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Coexistence in the Aftermath of Mass Violence -New Book!

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Forces of Art: Perspectives from a Changing WorldNew Book!

An initiative of Prince Claus Fund, European Cultural Foundation and HIVOS

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Opportunities for artists and cultural workers in January and February 2021

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Open Call – MASARAT: Grants for artists and cultural initiatives

Apply by February 7, 2021!




Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival in Nicosia, Cyprus

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

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Past Themes: 

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



"Creative Approaches to Climate Change"

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



Past News from the Field Theme: "Creative responses to the global pandemic"


Past News from the Field Theme: "Artistic and cultural dimensions of protest movements around the globe"

Let’s Make a Better World: Stories and Songs by Jane Sapp
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And listen to the related podcast series.

A Reflection on Ebony Axis
By Sarah Nzisabira

Past News from the Field Theme: "The Impact of Authoritarian Regimes on Artistic Freedom and Expression"

Past News from the Field Theme: "Artists Respond to Climate Change"

Past News from the Field Theme: "Creative Reflections on Human Migration"

Just Vision
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MASS Action (Museums As Site for Social Action)

Report of the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights
January 4, 2018
Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (ONCHR)

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

Theatre. Immersion. Education. (TIE)

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

Zurich, Switzerland

Introducing USDAC Outposts

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

Theatre: Spotlight on Russia

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

Pop Culture Collaborative

Film: “Disturbing the Peace”
Combatants for Peace
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Art Radar

Quilts from Syria and Iraq
The Advocacy Project

Displaced Artists Fund Residency Program
Vermont Studio Center

A TheTheatreTimes.com
Now Seeking Contributions

Women In Music

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

Oakland Arts Review
Call for Submissions

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

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

Artist Protection Fund (AFP)
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USDAC "HI-LI" Creative Community Database
Accepting project submissions

Optivism - Music & Film

24th International Festival of Student Theatre
September 28 to October 2
Besançon, France

Past Featured Theme -
Artistic Responses to Other Current Global Crises

Publishing opportunity for students and faculty

Africa Yoga Project
Photo Credit: Robin O'Neill

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

Xchange Perspectives (XCP) is using a Peacebuilding and the Arts report to support their work in South Sudan.
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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.

2013 - Archive

  News and Events     |      Arts     |     Opportunities and Resources

Past theme: Peacebuilding and the Arts in Latin America
Past theme: Artistic Responses to Trayvon Martin's Life and Death
Past theme: Celebrating the New Year with positive steps!
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News and Events

International Symposium/ Workshop on Political Discourse: Philosophy, Performance, Literature and Theater
October 21 - 25, 2013
workshopNational Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City
"Acting Together" Project contributor Roberto Gutiérrez Varea and Violet Luna as well as project supporters Patty Argomedo Weisz and Gabriel Weisz are conducting workshops the week of October 21 - 25 during the International Symposium on Political Discourse in Mexico city on the political discourse in the arts, including theater, performance, and literature. Roberto will also be hosting a screening of "Acting Together on the World Stage" on Thursday, October 24 for the symposium participants.

 “Iran’s Invisible Cinema”
Cambridge, MA
September 29, 2013
touch-logoTouch Art Gallery in collaboration with Festival Invisible Cinema offered a wonderful opportunity to see otherwise-difficult-to-see films from Iran near Harvard Square in Cambridge. Documentaries screened included "Dream Interrupted," by Mahmood Karimi-Hakak. Visit the Facebook event page for details.

"Magdalena" - A New Documentary about Women in Theatre
"Magdalena" is newly-released film produced by Jill Greenhalgh and Sara Penrhyn Jones about the Magdalena Project, a network of women in theatre. MagdalenaThis 30-minute documentary draws on footage from two Magdalena festivals in 2011 in Wales and Cuba, and aims to capture the history of the project and convey its spirit which remains is consistently relevant amidst changing environments. The film features Violet Luna, as well as DAH Teatar (by “Acting Together” collaborator Dijana Milošević) and Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani (by “Acting Together” star Ana Correa). The full documentary is available to view online, with information available in English, Português, and Español.

Brandeis Alum Abdul Aziz Sohail Earns Raves as Curator of "Islam Contemporary" Exhibit
August 25, 2013  | The Berkshire Eagle
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts has staged a comprehensive art exhibit, "Islam Contemporary," featuring 24 local, national and international artists. The show includes 90 works of art -- photography, prints, paintings, jewelry, sculpture and more. It the gallery’s first show to be approached about touring and has also earned a "Critic's Pick" honor in the Boston Globe. In addition to the talented artists involved, the show's success should be credited to its curator, 23-year-old Abdul Aziz Sohail, a recent art history graduate of Brandeis University and former Ethics Center Leadership Council (ECLC) member. Sohail said the idea for the exhibit formed "just after the bombing in Boston and I thought it would help with [Islamic] perspectives...I hope to continue working in a cross-cultural context... Bringing Pakistani and Afghani artists together is a really important thing to do, even if it means pushing the boundaries of their own people." Read more.

Festival Aims to Prove Art Can Directly Benefit a City’s Poorest Citizens
July 23, 2013  |  The Informal City Dialogues
The Chale Wote Street Art Festival takes place in Accra, Ghana and its name – slang for flip-flops – evokes bonds that transcend social class.  Dr. Sionne Neely, the organizer of The Chale Wote Street Art Festival in Accra, Ghana says, “we advocate that every one of us is an artist…Each of us has the capacity to change not only our own lives but that of our communities… Art can be the critical engine of transformation.” Larry Aminu, one of three co-founders of Nima Muhimanchi Art (NMA), an arts collective based out of Nima, one of Accra’s largest slums, says “Art is the only medium that can transform society. Art can bring peace. Art can bring unity. Art can bring togetherness. I do art to change society. I also do art to talk for those who cannot speak for themselves.” Read more.

INDRA Congress 2013:
First Act Youth Theatre host The Art of Cooling Conflict
By Olga Bradshaw, Londonderry Sentinel
The members of First Act Youth Theatre of Londonderry, Northern Ireland hosted an innovative arts project involving over 100 young people from the city as part of a unique gathering called INDRA, otherwise known as the International Development for Reconciliation Using the Arts. The INDRA 2013 Congress will be hosted in Londonderry and is a global network that shares a commitment to the development of the arts as a crucial resource for peace building and the non-violent transformation of conflict. The young people worked with a company of artists to explore ideas and practice together working towards a shared gathering and showcase of art work and performances... Read more.

“Voices in Transition”:
A peace-building expressive arts youth group in Fiji
June 21  |  Fiji Times
After experiencing the loss of his parents at a young age, Uate Tamanikaiyaroi "started doing random acts of kindness, every time I would catch a bus or taxi, I would leave a note on the seat with words such as love, courage, hope etc." Subsequently, he co-founded “A peace-building youth group called Voices in Transition which looks at building peace through expressive arts like music, songs and dance and is made up of Fiji's very own vocalists, musicians, and dancers. The aim of the group is to conduct peace-building awareness throughout Fiji," Uate said... Read more.

Somalia: Mogadishu's artistic rebirth
At the height of Somalia's civil war, many artists stopped painting. Those that continued often lost their valuable works as they fled the country. With hope and transformation in the air as Somalia experiences its first sustained period of peace for two decades, a group of veteran Somali artists have taken up their brushes again to send out a message for a better future that can be seen large and clear all around the city... Read more.

Peace and Conflict Summer Workshop -
“Drug Violence on the Border of Mexico and the United States: After 50,000 Deaths, Where is the End?”
Palmetto Center for the Arts, San Antonio, Texas


Matt Scrimgeour (left) and Aaron 
Gordon (right) from the Corrymeela 
Peace Center in Northern Ireland 
speaking at the workshop.
Photo credit: NVC Peace and
Conflict Studies Program

Northwest Vista College co-sponsored a Peace and Conflict Summer Workshop on June 12 supported by the Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative of the U. S. Institute of Peace. The workshop welcomed two internationally-recognized speakers, including Matthew Scrimgeour, a professional peace practitioner, published poet, and staff member at the Corrymeela Peace & Reconciliation Center in Northern Ireland, and Aaron Gordon, Program Coordinator at the “Music Theater 4 Youth” in Ireland... View the event report and photos and read more about the event.

World's longest peace mural - 
Bringing Filipinos together for peace through art
GMA News  | July 2, 2013
Project EDSA in the Philippines organized thousands of peace advocates and volunteers in the call to participate in the making the longest peace mural in the world. Project EDSA features around four kilometers of colorful paintings along the country’s busiest thoroughfare, each depicting scenarios of harmony, camaraderie and, most of all, positive Filipino values. The event is spearheaded by the Asia America Initiative (AAI), a non-profit charitable and educational organization, along with a number of public offices, and is supported by the Filipino web-to-mobile communications company Chikka... Read more. Read another article about the completion of the 3.7 km world's longest peace mural.


Filipinos to come together and do their share for peace at
Project EDSA: Lakbay para sa KapaYapaAn sa EDSA
Photo credit: Chikka.com

Leading Saudi soldier-artist sets up peacemaking art foundation
The Art Newspaper  | July 1, 2013
Abdulnasser Gharem, 40, is a gentle, thoughtful colonel in the Saudi army and a co-founder of the artists’ collective Edge of Arabia. Gharem is now establishing an artist-run foundation in Riyadh, the deeply conservative capital of Saudi Arabia, to which he has given the ecumenical name “Amen” (so be it). Speaking about the name of The Amen Art Foundation, Gharem said “The good thing about the word ‘amen’ is that you find it in Islam, in Judaism, in Christianity. Lately, the king [Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia] has been trying to encourage that kind of dialogue between religions, so I thought, if the king wants this dialogue, I will try to handle the cultural or artistic side of this mission of my country...” Read more.

Black Sea province of Trabzon opens door to female artists
Hurriyet Daily News  | July 3, 2013
The Femin & Art International Women Artists’ Association of Turkey is an organization established in 2007 that encourages women to take their place in art and brings together female artists to participate in national and international art activities. “Art and artists are the most important things in terms of enlightening society. We will try to spread our voices to the world while staying away from violence as we aim to spread peace,” said Şükran Üst, president of organization. “When women are educated, the development of countries gets faster,” she said.... “We can say the same things for women who are interested in art.” ...Read more.

Call for Support -
Indo-Pak Theatre for Peace Project by Ajoka Theatre
Ajoka Theatre of Pakistan has been part of the struggle for a secular, democratic just, humane and egalitarian Pakistan for the last 25 years. With partners in India and Pakistan, the theatre is embarking on the new Indo-Pak Theatre for Peace Project, which will include theatre-for-peace festivals, seminars, and workshops to be held in Pakistan and India over a period of two years starting in October 2013. Project funding requests will be sent to U.S. Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, but the group is also seeking support to expand the peace objective, particularly to South Asian Americans living in the U.S. Visit Ajoka’s websiteand Facebook page. For more details on how to support the effort, email Shahid Nadeem.

Egypt's culture 'under attack' from government, claim artists
June 5, 2013 | The Guardian
The Egyptian Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI Centre) has been witnessing with increasing alarm the vicious onslaught against the defining foundations of Egyptian culture, with theatre and the performing arts at the forefront. Alaa Abdel-Aziz was appointed Minister of Culture four weeks ago, and in that time he has fired the head of the Cairo Opera House, the head of the Egyptian General Book Authority, and the head of the Fine Arts Sector. Nayer Nagi, the conductor of the Cairo Opera House, said “In a stand against a detailed plan to destroy culture and fine arts in Egypt we abstain from performing tonight’s opera.” Many report that the Egyptian government is targeting artists, intellectuals, and journalists. A Call for Action has been issued to support the ITI Centre and to call on Abdel-Aziz to protect rather than condemn the contributions artists have made to a diverse, cosmopolitan, multi-ethnic, and multi-religious society, and to refrain from defining “Egyptian culture” in the narrowest terms. The Muslim Brotherhood has issued a relevant statement and a number of leaders globally have signed on to a letter to the media. Learn how to add your name, contact the U.S. State Department to register your concern, or read a related article on CNN.com by Ambassador Cynthia Schneider.

Day after Kabul attacks, 10,000 peace balloons by conceptual artist Yazmany Arboleda handed out
May 25, 2013  | Artdaily.org
After a day of explosions and gunfire, residents of Kabul woke up to be greeted by a public art project in which volunteers handed out 10,000 neon-pink "peace" balloons. Organised by Yazmany Arboleda, a 31-year-old conceptual artist from the United States, the project was an unusual attempt to bring a dose of creativity and fun to a city wrecked by decades of war. "The balloons are not worth any money but they are distributed in the cause of peace so we admire this initiative," said Waheedullah Nizami, a soldier who received a balloon. ...Read more.

Crowdfunding Campaign: Climate Justice Hub
Recently, for the first time in 2 million years, the amount heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million. We have to act now -- and that is exactly a team of Boston area students are doing. Their aim is to launch a project called the Climate Justice Hub, a community space in Boston for student activists to live and spend 100% of their working hours organizing people to take action on the climate crisis in creating an inclusive space for the multi-issue struggle of climate justice. Their goal is to raise $12,500 by mid-June. Learn more and donate.

Video: Creative coexistence at Arab-Jewish Theatre
The Arab-Hebrew Theatre of Jaffa was created by a partnership between the Al-Saraya Theater, an Arab theater troupe, and The Local Theatre, a Jewish troupe. Together, the two companies work on independent projects as well as collaborative productions in both Hebrew and Arabic, drawing on the performances of Arab and Jewish artists, to increase understanding between people and bind the audiences and the actors in a common, fun experience... View the video, courtesy of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (The Arab-Jewish Theatre is featured in Acting Together, Volume 1.)

Artist to Watch: Morm Sokly, Cambodian Theater Artist
By Catherine Filloux (Guest Blogger) | CultureHub
The theater artist, Morm Sokly, was born in 1965 in Phnom Penh and began her studies in traditional Khmer theater as well as modern theater, in 1981 at the Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA). Sokly is the author of the play “The Tooth of Buddha,” written in the traditional Cambodian (Khmer) form of Lakhaon Kamnap, and the play was featured in Khmer Voices Rising: An International Freedom-to-Write Literary Festival at Brown University... Read more and watch the interview video.

"The Land"
A Play by Jessica Litwak with Amir al-Azraki
May 16-18, 2013
10 Channel Center Street, Fort Point, Boston
Free Admission (donations accepted)
Fort Point Theatre Channel (FPTC) is staging a workshop production of "The Land," a new play by Jessica Litwak, an American playwright, with Amir al-Azraki, an Iraqi playwright. The story for The Land merges the fantastic and the realistic as it moves across time and geography and traverses the worlds of the living and the dead. It is a tragic-comedy about two soldiers, one from Iraq and one from the U.S. The aim of the workshop production is to create opportunities for dialogue and exchange with and within two communities: Iraqi refugees resettling in Massachusetts and U.S. veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The Land is part of "Tamziq: Scattered and Connected," a multifaceted collaboration of Middle Eastern and American artists running March 17 to April 27 at Arsenal Center for Arts in Watertown, MA. Read more about The Land. Admission is free (donations accepted), reserve your tickets now.

Survival Strategies for Artists in a Modern World
April 26, 2013 | World Policy Institute Arts-Policy Nexus Blog
By Lawrence E. McCullough
Growing numbers of American government and school officials increasingly declare arts unworthy of public money as legions of savvy corporate advertisers, and millions of eager consumers and creators, utilize and reference the arts’ “value” continuously in their daily lives. You’ve probably seen the now-iconic photographs of various bewildered polar bears stranded on a small, shrinking patch of ice, a collateral casualty of Arctic ice cap melt. Take a closer look, artists, because that’s us. The coming public funding changes will affect not just individual artists but every segment of the arts eco-system, including arts education, institutions, councils, and philanthropy… Read more.

"Acting Together on the World Stage" Film Screening
April 3, 2013, 7:30pm 
The Fletcher School, Tufts University, Room: Mulgar 200
The Fletcher School is hosting a free public screening of the "Acting Together" documentary. Dr. Cynthia Cohen will give a lecture and discussion to examine the film through a gendered lens. The event is co-sponsored by Fletcher Global Women, The Tufts International Communications Club, and the Fletcher Performing Arts Club. More information.

The Odysseus Project 
Art Exhibition – Tamziq: Scattered and Connected
A Conversation in Art by Middle Eastern and American Artists
March 21 - April 26, 2013 
Artist Panel & Opening Reception: April 22, 2013
Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA
OdysseusThe Odysseus Project seeks to promote open dialogue between artists, veterans, students, refugees, immigrants and members of the Boston community, using art as a means to understand the connections between communities here and conflicts overseas. To respond to the exponential arrival of Iraqi refugees in the U.S. and Massachusetts and the simultaneous large number of U.S. veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, the Odysseus Project and the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences decided to collaborate on the Tamziq project. The project recognizes the increasing need for dialogue and exchange with and within these communities and a further need to broaden understanding of the cultural influences on changing communities. This project consists of four components: an art exhibit and related events; an artist network initiative; theatre productions; and public lectures and educational programming. More information.

Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change
by Toni Shapiro-Phim

Fatu Gayflor, joined by Marie
Nyenabo, Tomah and Tete
on background vocals.
Photo credit: Toni Shapiro-Phim

Toni Shapiro-Phim, dance ethnologist and a program specialist at Philadelphia Folklore Project, writes on its latest project with Liberian women singers.

“On Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in a packed West Philadelphia artist/community space, three women, each an accomplished singer and a survivor of the Liberian civil wars, shared their stories and their voices. Fatu Gayflor began by introducing the song, “Kweyengeh.” In the Kpelle language, it’s traditionally sung by women whose daughters have left for the Sande Society, an association for the initiation of girls in Liberia and elsewhere in West Africa. Wondering how her child is faring…..” Read more.

Film Screening: The Interrupters

Film March 7, 7:00pm
Golding 103, Brandeis University
The Student Peace Alliance will be screening the film “The Interrupters” which features the story of three former Chicago gang members who are now working to end gang violence within their communities. The Alliance will also be collecting signatures for the Youth Promise Act which would provide funding for programming to offer alternatives for youth gang violence in communities like the ones in the film. 

The Philadelphia Folklore Project presents: 
Liberian Artists: Changing the World through Song

March 5, 2013, 6:00 – 8:00pm
The Cedar Works, 4919 Pentridge Avenue, West Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Folklore Project presents an evening of performance and discussion with noted Liberian recording artists and social justice activists Fatu Gayflor, Zaye Tete and Tokay Tomah, renowned performers of Liberia's National Cultural Troupe. Many local Liberians experience anti-immigrant bias, violence, racism, poverty, and deportations, and the people's current circumstances stem in large part from the legacies of war, loss, exile and trauma. These issues are the subjects of these women's concerns and their art-making, including songs and stories of struggle and hope. They are pleased to have an opportunity to engage with the public about their music and their commitment to making constructive change in the world. The event is free and open to the public, though seating is limited, so it is recommended to arrive early. More information.


Fatu Gayflor in concert
Photo Credit: J.J. Tiziou

Follow Me Down: Film Screenings
Screenings: February 26, 6:00pm
Wasserman Cinematheque, Brandeis University
February 27, 5:30pm
College of Fine Arts, Boston University
“Follow Me Down: Portraits of Louisiana Prison Musicians” is a feature-length music documentary shot at Louisiana State Penitentiary, Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women, and Elayn Hunt Correctional Institute for Women. It weaves together interviews and performances of extraordinary inmate musicians—some serving life sentences, some new commits and one soon to be released. The film lets the music speak for itself and offers an unexpected look at prison life, pushing viewers to reach their own conclusions about music, criminality, regret, redemption, and the humanity in us all. View the trailer and learn more.


Report from Iraq: The World is Crying for Love by Catherine Filloux


Conference welcome at the Women’s
Union of Kurdistan, Halabja, Iraq
Photo Credit: Catherine Filloux

Last November, Catherine Filloux participated in “Women in Action 2,” an international conference in Iraq. The conference took place in Erbil, Sulaymania and Halabja. She sent us a report on her experiences at the conference in these cities. She recounts, “So often at the conferences and roundtables I attend the discussion is about past genocide and violence. But we cannot forget the present, the daily… The world is crying. Poverty robs children of their futures. Clean water becomes a luxury. Let us comfort the world now. Let us turn our attention to its tears and wipe them dry…..” Read more. Watch the slideshow.


Report from Iraq: Breathing Iraq by Jessica Litwak


Arabic version of “Lorca's House Of Bernard
Alba,” student production. Basra, Iraq
Photo credit: Jessica Litwak

Jessica Litwak was in Basra, Iraq, attending a theater festival as one of the international judges and facilitating a workshop there. She sent us a remarkable account of her experience in Basra. Her story sheds light on creating a space for understanding each others through theater. “The creative cultural exchange has the capacity to breathe forgiveness, reconciliation and healing into both America and Iraq. This artistic oxygen gives life, and we are able to find moments of freedom, one breath at a time.” Read more.

Community Arts Lab
Arts Festival and Conference
June 2013
Utrecht, Netherlands
The city of Utrecht in the Netherlands was the site of the 1713 signing of a peace treaty that ended two centuries of religious conflicts in Europe. The organization Treaty of Utrecht commemorating the 300th year anniversary by hosting the Community Arts Lab in June 2013, a festival and two-day symposium aimed at uniting people through art and continuing to develop community arts in the city. It will feature a dialogue component with themes including theatre for development, theatre in prisons, theatre with refugees, youth theatre community opera and dance. An ongoing online dialogue about community art will prelude the festival. Read the latest newsletter from Community Arts Lab.

Discount Offer for the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
January 27, 2013

Symphony Hall, Boston, MA
Offer code: BRANDEIS20
$20 tickets with code (handling fees are also waived). How to order: Enter BRANDEIS20 in the “Promo Code” field on this page.

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Exhibit: "River" by Naoe Suzuki
October 24 - November 27, 2013

VanDernoot Gallery, University Hall, Lesley University
The use and abuse of water is something that should be more present in our environmental concerns, at least in the opinion of Japanese artist Naoe Suzuki. In her current solo exhibition, Suzuki explores environmental degradation and the impact it has on water, a natural element she sees as a vessel, a capillary, a vein. View the exhibit webpage and read more in the Artscope magazine newsletter.


Detail from "Two Rivers" - 42"x 60"
Mineral pigment, micro pigment pen,
walnut ink and tea on paper, 2013.
Image Courtesy of Naoe Suzuki.
Larger version.

Artistic Responses to Trayvon Martin's Life and Death

Art Print: Trayvon Martin - Ella Baker
by Ricardo Levins Morales - Art for Social Justice


"Trayvon Martin - Ella Baker."
Image courtesy of
Ricardo Levins Morales.

Ricardo Levins Morales’ artistic response to the Trayvon Martin tragedy includes an image of Trayvon integrated with a quote from Ella Baker. Levins Morales states “I believe that art can contribute to changing people's perceptions, hearts and understandings of what has been, what is and what's possible. I'm enough of an organizer to understand that art can't do it alone; people getting together and acting together is the real source of social change. The dignity and possibility in all people is the underlying message of my work.” View the piece and read more about Ricardo.

12 Artistic Responses to the Trayvon Martin Verdict You Haven’t Seen
Following the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, people were angry, but many channeled their rage and grief into positive, creative, artistic expression. One example of this can be found at the Art Works Studio School, in Mount Rainier, Maryland. The founder and director Barbara Johnson said she they “knew right away that we had to do something... to support the community.” One evening, around 30 people, ranging in age from 20 to 60, went to Art Works to express their pain through silent painting and drawing. Johnson recalled: “At times different people would stop painting and walk into the gallery to cry...So many people said, ‘I feel better.’” For many, the experience was cathartic Johnson said. Read more and view some of the many pantings created by the participants.

Singer Kim Nalley's Powerful New Song About Trayvon Martin
via NPR.org
Singer Kim Nalley, known for her sophisticated blend of blues, jazz and soul, performs her original song that captures the many layers of emotional complexity in the Trayvon Martin story. View the video.

Video - Trayvon Martin Dedication: 'Little Black Boy Wonder'
by Omari Hardwick and others
Omari Hardwick added his name to the list of Trayvon Martin supporters through a viral video clip titled, “Little Black Boy Wonder.” The four-minute clip, which was written and produced by Hardwick, features an array of Hollywood notables including Eriq LaSalle, Marlon Wayans, David Oyelowo, Sugar Shane Mosely, Bill Duke, and Gary Dourdan among others, citing a dedication poem in honor of Martin. View the video.

Oakulture: Oakland’s Cultural Community Makes “Art 4 Justice”
Following the aftermath of the George Zimmerman trial, the Betti Ono Gallery in Oakland, CA opened its doors for drop-ins, so that members of the African-American community, and anyone else feeling the emotional weight of the aftermath of the trial, could have a safe place to vent, console, empathize, or express their thoughts. At the same time, Jeff Perlstein opened up his spot, Solespace, for an “Art 4 Justice” workshop. At both locations, the windows became message boards for folks to share their feelings about what was going on. “We opened up the space to the entire community,” said Anyka Barber, the owner of Betti Ono Gallery. “The whole point was just to hold a space of peace and love and solidarity, but also find ways to take action and reflect.” There were “impromptu healing sessions, there’s tears, folks who don’t know each other are hugging one another and supporting one another, [and] people are coming together to find ways to plan other engagements” to address the issues raised by the Zimmerman verdict. Read more and view artistic responses by the participants.

Peacebuilding and the Arts in Latin America

"Requiem for a Lost Land"
by Violet Luna


Requiem for a lost land /
Réquiem para una tierra
perdida; Violet Luna.
Hemispheric Institute
Encuentro, 2013.
Photo credit: Marléne

Violet Luna is a performance artist and activist whose work explores the relationship between theatre, performance art and community engagement, using her body as a territory to question and comment on social and political phenomena. Her work “Requiem for a Lost Land” is a performative intervention, by way of ritual, to remember the murders committed during the “War on Drugs” initiative implemented by Mexico’s central government. Requiem is an attempt, from the realm of performance art, to open with a coroner’s knife the discourse of death put forth by those in power under the guise of “national security.” Read Roberto Gutiérrez Varea’s reflection on the piece. View a video excerpt and more images


Requiem for a lost land / Réquiem para
una tierra perdida; Violet Luna.
Hemispheric Institute Encuentro, 2013.
photo Credit: Julio Pantoja.

The UNESCO Culture of Peace News Network (CPNN), and Women-led Radio Program of Post-War El Salvador
unescoThe Culture of Peace News Network (CPNN), launched by UNESCO in 1998, is a project of the Global Movement for a Culture of Peace. CPNN supports programs such as a radio program in El Salvador called “Buenos Tiempos Mujer” that teaches women how to improve their own and their families’ lives and stitch the country's social fabric back together after 12 years of civil war. (Featured in “UNESCO: Building a culture of peace in Latin America,” p.15, and in the article “Constructing Civil Society, Supporting Local Development: A Case Study of Community Radio in Postwar El Salvador.”) After one year, the program resulted in a network of 60 women trained to use tape recorders, take notes and conduct interviews, and to present topics of relevance to all, as well as a team of 25 female educators and 150 organizers. CPNN invites you to read about peace actions and events and media reviews from around the world, and to write your own peace report. Read the 2013 UNESCO Programme of Action for Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for global programs including those in Latin America, to create more grassroots project with goals of “Harnessing the media and ICTs to promote peace, non-violence, tolerance and intercultural dialogue; Promoting heritage and contemporary creativity as resilience tools for building harmonious interactions through dialogue; and Reinforcing the role of education, the sciences, culture, communication and information in their capacity to create sustainable and inclusive knowledge societies in all the regions of the world.”

Chilean Artist Alfredo Jaar
Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar’s installations, photographs, films, and community-based projects, explore the public’s desensitization to images and the limitations of art to represent events such as genocides, epidemics, and famines. Jaar’s work bears witness to military conflicts, political corruption, and imbalances of power between industrialized and developing nations. Subjects addressed in his work include the holocaust in Rwanda, gold mining in Brazil, toxic pollution in Nigeria, and issues related to the border between Mexico and the United States. View the video segment of the documentary “Protest” featuring Jaar speaking about his process of creating art in response to real-world injustices and atrocities in Rwanda and Chile. Read and view more material from Jaar’s work:

  • Summer Exposure,” a group show at Galerie Lelong in New York in the summer of 2013. This exhibition of photographic works focuses on themes of political and social injustice, identity, and contemporary conflicts between man and nature.
  • Alfredo Jaar: The Politics of Images” at the Ryerson Image Center inToronto, Canada, January-April 2013. An analysis of the lack of visibility and the visual clichés about Africa disseminated in Western culture, and an epilogue to Jaar’s “The Rwanda Project, 1994-2000.”
  • Art and Action: Defining a New Paradigm for Social Action Through the Art of Alfredo Jaar,” an educational piece by Humanity In Action that applies Jaar’s approach in Danish and French context to help students engage in discussions about the overall themes of genocide and race.
  • Alfredo Jaar’s website

Occularis Films
Occularis Films is a multidisciplinary collective established in 2003 that  creates, produces and executes film projects with social and political content;  it was formed by artists who feel compelled to denounce injustice through art. Its purpose is to favor intercultural communication and social dialogue. Read more about the work of Occularis Films, and its collaborations with Guatemalan and Latin American artists. Read about the social campaign #HipHop4Peace that launched their most recent film.

Espacio Memoria y Derechos Humanos - ex ESMA, (Museum of Space for Memory, Promotion, and Defense of Human Rights - formerly ESMA)
Buenos Aires, Argentina

ESMA, the former Navy Mechanics School of Argentina, served as one of the “most notorious repositories for illegal detention, torture, and murder” during the Argentinean “Dirty War” of 1976 to 1983. Today, a museum called Espacio Memoria y Derechos Humanos (Space for Memory, Promotion, and Defense of Human Rights) occupies the site, which also hosts programs such as the “Meeting of Urban Art and Memory,” which presented visual and musical projects submitted by youth in September 2013, and was supported by the Ministry of Culture and the National Human Rights Department. Emily E. Parson’s wrote “The Space of Remembering: Collective Memory and the Reconfiguration of contested Space in Argentina’s ESMA” and observes, “Although the development of the Museum of Memory is still an ongoing process, the diverse range of actions taken in just a few of the buildings at ESMA reflects the varied interpretations of the representations of memory.” Parsons quotes Marcelo Brodsky, a photographer who was exiled to Spain during the Dirty War and whose brother was imprisoned in ESMA, and author of “Memoria en construcción ,” who asks “How do you transform a space of horror into a space of memory or are the two inextricably bound to each other in this case?”  Others, such as the organization H.I.J.O.S., push for further justice in the forms of trials for genocide, and finding the bodies of the 30,000 detained-disappeared. In 2012, the UN inaugurated its International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights (CIPDH) with a seminar-workshop at ex ESMA focused on topics of “Memory, truth and justice; Promotion of human rights in democracy: complete conceptualization of human rights with a focus on economic, social and cultural rights; Educational policies and practices linked to human rights; and Communication, culture and art for the promotion of memory and human rights.” 

“Aswan” - Debut Album Release by The Nile Project
NileProjectThe Nile Project announces the release of their debut album “Aswan” which was named one of the five ‘Must-Hear International Albums of the Fall’ by NPR Music. Watch the video from the first concert, view purchasing options, and read more about the project and the call for artists for future recording opportunities.

“Honor the Treaties" short film about the Lakota people of Pine Ridge, South Dakota
Aaron Huey traveled to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to photograph members of the Oglala Lakota Nation and to tell about about poverty and violence in the community, but ended up telling the story of genocide. Huey worked with graphic street artist Shepard Fairey to create a 60-foot mural in Los Angeles about the struggles of the people of the Pine Ridge. "The amazing thing about art is that it can hit people in the gut and affect them emotionally and remind them that they need to be intellectually rigorous about the things that make them feel," said Fairey. "We're so numb to so many things because there's so much white-noise, but art can remind people that they need to care." View the film and read and view the feature in National Geographic from 2012, which call this “A rare, intimate portrait [that] shows their resilience in the face of hardship.” Also, read a blog post and view photos in the New York Times. 


“Transforming Arms Into Art:
Peace-Building in Mozambique

The Asahi Shimbun, Japan
Artwork consisting of weapons from the 1976-92 Mozambique civil war are on display at the “Transforming Arms Into Art: Peace-Building in Mozambique” exhibition, which opened July 11 at the National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) in Suita, Japan. Since about 1997, local artists have disassembled AK-47 assault rifles and other weapons and refashioned the bits into works of art. “Transforming arms into art is to take back the lives of people who might have been killed by the weapons,” said Cristovao Canhavato, one of artists who created “Cycle of Life,” a sculpture of two people on a bicycle... Read more.

Jimmy Engineer: Pakistan’s Painter for Peace
Pakistan's renowned painter and humanitarian, Jimmy Engineer hosted a new international exhibition promoting peaceful relations for the country, titled “Cultural Harmony Between People of Pakistan and Thailand” at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center of Thailand. For Jimmy, world peace is an ideal that cannot be achieved by words alone. His life has revolved around supporting troubled individuals as well as social care institutions, using his art to bring a sort of ‘creative peace’ to humanity... Read more.

“Mosaic” -
A dance-concert explores Palestinian-Israeli conflict


Maria Basile performing the solo
'The Mourning After,' about a
woman who has lost a child in war,
from the concert 'Mosaic.'
Photo credit: Steve DiBartolomeo.

Inspired by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, choreographer Karl Schaffer’s “Mosaic” is a dance-concert featuring Jewish Diaspora and Arab music from the women’s choral group Zambra, singer Fattah Abbou and a troupe of local dancers. “I have a kind of special connection and a responsibility as somebody brought up and raised Jewish to speak about injustices that I see in Israel's treatment of Palestinians,” said Schaffer. “I think people in the U.S. are somewhat familiar with what might be called Jewish humor, but Palestinian humor I think is very similar... To me, it shows a kind of commonality... and that can be very revealing...” Read more and read another article about this concert. 

Peace Angels Project
Lin Evola started the 'Peace Angels' project in 1992, which uses nuclear missiles and street weapons donated from various law enforcement agencies to create to Peace Angel sculptures that have been exhibited worldwide. 100,000 weapons are melted to create a 30-foot statue. "[The statues] are built from the beginning to inspire change, to inspire people to think within themselves, how they can create a better world," Evola explained. Evola also founded the Art of Peace Charitable Trust (AOPCT), a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to interrupting the cycle of violence and actualizing change on a local, regional and national basis... Read more and watch the video. Read an additional article by Evola about the project in the Huffington Post.

Franck de Las Mercedes’ The Peace Box Joins "Art Takes Times Square"
Franck de Las Mercedes’ Peace Boxes or The Priority Boxes Art Project is a public art project that seeks to initiate dialogue on peace, challenge people to reconsider their ability to influence change, and question the fragility, value, and priority given to those concepts. Franck de Las Mercedes sends abstractly painted, seemingly empty boxes to anybody, anywhere in the world, for free. The project was selected to be exhibited in one of the most iconic locations in the world on 9x12-feet LED screens, as part of "Art Takes Times Square," a massive, global art project curated by the Times Square Alliance and Chashama... Read more, or read another article about the project

On Equal Terms:

Women in Skilled Trades 35 Years & Still Organizing
Exhibit by Susan Eisenberg
September 29 - November 1

Opening Reception: October 3, 6:00-8:00 pm
Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center,
107 Suffolk Street #312, New York City
"On Equal Terms" is a touring mixed media art installation by Susan Eisenberg that will exhibit in New York City at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, Sunday, September 22 - Sunday, October 20, 2013, with support from the Berger-Marks Foundation. An opening reception celebrating tradeswomen will be held Thursday, September 26, 6:00-8:00 pm. "On Equal Terms" uses audio, poetry, found objects, photography, banners, historical artifacts, and 3-D mixed media –– including a plywood bathroom shack with graffiti; a “My Kids Know Which Bridges in Town Are Mine!” cake; and Stella, a life-sized figure on a ladder in a diamond hardhat –– to bring viewers into the experiences of women who work on construction sites. Read more about the exhibit and about Susan Eisenberg.

Peace, Love, and Baklava -
An Exhibition of Contemporary Iranian Artists in London

By Sarah Zakzouk | REORIENT Magazine 
The exhibition of contemporary Iranian art titled “Peace, from the Bottom of My Art” of was featured at London’s Opera Gallery from April 25 to May 9, 2013. Sarah Zakzouk shares her experience of the exhibit and discussions with the artists, gallery director, as well as one of the curators Vida Zaim who said, “It wasn’t an exhibition about politics; it was solely … a celebration of art and talent from today’s generation of Iranian artists, and the Iranian people’s interpretation of, and unwavering hope for peace...” Read more.


"Camel Hatred" by Adel Younesi
Photo courtesy of REORIENT Magazine

Exhibition - 
“The Gun Show”
May 4 - 5
Public park, 800 block of Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA
The national debate over gun violence (and gun control) is both heated and polarizing. We believe that a free people should indeed be armed - but guns are not the only tools of empowerment and protection in our human arsenal. With “The Gun Show,” the 779 Art Collective seeks to “disarm” the fiery rhetoric surrounding the gun control debate (in one small corner of the world) by providing a safe place in which to encourage fresh conversation, new thinking, and thoughtful action. In pursuit of this goal, The Gun Show will feature original video and still-image responses to the phrase “A free people ought to be armed with ______.” The Gun Show will take place outdoors, in a public park on the 800 block of Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, MA, May 4 - 5, 2013. All chosen works will be projected onto the side of a building, available for all to see. Read more.

Making it Better: Folk Arts in Pennsylvania Today
This exhibition explores five basic ways that folk artists are "making it better": Shaping Community, Living Creatively in Your World, Practicing Spirituality, Nurturing Well-Being and Health, and Creating Social Change and Awareness.

ArtRage: The Norton Putter Gallery
Based in Syracuse, New York, ArtRage is no ordinary gallery. Its vision for change is one that creates a community of open-minded, tolerant individuals with an appreciation for the inclusion of art in everyday life. They offer events and exhibit art that cultivate critical thinking skills; leading to question the power structures that exist in our society and to imagine other ways of life. They accept submissions of artwork at any time. Download a copy of Artist’s Call.

Arabiqa by Karim Nagi : Arab Arts for Schools
Nagi is a native Egyptian drummer, drummer, DJ, composer and folk dancer. He is well versed in the traditional styles of music, and has lead the Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble since 1999. He promotes and fosters the study of Arab dance in the USA as the director of the Arab Dance Seminar. His Arabiqa program has conducted over 300 school assemblies across America, exposing young audiences to Arab traditional arts. “I don’t believe we can play a few songs and then everyone will have peace and end their conflict, but what I do believe is that familiarity helps people appreciate each other.” Watch the video.

  “Harbor: Survivors Among Us”
February 27
Framingham State University, McCarthy Center
1:30 and 4:30 p.m.  - Installation, Opening and Gallery Talks
7:00pm - Interactive Lecture/Performance and Q & A with Survivors
EDElShafei Dafalla, MFA, is an installation/sound/multimedia artist from Sudan and human rights scholar, and focuses on cultural, political and racial differences in his work. His installation “Harbor: Survivors Among Us” focuses on amplifying the voices of torture survivors and political asylees seeking peace and safe harbor in the U.S., some of them right here in the Boston. Dafalla and Dr. Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg, a professor at Babson College, will present the installation, which conceptual artwork with poetic testimonials, based on asylum seekers’ real life experiences. More information.

Histories of Now: Space for Dialogue, Art and Activism
January 30–March 12, 2013
Barbara and Steven Grossman Gallery
School of Museum of Fine Arts Boston


Skype session with Shaimaa Khalil,
BBC World Service Arab Affairs editor.
Photo: SMFA Boston

Organized in the form of a continued dialogue and culminating with the production of a multimedia publication, "Histories of Now: Space for Dialogue, Art and Activism" transforms the gallery into a site of international and local exchanges focusing on current events in Egypt, and uses these events as a means of discussing a multiplicity of contemporary social movements. Participants, collaborators and speakers include artists from the 2012 SMFA exhibition "Histories of Now: Six Artists From Cairo," Egyptian scholars, artists and representatives of Egyptian cultural institutions, international and local activists, cultural thinkers, SMFA faculty and students and those interested in visiting and participating in this intense, multifaceted six-week project… Read more.


Muslim Women in the Arts: Home and Away – Shared Narratives of Gendered Identity
January 20–May 18, 2012
American Islamic Congress
Boston, MA
“Muslim Women in the Arts” is a unique arts and culture series spotlighting the work of four Boston-based female artists from Iran, Pakistan, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia. The series aims in part to address a lack of exhibits by contemporary Muslim artists in Boston’s galleries and museums, a void that reinforces the perception that Muslim art is limited to calligraphy and rugs. In fact, Boston is home to a vibrant scene of stereotype-shattering artistic innovators from across the Muslim world… Read more.

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Hoop Suite: Creative Exchange for Social Change by Anna Myer and Dancers
HoopLogoAnna Myer is a highly acclaimed, award-winning dancer/choreographer and teacher in the Boston area, well known for her innovative choreography with some “gutsy” edge and collaborations with other artists. Inspired by her previous work, “rap opera,” Street Talk, Suite Talk (STST), Myer created her current work, The Hoop Suite Project (THSP). STST paired classically-trained dancers with urban rap and spoke word artists, set to an original score for violin and organ by acclaimed composer Jakov Jakoulov. THSP is taking a giant step farther, adding teen hip hop dancers, drummers and poets, and behind the scenes tech staff and videographers—many from public housing developments. The project is built on a long-term education plan for inner city teens and forge a common bond within and between diverse communities in the Boston area and urban centers across the nation and beyond. Read more and watch the video about THSP and STST.


ICE, FIRE and EARTH Project by Judith Marcuse: Facilitating dialogue through movement-based arts


"FIRE: where there’s smoke"
production photo
Photo by David Cooper

 Why art for social change? Judith Marcuse says, Art bridges the silos that separate us as we confront today’s pressing issues. Art creates new visions and engagement, connecting the head and the heart.” Marcuse’s career spans over 40 years of professional work as a dancer, choreographer, director, producer, teacher, writer and lecturer in Canada and abroad. Among her many projects, the issue-based ICE, FIRE and EARTH projects, each five years long, involved thousands of youth in workshops, national touring, television production and extensive community collaborations across Canada. The ICE Project explored issues that can lead to teen suicide; the FIRE Project looked at how violence is experienced by young people; and the EARTH Project examined issues of environmental and social justice. Read more about this project. Founder and Co-Director of the International Centre of Art for Social Change, she is an advocate for the integration of arts-based dialogue into diverse social change contexts. (ICASC is a global centre for networking, training, professional development, research and community outreach in the burgeoning field of art for social change.) Read more about ICASC. 

"FIRE: where there’s smoke" production photo
Photo by David Cooper

Fall and Recover: A Case for Using Dance in Peacebuilding by Mariah Steele
This research by Mariah Steele, a Boston-based dancer and teacher, explores how and why dance is well suited to help reach peacebuilding goals such as healing trauma and building community. The research is based on a case study of Irish Modern Dance Theatre's “Fall and Recover,” a dance performed by two professional dancers and eleven survivors of torture and asylum seekers to Ireland. The process of making and performing Fall and Recover was not only incredibly healing for the participants involved, but also helped spread awareness about torture and asylum issues in Ireland and abroad. Steele is also available to give lecture on “Using Dance in Peacebuilding.” Contact Mariah Steele if you’re interested.

nATANDA Dance Theatre of Sri Lanka
nATANDA Dance Theatre is a modern dance troupe based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, founded as a nonprofit organization by Kapila Palihawadana in 2002. Its choreographic style fuses traditional Kandyan dance, ballet, yoga and Bharatha Naatyam. nATANDA investigates the potential of dance for personal development, social inclusion and peacebuilding, and attempts to bridge boundaries of ethnicity, religion and class by seeking to involve dancers of various social backgrounds. Their SINTAMU project consisted of a series of dance workshops and a public performance, working with young people who have been affected by war to explore the expressive potential of dance as an instrument for dialogue. Ranging from ages 14-21, the students and trainers were from a variety of ethnic groups including Tamil, Muslim, Burger and Sinhalese, reflecting nATANDA’s policy of conducting dance workshops without any ethnical barriers. Further opportunities were also given to children from government and international schools to work hand in hand with the children from the School for the Deaf. This valuable experience enabled both sets of children to learn about each other’s worlds. Read more and watch the video.


Call for Peace: Power of hope, tapestry of rhythm, color and dance
Call for Peace Drum & Dance Company (CFP) is a performance arts company that is dedicated to the promotion, practice and understanding of peace, respect and nonviolence locally, nationally and internationally. Through the universal language of dance, traditional drums and contemporary music, CFP breaks down preconceived divisions between different ethnic groups, celebrating the rich and vibrant cultural heritage that makes up humanity. CFP also strives to stimulate and empower youth and adults through education with the knowledge that humanity is not made of subjects apart, but as interconnected racial, cultural and ethnic groups. In communicating this message, CFP aims to recognize the need for global cooperation and the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates’ signed declaration to “build a new culture of nonviolence for humankind which will give hope to all humanity, and in particular, to the children of the world.” Read more.


DNAWORKS: Dialogue and Healing through the Arts
DNAWORKS, co-founded by Adam McKinney and Daniel Banks, Ph.D., is an arts and service organization committed to dialogue and healing through the arts. DNAWORKS is dedicated to furthering artistic expression and dialogue, focusing on issues of identity, culture, class, and heritage. Their philosophy is “art = ritual = healing = community.” Read more.

“Say Enough to All That is Wrong”: Mallika Sarabhai in India
A dancer, choreographer, activist, writer and actor, but above all, Sarabhai claims to be a communicator. Sarabhai is one of India’s leading choreographers and dancers, and director of her own company, Darpana. Darpana works on many levels using the arts for change – grassroots development projects that reach India's neediest populations to live performances created to inspire college youth to think differently about social issues, television shows with strong pro-social content, and more. As a committed social activist, Sarabhai has been advocating for societal education and women’s empowerment in her work to raise awareness on crucial issues in the society. Read more about Sarabhai.


Opera for Fools by Vincent Mantsoe: Exploring apartheid in the shebeen setting in South Africa
Opera for Fools is a physical theatre choreographed and directed by Vincent Mantsoe, one of South Africa's leading contemporary choreographers on the international festival circuit. The work is centered on South Africa's unique shebeen culture and explores a different take on apartheid revealed in the shebeen setting. Shebeens are ililicit bar or club where alcoholic beverages are sold without a license. In South Africa, sheebeens are often located in black townships where under apartheid, black Africans could not enter a pub or bar reserved for whites. Shebeens are still in existence in South Africa today and continue to bring people of different races together through music and dance.

: Art Exhibition on immigration, migration, and/or family trees.
hereJanuary 12 – March 16, 2013
Spoke Gallery, Medicine Wheel Productions, Boston, MA
HERE is a group show that features the work of: Ahmed Abdalla, Genara Banzon, L’Merchie Frazier, Dell M. Hamilton, Josephine Pergola, Dan McCole, Courtney Moy, and Mario Quiroz. The exhibition investigates immigration, migration, and/or family trees/legacy. The gallery and connected events are free and open to the public. More information.


The Emergency of Love in Times of Terror
: Bilingual Reading & Book Signing (Persian & English)

February 3
, 5:00-7:00 pm
Touch Art Gallery, Cambridge, MA

Featuring poets and translators, Mahmood  Karimi-Hakak & Bill  Wolak.
For more information please call (617) 547-0017.

Women Redrawing the World Stage
January 29 – February 23, 2013

SOHO20, New York City
These artists are breaking free of their traditional roles as they leave their homelands, some by choic, and others as exiles. They have traveled to new parts of the world and draw on themes and values from their heritage. Some have struggled to find a voice that bridges the cultural divide, while others have embraced their culture diversity and celebrate it in their work. Each of these artists addresses complex legacies of identity, violence, gender, mobility, dislocation, religion and culture. In "Women Redrawing the World Stage." borders collapse, heritages combine and a new map emerges of a cross cultural mix that is emblematic of our time. Read more


Keep Alive the Spirit of Al-Mutanabbi Street!
al-Mutanabbi Street Project, a lament and a commemoration of the singular power of words, is seeking to make visible the literary bridge that connects us all across continents, across cultures and the passage of time. What does it mean when any powerful group tries to erase culture, attack writers and artists, and control the free exchange of ideas?  

On March 5, 2007, a car bomb exploded in Baghdad's historic literary and intellectual community, named for the famed tenth century Arab poet Al- Mutanabbi. Thirty people were killed; more than a hundred were wounded. 

Along with the deeply felt human loss, Baghdad also grieved the attack on its cultural center, a place of lively cafes and thoughtful bookstores, of conversations in tea and tobacco shops. The inventory of al-Mutanabbi Street was as diverse as the Iraqi population, including literature of Iraq and the Middle East, history, political theory, popular novels, scholarly works, religious tracts, technical books, poetry, and mysteries; stationery and blank school notebooks could be purchased on this street, along with children’s books, comics, and magazines. While Arabic was the predominate language, books in Persian, French, German, and English were also represented.

al-Mutanabbi Street Project is a response to this bombing incident. Beau Beausoleil, a poet and bookseller in San Francisco, put out a worldwide call to artists to respond to this human tragedy and attack on culture. Two hundred and sixty artists from twenty-four countries answered the call, creating original books… Read more and watch the video.

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Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here
January through June, 2013
Cambridge City Hall Annex Gallery, Cambridge, MA
The Al-Mutanabbi Street Project is showcasing three exhibits in Cambridge, Massachusetts from January through June, 2013. See more upcoming exhibits worldwide.


The Art Garden
The Art Garden is a nonprofit organization in a small rural town of Shelburne Falls in Massachusetts. It was built on the philosophy of community-supported art, similar to the model of community supported agriculture (CSA). It is founded in the power of a collaborative art to foster creative energy, idea, skills, commitment, and personal empowerment, and to enhance the ability to build community through participation in the creative process. The Art Garden seeks to create a nurturing, non-judgmental and inspirational environment where people of all ages can experience and engage in the creative process, and explore and exchange ideas through individual and collaborative art-making. Relationships between materials, images, ideas, self, and community are cultivated with questioning, poetic vision and social/ecological consciousness… Read more.

Art Garden

Paper mache workshop using recycled and reused materials, part of a
collaboration with Charlemont Public Library summer reading program. 
Photo Credit:  Kathy Hallenbeck

Film: Big Top Without Borders

The film “Big Top Without Borders” centers on two dynamic men from distant corners of the world who come together and discover they share a common dream: to help their communities by creating a circus. Guillaume Saladin (tall, white, bald) and Yamoussa Bangoura (short, black, dreadlocks) meet as acrobats in Montreal’s acclaimed Cirque Eloize, and return home to transform their struggling communities with the power of performance. Guillaume is from a tiny Inuit community in the Canadian Arctic; Yamoussa is from Conakry, Guinea, West Africa, a large undeveloped metropolis. Both places are reeling from a legacy of colonization which has decimated their cultures and triggered desperate social problems. Both men want to give back to their communities and appreciate the importance of rooting the young performers in their own culture by rediscovering their lost traditions… Read more, view the trailer, and visit their fundraising page.

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Opportunities and Resources

Call for Applications:
CEC ArtsLink Independent Projects

Application deadline: December 3, 2013
Eligible project dates: May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015
Maximum award: $5,000
cecCEC ArtsLink Independent Projects awards provide funding to artists and arts managers who propose to undertake projects in the United States in collaboration with a U.S. non-profit arts organization or individual artist. Support is provided to create new work that draws inspiration from interaction with artists and the community in the U.S.; to establish mutually beneficial exchange of ideas and expertise between artists, arts organizations and the local community and to pursue artistic cooperation that will enrich creative or professional development or has potential to expand the community's access to the art of other cultures. Read about the 2013 Independent Projects Awardees. For more information, call 212-643-1985 x22 or e-mail al@cecartslink.org.

Building Peace: A Forum for Peace and Security in the 21st Century
A publication of the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP)
 The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP)publishes and disseminates dynamic content on peacebuilding and models for the field that reach a broad audience, including members of our own community, other nongovernmental organizations, funders, policymakers, and others. One of AfP's publications is "Building Peace: A Forum for Peace and Security in the 21st Century," a magazine that shares stories of people, communities, and organizations that are transforming the face of peace and security around the world. Their latest issue "Preventing Deadly Conflict" gathered many stories under this theme about the creative ways adopted by peacebuilders around the world to prevent deadly violence. Read more.

Compathos Foundation
compathosCompathos Foundation is a media production, education and research organization harnessing the power of the arts and media to inspire transformation, global citizenry and social action. The organization features art, artists and arts organizations that share their vision, cultivates this community, and produces professional media content that enables a broad audience to identify entry points for action. Recently, Compathos featured a review of the "Acting Together on the World Stage" documentary. Read more.

The Rwanda Healing Project -
Program and documentary of the same name

Launched in 2004, this multi-faceted program deals with the grief of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and offers education, development, and hope for life in the future. The organization Barefoot Artists launched a series of programs, for example, the construction of a unique pottery community center in  the Rugerero Twa Village with the full engagement of the community, expanding the boundaries of art as a vehicle for healing and transformation of individuals, families and community. The film "The Rwanda Healing Project" is an art piece in itself, which depicts the completion, dedication and impact of the building of the Rugerero Genocide Memorial sponsored by Barefood Artists. Learn more about the project and the film.

Peacebuilding and the Arts in Latin America

La Mujer de Negro de “Adiós Ayacucho”: La no presencia (The Woman in Black of “Goodbye Ayacucho”: The absence)

by Ana Correa, Peru
Ana Correa, who is featured in the documentary “Acting Together on the World Stage,” wrote about being introduced to the work of Miguel, Augusto, and Julio Ortega in “Adiós Ayacucho,” a play that documents the personal experiences of the 'disappeared' people of Peru and their families. Ana writes of her personal emotional experiences of performing the play, and feeling the suffering of the disappeared and the suffering of their families, moved by things like the use of music and the use of the actual clothes of a disappeared person Alfonso Canepa, a peasant leader. She describes how Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani’s  performances follow traditional Peruvian ancestral shamanic ritual theater, which is a fine balance between fiction and reality, to depict the history as well as feelings and experience of the people during those times. Yuyachkani honors the work of all three men who worked to tell the story of Adiós Ayacucho in various written and theatrical forms. Read Ana's reflection (in Spanish).

Claudia Bernardi
Claudia Bernardi is an internationally known visual artist who works in the fields of human rights and social justice. She works in installations, sculpture, and printmaking, and collaborates in projects with dance, theater, and spoken word. She has worked for over 20 years locally and internationally designing art–in–community projects for political refugees and survivors of torture from Latin America. Most recently she has focused on developing art–in–community projects to be carried out in countries at war or in postwar periods. She created the Walls of Hope, an international art and human rights project of art, education, conflict resolution, crime prevention, diplomacy building, community development and preservation of historic memory. Bernardi's latest collaborative project is the Walls of Hope/African American Elders Share Memories of Integration during the Civil Rights Movement in the 60’s, a collaborative and community based project with students of Mary Baldwin College (MBC), African American elders from Staunton, West Virginia, and the School of Art of Perquin, El Salvador. Read more about Bernardi's work, about her artist residency at MBC, her professorship at the California College of the Arts, and about her other past works

BCA Study Abroad Opportunity - Ecuador


Photo credit:
Pachaysana Institute

Daniel Bryan is the program director of a new study abroad program based in the Ecuadorian Amazon called “Rehearsing Change: Empowering Locally, Educating Globally” operated by the Pachaysana Institute in partnership with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. The program engages students from North America with members of local indigenous communities in sustainable development projects/service learning, theatre for social change, cultural and historical study, and work on Spanish language, and is operated by the Pachaysana Institute in partnership with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. The program is also offering independent study opportunities for students, for which they can also receive academic credit. Read more about the program.

Teatro por La Identidad y La Memoria and Abuelas (Teatroxlaidentidad)
Teatroxlaidentidad is a political theater movement of actors, playwrights, directors, choreographers, technicians and producers. It is one of the artistic arm of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, a group founded in 1977 in Argentina dedicated specifically to fighting for the return of their disappeared grandchildren. Teatroxlaidentidad was founded in 2000 in response to the painful reality that even today 500 children are still missing. It uses theater as a socio-cultural tool to deepen and raise concerns about "identity." Acting Together contributor Roberto Gutiérrez Varea speaks about Teatroxlaidentidad in his chapter of the Acting Together anthology Volume 1 (read the chapter summary). On October 15th, the group will host their annual event under the theme “Solo Faltas Voz/ You Only Lack Voice.” 

Chile - Víctor Hugo Robles: El Che de los Gays
The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
By Carmen Oquendo-Villar | New York University
While studying in university Víctor observed Commander Che Guevara’s image as it became both a fashionable de-politicized logo as well as a potent anti-establishment symbol used by a wide spectrum of human rights movements and individuals affirming their own liberation. Víctor Hugo's public persona "el Che de los Gays" emerged as a politicized, performative character bent on provoking the "establishment"-from government agencies to established left-wing and LGBT organizations. Specifically, Robles chose to incarnate the intersection of homosexuality and politics to draw attention to the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS in Chile as well as Chilean society's haunting fear of contagion. Read more.

Chile in Progress: Literature, music and public spaces (in Spanish)
The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
By Ruby Carreño Bolivar  |  Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
This article explores the Chilean university system including access for first-generation students, compensation for professors, and generally the conditions under which knowledge is produced, reproduced, and created. Read more.

Vértice Brasil
Vértice Brasil is a biennial meeting and festival that focuses on the discussion and promotion of artistic and cultural initiatives that concern women’s work in contemporary theatre. It was created in 2008 and integrates The Magdalena Project, an international network that connects women from different parts of the world. Vértice Brasil also hosts artistic residencies and participates in events in Brazil and abroad that can promote visibility to women’s work in theatre and performance. Read more.

"Tribo de Atuadores" - Political Violence in Brazil
“Tribo de Atuadores Ói Nóis Aqui Traveiz” is a theater group founded in 1978 out of a desire for the radical renewal of theater language. Their three main areas of work are: Street Theater, born out of political protests; Experience Theater, in the sense of a shared experience; and artistic pedagogical work. Their performance “Where? Action nº2” provokes, in poetic form, reflections on our recent past and the still-open wounds suffered during the military dictatorship. The action joins in with the movement of thousands of Brazilians to demand that the Federal Government continue to investigate the fate of victims disappeared during the military regime. Read more, view photos and video from the show, and visit their website.

"Behind the Dream” Project
This new audio book “Behind the Dream” tells the story of Dr. Clarence Jones, personal lawyer to Martin Luther King Jr., and sole survivor of his inner circle. Dr. Jones' account gives insight into the factors leading up to Dr. King’s "I Have a Dream" speech, which actually did not include those words until Dr. King, spurred by legendary singer Mahalia Jackson who performed just before his turn, seized the moment for posterity. Read more and listen to audio excerpts of the book.

RFP: Fellowships for Socially Engaged Arts
Letters of Interest Due: December 2

The Blade of Grass (ABOG) Fellowship for Socially Engaged Arts supports individual artists and artists collectives working on projects that promote art as a catalyst for social change. Read more.

Maurice J. and Fay B. Karpf Peace Awards
Deadline: October 29
The Maurice J. and Fay B. Karpf Peace Awards are given annually to people who wish to work toward coexistence and peaceful ways of addressing and resolving conflicts of many sorts. Brandeis undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply for the awards. The awards are meant to enhance peace culture as it evolves in our society and elsewhere in the world. Applications must be in one of these three categories: art works and essays on peace; travel grants for participation in a peace project or conference in this country or elsewhere;  or seed money for peace-related projects not involving travel. Read more.

Artists for Peace and Justice
Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) supports communities in Haiti through programs in education, healthcare, and dignity, and is committed to long-term, sustainable development in direct partnership with the Haitian people. APJ aims to remove the barriers that poverty poses to a future of opportunity for children in Haiti. Haiti is a nation of artists, with rhythm and music as the driving forces of Haitian culture. APJ supports independently run programs in Haiti that provide music education to thousands of underprivileged youth each year. Read more.


Call for Student Papers & Creative Projects: "Managing Diversity in Divided Societies” Conference
Georgetown University Conflict Resolution Program
Abstracts Due: October 15th; Submissions Due: December 1
gTOWNConference: January 30-31, 2014
How can the arts be used to engage diversity and enhance societal well-being?  How can they transform potentially divisionary forces of diversity and enrich peace and just relationships? This conference seeks to address this puzzle by bringing together leading researchers, practitioners, and graduate students who are engaging with issues of diversity. A call has been issued for submissions of student visual arts, creative writing, or videography that address these questions. Awards will be given for the pieces that best represent peaceful diversity management. Send a note of intent to participate and a short (250 word) description of your piece to diversityconference@georgetown.edu. View the flyer for details about the submission requirements and conference, and visit the conference Facebook page.

Teaching Resources: Arts and Middle Eastern Studies
The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) hosts an online library of lesson plans for teachers including a subsection on the arts with lesson plans on topics such as “War and Remembrance.” The CMES email listserv for teachers also highlighted the resource website of a Fulbright fellow called Arts & Identity” that features resources for teachers on arts and identity in Israel and Palestine and. The site includes portraits of artists and arts organizations and serves as a tool to look at Palestinian and Israeli identity through the lenses of these artists and art organizations.

Call For Papers:
European Peace Research Association (EuPRA) 8th Conference:
"Building Positive Peace in Europe and Its Neighborhood"
November 7-9, 2013
Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus
Abstract Deadline: September 20
EuPRAEurope, after major wars which led to long-lasting peace, stands as an example of a peace-zone compared to many other places on our planet. However, within Europe, one would see increasing tensions between North and South, even East-West, and between the center and periphery within Europe and absence of sustainable peace within several European countries.So there are enough reasons to question to what extent the EU can be regarded as a “Peaceful Power” for itself as well as for its neighborhood.  The 8th EuPRA Conference welcomes all kinds of papers and presentations concerning peace in Europe and its neighborhood. Abstracts are due by September 20. Read more about conference and download the application

4-Day Workshop: Innovation & Renewal

in Applied and Therapeutic Theatre
August 1 - 4, 2013
Berkeley, California
The Living Arts Counseling Center and the International Institute of Applied and Therapeutic Theatre are offering this workshop/training for expressive arts therapists, life coaches, theatre workers, social activists, teachers, and more. The workshop aims to reignite the creative spark which inspires personal and professional growth, revitalize professional tool kits through deep explorations of various theatrical and therapeutic processes, and to discover bold, new approaches to individual and social change. The facilitators will challenge traditional therapeutic and theatrical roles and explore techniques such as ‘sound and movement transformations’ and ‘spontaneous self-revelatory performance.’ Read more and register.

CEC ArtsLink -
Engaging communities through international arts partnerships
CEC ArtsLink's unique programs offer support, residencies, workshops and professional exchanges to contemporary artists and arts managers in all genres in the U.S. and 37 countries abroad. CEC ArtsLink promotes international communication and understanding through collaborative, innovative arts projects for mutual benefit and believes that the work of artists and arts administrators can help nations overcome long histories of reciprocal distrust, insularity and conflict. CEC ArtsLink offers grants and residencies for artists, arts managers, and U.S. non-profit arts organizations, as well as other programs and events... Learn more and find them on Facebook and Twitter.

"Acts of Activism: Human Rights as Radical Performance"
By Dr. Soyini Madison (Cambridge University Press: 2010) 

Followers of “Acting Together” will be delighted by this exquisitely written ethnography of sub-Saharan activist performances that engage communities in issues of women’s rights, human rights, tradition and modernity, all in the context of extreme poverty. In her epilogue, the author writes that “If we can imagine the power of an idea, a word, an act spinning in a direction and an order – emboldened at each turn by paths of light and indomitable human will – can we re-imagine our world?” Learn more and order your copy.

Book: “International Women Stage Directors
Published by University of Illinois Press
(Forward written by Roberta Levitow mentioning Dijana Milošević)
A fascinating study of women in the arts, “International Women Stage Directors” is a comprehensive examination of women directors in twenty-four diverse countries. Organized by country, chapters provide historical context and emphasize how social, political, religious, and economic factors have impacted women's rise in the theatre, particularly in terms of gender equity. Contributors tell the stories of their home country's pioneering women directors and profile the most influential women directors practicing today, examining their career paths, artistry, and major achievements. Read more and pre-order your copy.

Prometheus Radio Project
The Prometheus Radio Project is a non-profit organization that builds, supports, and advocates for community radio stations which empower participatory community voices and movements for social change. Prometheus works to demystify technologies and the political process that governs access to our media system and offers free webinars on topics like how to how to apply for a community radio license. The Project values radio because it is easy to produce, free to consume, and accessible to more people across the world than any other mass media, and believes it is a proven tool for movement-building and cultural expression... Read more.

New York Foundation for the Art Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists
Application Deadline: Friday, June 21, 11:59pm
The New York Foundation for the Art’s Mentoring Program pairs immigrant artists working in all disciplines with artist mentors who provide one-on-one support for their mentee, guiding them to achieve specific goals. From July - September 2013, mentors will provide their mentee with broader access to the New York cultural landscape by sharing ideas, advice, resources and experiences. The Mentoring Program provides an opportunity to connect with other immigrant artists through group meetings that include professional development workshops, events and informal gatherings. The opportunity is open to immigrant artists from all disciplines based in the New York Tri-State area and provided free of charge to accepted participants. Learn more about the opportunity and application guidelines, and for additional information email i.outreach@nyfa.org.

Panel for Peace:
Panel and Live Webcast from Rotterdam, The Netherlands
June 22, 1:00pm Eastern Time (7:00 CEST)
As part of the Grassroots Peacebuilding project, the Dutch organization Formaat is organizing “Panel for Peace,” an interactive dialogue on the use of Participatory Drama for conflict transformation and peacebuilding. The Panel for Peace will initiate and stimulate the dialogue on using wide ranging forms of interactive and participatory theatre for working in and around areas of conflict. The panel will analyze and reflect on the strengths and opportunities, and the challenges and threats to community-based work using Participatory Drama to address and transform conflict. To attend in person, email info@formaat.org to register, or if you are not able attend in Rotterdam, check the website later for the posted link to join online.

The Vera List Center for Art and Politics
at The New School of New York
Vera List Center was founded in 1992 and named in honor of the late philanthropist Vera G. List. The Center is dedicated to serving as a catalyst for the discourse on the role of the arts in society and their relationship to the sociopolitical climate in which they are created. It seeks to achieve this goal by organizing public programs that respond to the pressing social and political issues of our time as they are articulated by the academic community and by visual and performing artists... Learn more about the Vera List Center.

Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI)
2013 Summer Training
August 5-20, 2013
DMZ Peace-Life Valley, Inje, South Korea
NARPIThe Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI) works to strengthen and empower people in Northeast Asia, a region of historical, territorial, military and nuclear tensions, by providing peacebuilding training and building cross-cultural networks. NARPI is hosting its annual Summer Training on August 5-20 at DMZ Peace-Life Valley education center in Inje, South Korea. During the summer peacebuilding institute, participants from Northeast Asia receive training in the areas of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, restorative justice, and mediation. Within these training programs we also seek to build relationships between people from different parts of Asia and to practice transformative approaches to conflict and cultural differences. Read the 2013 Summer Training information package, view the webpage, or apply now.

Department of Public Imagination - 
A new residency and training program for socially engaged artists
The Design Studio for Social Intervention and Community Labor United are excited to announce the Dept. of Public Imagination, a new interdisciplinary residency and training program for socially engaged artists in Boston that aims to build creative partnerships between artists and member-led community groups in the Greater Boston area. The program will select three artists for the 2013-2014 pilot year and each artist will receive a stipend, shared workspace, and will participate in a weekly training colloquium. The cornerstone of the program will be a seven-month partnership with a community-based organization, where each artist will work collaboratively to initiate cultural organizing projects that address the specific challenges and aspirations of their group’s community base. Application materials will be available the week of April 29, 2013. In the meantime, interested applicants can email the program coordinators at residency@ds4si.org to be added to the email list, or read more about the opportunity.

Call for Artists:
ARTEM (ARt TEchnology Management)
Nancy, France
Deadline: June 3, 2013, 12:00pm
The city of Nancy, France, invites artists to submit a site-specific project/piece of artwork as design and installation commission for ARTEM (ARt TEchnology Management). ARTEM is a unique university concept and network throughout Europe, founded by Ecole Supérieure Nationale des Mines, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art and ICN Business School, with the primary aim of fostering interdisciplinary education, based on creating and exchanging knowledge. All contemporary art forms will be considered. The proposal should reflect this groundbreaking initiative to produce and disseminate new forms of intelligence and culture. Read more about the call for artists. View ARTEM website (in French). 

The 2013 International Symposium on the African Union & Cultural Diplomacy -
"African Perspectives: An African Vision for Positive Developments in Africa"
June 4–7, 2013
Pretoria, South Africa
The focus of this conference will be on the role and successes of the African Union (AU) as an intergovernmental regional organization seeking to combat political, social and economic inequalities, and will consider the AU’s past achievements as well as future challenges. The conference seeks to highlight Africa´s self-attained achievements as well as it´s increasing emancipation from the often assumed dependency on the Western world. The three conference themes include “The rise of corporate Africa,” “African solutions for African challenges (human development),” and “Community development through arts, culture and sports.” Participation is open to governmental and diplomatic officials, civil society practitioners, young professionals, students and scholars, private sector representatives, journalists, and other interested stakeholders from across the world. Participants are welcome to submit a paper about issues related to the goals of the conference. Learn more about the conference or apply now.

The ArtReach Foundation
Since 1999, The ArtReach Foundation’s mission has been to influence and assist, through creative expressive arts therapies, the growth and development of children and adults who have experienced the traumatic effects of war, violence, and/or natural disaster. Research has shown that expressive art is an enormously effective means of helping traumatized children and adults cope with their traumas. It also gives them the tools necessary to lead productive lives. ArtReach Teams begin their preparation with a careful study of the cultural ideologies and economic characteristics of the country, region or community that form the backdrop for the experience of trauma. There was an emphasis on creating a safe and supportive environment that encouraged and enabled mutual respect, good listening, sharing, and meaningful self-expression. Children and teachers, in turn, become catalysts for change within their own families. Learn more about the Foundation’s work.  

Artraker Award 2103 – Call for Submissions
Deadline: May 1, 2013
International Conflict and Security (INCAS) Consulting Ltd.  created the Artraker Award in 2012 to fund art that makes a direct positive change in countries that have experienced social upheaval and violent conflict. The annual prize of GBP2500 is awarded on September 21, International Peace Day, in London. The ten most inspiring submissions to this year’s Artraker Award will be invited to join the Artrakers Network, promoting them to peace-builders, curators and other art world professionals. The Artraker Fund accepts submissions from artists of all nationalities and at any stage of their careers. The submission deadline is May 1. Learn more and apply.

Look Forward and Carry on the Past: Stories from Philadelphia’s Chinatown
A documentary film by Barry Dornfeld and Deborah Kodish illustrates the strength and complexity of Philadelphia’s only remaining community of color in the city’s center. The film attends to the role of folk arts and community cultural expression in the community’s continuing struggles for respect and survival. Touching on community efforts to stop a stadium from being built in the neighborhood, and on other occasions when the community comes together (including Mid-Autumn Festival and New Year), the documentary attends to the everyday interactions, relationships, and labor—so often overlooked—that build and defend endangered communities. Watch  the video.

Call for Applications:
Marionettes for Engaged for Peace

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was created in 1948 with the mission to "construct the defenses of peace.” A working group of UNESCO on the Culture of Peace announces the project Marionettes Engaged for Peace. Applications are welcomed from all from all regions of the world to demonstrate their feelings about need for peace through the art of puppetry. Submissions should fall under a chosen theme and can be silent or voiced. Accepted languages include French, English, Spanish, Portuguese or Esperanto. Applicants should film their marionette performance and submit it by May 15, 2013. The submissions will be reviewed by the organizing committee and awards will be given in June. On September 25, a ceremony will be held to showcase a selection of films as well as several live puppet shows. More information.

Winter School of Folklore
Application deadline: April 30, 2013
Central University of Jharkhand
Ranchi, India
One of the key-concepts of folklore is the cultural process of creating future out of the past. The winter school hosted by the Centre for Indigenous Culture at the Central University of Jharkhand in Ranchi, India brings together doctoral students from different countries to discuss the relationship between tradition and creativity, stability and change in folklore past and present. The program features lectures, seminars, fieldwork among the tribal peoples of Jharkhand, and an academic symposium, all conducted in English. Participation is limited to 20 students, and an equal number will be selected from India and other countries. Applicants are asked to send a letter of motivation (200-300 words) and a short CV to winterschool2014@gmail.com by April 30, 2013. More information.

Call for Papers - High Stakes: Risk and Performance
“About Performance” - Journal of the Department of Performance Studies, University of Sydney, Australia
Proposal deadline: March 31
About Performance” the Journal of the Department of Performance Studies at the University of Sydney, which focuses on multi- disciplinary performance studies, is seeking proposals for papers for a special upcoming issue titled “High Stakes:  Risk and Performance.” The issue aims to explore the risks involved in performance practices, which have often been valued in terms of the ‘safe space’ they provide. Applicants are asked to submit a 200- 300 word proposal to both editors Dr. Paul Dwyer (Paul.Dwyer@sydney.edu.au) and Dr. Mary Ann Hunter (MaryAnn.Hunter@utas.edu.au) by March 31. More information.


Scholarships Available: Americans for the Art Annual Convention
Application Deadline: February 28
AArtsConference: June 14 – 16
Pittsburgh, PA
Americans for the Arts is offering scholarships for its annual convention this summer. Specific scholarships offer opportunities to individuals working to advance the arts at the local level, PA-based cultural organizations, and more. Applicants must be members of Americans for the Arts to apply. More information.

How to Start a Revolution: Documentary film about Dr. Gene Sharp
February 24revolution
Zumix, Boston, MA
"How to Start a Revolution" documents the 2011 Egyptian revolution and shows how Dr. Sharp's writings on nonviolent action contributed to the "Arab Spring." It is set in Egypt and East Boston, where Dr. Sharp has lived since the late 1960s and operated his Albert Einstein Institute for many years. Dr. Sharp has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize TWICE, including in 2012, when he was considered a favorite to win it. Jamila Raqib, executive director of the Albert Einstein Institute, and filmmaker Ruaridh Arrow will also participate in the Q&A. This is truly a unique opportunity to learn about one of our distinguished neighbors and hear him speak about his life and work. Come be inspired for whatever struggle you're engaged in. Learn more.


A Working Guide to the Landscape of Arts for Change: by Betsy Peterson
A collection of writings depicting the wide range of ways the arts make community, civic, and social change.


American Folklore Society
The American Folklore Society is an association of people who study and communicate knowledge about folklore throughout the world. The Society's 2013 annual meeting will be held on October 16-19 in Providence, Rhode Island. The theme for the meeting, on which presentations will be encouraged but not required, is "Cultural Sustainability.” March 31st is the deadline for submitting a proposal. Read more.


Museum of International Folk Art
The mission of the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) is to enrich the human spirit by connecting people with the arts, traditions, and cultures of the world. As a home to the world’s largest collection of folk art, MOIFA explores the dynamics of artistic expression in the context of cultural change. Through its collections, exhibitions, publications, and educational programs, the museum expands perceptions of folk art and encourages dialogue about traditions, cultural identity, community and aesthetics. Learn more.

National Native Artists Grant: New England Foundation for the Arts

Grants support teaching, learning, and collaborating of traditional and/or contemporary Native art forms between two Native artists from two different regions. Grants up to $1,500 are available per exchange… Learn more.


Jubilation Foundation Fellowships for teaching artists
Deadline: February 28
The Jubilation Foundation wants to bring forth the joyful side of human
nature for a whole and healthy world. We believe that music and movement --
wherever and however it happens -- can promote well-being in the individual
and the community. Jubilation Fellows (individuals) receive $5000/year for two years. You may nominate yourself or someone else, but only residents of the United States are eligible. Learn more.

Franklin Furnace Fund: Call for Artists

Deadline April 1, 2013
This season is the 28th anniversary of the Franklin Furnace Fund. Initiated in 1985 with the support of Jerome Foundation, Franklin Furnace has annually awarded grants to emerging artists selected by peer panel review to enable them to prepare major performance art works. Events are presented in partnership with collegial venues, online, or, in the city environment. Grants range between $2,000 and $10,000 based on the peer review panel allocation of funding received by Franklin Furnace. Artists from all areas of the world are encouraged to apply; however, artists supported by funding from Jerome Foundation must live in the five boroughs of New York. Full-time students are ineligible. Learn more.

Association of Performing Arts Presenters Seeks Proposals for Projects to Increase Awareness of Muslim Cultures

The Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement program, an initiative of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, is accepting proposals from performing arts presenting organizations based in the United States for projects designed to increase awareness of Muslim cultures.


New England Women in Photography- Bring it to the Table: Portfolio Sharing & Conversation
April 21, 2013
10:00 am–12:30 pm
Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston
$10 per person, $5 with a student ID
Attendees will divide into facilitated discussion groups. If you would like
to share your work, bring no more than 10 images on laptop, tablet, or in
print and plan on approximately 10 minutes. Please think of questions for
the group and consider the type of feedback you are hoping to receive. RSVP required by April 18 at www.newip2013.eventbrite.com

The Design Studio for Social Intervention: Seeking artist/art team to collaborate on “Making Planning Processes Public” project

The Design Studio for Social Intervention seeks an artist/art team to collaborate with them on creating unexpected signage in Upham’s Corner in conjunction with their pop-up exhibit entitled “Making Planning Processes Public.” This exhibit, to open in late April or early May, is called "Making Planning Processes Public." Each commission will pay $2,500. Art Commission 1: Exhibit Development (PDF with full description available online), Art Commission 2: Public Signage (PDF with full description available online.) Applications are due on February 28. Contact: art@ds4si.org.


Institute for Actors and Directors
June 17 – July 5, 2013
DAH Theatre Research Centre
Belgrade, Russia
Application Deadline: June 5, 2013
DAHThis summer DAH Theatre Research Centre is offering the Institute for Actors and Directors, which is an intense three-week program of practical workshops and events designed for actors, dancers and directors using contemporary theatre techniques. Participants will indulge in a creative process of physical and vocal training, creating material, and experience how to build a performance through the process of montage. During the first week of the Institute, the students will be working with actresses Maja Vujović and Sanja Krsmanović Tasić, renowned voice and movement specialists. Two other weeks of the Institute will be led by the director and cofounder of Dah Theatre Dijana MiloševićLearn more about the Institute and view the flyer. To apply, download the application form and submit it to ivana.milenovic@dahteatarcen tar.com. Application deadline: June 5, 2013.

Festival Cinema Invisible: Accepting Submissions

May 15–19, 2013
Montreal, Canada
cinema-invFestival Cinema Invisible (FCI) is an independent, not-for-profit venue dedicated to celebration of the Middle Eastern films that international audience may not otherwise see. FCI provides filmmakers with the opportunity to learn and grow by exhibiting their creative works, while encouraging Canadian and international public to expand their understanding and knowledge of the cinema of the Middle East. FCI, aspiring to entertain and move the audience, features documentaries, Independent, narratives, short and full length films, as well as animations, experimental and other cutting edge technologies. More information.


Writers at risk of human rights: International Writers Project Fellowship at Brown University
The Brown Department of Literary Arts and Thomas J. Watson Institute for International Studies are seeking applications and nominations for the 2013 - 2014 International Writers Project Fellowship. The fellowship provides institutional, intellectual, artistic and social support to writers who face personal danger, oppression, and/or threats to their livelihood in nations throughout the world. Each academic year, the fellowship is granted to one writer who is unable to practice free expression in his or her homeland. Deeply practical in nature and intention, the academic-year fellowship covers the costs of relocation and the writer’s living expenses in the U.S., and also provides an office on the campus of Brown University for ten months. Writers interested in applying for the fellowship should send a case history, providing publishing history and explaining need, a writing sample (preferably in English), and a resume, to the Department of Literary Arts, Box 1923, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912, or they may email materials to iwp@brown.edu. More information  (click on IWP).


Dance, Human Rights, and Social Justice: Dignity in Motion:
 Book edited 
by Naomi Jackson and Toni Shapiro-Phim
bookThis book presents a wide-ranging compilation of essays, spanning more than 15 countries. Organized in four parts, the articles examine the regulation and exploitation of dancers and dance activity by government and authoritative groups, including abusive treatment of dancers within the dance profession; choreography involving human rights as a central theme; the engagement of dance as a means of healing victims of human rights abuses; and national and local social/political movements in which dance plays a powerful role in helping people fight oppression.


Dancing at the Crossroads: Research/practice project at the University of British Columbia
Under the direction of Professors Michelle LeBaron and Carrie MacLeod, this project explores how dance and movement combined with narrative can broaden peacemaking capacities in intercultural conflicts. Theoretical grounding for the project comes from interdisciplinary research on dance and kinesthetic learning, neuroscience, social psychology, expressive arts and intercultural conflict resolution. The Dancing at the Crossroads project investigates somatic dynamics of perception, attribution, and cognitive habits in conflict, and identifies potential contributions of movement-based practices to training and practices in conflict transformation. Read more.


The Clyde Fitch Report: The nexus of arts and politics
Arts and politics are wedded ideas indispensable to the fabric and soul of society. For this reason, The Clyde Fitch Report website serves as a forum where representatives of artistic disciplines and a range of political beliefs may engage and argue, teach and learn, discover their commonalities, and, if possible, demolish their differences. Read more.

Fellowship Program for Historical Dialogue and Accountability: Fall 2013
Columbia University
Columbia University is accepting applications for the 2013 Fellowship for Historical Dialogue and Accountability. They encourage interested parties from around the world and from a wide range of professional sectors—including, but not limited to, human rights practitioners, journalists, academics, educators, filmmakers, artists—to apply. Read more or visit their website.


Call for Papers – Peacebuilding Journal
Inaugural 2013 Issue

University of Manchester
Submission Deadline: Ongoing
“Peacebuilding” will be an international, comparative, multidisciplinary journal open to articles on contemporary and historical cases. It will aim to provide in-depth analyses of the ideologies, philosophies, interests, and policies that underpin peacebuilding programs and initiatives, and to connect with debates being held by policymakers, civil society personnel, scholars and students. “Peacebuilding” will be particularly interested in contributions from the ‘subjects’ of peacebuilding, as well as theoretical and methodological innovations. One of the themes the editors are interested in is how the current peacebuilding paradigm produces political subjectivity, and how this is responded to by the recipients of peacebuilding operations. Read more.

Princess Grace Foundation -USA Seeks Nominations for 2013 Theater Awards Program

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging theater, dance, and film artists who are at the outset of their careers or at an early stage of professional development. The foundation is currently inviting nominations for its 2013 Theater Grants Program. Typically ranging from $7,500 to $30,000, Theater Grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships are awarded to actors, directors, and designers (costume, set, sound, projection, or lighting) who have been nominated by artistic directors of theater companies and deans or department chairs of professional schools in theater. Grants are not currently available for composers, lyricists, dramaturgs, managers, or music directors. More information.


The Fender Music Foundation Grant Process
The Fender Music Foundation awards instruments and equipment to eligible music instruction programs. These items are lightly used, blemished or otherwise imperfect and have been collected from manufacturers and retailers. Descriptions regarding the specific imperfections of each instrument will be available to selected programs. The organization is currently awarding acoustic guitars, electric guitars, acoustic-electric guitars, bass guitars and the equipment necessary to play these instruments. However, other traditional music instruments are sometimes available. Traditional instruments include string instruments, woodwind instruments, brass instruments, percussion instruments, keyboards and voice. DJ equipment and computers are not available through The Fender Music Foundation. More information.

Conference -
Connected and Consequential: Artists and the Future

March 7
–8, 2013
Bartos Theater, MIT, Cambridge, MA
AICThe conference is an interactive forum for philanthropic and social investors, policy leaders and other knowledge leaders to engage in presentations and discussions of New England based projects located in the hybrid realms of art and medicine; art, food systems and community transformation; art, technology and empathy; and art, consumption and justice. There will be a panel discussion on alter-institutional cultural production and a preview of the first installment of the “Artists' Prospectus for the Nation.” Sponsored by the Artists in Context. Cynthia Cohen will be on the panel to talk about creative approaches to reconciliation from 10:0011:30am on March 8th. Read more.


Creative Resistance Fund
CRFEach year, hundreds of culture workers are violently assaulted for pursuing social change through their art forms: as community leaders and role models, they lose their jobs; face arbitrary imprisonment; and are sometimes killed for speaking truth to power. The Creative Resistance Fund (CRF) provides small distress grants to people in danger due to their use of creativity to fight injustice. The fund may be used to evacuate a dangerous situation; to cover living expenses while weighing long-term options for safety; or to act on a strategic opportunity to affect social change. CRF is the newest project and service of freeDimensional (fD), an organization that advances social justice by hosting activists in art spaces and using cultural resources to strengthen their work. Grants are typically made within two weeks from the time of application if approved by the CRF committee. For more information, visit the CRF website.


College Art Association -  2013 Conference
February 13–16
New York
Join over 6,000 artists, art historians, students, educators, critics, curators, collectors, librarians, and gallerists for four days of presentations and panel discussions exploring the study, practice, and history of art and visual culture. The conference program boasts more than 200 sessions, a variety of career-development workshops for professionals at all stages of their careers, mentoring and networking opportunities, and prospects for interviews with colleges, universities, and museums… Read more and register.

Introduction to Art & Peacebuilding:
A Unique One-and-a-Half Day Workshop in Theatre and Conflict Transformation
February 22, 6:00 – 9:00pm
February 23, 10:00am – 6:00pm
La MaMa Rehearsal Studio, 47 Great Jones St., New York City
This workshop will offer participants the opportunity to learn about current and previous work in the field of peacebuilding and performance in conflict zones, and to acquire tools and skills for creative and ethical conflict transformation using material from the Acting Together on the World Stage Toolkit. Participants will have the opportunity to discover resources and join a global network of thoughtful arts and human rights practitioners. The workshop fee is $99; $49 for students. Need-based scholarships are available. Reservations are required. Please call (212) 620-0703 to reserve your place. More information.

Emmanuel College Artist in Residence (ECAR)
emmanuelThe Emmanuel College Art Department offers an eight-week artists residency to four artists each summer. The residency supports a diverse group of artists, providing time and space for established and emerging artists to develop their work. However, the Art Department specifically aims to award a residency to one individual from each of the four categories: ceramics, photography, printmaking and social justice. Read more.


Rotary Global Peace Forum: Hawaii
January 25–27, 2013
Honolulu, Hawaii
A Global Peace Forum is an opportunity for people of different ages from different parts of the world to gather to share ideas and develop strategies to progress toward a more peaceful world. Honolulu’s forum is encouraging the next generation of leaders to leap into the limelight and share their dreams for next steps in the journey. Aung San Suu Kyi will be the keynote speaker. Read more

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