of Poetry and the Arts. Read more.

2012 William H. Johnson Prize
Application deadline: September 28, 2012

William H. Johnson Foundation For The Arts
Applications for the 2012 William H. Johnson Prize are now available online with a September 28, 2012 due date for all applications. The 2012 William H. Johnson Prize is 25,000 USD and the winner will be announced later in the year. The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that seeks to encourage African American artists early in their careers through its annual award, The William H. Johnson Prize. Early career African American artists who work in painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, installation and/or new genre are eligible to apply. Read more.

September 21
Global screenings
The second annual short film commission films4peace is produced by PUMA.Peace, and features today’s most innovative artists visually interpreting the subject of peace. These art films will be released and screened on September 21, 2012 at cultural venues globally, as well as on the films4peace website, through social networking and movie sharing websites and blogs, and on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. By releasing these short films as broadly as possible on multiple live and virtual platforms, the goal is to effect positive social change and broaden the discussions around peace globally. You are invited to host a screening or incorporate the screening into an existing event of a similar theme. Simply choose a date and time on or close to September 21, and contact PUMA.peace or curator Mark Coetzee to add the screening to their website. Read more about films4peace 2012 and how to get involved. Read about and view the 2011 films.


Dor Guez: 100 Steps to the Mediterranean
September 20
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University
On September 20, 2012, the Rose Art Museum will open "100 Steps to the Mediterranean," a solo exhibition of photography and video installations by Dor Guez, one of the most compelling emerging artists in the Middle East.  It will be his first major museum exhibition in the United States.

"100 Steps to the Mediterranean" explores the overlooked histories of the Christian Palestinian minority in the Middle East by tracing the memories and present experiences of three generations of the artist's family. Jerusalem-born Guez interweaves their stories with renderings of specific sites in contemporary Israel that are central to their lives — the old town of Lod, Ben Shemen Forest, and the Mediterranean shore in Jaffa. Read more.

 5 Broken Cameras: A Palestinian Whose Cameras Are Witnesses and Casualties of Conflict
“5 Broken Cameras” provides a grim reminder — just in case you needed one — of the bitter intractability of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A chronicle of protest and endurance, punctuated by violence and tiny glimmers of hope, this documentary is unlikely to persuade anyone with a hardened view of the issue to think again. For anyone who retains an interest in the human contours of the situation, however, the movie is necessary, if difficult, viewing… This film, made collaboratively by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, is partly a piece of advocacy journalism. But it is also a visual essay in autobiography and, as such, a modest, rigorous and moving work of art… Read more.


UNESCO International Theatre Institute (ITI)
Festival and Conferences
September 3-12
The UNESCO Chair of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) and the Global Alliance of Theatre Schools (GATS) are collaborating to host seven events including a festival and various conferences in Sinaia and Bucharest, Romania during September 3-12, 2012. The events include the World Festival of Theatre Schools, the World Conference of Theatre School Directors for various regions, and the GATS Symposium on the theme “Ancient Theatre Masks in Europe and Asia.” Read more details or complete an application.

August 2012

Professional Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Post-Conflict Reconstruction

December 10–14, 2012
Earlybird Registration Due: August 27 
London, UK
The International Centre for Parliamentary Studies introduces the Professional Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Post-Conflict Reconstruction in London this fall. The certificate is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute and is specially designed to provide essential skills to re-establish societies and states in the wake of conflict, and will consider problems relating to displaced peoples, the role of women in conflict zones, post-conflict democracy and governance deficits, rebuilding economies and the governance of post-conflict reconstruction. Early registration rates end August 27. View the brochure, learn more, or register online.

The Peace X Peace Mentorship Program for Women
Starting September 4, 2012
Application Deadline: August 24
The Peace X Peace Mentorship program is designed to foster a network of professional relationships between young women seeking to build peace and advance through their chosen professions and older women who seek to share their wisdom and experience. Mentors and mentees are asked to commit to 30 minutes every two weeks for three months, and matching is done by Peace X Peace through an application. Mentoring categories include Peace Media, Peacebuilding/Mediation, Peace Arts and Peace Education, Connection Point (Arab, Muslim, Western), and Entrepreneurs/Professionals. The applications for mentors and mentees are due on August 24. Questions can be directed at mentorship coordinator Corinne Mitchell at mentorship@peacexpeace.org.  …Read more.

Nominate for the Women, Power, and Peace 10th Anniversary Awards
Nomination Deadline: August 21, Winners Announced:  September 21
Each year Peace X Peace presents awards honoring extraordinary women and men on the frontlines of peacebuilding. In 2012, the organization is adding a Peace Art Award, or the Patricia Smith Melton Art of Peace Award. Nominations for all six awards are accepted until August 21, 2012, and the winners will be announced on September 21, the International Day of Peace. Contact Corinne Mitchell at corinne@peacexpeace.org with questions... Read more.

American Alliance for Theatre & Education National Conference
August 8–12
Lexington, KY
American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE) is celebrating its 25th anniversary and hosting a national conference “Looking Back and Charging Ahead in Theatre and Education.” AATE reaches a broad range of members committed to the field of theatre for youth and theatre education. Many practitioners from the field will be participating including the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards and the Theatre Communication Group, and the conference will have workshops that focus on developing artistry in puppetry, poetry, playwriting, and ethnographic based theatre. Read more andregister to attend.

ATHEPerformance as/is Civic Engagement: Advocate, Collaborate, Educate
ATHE Conference 2012
August 2–5
Washington, D.C.
The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) is a comprehensive non-profit professional membership organization. ATHE serves the interests of its diverse individual and organizational members, including college and university theatre departments and administrators, educators, graduate students, and theatre practitioners. The theme for this year’s conference is “Performance as/is Civic Engagement: Advocate, Collaborate, Educate.” Registration is now being accepted. More information.

Call for Art: Beyond the Border: the Wall, the People & the Land

(Más Allá de la Frontera: el Muro, la Gente y la Tierra)
Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, Arizona
Flagstaff Cultural Partners is pleased to announce this new art exhibition, set to open September 22, 2012, and remain open through October 31, 2012. Beyond the Border addresses the human and environmental impact of issues that surround the US/Mexico border, the border wall and border policies. Artists are encouraged to submit art that explores this impact and how changing policy is affecting the environment and/or people. A photography exhibit with the parallel theme will also be included in the exhibition, along with various lectures, artist talks, concerts and more. Learn more, or download the call for entries application (Spanish version). 

The Hague Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions & International Justice
July 21–August 18
The Hague, The Netherlands
This conference will bring together 60-80 of the world’s brightest minds from top law schools, graduate schools, international organizations, judiciaries, grassroots justice movements and the military. Applications are now being accepted. More information.

NKAWorkshops and Residencies opportunities at NKA Foundation
There are multiple workshops and residencies opportunities being offered by the NKA Foundation. A few opportunities include:
  • 2nd Kumasi Biennial Symposium, Ghana, July 16–August 6. A three-week event focusing on community arts practice, as a response to the growing problem of widening gap between contemporary African artist and the rural community.
  • Bamako Symposium on the Arts: Tapping Local Resources for Sustainable
    Development in the 21st Century
    , Mali, July 22–30. Practical acts and theoretical presentations to promote critical dialogues on the best practices around the world on how the arts feed civilizations and boost human capital development.
  • 2012 International Land Art Workshop, Ghana, October 5–19. A two-week residency open to artists, architects, and interested others. Please contact Professor Frost at stuart.i.frost@hit.no if interested in the project.

Read the full list of workshops and residencies opportunities. Proposals for workshops are also accepted. Free accommodation is provided in an Arts Village setting or homestay for cultural immersion. Each participant is responsible for raising funds for their own travel costs.

Boston Youth Arts Evaluation Project
Nonprofits in youth arts collaborating with national leaders to research, design, implement, and share innovative evaluation methods and tools to measure progress and outcomes in the field of youth arts. Learn more.

June 2012

Art Exhibit: Boston-Jo’burg Connection
June 1 - July 29
Tufts University Art Gallery at the Aidekman Arts Center, Medford, MA
jobergThe exhibition will include more than 150 individual and collaborative fine art prints spanning some twenty-five years by several dozen artists from Boston and Johannesburg. It tells the story of the Artist Proof Studio, a community-based printmaking studio cofounded by Tufts graduate Kim Berman and Johannesburg artist Nhlanhla Xaba 21 years ago in support of the concept of artists as activist-citizens in a democratic society.  The exhibit will be curated by Pamela Allara, an expert in contemporary South African art and associate professor emerita of Brandeis University, and features a wide array of international printmaking projects. Read more.

Poetry Contest Winners to Be Announced on the International Day of Peace in Argentina
Universal Peace Federation (UPF) International | June 21, 2012
In commemoration of the International Day of Peace established by the UN in 1981, UPF is hosting its fourth international poetry competition with the theme "Words of meeting and universal consciousness." Delivery of awards will take place in an artistic-cultural-religious event commemorating the UN date organized by UPF in Argentina on September 21... Read more.

Community Supported Film
Community Supported Film (CSFilm) strengthens the documentary storytelling capacity in countries where the dissemination of objective and accurate information is essential to stabilization and development. CSFilm trains local men and women in video-journalism and documentary filmmaking so that they can tell stories rooted in their reality to better influence local and international views on sustainable paths to a more peaceful and equitable world. Read more and learn about their “Compassion Campaign for Afghan Civilians.”


HotDocs: Funding Opportunity
The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund is a $1-million production fund will provide financial support to independent documentary filmmakers based in developing African countries, with the goal of helping to increase the quality and quantity of social, cultural and political documentaries produced in the region. Generously established by Toronto-based Blue Ice Film, the Fund will be administered by Hot Docs and disbursements will be made over the next five years.


NYC Venture Philanthropy Fund
VPF members chose the arts as their 2012-2013 grant area of interest. Nichole Martini, Business Director at CSI, serves as a committee member and wanted to share this opportunity with our list.  NYCVPF is now accepting applications from NYC organizations with unique and innovative ideas working in the arts. Download the instructions.

Training Opportunity for Women:

October 21-29
This international and interdisciplinary theatre training course is offered for women victims of war violence and ethnic conflict. The workshop aims to empower women victims of war & ethnic conflict violence, refugees and immigrants all over Europe, and bring their stories that lack of public attention and sensibility back to front with the support of engaged art, including performance, poetry and photography. There is no participation fee. Travel costs, accommodation & full board for participants will be fully reimbursed. *Only for EU citizens. Read more about the workshop content and mentor biographies. For additional information, contact Barbara Hribar, Production Manager at City of Women Association, at contact@cityofwomen.org or by phone at 00386 40 816 448.

International Conference on Art and Social Justice
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October 7-8, 2012
Gernika-Lumo (Basque Country, SPAIN)
Proposal Deadline: August 3
The theme of this conference is Arts, Crisis & Social Transformation to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bombing of the Basque town of Guernica, Spain and of the creation of the masterpiece “Guernica” by Picasso. Registration for this conference includes lunch and dinner on both days, free entry to all artistic performances held during the conference, excursions (winery, coast, Gernika-Lumo’s museums), and free registration for their other conferences, the International Art and Peace Meeting: Kids' Guernica, and International Congress on Art, Memory and Democracy: From Picasso´s Guernica to the present day. Read more or submit a proposal for a paper, workshop, or performance by August 3.


Call for Proposals: Inaugural Issue of “Public: A Journal of Imagining America”
IAEmerging from their annual conference, Imaging America (IA) is announcing the launch of their new journal by the name of “Public: A Journal of Imagining America.” The theme of the first issue will be “Linked Fates & Futures: Communities and Campuses as Equitable Partners?” IA is seeking submissions about questions such as: “What makes for effective and sustainable partnerships between higher education and cultural and community organizations?” and “Where and for whom are programs designed, and what is their long-term impact?” Submission formats can include written essays; visual and/or sound projects; design projects; case studies; profiles / interviews; or repurposings of archival material. IA will begin accepting submissions in early 2013. Read more. or for additional information, contact the editor Jan Cohen-Cruz.


The Shubert Foundation: Grants for theatre and dance
The Shubert Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to sustaining and advancing the live performing arts in the United States, with a particular emphasis on theatre and a secondary focus on dance. The Foundation's Board of Directors believes that the most effective way to encourage the artistic process is by providing the general operating support that reinforces the structure that nurtures its development. Read more.

Call for Papers: Conference on Muslim Perspectives on Peacebuilding
Paper Proposals Due: July 1, 2012
Conference Date: October 12-13, 2012; Claremont, CA 
Claremont Lincoln University, USC’s Office of Religious Life, the Islamic Society of North America, and the Center for Global Peacebuilding at Claremont Lincoln University are co-sponsoring a conference on Muslim Perspectives on Peacebuilding. Community leaders, activists, educators, researchers, and professionals are invited to submit papers that share their experiences in resolving family, community and interfaith conflicts, in order to inspire fellow scholars and community members interested in peacebuilding from Muslim perspectives. Themes should relate to family, community, and interfaith conflicts, and, within these themes, conflicts based upon gender, age, culture, and race. Learn more about the call for papers and the conference. 

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei: Barred from leaving China
June 21 (NPR) Dissident and artist Ai Weiwei said Thursday that he has been forbidden from leaving China, despite the lifting of strict bail conditions imposed after he was released from detention last year. This comes a day after a hearing on his tax evasion case, which he was prevented from attending. As a political activist/artist, he has been highly and openly critical of the Chinese Government’s stance on democracy and human rights. In April 2011, he was arrested at Beijing airport and was held for over two months without any official charges being filed. His studio was destroyed and he was put in secret detention. Read his story on the Guardian, “To live your life in fear is worse than losing your freedom.”

Syrian cartoonist Ali Farzat: “They broke my hands to stop me drawing Assad”
(The Guardian) In August 2011, Ali Farzat, a Syrian cartoonist, was attacked by Bashar al-Assad's militia for his satirical work and they broke his hands. The incident prompted international condemnation of the Assad regime. Farzat was awarded the European parliament Sakharov prize for freedom of thought. Watch this video and learn about how some cartoonists continue their courageous work.

Forum Theater in Movement Building & Creating Community
4-day Workshop
June 27–July 1
This 4-day workshop focuses on exercises, games, and improvised scene work of Forum Theater, one of the forms in the Theater of the Oppressed developed by Brazilian director, popular educator and activist Augusto Boal. Boal's interactive approach to theatrical expression emphasizes physical dialogues, non-verbal imagery, consensus-building and problem-solving processes, and techniques for developing awareness of both external and internalized forms of oppression, and is a tool for mobilizing people and organizing movements. The aim of the forum is not to find an ideal solution, but to invent new ways of confronting oppression. Learn more about the workshop.

Occupy Caravan: Center for Playback, Playback North America
June11 – July 4
Over 20 days, spanning 100 cities, via three national routes, the Occupy Caravan will start on June 11 in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and culminated on July 4 in Philadelphia. Cities at each stop will be organizing events that will feature speakers, musicians, and performers, and feed-in caravans joining from different cities. Community members are invited to participate and even travel with the caravan the rest of the way to the east coast. The Playback Theater in New York City is looking for individuals and companies to join them in performing in the cross-country shows. If interested, contact the Director Paul McIsaac at 212-262-1290. View the Occupy Caravan city schedule or connect on Facebook.

Professional Qualification in Post-Conflict Reconstruction
June 25-29
The International Centre for Parliamentary Studies is now offering a one-week Professional Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Post-Conflict Reconstruction. The program is taking place June 25–29 in London. The certificate is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute and has been specially designed to provide essential skills to re-establish societies and states in the wake of conflict. The program considers problems including displaced peoples, gender, post-conflict democracy and governance deficits, rebuilding economies and the governance of post-conflict reconstruction. It also provides skills in grant proposal writing and a focus on understanding indigenous and local strategies to peacebuilding. Read more or register to attend.

Studio Protector: The Artist's Guide to Emergencies
studioThe Studio Protector Online Guide is the source for emergency preparedness and recovery information for artists in protecting their studio spaces and artwork. Small measures taken in advance of an emergency, and the right sequence of emergency response actions, can make a huge difference in reducing loss and in the time it takes to rebound from a setback. A Wall Guide reference tool is also available with basic checklists for emergency preparation and response. Read more.

Raw Art Works: Job opportunity for artists
Raw Art Works in Lynn, MA is offering job opportunities for artists including positions as Guest Artists to present art groups, workshops, and experiences for middle school and high school youth in summer programming in July/August. Artists will be compensated up to $65 per hour depending on experience and will also have a budget for supplies. Proposals are now being accepted. Read more for details.

Transcending Borders: The Intersections of Arts, Science, Technology, and Society on a Global Stage
June 4
Washington, DC

Symposium and Reception at the Embassy of Austria. Join the international dialogue around the nexus of art, science, technology, and society in the 21st century... Read more.

figmentFIGMENT BOSTON 2012
June 2-3
Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston

FIGMENT is a free, annual celebration of participatory art and culture. Its mission is to remove the barriers of museum and gallery walls and entrance fees and blurring the lines between those who create and those who enjoy art. For two days this summer, it will transform the Rose Kennedy Greenway into a large-scale collaborative artwork. Last year’s FIGMENT Boston 2011 was an amazing success, with approximately 6,000 participants interacting with nearly 100 art projects. FIGMENT is now open for art project submissions. Read more about the event and submission process. Artists planning to submit large structural pieces should contact BOSTONcuratorial@ figmentproject.org early to review permitting requirements.


The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies summer semester
CCDSJune 4–30, 2012
Berlin, Germany

The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS) is accepting applications for enrollment to the summer semester. The CCDS (of the ICD Academy for Cultural Diplomacy) is the world’s leading center for the study of cultural diplomacy, offering educational opportunities ranging from week-long seminars for undergraduate students and interested professionals. CCDS offers Master's and Doctoral programs as well as distance learning programs for graduates pursuing careers in academia, diplomacy, government, and/or the private sector, dedicated either wholly or in part to the field of cultural diplomacy. Read more about CCDS programs. For more information, please contact academy@culturaldiploma cy.org.

 Videobrasil: Residency for Visual Artists with a Research-based Practice
Application Deadline: June 8
The Delfina Foundation provides platforms for artists to explore common areas of practice, showcase their work and look at the link between the arts and civic society. In partnership with two Brazilian organizations, the Delfina Foundation is inviting applications from visual artists living and working in Brazil and the Middle East, North Africa & South Asia (MENASA) for a three-month artistic residency split between São Paulo and London. The Videobrasil em Contexto Prize (Videobrasil in Context) is focused on artists, under the age of 35, whose practice involves a strong element of research and production. Read more about the program details, timeline, or submit an application.

Download Alternative Paths to Peace: Conciliation Resources
Exploring some of the ways Conciliation Resources works with local partners to build peace, this publication provides a summary of our work, achievements and impact during the period 2010-2011.

Online Workshop: Digital Storytelling Creative Narrations’ Virtual Digital Storytelling Workshop brings together technology, advocacy and media literacy by teaching digital storytelling as a tool for social change. Through this workshop, participants will view examples, interactive tutorials and discussion, and will be introduced to digital storytelling as a medium for civic action, community organizing, and online advocacy. All elements of the workshop are completed online using a small group webinar format and one-on-one remote assistance. View a sample digital story, read more, or register for a workshop to create your own digital story.

Theatre Communications Group (TCG) National Conference: Model the Movement
June 21–23
Boston, MA
How can we transform our theatre field into a movement for the digital age? We can do it by changing the system of how we share, measure and adapt what works! Leading up to Boston, TCG will begin hosting a year-round conference community. This platform will allow attendees to share resources, best practices and achieve measurable progress together before, during and after the Conference. Read more about the conference.

Making Art With Purpose (MAP)
Make Art With Purpose (MAP) is an organization and virtual resource center for creative projects that are shaping and transforming our world in positive ways. MAP exists to inspire learning, creativity and hope. MAP advances models for producing art that are rooted in consciousness and include ideas for positive environmental and social change. The artists and organizations on this website contribute to the vitality of this communities and culture. They are visionaries and fire-starters, whose work and ideas expand our own thinking and inspire us by demonstrating what all is possible when art is used as a means for change.

An Evening of Conversation with Todd Lester, Executive Director of Global Arts Corps
June 20, 7:00pm
Medicine Wheel Productions, Boston, MA

MWPTodd Lester founded freeDimensional (fD) which works with residencies in over 80 countries to host culture workers in dire situations. He serves on the boards of residencies in India, Germany, and Mexico and recently wrote desk studies for FREEMUSE/SIDA and Res Artis/Fonds BKVB on the residency sectors in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, West Africa, North Africa, Middle East, Central America and South America. He convened a workshop for the Heinrich Boell Stiftung on conditions that place artists in danger for its February 2012 Radius of Art conference and for TPAM Yokohama gave a keynote talk on the artist residency model and new forms of sharing in the wake of the 2011 earthquake in March… Read more.

The Glass Wall:
Documentary Project by Mahmood Karimi-Hakak

In 2009 Iranian-American theatre artist and educator, Mahmood Karimi-Hakak spent a year in Israel & Palestine on a mission to create a theatrical collaboration with participants on both sides of the decades-old conflict in that region. He discovered the 760 km concrete wall made such an artistic collaboration almost impossible. He asked theatre artists from both sides to express their thoughts towards The Wall. They are also asked to imagine The Wall as transparent and comment on what they see on the other side. Learn more.
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about & engaged: Art exhibit & events of socially engaged art
May 8–June 29
Godine Family Gallery, Boston, MA
This show is part of a series of events highlighting socially engaged art practices. The exhibition features work by Genera Banzon, Kathleen Bitetti, Gail A. Burton, Michael Dowling, Rinat Harel, and Mario Quiroz. Co-sponsored by the Godine Family Gallery & MassArt's Center for Art and Community Partnerships. Read more about the exhibit. For additional information, please contact godinegallery@massart .edu or call 617.879.7114.

Sixty Years Sixty Voices
Written by Peace X Peace founder Patricia Smith Melton offers a rare perspective on the possibility of Middle East peace through the eyes of 30 Israeli and 30 Palestinian women. Presented to each member of the UN by the President of the UN General Assembly, and to each to the US congresspersons “as a way to provide accurate information about the conflict and to encourage healing, mutual respect, and peace.” “The world is waking to the fundamental fact that leadership, visions, and expertise of women are needed for sustainable, reasoned peace.” Learn more about this book.
60 Voices Project: Dialogue project on social media invites the public to contribute to the stories of women from the area of conflict. Learn more about this project.

Xchange Perspectives (XCP): Arts, Culture, and Peacebuilding

Xchange Perspectives (XCP) has been involved in the field of arts and peacebuilding since its initiation, mainly in South Sudan. The artistic creations resulting from the collaboration of Xchange Perspectives with South Sudanese youth all revolve around creating a reality of peaceful coexistence within communities in conflict.Be it through music, movies or drama, XCP's work has touched upon issues of social justice, unity in diversity, participation and representation, gender equity and equality to only cite a few. The organization is using a Peacebuilding and the Arts report to support their work in South Sudan. Read more and watch the video.

A group of musicians who opened their own recording studio after being trained by Xchange Perspectives in Yei (September 2009/Dominik Lehnert).

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: A Response to Violence in Iraq from the Letterpress and Book Arts Community
An exhibition of 261 artist books made by 260 international artists/artist teams from 24 countries. These books were made to reflect upon the March 5, 2007 car bomb attack that took place in Al-Mutanabbi Street, the ancient street of booksellers, poets and writers, located at the literary and cultural heart of Baghdad, Iraq. The collection of artists’ books reflects both the targeted attack on this street of the booksellers as well as the ultimate futility of those who try to erase thought. This project is both a lament and a commemoration of the singular power of words. Many events and exhibitions are being programmed now. Learn more about the project.
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Then and Now: Art Exhibit
April 21–June 29
Spoke Gallery at Medicine Wheel Productions
Boston, MA

A three person exhibition of work by internationally known South African artists Sophia Ainslie, Illona Anderson, and Paul Stopforth. The three artists were originally based in Johannesburg, South Africa, lime stonebut now call the Greater Boston area their home. Their works speak of global and personal stories as well as the struggles that interconnect us all. Read more.



Sri Lanka: The Role Of Arts And Culture In Reconciliation – Analysis
The arts, whether it is through music, painting, poetry, prose, song, dance, film, photography, theatre, or puppetry, can be a vehicle for truth, dialogue, and inter-cultural understanding for communities who speak different languages in nations where communal relations have been battered by the circumstances of war. Sri Lanka has seen several outstanding examples of how the arts have a great part to play in the national reconciliation process. For one, the Aru Sri Art Theatre troupe founded by Mrs. Arunthathy Sri Ranganathan to promote inter-ethnic harmony rendered a captivating performance of the dance drama Sri Ram at the International Ramayana Festival in Bintaan, Indonesia on April 12–13 and in Singapore on April 14. Read more about arts and peacebuilding initiatives in Sri Lanka.

May 2012

Even Under Threat, Syrian Artists Paint In Protest
Any protests against the ruling government in Syria are met with consequences, and even public figures like singers and actors are on guard. One painter Hiba Akkad joined the street protests, experienced first-hand the violent government response, and then returned to painting as her form of protest. “If I hadn’t lived this experience with people on the street, I wouldn’t be able to paint” she said. A gallery in Beirut is showing work by Syrian artists including Akkad’s work, since they are banned from being shown in Syria. Read more.

Popular novelists lead thousands who ‘stroll’ along Moscow boulevards in rare civic action
Prominent Russian novelists and poets led a street protest by more than 10,000 people in Moscow, one of many protests occurring since Putin’s inauguration. The demonstrators received no intervention by police because they remained silent and carried no posters. The Russian writers led what they termed a "stroll" in Moscow aimed at defending people's rights to gather on the streets without authorities' permission. Most marchers walked to a plaza, with the monument of a Kazakh poet, which has been occupied by opposition protesters for several days. Thousands stayed on the boulevards, singing songs and playing guitars... Read more.

Democracy School: Building Power Together: Organize and Win!
May 18–19
SEIU 1199,150 Mt. Vernon Street, Suite 300
Dorchester, MA, 02125
Two day intensive advanced Days Training, co-presented by MIRA Coalition & Wellstone Action. Space is limited. For additional information and to register, contact Renato Castelo at rcastelo@miracoalition.org or 617-350-5480 ext 217.

open engagementOpen Engagement Conference
May 18–20, 2012
Portland State University, OR
Open Engagement is a free international conference that sets out to explore various perspectives on art and social practice and expand the dialogue around socially engaged art making. This year’s conference features keynote presenters Tania Bruguera, Shannon Jackson, and Paul Ramirez Jonas. The work by these artists and scholars touch on subjects including politics, economies, education, and representation. Attendees are invited to sign up to present during the conference in the open presentation area. Registration is required. Read more about the conference schedule and details.

Art Exhibit: Surface Tension – The Future of Water
May 31–August 11
The future of water is the subject of tension. Water is both disposable and sacred, a muse for artists and a necessity for life – a source of healing and of conflict. The Earth has abundant water, but only a very small proportion is available for human use. How should this be managed and sustained, and what would a water-scarce future look like? SURFACE TENSION features innovative artworks created by both artists and scientists… Read more. Read a related blog post from the New York Times.

Evaluating Peacebuilding: Nine Case Studies
Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention
May 2012, Olive Branch Post by Gordon Lubold
Evaluating the work that peacebuilders do and the impact it has is not easy. But it's critically, and increasingly, important. A report "Proof of Concept – Learning from Nine Examples of Peacebuilding Evaluation” explores this topic. Their discussion includes the first Peacebuilding Evaluation: Evidence Summit in December 2011 convened by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP). Across the peacebuilding field, donors, implementers, researchers, and evaluation specialists are finding ways to demonstrate impact and learn from programming successes and failures at the project, program, and country levels. The nine case studies in the report explore effective peacebuilding evaluation methods. Learn more and read the full report.

Elana Bell, Promoting Peace Building With Book Launch

May 3
The Green Building, ElanaBellBrooklyn, NY
Elana Bell’s collection of poetry entitled “Eyes, Stones” about the Palestine/Israel conflict won the 2011 Walt Whitman award. 10 local artists have created original pieces of art in response to the poems from Bell's manuscript. A silent auction will be held for the work and all proceeds will be donated to Just Vision, an organization that provides in-depth media coverage of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict and civilians peacebuilding in the region. The event will also debut a theatrical version of the text from the book, featuring live music by Katie Down and choreography by Deborah Goffe of Scapegoat Garden, which will be performed subsequently at Jewish and Muslim community centers in Brooklyn. Free event, RSVP required: eyesstones@gmail.com. Learn more.

Art Exhibit by Radcliffe Bailey: Memory as Medicine

Now through May 6
Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
The exhibit features the work of acclaimed artist Radcliffe Bailey including floor and wall sculptures, paintings, works-on-paper, and modified found objects. The exhibition highlights the artist’s experimentation with diverse forms as it looks at the influence of African art on his work. Bailey’s art, informed by a strong social and historical consciousness and solidly grounded in family and community, combines a rich, narrative content with a high-level of abstraction and poetic resonance to explore questions of history and memory. Read more about the exhibition.

Poetry reading by Dave Connolly and Christopher Millis

May 10
Medicine Wheel Productions, Boston, MA

A Vietnam War Combat Veteran, Dave is the author of the prose and poetry collection entitled “Lost In America.” He is one of the featured poets in the documentary “Voices In Wartime”, an educational project which illuminates how poets have viewed and commented on war from the time of Homer through present day conflicts. Christopher Millis’s writing has been published, produced and broadcast widely in the United States and Europe for the last twenty years. The first of his acclaimed translations of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, “Requiem for Mohammed Al-Dura,” was published in The London Review of Books in 2000. Read more.

A Conversation with Roberto Gutiérrez Varea
May 16, 4:00 - 5:30pm
TheatreBooks, Toronto, Canada
Aluna Theatre and TheatreBooks present a conversation with Roberto Gutiérrez Varea, co-editor of “Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict.” His research and creative work focuses on live performance as means of resistance and peacebuilding, in the context of social conflict and state violence. Varea's stage work in the United States has focused on Latino/Chicano theatre, and directing world or west-coast premieres of works by Migdalia Cruz, Ariel Dorfman, Cherrie Moraga, and Jose Rivera (among others). He is the founding artistic director of community-based performance groups Soapstone Theatre Company and El Teatro Jornalero!, and co-founder of the San Francisco-based collective Secos & Mojados. Free and open to public. Read more.

John O’Neal receiving the 14th Annual Otto René Castillo OttoAwards for Political Theatre
May 20
New York, NY

Congratulations to John O’Neal for receiving the Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre! The Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre were established in 1998 to recognize and support theatre companies and artists engaged in creating political theatre. The survival and development of these political theatres is vital to the maintenance of a democratic environment in which dissenting views and political options are included in the cultural/political discourse of a society. Over the past thirteen years, the Ottos have helped to create connections and build a political theatre community of diverse theatres and theatre artists from around the world. Read more.

Layers of Learning: School Connections for Your Teaching Artist Practice
A Professional Development Workshop for Teaching Artists

May 23 & 30 
NECAPThe workshop, focusing on the intersection of artistic goals with school agendas and requirements, is for both new teaching artists and those who have been in the field for many years. The workshop will help teaching artists frame their work to connect with school curricula, goals and culture, see their work with students through the lens of school administrators, and develop communication tools. Professional development certificates will be provided. Preregistration is required. Read more about the workshop and register to attend.

A Syrian Filmmaker and a Fulbright Scholar at Syracuse University Killed in Syria
Bassel Al Shahade, 28, a Syrian filmmaker and a Fulbright scholar pursuing a MFA degree in film at the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, was killed while filming in the war-ravaged city of Homs. This is a short film made by Bassel. You can see his promising gift as a filmmaker. He said to his friend, “I couldn’t be away when the revolution is happening. I needed to come back. You can always study later.'” We'll never have him back. A great loss, another great talent lost to the war… Read more.

Christian Palestinian Dance Troupe Explores Cultural Identity and Peacebuilding

The Diyar Dance Theatre founded a Christian Palestinian dance troupe four years ago, which is made up of teens and young adults whose mission is to celebrate their traditions and promote peace. The troupe has toured Europe and the Gulf region and is now embarking on its first U.S. tour. “They express their cultural identities through traditional dance and story vignettes... We hope to reach out to the greater community to tell the story of Palestinian Christians and people in the Holy Land... We think it’s an artistic way of expressing issues of justice. It’s about peace building efforts of the arts; of empowering and giving hope to young people in their society and in the world.” Read more.

Theory in Action: Research to Results & 26th Annual Awards
May 24
Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA
On May 24, 2012, at the MA State House's Gardner Auditorium, Arts|Learning is hosting a day-long celebration of the arts in education through its 26th Annual Champion of Arts Education Advocacy Awards (17 awardees this year) plus Theory in Action:  Research to Results conversations about best practices in arts education. View the schedule and learn more.


Not At Ease:” Art Inspired by Women Veterans
May 28 (NPR) The military experiences of thousands of women veterans often go untold or are misunderstood. Sometimes it's hard for them to relay their experiences even in the most intimate settings. A new art exhibit in Wisconsin shows some of the most private memories of twenty female veterans. Each one shared their experiences with an artist who tried to capture their stories on canvas…Listen to the story.


April 2012

M.A. in Expressive Arts in Conflict Transformation & Peacebuilding at the European Graduate School, Switzerland
Applications Due: April 30

Applications are currently being accepted for the M.A. program in Expressive Arts in Conflict Transformation & Peacebuilding (EXA-CT) at the European Graduate School in Saas Fee, Switzerland. EXA-CT is a master's program completed over three summer sessions of three weeks each in Switzerland. During non-residency periods, students complete an internship and write their master's thesis. EXA-CT's unique emphasis on art practice, human rights, and peacebuilding in international settings provides students with the skills and experience to use art in the public sphere for social change. Artists, humanitarians, therapists, conflict transformation professionals, peacebuilders and policymakers are encouraged to apply. Read more about the program and application process.


Pathways to Healing

April 25
Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, Dorchester, MA
This free event is open to community members of all ages living in the aftermath of homicide. The event will feature a variety of self care and healing activities including yoga, art therapy, massage, acupuncture, Sand Tray World Play, spoken word, music and guest performances. Learn more.

March 2012

Celebrating Women’s History Month and Youth Art Month!

Artist Hopes Somalia's Long Dormant Theater Can Play Healing Role
The stage has been empty for two decades, but on March 19 Somalia’s National Theater reopened its doors for the first time since the central government collapsed in 1991. Somali-born musician Aar Maanta, now based in London, said he hopes the capital city’s theater will regain its place as a national landmark of culture... Maanta said that amid Somalia’s problems, the arts can play a healing role. “It can help in the reconciliation process,” he said.  “Poetry and plays are part of Somali daily life and culture so, if it can be used in a positive way, then it can help heal wounds and bring people together rather than divide.”... Read more.

Play: Deported / a dream play
March 16 – April 1
March 30 with pre-show moderated by Cynthia Cohen at 7:00pm
Modern Theatre, Suffolk University, Boston

Deported / a dream play is a story about the Armenian Genocide inspired by the playwright Joyce Van Dyke’s own family history and features Armenian dance choreographed by Apo Ashjian of Sayat Nova Dance Company. On March 30, a pre-show panel “The next generation: Turks and Armenians talk about the future” will feature Ayşe Deniz Lokmanoğlu, deportedNareg Seferian, Ahmet Selim Tekelioğlu, and will be moderated by Cynthia Cohen, director of the program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University. Purchase tickets, read a preview article, or read details about the pre-show and post-show events.

Soulographie: Our Geneocides – Plays by Erik Ehn
Soulographie (“drunkedness”) is a set of seventeen interlocking plays written by Erik Ehn about genocide over the past 20 years. The play looks at 20th century America from the point of view of its relationship to genocides in the States (the Tulsa Race Riot), in East Africa (Rwanda, Uganda), and Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador). Soulographie comes to LaMaMa in New York in November 2012 and will be performed in a marathon (a 24 hour event), which is produced by 16 directors. The cycle will include opportunities to reflect and converse about the issues invoked by the plays, as well as the creation of art and poetics as acts towards social change. A benefit for the project Soul Central Love Melt will be held on April 29 at 7:00pm at La Galleria in New York. Learn more about Soulographie and the Soul Central Love Melt.

Dance A World of Hope

March 25, 2:30pm
National Heritage Museum, Lexington, MA

The members of the Sacred Dance Guild, an international organization with a social-action component, believe that dancing in concert can lead to living in harmony. As part of this year's "Culture Fest," the program "Dance a World of Hope," brings together performers of dance traditions from Croatia, China, Columbia, and Armenia, as well as contemporary artists, for a benefit concert for dancers in Croatia and Armenia. Read more.

Summer Course: Expressive Arts; Educational Transformations at Seeds of Peace

Application Due: April 1
In the Summer of 2012, Seeds of Peace will hold its second two-week summer course for educators from the Middle East, South Asia, and United States. Drawing on the power of the arts to empower youth and address conflict-related issues, the session will focus on “Expressive Arts; Educational Transformations.” Seeds of Peace welcomes educators and artists to apply from South Asia (Afghanistan, India, Pakistan), the Middle East (Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Palestine) and the United States. Specifically, Seeds of Peace is looking for formal or informal educators with experience in the expressive arts—music, drama, visual arts, creative writing, and/or film making—or a desire to incorporate these tools into their work. Seeds of Peace also encourages practicing artists who want to use their work to engage youth in peacebuilding to apply.

Fulbright Stories: Roberta Levitow

robertaTheatre Communication Group (CG) is launching Fulbright Stories on the CG Circle to introduce theatre practitioners who received a Fulbright grant to live and work abroad. The Fulbright program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, offers opportunities for artists to undertake research, teaching and study and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

The first of the series is Roberta Levitow, co-founder of Theatre Without Borders and former Fulbright Specialist. As a Fulbright Specialist in U.S. Studies/Theatre, Roberta worked at Makerere University (Kampala, Uganda 2007), the National University of Theatre & Cinematography (Bucharest, Romania 2005), and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2003). Read the interview on CG website.

Arts Diplomacy Festival 2012: Cultural Diplomacy in Practice

March 22 – 25
Berlin, Germany

The Arts Diplomacy Festival 2012 will “explore how the arts can be used to change theory into practice and express, create and improve social awareness and diplomatic relations.” A last call for registration has been extended. The conference will feature lectures, seminars and panel discussions amongst leaders in international politics, diplomacy, academia, civil society, and the private sector. A number of global artists, musicians and performers will also host workshops to facilitate planning for future initiatives. Those invited to attend include governmental and diplomatic officials, civil society practitioners, young professionals, students and scholars, private sector representatives, journalists, and other interested stakeholders from across the world. Read more about the conference, and submit an application for registration.

50th Annual World Theatre Day
March 27, 2012

The international theatre community celebrates World Theatre Day annually on March 27. Each year, a renowned theatre artist of world stature is invited to craft an International Message to mark the global occasion. This year, John Malkovich will deliver his WTDinternational message at UNESCO in Paris.

Theatre Communications Group (CG), which serves as the US Center of the International Theatre Institute (ITI-US), is hosting an essay contest asking theatremakers to respond to the question of whether the next generation of theatremakers will be a Generation Without BordersLearn more about the essay contest.

Read more about ways to participate and about past World Theatre Day events.

In honor of the 50th Annual World Theatre Day, we are making fifty copies of the Acting Together on the World Stage documentary, (single DVD without the toolkit) available for free to individuals and organizations that find the purchase price prohibitive.  We will send the discs to the first 50 people who send us email request. This single DVD comes with one-time only public screening right, and we offer it to the first 50 people who commit to a screening in by the end of June, and who email us before March 31. Please email to coexistence@brandeis.edu with the subject line: "World Theatre Day Offer," with your name and mailing address.

Ping Chong & Company Summer Institute
Institute: June 17-23, Amherst, MA
Application deadline: April 15
The week-long Ping Chong & Company Summer Institute is sponsored by Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance and is designed to engage and inspire artists, students, community practitioners interested in developing unique performance projects that explore oral history, art, and community engagement. The Institute will explore the innovative community-based performance and documentary theatre practices behind theater director Ping Chong’s award-winning Undesirable Elements series.  Read more about the application process. Any additional questions can be sent to summerinstitute@pingchong.org.


Celebrating Women's History Month:


Catherine Filloux: Theater as Social Action
luzMarch 21, 2012
Assumption College, Worcester, MA

A discussion of the power of theatre in building understanding and promoting change. New York-based, internationally-recognized playwright Catherine Filloux will discuss her new play LUZ, which takes a hard look at gender-based violence in the global context and makes connections between the actions of corporations and their impact on human rights. More information.

March 23, 2012
Paramount Center, Boston, MA

In celebration of Women Make Movies' 40th anniversary, ArtsEmerson screens award-winning New England video artist and Hampshire College Professor Joan Braderman's documentary The Heretics. Tracing the influence of the Women's Movement's Second Wave on art and life, Braderman tells the exhilarating inside story of the New York feminist art collective that produced Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics (1977-92). Still funny, smart and sexy, the geographically dispersed participants revisit how and why they came together to explore women's art and demand the right to be heard. More information.

Women in Jalalabad Speak Out Through Theatre
The Bond Street Theatre of New York City is beginning work with all-female theatre troupes in Afghanistan as part of a two-year project supported by the US Embassy in Afghanistan and the US Institute for Peace. The Bond Street Theatre is a nonprofit organization that “collaborates with local artists to enjoy the benefits of artistic exchange and promote the value of the arts in shaping a peaceful future.” The project in Afghanistan aims to provide information on topics such as civic rights and health to places that have illiteracy rates as high as 90% amongst women, as well as build the capacity of local theatre organizations including Nangarhar Provincial Theatre, which will employ women actors for the first time… Read more.

On Equal Terms: Mixed Media Installation
by Susan Eisenberg
February 5 - May 13
Michigan State University Museum, Main Gallery
West Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI

eisenbergMarch 3 - 29
On Equal Terms Shortform - Condensed exhibit
Curry College Milton Campus, Parents' Lounge
1071 Blue Hill Ave, Milton, MA

On Equal Terms combines realistic and fanciful works of art with personal testimonies to bring viewers into the experiences of women who work on construction sites. The exhibition celebrates the pioneers, as well as the tradeswomen and their allies who have kept the gates open for three decades.

The installation’s launch coincided with the 30th anniversary of affirmative action for women in the construction industry. In 1978, the federal government enacted policies that opened construction jobs and apprenticeship programs to women. Had those policies been enforced beyond the initial years, the construction workforce would likely now be roughly 25 percent female. Instead, women today hold less that 3 percent of building trades jobs… Read moreListen to a short radio interview with Susan Eisenberg.


Our Beautiful Daughters & The Seeds
Art exhibition by Yoko Ono in India
January 13 - March 10
There's something about Yoko Ono's work that cuts across boundaries of various emotional affects, genres and even times. Her five decades of work in performance art, video, installation, film, music and poetry have most often focused on an anti-war message and feminist issues combining activism with art. “Our Beautiful Daughters,” Yoko Ono's first ever exhibition in India, invites its audience to participate in her art and activism, to establish a communion and to heal… Read more.

What do the Women Say? Celebrating International Women’s Day at Golden Thread
WhatTheWomenSayMarch 8
La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA
In celebration of International Women’s Day and Support Women Artists Now Day, Golden Thread Productions presents an evening of poetry and performance in partnership with Sunbula: Arab Women for Change and WomenArts. In light of the recent sweeping changes across the Middle East, this year’s program explores women’s role in the social and political transformation of the region.

Pondering the Solo – This year’s program features Denmo Ibrahim, Jennifer Jajeh, Rohina Malik and Maryam Rostami - four women performers of Middle Eastern background who have written, performed and produced their own show. Profound, rambunctious and illuminating, this new generation of solo women performers tackles themes Golden Threadof displacement, dual loyalties and entitlement to expand definitions of citizenship, activism and womanhood. Watch their short video clips.

A worldwide community of artists and allies. They provide free funding information, skill-building, and networking services. Check out their SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day event, an annual international celebration of women artists.

Celebrating Youth Art Month:

Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and encourage support for quality school art programs, according to the National Art Education Association.

GMR 2012 - Art Contest Youth, skills and work – What skills do you need to create a better future?
The winning artwork will be used for the 2012 Education for All Global Monitoring Report on youth, skills and work. The first prize is a trip to Paris, France, including accommodation, to participate in an event publicizing the artwork and meet with the GMR team. The artwork of the winner and a jury selection will feature in an on-line gallery, including short biographies of the artists. Please send your artwork plus the completed Registration Form in either electronic or paper format. More information.

Reach: Installation by Young Artists in Boston

February 10 - March 30
Roxbury Community College
, Boston, MA
“Reach” is an installation created by the young artists at Medicine Wheel Productions. It represents the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr—to reach beyond the notion of diversity to inclusion. It represents hands reaching out to one another, embracing one another for our unique gifts and abilities. It also represents a community where everyone has equal rights and feels safe and welcome. The elements of the exhibit include large-scale “safety maps” of the Roxbury, South Boston, and South End communities. During this past summer, these maps were taken to the streets where the artists invited community members to take a cultural action and tag where they felt safe/unsafe. Green (safe) and red (not safe) dots are scattered across each map, representing the voices of the community. More information. Reception March 7. This exhibit is sponsored by Medicine Wheel Productions.

e-Showcase for Youth Art Month: Massachusetts

Help us unleash — and draw attention to — the creative power of Massachusetts youth by celebrating their artistic accomplishments through a new e-Showcase. Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and Arts|Learning are asking schools and organizations to provide links to exemplary online youth art in all disciplines for Creative Minds Unleashed, the first annual e-Showcase of high-quality youth art from across the Commonwealth.

Links to youth art works will be available on MCC's and Arts|Learning's websites during March to celebrate Youth Art Month.

Learn more on Arts|Learning's website. Deadline for submissions extended to March 12, 2012.

The Arts & Juvenile Justice: Art Exhibition by youth
The artwork in this exhibition was created by youth involved with the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS), the Commonwealth’s juvenile justice agency. The show includes artwork created by young people in DYS residential programs, as well as by youth participating in programming through arts organizations in their home communities. More information (PDF).

Bronx Masquerade: Art Exhibit – Revealing the true stories of young people in Bronx

March 10 - April 10
Bronx Library Center
, Bronx, NY
Bronx Masquerade, curated by Yulia Tikhonova, brings together ten emerging Bronx artists who reveal the true stories of young people in Bronx. The exhibition borrows its title from the book of the same name by Nikki Grimes. It presents a montage of artistic voices concerned with the uncertain position of youth. Their work focuses on today’s youth and their struggle to define their own identity, and to find a place where they truly belong, as part of a generation confronted by the challenging realities of our economy. Like the high school students/protagonists of the book, the artists in this exhibit express the emotions concealed by fashion and style - beneath the skin, behind the eyes, beyond the masquerade… Read more.

Boston Busing/Desegregation Project
March 20, 7:00pm

Pozen Center for Interrelated Media, Mass College of Art & Design
Boston, MA

Gathering for artists of all disciplines* to learn about the Boston Busing/Desegregation Project and its activities to reconnect Boston Public Schools to the Community. Free & Open to the Public. This gathering is part of Engaged - a collaborative project by Boston based artist & activist Kathleen Bitetti and Mass College of Art & Design’s Godine Family Gallery and the Center for Art and Community Partnerships. Read more.

*includes visual, performing, craft, film, new media and literary/spoken word artists, etc.

Hip Hop Re:Education Projectreeducation
The Hip Hop Re:Education Project is a community-based arts organization that uses Hip Hop culture to inspire and transform communities, engage marginalized and disaffected youth and improve youth motivation and achievement. On March 20, the Hip Hop Re: Education Project will celebrate the release of All City Vol. 1, a youth compilation music album dedicated to bringing together young people from throughout the five boroughs of New York City and beyond. More information about this event, visit La MaMa website.

Screening of Acting Together on the World Stage:
El Festival de Teatro Alternativo

Bogota, Colombia

April 5

El Festival de Teatro Alternativo (The Alternative Theater Festival) is hosted by the Colombian Corporation of Theater (CCT), a 40-year old non-profit organization in Bogota, atColombia that is dedicated to the artistic creation and diffusion of cultural theater works as well as featuring people and groups that are traditionally excluded. CCT hosts the annual Alternative Theater Festival of Bogota. The documentary Acting Together on the World Stage will be screened as part of the official Festival program, in conjunction with a presentation and discussion with Roberto Gutiérrez Varea on theater and human rights in Latin America. Read more about the festival.

Acting Together on The Face of the Street
Article about the Acting Together written by Dijana Milošević. (Serbian)

We Still Live Here: Documentary film about the revival of Wampanoag language
anne-makepeace(Âs Nutayuneân) tells a remarkable story of cultural revival by the Wampanoag of Southeastern Massachusetts. Their ancestors ensured the survival of the Pilgrims in New England, and lived to regret it. Now they are bringing their language home again.

This inspiring and award winning documentary, “We Still Live Here,” was filmed by a filmmaker, Anne Makepeace, and now showing at various locations in the country.

The story begins in 1994 when Jessie Little Doe, an intrepid, thirty-something Wampanoag social worker, began having recurring dreams: familiar-looking people from another time addressing her in an incomprehensible language. Jessie was perplexed and a little annoyed– why couldn’t they speak English? Later, she realized they were speaking Wampanoag, a language no one had used for more than a century. These events sent her and members of the Aquinnah and Mashpee Wampanaog communities on an odyssey that would uncover hundreds of documents written in their language, lead Jessie to a Masters in Linguistics at MIT, and result in something that had never been done before – bringing a language alive again in an American Indian community after many generations with no Native speakers. Learn more and watch the trailer.

Time of the Shadow: Play reflects in a time of uncertainty
Combo Mostakil Festival in Egypt
In the darkness and confusion, five characters, three men and two women, wander blindly, bumping into one another; they mourn their lives, reminisce, panic, and struggle to find hope. This play, titled “Time of the Shadow,” was performed as part of the 10-day Combo Mostakil Festival at Rawabet Theater in Cairo, Egypt. The play is less about five people struggling to make sense of the darkness and the loss of all they knew before, and more about a society collectively plunged into uncertainty. The festival’s combination of media, with artists of different strengths and talents, grapples with all the kinds of questions art grapples with, but with a fresh urgency and flavor inflected by the context of Egypt’s political and social transition at the start of 2012. Read more.

Research Residencies, Provisions Library for Art and Social Change
Summer 2012, Washington D.C.
Provisions Library is a research, education and production center investigating the intersections of arts and social change. The Provisions Research Residencies program brings together four residents (artists, scholars, activists, and practitioners) for research-based projects that explore and extend social change themes. Participants will gain exposure to policies, practices, and politics while exploring transformative social imaginations and strategies. Artists, activists, scholars, writers, educators, and practitioners are invited to submit letters of interest by March 1, 2012. Read more about the Provision Research Residencies program and application process.

 Creative Capital Grant in Emerging Fields, Literature and Performing Arts
Deadline: March 1, 2012

Creative Capital provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing innovative and adventurous projects. Creative Capital is the only national grantmaking and artist service organization for individual artists with an open application process. Selected grantees receive up to $50,000 in direct support for their project and advisory services valued at more than $40,000. Learn more about the application process and upcoming information sessions.

February 2012

Sites of Passage at Mattress Factory
Curated by Tavia La Follette and Katherine Talcott
September 9, 2011 – February 12, 2012

Mattress Factory showcased “Sites of Passage,” an exhibition with new and context-specific work by 17 Egyptian artists and 20 U.S. artists from September 9, 2011 through February 12, 2012. This exhibition was the final exposé of the first “dig” of The Firefly Tunnels Project. The project began in August of 2010 when artist, workshop leader, and co-curator Tavia La Follette went to Egypt to begin the exchange.

sites of pasage

Andrew Ellis Johnson
HD video, color,
9:19 second loop

Performance and installation artists from both Egypt and the U.S. converse through a virtual lab/website, where they exchange ideas and materials. The commonality between both sides of the “tunnel”/website is that the artists have gone through an intensive workshop with La Follette. It is during this workshop that the artists explore a common symbolic based language or code of communication. The workshop's focus on art as a deeper language of communication, dealing with such topics as religion, culture and identity, while also examining how to use virtual art as a force for social change. More information.

Meet the Egyptian Artists!
Special events on Saturday, February 11
Mattress Factory Annex
1414 Monterey Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
A personally guided tour, performance jam session, panel discussion and more.

Meet four Egyptian artists from the “Sites of Passage” exhibition—Amado Al Fadni, Noha Redwan, Nouran Sherif, and Mostafa Sleem. More information. Read all artist bios.

Diversity Resource Center, Tacoma / Diversity Summit / Call for Artists
February 17
This year’s theme, “Exploring Diversity: Take the Journey Toward Stewardship and Social Change," highlights diversity as an important value in building and nurturing an inclusive community by incorporating stewardship in our everyday lives. The keynote presenters are from The New Wilderness Project, a collective of performing artists and educators who focus their art and creative voices toward equity, diversity awareness, stewardship and sustainability, and community development. They are seeking artistic contributions for this summit. Read more about the call for artists.

Community Gathering for artists who create socially engaged work
February 21, 7:00 - 10:00pm
Mass College of Art & Design, N181
621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
This community gathering is intended for artists of all disciplines, including visual, performing, craft, new media, and literary/spoken word artists. The gathering is presented in collaboration with Artists Under the Dome, Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory, New England and Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Godine Family Gallery and the Center for Art and Community Partnerships. For more information and to RSVP, please email aboutandengaged@gmail.com. Read more.

Artists' Prə-'spek-təs* for the Nation
In late 2012, Artists in Context will produce the first installment of its "Artists’ Prə-'spek-təs* for the Nation," a multimedia work through which artists and other creative thinkers will propose innovative ways they, through conversations, research, creativity, and finely honed skills, could become integral to major debates on global, national, and local/regional scales. Incorporating various texts, visuals, sounds and participatory elements, the 2012 installment of the Prə-'spek-təs* will focus on the AIC themes of NATURE, HEALTH and JUSTICE;  it will present ways of thinking about and responding not only to the challenges of the time in regard to these themes but also the promises that a future of change may bring. Read more.

peace dayGlobal Truce 2012: The Biggest Call for Peace the World Has Ever Seen
For Peace Day 2012 on September 21, Peace One Day is calling for and working towards a Global Truce - a day of ceasefire and non-violence observed by all sectors of society globally. To this end POD is engaged in an extensive diplomatic and grassroots communications exercise. POD hopes this will be the largest reduction in global violence in recorded history, both domestically and internationally… Join the community.

“Cambodian Opera  (untitled)”- Catherine Filloux’s new play

Catherine Filloux’s
new play, “Cambodian Opera  (untitled)” will premiere in 2012 at La MaMa in New York City, where she is an Artist in Residence. Filloux has been commissioned to write a libretto for Houston Grand Opera, Song of Houston. Catherine is writing a one-woman play for the actor Marietta Hedges. (Music by John Glover).

As Yani Rose Keo, an ageless Cambodian refugee, sits on a plane, she is haunted by the empty seats around her. “How will I survive?” she asks. When a Nepalese farmer, a Nigerian orphan, and a lost boy from the Sudan join Yani on the plane, her desire to help refugees like herself … Read more.

January 2012:

Yoko Ono's Conceptual Project At Occupy Wall Street
January 14
Yoko Ono, the artist and famous widow of John Lennon, collaborated with Occupy With Art to resurrect her "Wish Tree Project," which the artist began as a type of healing process after the murder of her husband. The movement distributed 10,000 postcards among Occupy Wall Street protesters nationwide on Saturday, January 14. Ono is collecting more wishes via her website and will assemble them into another artwork, Imagine Peace Tower, based in Iceland. What wish would you make?... Read more.

Brown University’s International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI)
BIARI Institute - Theater and Civil Society: Politics, Public Space, and Performance
BIARI brings together young faculty and professionals from around the world to address pressing global issues through innovative research and pedagogy on Brown's campus each summer. Convened by faculty from Brown University’s Department of Theater, Speech and Dance, this Institute will explore the role of theater and new media in political and social movements, with a particular focus on the potential of diverse art forms to advance principles of non-violence and civic debate. Scholars, artists and performers are invited to contribute to an interdisciplinary exploration of the ways in which creative production expands the civic imagination and conjures new understandings of public space. Applications accepted through January 17, 2012. Read more.

The Cittadellarte-Pistoletto Foundation Prize for Art that Creates Social Change: Visible 2011

The winner of the €25,000 prize was the Colombian collective Helena Producciones, with their submission “8 Festival de la Performance di Cali”. Based in Cali, Colombia, the festival’s influence extends over many parts of the country, acting as a free educational platform and as a vehicle for engaged artistic, social, political and economic debate… Read more.

Falling through the Cracks:

Funding integrative socially-engaged practice
Thursday, January 19, 7:00-9:0pm
Cambridge Public Library, Main Branch
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA

Free and open to the public.

Artists involved in post-studio “integrative” practice for positive social outcomes face unique questions and challenges when it comes to funding their projects and supporting themselves through their work. By nature, hybrid projects are difficult to define due to their cross-disciplinary nature and emphasis on process rather than product. Many of these artists eschew institutional support and bypass the art market—the two traditional avenues of support for most artists. Working outside existing institutions and art systems raises many new challenges including questions of metrics and assessment, authorship and creative control, financial accountability, taxation, and long term planning. Artists in Contexts offer a free panel discussion featuring Cuong Hoang, Director of Programs at Mott Philanthropic, Andrew Sempere of The Awesome Foundation, and Nerissa Cooney and Alex Hage of FeastMass. The conversation will be moderated by artist Lisa Gross, founder of the Boston Tree Party and Hybrid Vigor Projects. Read more.


Here in the US and also around the world, we witnessed a big people-powered movement, “Occupy Wall Street” last year, which began on September 17, 2011, and has spread to over 100 cities in the US. ARTISMYOCCUPATION has been creating a cultural moment even before it became a political movement. Organizers of the AMO team says, “Because as bad as things were in the US - from the housing crisis to the student debt crisis to the unemployment crisis - there was shockingly little cultural work being done on The Economy. The absence of art & culture was to us, a real barrier to social change….. It was the artists themselves who took care of their own inspiration, created their own networks, and self-educated at lightspeed.” Read more about their work.

My Diary of Baghdad: Sirens and Music

Annet Henneman is founder, director and actress of Teatro di Nascosto – Hidden Theatre. For fourteen years, Annet has been developing a genre of theatre which uses art as a medium of journalism: theatre reportage. Traveling in Turkey, Kurdistan, Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Jordan and India she tells real-life stories from the perspectives of those who live them, for these people often ignored or silenced and in front of audiences across the world, including in 2007 the European Parliament.

Annet lived in Baghdad for eight days, working with a group of four young men on the theatre reportage, “Voices of Baghdad.” Annet’s diary during her time in Baghdad gives us a glimpse of the daily life in Baghdad, with the hopes, joy, pain and dreams.

“I am working with young men who don’t care if they’re Muslim of Christian, who simply want a future, peace, and who are putting themselves at risk to speak out, to participate in events for Peace…" Read more on Insight on Conflict.

Art Exhibit: Pilgrim Father/illegal son

Cambridge-based visual artist Wen-ti Tsen recently completed  a project of the Chinese Progressive Association that explores themes of immigration. Tsen writes: “Pilgrim Father/illegal son” comes out of what seemed like an apt pairing of opposites: “Pilgrim Father,” in its socialized form, may be termed as the ultimate in American genealogical pedigree—the nobilities of our society; “illegals,” on the other hand, may be rated at the very bottom of this social formulation—the lowest of the lows. Yet, if we look at history, the Puritans of 17th Century England, in their time, were cast much as the detritus of their society, same as the workers who come to this country illegally to look for jobs. A case may be made of a kindred connection of those emigrating, severing rooted bonds, seeking new life in a foreign land.” The work, created with support of Mass Humanities, is exhibited in Boston through January 21 at Wong/Yee Memorial Gallery, accessible through the Chinese Progressive Association. Read more and find details about the exhibition.