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Featured Themes:

One year of the pandemic: stories of artists and art

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Countering intimate partner violence during the pandemic: some innovative approaches

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Community Arts Network launches a new website

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A Call for Translations of a Summary of a United Nations Cultural Rights Report
Apply by May 7!

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New podcast series about creative peacebuilding



The Ann Snitow Prize
Nominate someone by June 15!

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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
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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 2014

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

2014 - Archive

  News & Events    |    Arts    |    Resources & Opportunities

News and Events

Video: Liberian Song about the Abducted Girls of Nigeria
The members of the Liberian Women's Chorus for Change wanted to do something to keep the world's attention focused on the search for the missing abducted school girls in Nigeria. "Kweyenge" is a song of lament in the Kpelle language of Liberia. It is sung by mothers longing for their daughters who are far from home. Watch the video, courtesy of Philadelphia Folklore Project.

Liberian Women's Chorus for Change
Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Folklore Project

Video - Sarah Lewis: How Art Can Change Society
 Sarah Lewis, author of "The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery," describes how photography and music are often the catalyst for radical societal change. Lewis is a curator and historian based in New York. Watch the video and learn more about Sara Lewis.

Call for Support:
Theatre of the Oppressed "Tsunami" in Ukraine

ukraine theatre dialogueThe idea for the upcoming Theatre of the Oppressed "Joker Tsunami" originated from a group of Ukrainian Human Rights activists involved in the current protests in the country. For more than two months, the people of Ukraine have been protesting in the streets. However, the protesters and the government are becoming more and more willing to use violence to solve their differences. The main conflict is not only about "EU vs. Russia" but perhaps more crucially about 45 million people (the population of Ukraine) increasingly asking themselves fundamental questions about how to live a dignified life in times of merciless economic globalization and an ever growing unaccountable and deeply corrupt political elite that systematically denies the people of Ukraine some of their most basic human rights.

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The “Joker Tsunami” is a fully self-organized, self-financed, grassroots initiative. A total of six three-day workshops, each culminating in a final, interactive performance will be carried out in five cities of Ukraine, geographically covering the whole country (see map). It will bring together seven Theatre of the Oppressed practitioners from six countries to promote the creation of spaces for dialogue for Ukrainian citizens from different walks of life to analyze the past in the context of the present with the goal to imagine and practice their ideas for a better future.

The Tsunami organizers are inviting you to make a financial contribution to support the effort. The total budget of the initiative is 3,000 USD and includes all travel, accommodation and workshop expenses. So far, the group has raised approximately 1,500 USD amongst its organizers. If you are interested in contributing, please contact communitybasedtheatre@gmail.com.

Watch a set of YouTube videos for further information on the nature of their proposed action: video 1, video 2, and video 3. Visit the Facebook page. Thank you. Dyakuyu (Ukrainian). Spasivo (Russian).

Read a full description of the group's work and aims. 

Listen to Hector Aristizabal, who recently visited Ukraine and has deep hope that people rather than politicians can resolve their differences through dialogue and art, speaking on an Los Angeles radio show on March 4, courtesy of Uprising Radio. Aristizabal is the founder and artistic director of ImaginAction, a nonprofit theatre arts organization in Los Angeles. In the segment, he speaks about his work, his observations in Ukraine, and explains the symbolism of the term "joker" used by practioners of Theatre of the Oppressed in their approach to human rights.


Mourning ceremony on Feb. 21, 2014.  
Member of the Organizing Committee
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Conference: “Reconstructing Societies in the Wake of Conflict: Transitional Justice and Economic Development”
May 25–June 6, 2014
WPSPNorthampton & Amherst, MA
This two-week Institute of the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) is co-hosted by Mount Holyoke College, Simmons College and Smith College. The Institute brings together emerging women leaders, primarily from Asia, who are working to rebuild their communities and promote sustainable economic livelihoods following political violence and human rights violations. Catherine Filloux and Jessica Berns are both using "Acting Together" resources in their presentations, during a panel on Cambodia and in a panel on memory and reconciliation, respectively. Learn more about the program and the delegates.

A Call for a Boston Spring: Arts for an Urban Renaissance

This spring, Boston Mayor Walsh convened an arts and cultural event called “Making Greater Boston Greater.” Inspired by this convening, Libbie Shufro, Former President and CEO of the Boston Center for the Arts, and Jacqui Lindsay, Founder and President of Innovation by Design, are calling for a Boston Spring… “A high stakes moment, that calls for visionary leadership and demands real change. In a city that benefits from an abundance of resources, yet strains from the persistent and widening social disparities, we need a sea change in priorities and approach that take head on, our most difficult and most extraordinary opportunities of the 21st century… We are confident that the arts can help break new ground to tap into the entrepreneurism, wisdom and resilience that our diverse communities offer. Embedding arts and culture into the design and implementation of the city’s key social and economic initiatives creates a magnetic core of innovation….” Read more of their Op-Ed: A Call for a Boston Spring.

Peacebuilding Messaging Through Films: The 60 Second International Film Festival
May 29, 2014, 1:00 - 2:30 pm EST
U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington, DC and virtual webcast
logosThe U.S. Institute of Peace will host Abrar Hassan, creator of the 60 Second International Film Festival. The Festival is a global film competition for films that can convey a strong social message in 60 seconds. The competition started in Pakistan in 2012 and quickly attracted interest from other countries and went viral on social media globally. Today it is a unique way for young people in conflict societies to communicate their views on a single platform, through the powerful medium of short, 60-second films. At the event, Mr. Hassan will screen some of the winning films from the festival that focus on messages of peace and tolerance followed by a panel discussion with international experts on the potential for film to empower youth, mobilize societies and transform complex conflict environments. Learn more about the event and RSVP.

Leading artists create strategies for peacebuilding
Salzburg Global Seminar April 2014 Newsletter
"Not all art is positive,” warned theater and conflict academic James Thompson at the opening of Salzburg Global Seminar’s session “Conflict Transformation through Culture: Peace-Building and the Arts.” Nothing daunted, participants from countries including Armenia, Cambodia, Egypt, Ghana, India, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Rwanda and Uganda came together at Schloss Leopoldskron from April 6 to 10, to discuss what role cultural institutions and the arts can play in pre- and post-war situations, in reconciliation and forgiveness, and in post-conflict society rebuilding. Read more.

The Artist as Peacebuilder
April 14 - 25
African Centre for Peace and Security Training
Efforts at ensuring peace and security in Africa sometimes focus too much on conflict resolution and too little on prevention. Non-coercive peacebuilding has historically preoccupied artists in many traditional African cultures. Yossou N’Dour of Senegal, Wole Soyinka of Nigeria, Emmerson of Sierra Leone, Congolese sculptor Freddy Tsimba, the Amakhosi Cultural Centre in Zimbabwe and griots (storytellers, poets or praise singers) in many West African societies continue to play this role. This course brought together 25 participants from 15 countries. Attendees included artists who are or wish to be involved in peacebuilding activism as well as non-artist peacebuilders, including journalists who work with or are interested in working with artists in their peacebuilding efforts. Read more.

Behind Barbed Wire, Shakespeare Inspires a Cast
of Young Syrians

By Ben Hubbard | March 31, 2014 | New York Times
"Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan — On a rocky patch of earth in this sprawling city of tents and prefab trailers, the king, dressed in dirty jeans and a homemade cape, raised his wooden scepter and announced his intention to divide his kingdom....So began a recent adaptation here of “King Lear.” For the 100 children in the cast, it was their first brush with Shakespeare, although they were already deeply acquainted with tragedy. All were refugees who had fled the civil war in Syria... " Read more.

The Off/Page Project
off-page-projectThe Off/Page Project combines the analytical lens of the Center for Investigative Reporting with the groundbreaking storytelling of the literary non-profit Youth Speaks. As an unprecedented collaboration between poets and investigative journalists, the Off/Page Project is pushing the boundaries of 21st century American storytelling, and creating a nexus point for poets to report their stories. Whether the facts are found in CIR’s reporting or the primary text of Youth Speaks’ poets, the story is ours to tell. View the feature on PBS ArtBeat and read the blog.

A Peace of My Mind -
Exploring the meaning of peace, one story at a time

Founded in 2009, A Peace of My Mind is a multimedia art project that fosters public dialogue about issues related to conflict resolution, civic responsibility, and peace. With black and white portraits and oral histories, over fifty subjects describe what peace means to them, how they work toward it in their lives, and some of the obstacles they encounter. The project includes a photography exhibit, book, blog, and podcasts. Learn more.

Artist Transforms Guns To Make Music
Mexican artist Pedro Reyes received 6,700 weapons from the Mexican government, from which he sculpted instruments. He wants people to think about the availability of guns in the United States, and the impact that has in Mexico. At the University of South Florida in Tampa, he recently held a series of workshops and a performance, using theater to encourage a discussion about guns. It's called "Legislative Theater," a style of performance pioneered in Latin America in the 1960s to influence social change. In Tampa, Reyes called his project "The Amendment to the Amendment." Specifically, the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees the right to bear arms… Read more and listen to the NPR piece.

Congolese Dancers Express Resilience to Violence
by Kem Knapp Sawyer
Yolé!Africa, an arts center in Goma, the largest city in eastern Congo. Chiku, 26, and his twin Chito are co-directors of the Busara, a dance company they formed in 2009. The group helps survivors of sexual violence and former child soldiers recover from trauma. Few places in the world have a greater need. In and around Goma rape has become a weapon of war. Chiku found a way to use movement and dance to break down barriers. He helped them to feel part of a community. “They became more open speaking to their counselors,” Chiku said. “They no longer felt shame. They became more content...” Read more.

Multi-Arts Pedagogic Safari
Inaugural Session: July 20 - August 15, 2014
2nd Session: September 21 - October 14, 2014
The Multi-Arts Pedagogic Safari is a 21-day creative training program that fuses African traditions & artistic expressions with Theatre of the Oppressed techniques and other contemporary art forms to transform vulnerable communities in East Africa. The program is hosted by the Budondo Intercultural Centre of Uganda and the Amani Peoples Theatre (APT) of Kenya, a leading training provider in participatory methodologies and application in conflict transformation, community development and healing from trauma. The registration for the first two sessions closes on May 20 and July 20, respectively. Learn more or contact apt@aptkenya.org for further details about the program.

Peacemaking and the Arts
Article by Lissa Tyler Renaud
scene4magazine, Arts & Politics Issue
January 2014
“I have seen in Asia and Europe the palpable role the arts play—not only culturally, but also socially and politically. In our globalized era, all our artists and thinkers need expanded skills to participate in world culture. In America, where we have no Ministry of Culture and no National Theatre to articulate our sensibilities and priorities... our teachers have a special obligation—and a special opportunity—to foster the intellectual and creative lives of America's students. I believe that a consistent and compelling aesthetic education is the key to enriching our nation's relations, on every level, with the rest of the world…” Read more.

Writers, artists urged to spread peace and harmony

Daily Times, Pakistan
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) hosted the National Writers and Artist Convention in Pakistan. Speakers at the convention called upon the writers and artists to spread the message of peace, humanity and love through the power of their writings and art. They also urged youth to come forward and not forget their responsibilities in bringing change in society. Secretary General HRCP, IA Rehman, renowned writer Munoo Bhai, artist Qudoos Mirza, Madiha Gohar and large number of writers across Pakistan, members of civil society   and students of different universities were present on the occasion. Read more. Read an additional article on the Convention.

Inaugural Forum for Art and Peace Features Artists and Researchers
In Long Beach, a new local grassroots effort called Children of Refugees hosted their inaugural Forum for Art and Peace. The forum included presentations from cultural anthropologist and dance ethnologist Dr. Toni Shapiro-Phim who has written about the relationship between war, dance, and music in Cambodia and currently serves as Director of Programs at the Philadelphia Folklore Project, photographer Teru Kuwayama, an Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Naazneen Diwan, a Ph.D. candidate at UCLA conducting workshops sharing arts-based tools to empower Muslim women in Gujarat, and Faisal Attrache, an MFA student at USC who shared segments from a documentary he's making about Syrian refugee barbers in Jordan.and Donations supported the International Rescue Committee. Read more.

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casagrandeCasagrande is a Chilean artistic collective and experimental journal created by poets Julio Carrasco, José Joaquín Prieto and Cristóbal Bianchi. Casagrande “publishes” performances in public spaces, changing its format for every issue. Previous formats include a walking-through edition inside the Chilean underground, a newspaper distributed free of charge throughout all the country, a sound edition broadcast by radio, and a planned DVD to be sent to the library of the International Space Station. It also includes other performances such as “Bombing of Poems,” a performance which consisted of dropping one hundred thousand poems printed on bookmarks from an aircraft – a helicopter or plane – over cities bombed during military confrontations in the past, from Berlin to Guernica to Santiago.The bookmarks printed in two languages, written by both Chilean writers and poets native to the location of the city. The poems are released at twilight and every single bookmark is picked up by the crowd. This performance creates an alternative image of the past and is a gesture of remembrance as well as being a metaphor for the survival of cities and people. Read an article about Bombing of Poems, view a presentation by José Joaquín Prieto at the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard University, and view a compilation video of the Bombings.

ImaginAction - Arts and Activism for a Better World
imagine actionImaginAction Theater Inc. is a non-profit theatre arts organization founded by Hector Aristizabal based in Los Angeles with workshops and performances throughout the world. Their work has been influenced by Theatre of the Oppressed, Playback Theatre, Theatre of Witness, Psychodrama, traditional storytelling, mask-making, drumming, dance and creative ritual. ImaginAction workshops use theatre to create rituals, allowing participants to recreate themselves and the community around them.

Puppetry and Social Transformation

Tavia LaFollette | ArtUp
Originally from New York City, Tavia La Follette is a director, designer, curator and performance artist.  Tavia is the Founder and Director of ArtUp, a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to bridge a language of peace through the actions of art, and is currently the Artist in Residence at Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Arts in Society and CREATE Lab. “As an artist, I believe it is my job to interpret and analyze cultural behavior. I do this through crossing borders, physical, psychological, and emotional. My work in puppetry and performance art has taught me the power of symbols. Symbols help me to say what I cannot say with words, they tap into our emotions. Emotions, like religion, help us recognize our values.” Read Tavia's statement on her work in puppetry and performance art, learn about her project “Sites of Passage,” view a video about ArtUp, and read Tavia’s bio.


"SUN & MOON” by Tavia LaFollette for the
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's First Night Pageant.
Photo credit: Renee Rosensteel  

Hand Spring - Puppetry in Africa
In African puppetry, masks and figurines hold specific meaning and supernatural power in performance. Beginning in the 1940s, various educational institutions, both formal and informal, saw the value of including puppet theatre in their curricula. The Handspring Trust was re-established in 2010 to build skills in puppetry amongst impoverished children and youth as well as amongst young, emerging and professional artists. Hand Spring produced the play “Ubu and the Truth Commission,” which combines puppetry, performance by live actors, music, animation and documentary footage to depict the moral strife of the anti-apartheid era in South Africa well as the the hearings of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Learn more about Hand Spring.

The Bread and Puppet Theater
The Bread and Puppet Theater of Vermont is a world-renowned puppet theatre that has influenced artists from all over the world. “We believe in puppet theater as a wholesome and powerful language” said founder Peter Schumann, who originally founded the theatre in New York. “Besides rod-puppet and hand puppet shows for children, the concerns of the first productions were rents, rats, police, and other problems of the neighborhood. More complex theater pieces followed…” Learn more.

In the Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theatre
The mission of the In the Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theatre (HOBT) of Minneapolis is to bring people together for the common good through the power of puppet and mask performance. “We believe that puppetry’s power lies in the act of transformation – of bringing something inanimate to life. As we share this act of building and performing, we find that theater brings people together. It builds community…” Learn more about HOBT and the annual MayDay Festival and Parade.

Reflection on the influence of South African academic and puppeteer Dr. Aja Marneweck
David Grant,
Senior Lecturer in Drama, Queen’s University, Belfast
“Since being introduced to the accessible but richly evocative technology of life-size paper puppets by South African academic and puppeteer Dr. Aja Marneweck, I have found it an adaptable and stimulating resource  in all my applied drama work. As Aja emphasizes in her workshops, the organic nature of the material and its capacity to allow audiences to impose their own meaning on the puppets featureless but highly textured faces has proved liberating for both professional actors and participants in community workshops such as the one she led for us with the men’s group in Tiger’s Bay, North Belfast, whose members created some striking improvised images using the puppets at recent research event at Queen’s University…” For more information contact David Grant.

A scene from ‘Mojo Mickybo’ by Owen McCafferty 
(Chatterbox Productions, Belfast, May 2013) 
Photo credit: David Grant

Spiral Q of Philadelphia builds strong and equitable communities characterized by creativity, joy, can-do attitudes, and the courage to act on their convictions. “We see a responsive and engaged society that rallies consistently to overcome the challenges of discrimination and oppression. We envision a world of abundance that mobilizes its resources to nurture shared vitality…” Learn more.

Active Puppets
Visual performance is growing in popularity and impact in South Africa. Active Puppets encourages a vital artistic, social and economic area of development. Puppetry is a powerful tool for social development social change all over the world. Learn more.

Enlisting Shadow Puppets as Agents of Change in Indonesia
Wayang puppetry is a dazzling art form that has left Indonesian audiences spellbound for centuries. It transmits cultural traditions and values, and has been recognized by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. In Indonesia, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, along with the National Family Planning Board, is using the popularity and power of wayang as a way to get people thinking about reproductive health and gender dynamics. Learn more and watch a video sample of from a performance at the Wayang Puppet Theatre.

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Creative Approaches to Sustainability and Environmental Justice

Art for Advocacy: 13 Posters for Sustainable Social Change

"As a medium for social change, posters record our struggles for peace, social justice, environmental defense, and liberation from oppression," says Elizabeth Resnick, Professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and curator of the collection, “Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age.” The posters highlight a number of environmental issues including climate change, food security, and war. View a schedule of the collection’s upcoming national exhibitions.

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Poster: “Break New Ground -
Plant an Urban Farm Garden”
by Joe Wirtheim, from Victory
Garden of Tomorrow
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provided courtesy of the artist.

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Poster: “Octopus Vulgaris” by
Jude Landry. Image provided
courtesy of the artist.

Wu Mali - EcoArt in Taiwan
Taiwanese artist Wu Mali has worked for twenty years to create urban and rural environmental art projects in Taiwan - often using indigenous traditions and materials - and working with communities, scientists, and institutions to clean wetlands, save soil and species, and examine the future of Taiwan. Her work has included “Art as Environment - A Cultural Action at Plum Tree Creek” and “By the River, on the River, of the River,” focused on the idea that “every environmental problem is, at heart, a cultural problem” and the integration of the cultural dimensions of rivers in conservation efforts. Read more about Wu Mali and read an interview with her in the Asia Art Archive.

Hoseob Yoon and the Green Canvas Design Studio, South Korea
Hoseob Yoon is a South Korean graphic artist who has devoted his career and his life to protecting the environment. He has served as a Distinguished Visiting Practitioner at the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis. Read more about Yoon’s work, visit the Green Canvas website, and view some of his environmentally-focused designs.

Beehive Design Collective


"The True Cost of Coal.” Image clip
provided courtesy of The Beehive
Collective. View full image.

Emerging out of the global justice movement of the late 1990s, the Beehive Design Collective came together as a cooperative to teach and practice the traditional craft of hand-cut stone mosaic, and has since shifted its focus to illustration projects. The Collective’s work includes illustrations about environmental justice topics. For “The True Cost of Coal” project completed in 2010, the Beehive allied with Appalachian grassroots organizers fighting mountaintop removal coal mining. The illustration reflects the complexity of the struggles for land, livelihood, and self-determination playing out in Appalachia.

The third and final image of the “Mesoamérica Resiste” graphics campaign in the Beehive’s trilogy about globalization in the Americas, focuses on resistance to mega-infrastructure projects that are literally paving the way for free trade agreements that devastate local economies and communities. It reminds us that we are in an era of extreme loss of cultural and ecological diversity and rapid climate change, depicting over 400 native species of insects, plants, and animals that give a glimpse into the incredible biodiversity of the region. View the full image and learn more about the Beehive Collective.


"Mesoamérica Resiste.” Image clip
provided courtesy of the Beehive Collective.
View full image.

The Relief Valve/Subap Exhibit, Turkish EcoArt
Turkey is in the midst of experiencing the tragic effects of environmental destruction. Even the subtle shifts in climate have had drastic effects on farmers, livestock breeders, and fishermen. “Relief Valve” brought ecoart by thirteen contemporary Turkish activist artists to an outside exhibit in Oberlin, Ohio, and provided a glimpse into how artists from another country are addressing similar environmental challenges in their own communities. It offered a forum for political, aesthetic, and ethical discourse. Read more.

Read about additional Resources & Opportunities related to Creative Approaches to Sustainability and Environmental Justice.

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Africa Yoga Project


Photo Credit: Robin O'Neill
Africa Yoga Project

The Africa Yoga Project educates, empowers, elevates and employs youth from Africa using the transformational practice of yoga. Their vision is to create opportunities for youth to step into their greatness, become self-sustaining and leaders in their communities. The organization began in 2007 asking whether people who are struggling to survive, who live in an unstable environment, and who have little food to eat, can utilize yoga to transform their perception of their lives and their sense of what is possible for the future. Watch a video about the project and its work in to provide healing in Kenya, teaching 300 classes a week in prisons, schools, special needs centers, HIV rehabilitation centers, schools for the deaf, and the maasai villages. Learn more, read about the project teachers, and read an article about the project on CNN, which includes another video.


Above: Maasai yoga instructor and students
with the Africa Yoga Project. Photo credit: ROBIN O'NEILL

Documentary - "Alive Inside"
Michael Rossato-Bennett directed the documentary "Alive Inside," a heartwarming look at the power of music to help those in nursing homes. He took on the documentary project to promote Music & Memory, a nonprofit organization that brings iPods with personalized music to dementia patients in nursing home care.  Visit the dynamic website and view an excerpt of the film and read an article about the project along with another video about the project.

Theatre for Peacebuilding in South Asia

South Asia is vibrant in its colours, cultures, conflicts as well as in its arts and activism. The initiatives noted here are a few examples from theatre artists working for peacebuilding in the region, finding their own ways of using theatre to address the ongoing issues. Our gratitude to Nilanjana Premaratna for her collaboration in compiling these initiatives and resources. Learn more about Nila.

Jana Sanskriti Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed


Jana Sanskriti actors in
performance. Image provided
courtesy of Jana Sanskriti.

Jana Sanskriti is an Indian theatre group based in West Bengal that uses political theatre to address issues of structural injustices and power inequalities. The group primarily uses forum theatre as their theatre approach. Jana Sanskriti’s performance teams often come from the same communities in which they perform, thus bringing real life situations into discussion at the public space of forum theatre. Gender discrimination, labour exploitation and political and institutional corruption are recurrent themes in these plays. The group has adapted forum theatre to suit the particular context of West Bengal, moulding Boal’s original form into a resilient hybrid over the years. View a video excerpt of a performance by the core-team members. Read reflections of the artists on their work edited by and with an introduction from Dia da Costa. The founder of the group – Sanjoy Ganguly – talks about the group through his book “Jana Sanskriti: Forum Theatre and Democracy in India.” View their Facebook page.


Jana Sanskriti actors in performance.
Image provided courtesy of Jana Sanskriti.

Jana Karaliya
Jana Karaliya is a multiethnic, bilingual mobile theatre group from Sri Lanka that lives and travels together for most of the year. The two artists – Parakrama Niriella and H. A. Perera cofounded the group. They started their work in 2004 as a reconciliation initiative and continued working throughout the changing phases of Sri Lankan conflict with little hindrance from the conflict parties. With its multiethnic, bilingual cast that originates from various regions of the country, Jana Karaliya models coexistence and voices issues of social justice at the heart of Sri Lankan society. An analysis of the group’s work can be found in the book chapter "Art and Peacebuilding: How theatre transforms conflict in Sri Lanka." Videos on different aspects of the group’s work are offered through Jana Karaliya’s YouTube channel.


Jana Karaliya mobile theatre.
Photo provided courtesy of Jana Karaliya.

Ajoka Theatre
ajokaBased in Kabul, Ajoka uses theatre for social change, contributing to the struggle for creating a democratic, just and a secular Pakistan. Through its productions, the group challenges the notions of extremism, intolerance and discrimination. Ajoka is noted for its collaboration with Indian artists and for organising Indo-Pakistani theatre festivals for peace. Read more about Ajoka.

Sarwanam calls for the establishment of democratic values and human rights in Nepal, speaking from a citizen’s perspective. Ashesh Malla is the founder, playwright, and the theatre director of the group. Sarwanam has been active through the various political transitions in the country since early 1980s and performs in their own box theatre in Kathmandu. The theatre space, once again, works as a platform to bring together people from different social, regional and cast backgrounds. The chosen theatre form of Sarwanam emphasizes mime and uses minimal props, in an effort to produce low-cost theatre that is easily accessible across Nepal. Watch the play "Remaining Pages of History," presenting the story of a family during the Maoist Conflict in Nepal.


National Forum Theatre Gathering: Nepal
ZFD peace facilitator Anne Dirnstorfer organized 100 Nepali forum theatre artists in March 2014 at the Kachahari Camp to explore various methods of using theatre for conflict transformation. A documentary produced as an output of the workshop is accessible online in three parts: Part I, Part II, and Part III. It discusses the workshop process and the ways in which some of the participants engaged with their personal experiences of conflict through theatre.  A number of local artists like Yubaraj Ghimre, Rajan Khatiwada, Suresh Chand, Pashupati Rai, and Saraswati Chaudhary who actively adopt and use forum theatre for social change in the Nepali context also feature in the documentary.


National Forum Theatre performers. Image
provided courtesy of the National Forum Theatre.

A reflection on the life and passing of Nelson Mandela
By Kim Berman


Woodcut of Nelson Mandela
courtesy of Kim Berman.
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Kim Berman, who was a Brandeis International Fellow from 2002 - 2004 in the Recasting Reconciliation through Culture and the Arts, founded the Artist Proof Studio (APS) in South Africa in 1991. She created a woodcut of Madiba (the honorable tribal name of Nelson Mandela) the year he was released from prison, which was used to advertise his welcome rally in Boston. View Kim's woodcut and read her reflection, which describes the impact of Nelson Mandela's spirit on APS.

Rwanda after genocide – building peace through art
aegisA mobile exhibition ‘Peacebuilding after Genocide’ in Huye, Rwanda, was organized by the Aegis Trust Rwanda, in collaboration with other organizations like Never Again Rwanda, a human rights and peace-building organization that was established in response to the 1994 Tutsi Genocide. The exhibition used story telling and dialogue methodologies to educate people about the 1994 genocide, to examine what causes violence and to send messages of peace and social cohesion. Read more.

Winners of Rauschenberg Foundation's 2013 Responsive Grants:
Tanzania Literacy Through Photography (LTP) and GYRE's Plastic Ocean

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation's Responsive Grants program allows the foundation to respond to opportunities outside its formal grant guidelines which resonate with our mission and values as well as to respond to emergency needs. For the 2013 fiscal year, $300,000 was allocated and distributed to organizations including the Tanzania Literacy Through Photography (LTP) project, which challenges children to explore the world by photographing scenes from their lives and using their own images as catalysts for verbal and written expression, and GYRE: Anchorage Museum & Alaska SeaLife Center’s exhibit The Plastic Ocean, an exhibition featuring internationally recognized artists and works of art from debris collected from beaches around the world, which explores the relationship between humans and the ocean in a contemporary culture of consumption. Watch a video describing the intent behind the exhibit.

Best of 2013: The Top 10 Public Interest Design Videos
goodHere are ten videos—in chronological order—that captured the attention of Public Interest Design over the past year and represent the range of initiatives shaping the dialogue around design education, practice, and performance. What are the opportunities to create and better communicate the value design brings for social impact? This collection is part of the “Best of 2013” series brought to you by Good - “Creative Solutions for Living Well + Doing Good.” Watch the videos.

Exhibit: Peace of cake?: No ready- made recipe
Through January 5, 2014
Utrecht University Museum, The Netherlands
PeaceofCakeThe Utrecht University Museum of the Netherlands has organized an art exhibition on the science behind peace. The exhibit is a collaboration with with scientists of the Interfaculty Focus Area Conflicts & Human Rights department and focuses on three former war zones: Uganda, South-Africa and Yugoslavia. The exhibit aims to demonstrate how difficult it is to restore peace once war has broken out, and translates these choices in a peace process into a game for visitors using Kinect technology. Throughout the year, school groups can add their own artistic contributions to the exhibition or participate in a drama workshop. Individual visitors can record their own peace message on a dove in the Peace Studio. Read more.

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Opportunities and Resources

Documentary Film
Timor-Leste - From Conflict to Conversation:
Using Forum Theatre to Secure Stability
This documentary film highlights the use of participatory forum theatre as an innovative method of channeling socio-economic and political frustrations into non-violent communications to help defuse tensions and prevent conflict in Timor-Leste. Acting Together  contributor Roberta Levitow was involved in the project in 2012 and 2013. Watch a clip of the film.

Call to Artists, Academics & Professionals:
Participation in Conflict Resolution & Dance Documentary
Bahar Karbakhsh, a graduate student of law in the field of alternative dispute resolution, is issuing a call to artists, academics and professionals across Canada and beyond who are interested in contributing to a documentary about the power of dance/movement and how they can be used for conflict resolution. Karbakhsh is seeking vibrant, thoughtful and thought provoking individuals and groups who would like to voluntarily contribute by way of interview and/or demonstration, performance. Filming will commence February 2014 and finish early summer 2014 to allow for editing. Read more and contact Bahar to express how you would like to contribute to the film.

Call for Contributions: IETM's Arts and Politics
Deadline: November 17

ietmIETM is an international network for contemporary performing arts. We are pleased to announce a new call for contributions for the next IETM’s Fresh Perspectives research on Arts and politics. Is there such a thing as ‘pure art’, art for art’s sake? In times of crisis, is ‘apolitical’ art decadent? In times of violent conflicts, what role can artists and theatre-makers play, what impact can and should we have? What is the influence of art on democracy? How do the performing arts deal with political restrictions to freedom of speech and expression? Deadline for submitting proposals is November 17. Read more about the contribution and application guidelines.

2015 Grant Applications Open for Photography Projects on Conflict
The Aftermath Project
The Aftermath Project’s mission is to support photographic projects that tell the other half of the story of conflict — the story of what it takes for individuals to learn to live again, to rebuild destroyed lives and homes, to restore civil societies, to address the lingering wounds of war while struggling to create new avenues for peace. Grant proposals should reflect an understanding of this mission. Proposals may relate to the aftermath of numerous kinds of conflict, not just international wars. Proposals should include an explanation of the specific aftermath issues related to the project being proposed, as well as an overview of the applicant’s plans for covering the story during the course of the grant year — i.e, the proposed timing of trips, etc. Read more about the application guidelines. Please email sara(at)theaftermathproject.org with additional questions.

Center Stage - Open Call for Nominations, Due October 20
CSCenter Stage has issued a worldwide open call for nominations of performing arts ensembles in all disciplines (dance, music, theater, multidisciplinary) from Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, and Tanzania for tours to the U.S. Four to six individual month-long tours will take place during the period of June to December of 2016. Nominations may be submitted by any individual or organization knowledgeable about performing arts ensembles in these four countries. Interested performing arts ensembles may also nominate themselves. View nomination form. Nominations due October 20, 2014. Center Stage is an exchange program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to support U.S. foreign policy goals and engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and rising leaders in the U.S. and more than 160 countries. Read more.

Job Posting: Director of CONTACT Program, School for International Training
SITThe School for International Training (SIT) based in Vermont, is seeking a doctoral-level person who will serve as Director of the Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT) Program at SIT, as well as professor in SIT’s Master of Arts Program in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation. SIT is seeking a mid-career or late-career professional with considerable international experience in peace/conflict, expertise in experiential education modalities, strong administrative skills, creativity, and vision. View the job description

ABOG Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art
Letters of Interest due November 24
The mission of A Blade of Grass (ABOG) is to provide resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change. ABOG evaluates the quality of work in this evolving field by fostering an inclusive, practical discourse about the aesthetics, function, ethics and meaning of socially engaged art that resonates within and outside the contemporary art dialogue. The Fellowship is offered to individual artists or artist collectives who are not currently enrolled as students, are US citizens, are 25 years of age or older, and have projects that engage directly with a specific community or communities. Initial Letters of Interest due November 24, 2014. Learn more about eligibility and apply

Call for Presentations:
International Conference on "Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity"
December 18 - 22, 2014
Carrara - Tuscany, Italy
igute-logo"Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity" is the annual international multidisciplinary conference researching the bridge between tradition and contemporaneity in performing arts. The conference meeting is recommended to performing arts practitioners and researchers from different countries interested in the traditional methods as applied to contemporary performing arts work, searching for international networks and new collaboration partners: performing arts academics, arts educators, performers, theatre directors, dancers and choreographers, musicians, and more. Learn more about presentation formats that are welcomed and submission guidelines.

Performing the World (PTW) Conference 
October 10-12, 2014 
New York City
ptwThe eighth Performing the World (PTW) conference will be held in New York City, October 10-12, 2014. As the performance movement grows worldwide — both within and across geographical, cultural and professional borders — PTW aims to make the most of the creative potential of this growing diversity. International, cross disciplinary, conversational, experiential, and practical-critical, PTW 2014 will provide an opportunity for practitioners, scholars and activists to share and showcase their work and create something new together. Read more about the conference and register. The PTW international organizing committee wants to make the conference inclusive. Please consider supporting their fundraising efforts to help provide travel for performance artists who would not otherwise be able to attend the conference.

Creative Approaches to Sustainability and Environmental Justice - Resources & Opportunities

African Environmental Justice Documentary Films
The African Environmental Justice Documentary Films blog is a resource for students and researchers looking for documentary films about social and environmental justice issues in Africa. Films include “Activists Challenge African Land Grab,” “Solar farming in Africa,” “Black Gold,” and “The 4th Revolution: Energy Autonomy.” Read a related article on land grabs in Africa and learn what you can do.

Report - "ReGeneration: Young People Shaping Environmental Justice" 
ReGeneration ReportThis report by the Movement Strategy Center of Oakland includes a finding (#5 on page 32) that innovative cultural work is a distinguishing feature of youth environmental justice organizing. “Organizers are using the power of arts and culture [including media arts, performing arts and music, spiritual work, and storytelling] to engage youth in the [environmental justice] movement, to reach the hearts of community members, to inspire dialogue around divisive topics, and to build community.” Read more.

The ENRICH Project
The ENRICH Project, the Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities and Community Health Project, hosted "Time to Clear the Air,” a video contest on environmental justice for Nova Scotian African and indigenous Mi’kmaq youth to propose art projects to address locally unwanted land uses (LULUs) on the environment and community health. Select participants will receive financial support for developing their arts-based project using painting, film, music, poetry, dance, spoken word or another form of artistic expression. Read about the project and “Toxic Legacies”, a poem by El Jones, Halifax Poet Laureate.

Artists on Climate Change and Global Warming Solutions
Artists on Climate Change and Global Warming Solutions is a collection of artists working on issues of global climate change and environmental justice, compiled by Climate Change Education. View more resources on media and arts for climate change solutions.

Environmental Justice Eco-Art
Environmental Justice Eco-Art aims to provide links to environmental justice eco-art which takes on issues of race, class, gender and eco-colonialism in the unequal distribution of environmental problems and benefits within the US and around the globe. This includes examples of eco-activist art, art that actually changes the environment for the better, rather than just "representing" it. Suggestions of further examples of such art are welcome. Environmental Justice Eco-Art is a subsection of Environmental Justice Cultural Studies (EJCS), which is one of five topic-focused websites hosted by CulturalPolitics.net, a site designed to offer resources for the analysis of the role of culture in shaping our political, economic, and social lives. Read more.

Paper: “Mapping the Terrain of Contemporary EcoART Practice and Collaboration" by Beth Carruthers
This document explores trends, issues and advances in EcoArt collaborations among artists, environmental groups, communities and scientists. It considers suggestions for the future of such collaborations, including how this work might be better supported, with a particular focus on Canadian works. The intention of this report is to provide an overview of collaborative practice in arts and ecology. It includes a list of defined terms, including EcoArt: "EcoART - a broad field of interdisciplinary arts practice, distinguished from Land Art and Environmental Art by its specific focus on world sensitive ideologies and methodologies. EcoART practice seeks to Restore, Protect and Preserve the world for its own sake, and to mediate human/world relations to this end. " Read more.

Environmental Justice Photo Project (EJPP) 
Through photography, the Environmental Justice Photo Project (EJPP) will attempt to help build a picture of what environmental injustice looks like in the UK... The EJPP UK is a project of ‘So We Stand’, an emerging grassroots movement of people who consciously work for empowering social change, in order to develop multi-racial politics and self-defence strategies for environmental and climate justice. EJPP is inspired by the glaring gap in our socio-political narrative on the impact of environmental harm on local communities. Read more.

The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI)
The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) brings together artists, architects, scientists, landscape architects, engineers, and others in a first of its kind collaboration. The goal of the Land Art Generator Initiative is to see to the design and construction of public art installations that uniquely combine aesthetics with utility-scale clean energy generation. The works will serve to inspire and educate while they provide renewable power to thousands of homes around the world. The strategic objective of the Land Art Generator Initiative is to advance the successful implementation of sustainable design solutions by integrating art and interdisciplinary creative processes into the conception of renewable energy infrastructure. Read more.

Mierle Laderman Ukeles
Mierle Laderman Ukeles is a fascinating artist, and has been the resident artist of the New York Department of Sanitation since the 1970s....Ukeles dedicated herself to the issues of waste, sanitation, and maintenance labor as not just technological and environmental issues but also social ones that connect all of us. The webpage includes photos and a video clip from the film "No Just Garbage" about Ukeles' work, as well as a collection of photos and descriptions of past exhibitions.

Women Environmental Artists Directory
The Women Environmental Artists Directory (WEAD) focuses on women’s unique perspectives to collaborate internationally to further the field and understanding of ecological and social justice art. WEAD provides information regarding the ecoart and social justice art fields to artists, curators, writers, art and public art administrators, educators in art and ecology, cross-disciplinary professionals and others. It also facilitates international networking among artists working with ecological and social justice issues. Read more.

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 Approaches to Sustainability and Environmental Justice.

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Second Annual Global Peace Workshop
GPWJune 23-27, 2014
Muğla, Turkey
Application deadline: April 14
The second annual Global Peace Workshop will explore the role of young people in promoting peace through arts, culture and tourism. Culture is a vital instrument in building peace, helping us to understand ourselves, our values and traditions in relation to others near and far... The application deadline is April 14. Learn more and visit their Facebook page.

Gas & Electric Arts Presents
9th Annual Forum Theatre Summer Intensive
June 19 - 22, 2014 
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
The 9th annual Forum Theatre Summer Intensive is geared towards individuals seeking skills and techniques to improve their ability to effectively engage diversity issues. Forum Theatre is a participatory theatre technique that can be applied to all kinds of work committed to social action and transformation—educational, political, creative, cultural and beyond. This training will bring out your ability to overcome societal and self-imposed limits in order to better include and interact with others. Read more.

ipraExtended Deadline -
Call For Papers:
25th IPRA General Conference
“Uniting for Peace: Building Sustainable Peace Through Universal Values,” August 10-14, 2014, Istanbul, Turkey
->Extended submission deadline: April 30, 2014
The International Peace Research Association (IPRA) is hosting the 25th General Conference on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of IPRA under the theme “Uniting for Peace: Building Sustainable Peace Through Universal Values.” In pursuit of building sustainable peace based on universal values, aiming at further contributing to the academic debate and on the occasion of the IPRA’s 50th anniversary conference will focus on issues related to post Cold War political ideology, geopolitics, geoeconomics, international and regional cooperation on intra-state and cross-border conflicts. The conference will also include a convening of several IPRA Commissions including the Art & Peace Commission. A call for submissions of abstracts for papers, posters, or panel proposals has been issued and the deadline has been extended to February 15, 2014. Read more about the call for papers, the conference, participation fees, and read the latest IPRA newsletter. Apply using the online submission tool. If you have difficulty with online application, download an application form.

The Body Hotel - Summer Taster Session
May 10, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Body Hotel is a movement workshop designed for personal or professional development. It is a chance for "You time", a space to be, to move, and to discover. The aim is to find connections through creative ways, exploring new perspectives in a relaxing, safe atmosphere. Arts, education and health practitioners can also apply these ideas, activities and skills in their professional work. This workshop is open to all - no experience in movement is necessary! This is a taster session for the course, which will start in Fall 2014. The workshop is led by dance movement psychotherapist and dance practitioner Thania Acarón. Limited spaces are available and reservations are essential. For more information visit the website or contact thebodyhotel@gmail.com.

BRIDGES Intercultural Productions
BRIDGES Intercultural Productions is all about dance, music, poetry, and theater. The organization is international and has a mission is to connect people from all walks of life by uniting them in artistic expression. For the past 14 years, BRIDGES has been presenting onstage those issues that affect the human condition such as human rights, cultural identity and environmental preservation, and consistently champions the rights of women, girls, and migrant families, expressed and propagated through the power of dance, theatre, music, and workshops. The organization is working with Women Empowerment Nepal to host the Women Warrior Dance Empowerment Workshop as part of 1 Billion Rising for JusticeLearn more about BRIDGES.

A Guide to Tweeting for Peace and Social Change
Since its founding in 2006, Twitter has rapidly grown to be one of the most powerful online platforms for connecting hundreds of millions of individuals and organizations around the world. Over the past few years, Twitter has rapidly become a powerful tool for connecting social activists fostering political reform and change in many regions of the world… Read more.

TED Talk Video: "The Danger of a Single Story"
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice, and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding... Watch the video.

New publication - Performing Peace-building: Conferences, Rituals and the Role of Ethnographic Research
by Tobias Denskus
IDSThis article explores performance and ritual theory in the context of anthropological research on peace-building institutions and knowledge discourses... The article analyses how a potentially critical and contested concept such as liberal peace-building has been absorbed by an emerging ritual economy of indoor events, policy papers and transnational actors… Download the paper

Photo & Painting Contest “Women for Conflict Reconciliation and Peace”
Society Without Violence announces a photo and painting contest titled “Women for reconciliation and peace.” Female photographers, photo journalists, artists, activists or anybody interested to raise her voice for long lasting peace are encouraged to participate in this art contest through presenting their vision of women's role in conflict resolution and peace building. The project will run in two countries: Armenia and Turkey. Learn more and download the application.

The Creative Time Summit
November 14-15, 2014
Stockholm, Sweden
The Creative Time Summit is the leading conference devoted to exploring the intersection between art and social justice. Every year, the most innovative artists, activists, critics, writers, and curators come together in New York to engage with one another and a global audience about how they are attempting to change our world in unprecedented ways. Since its inception in 2009, the Summit has engaged 4,000 live audience members and a remote Livestream audience of over 30,000. The organization is guided by three core values: art matters, artists’ voices are important in shaping society, and public spaces are places for creative and free expression. View a video about the Summit. View video highlights from the 2013 Summit as well as full recordings of the presentations . Follow Creative Time on Twitter and learn about the 2014 Summit.
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Intensive Theater Course: 
Professional Pathways in Applied Performance

Syracuse University, The Fisher Center
May 28-June 5, 2014
This course introduces career options using performance in contexts and venues including education, the justice system, healthcare, the political arena, community development, museums, and social service agencies. Students encounter multiple performance methods-- story-based, devised, adaptations, solo, site specific, dance, and musical--and glean how such work is used with participants of all ages, ethnicities, and circumstances. The course instructor is Jan Cohen-Cruz, PhD, editor of "Public: A Journal of Imagining America." Read more.

MATDegree.net is a new website created by Emma Lacey that is dedicated to Arts education resources. Visitors can search for degree programs for teaching the arts, such as a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), or a Master’s in Education (MEd) for those who already have a teaching licensure and experience teaching. Visit the site.

La MaMa Umbria International announces:
15th Annual International Symposium for Directors/Theatre-makers: Theatre for Social Change and Community Engagement
5th Annual Playwright Retreat
la mamaSpoleto, Italy
Summer, 2014
Approaching theatre for social change from a variety of perspectives, the both programs bring together master artists who focus on the practical application of theatre practices as a means for involving communities in social and political issues.

International Symposium for Directors/Actors/Theatre-makers
Session One: June 30 – July 14, 2014
Session Two: July 16 – July 30, 2014
The symposium will be composed of professional workshops with topics such as Theatre of the Oppressed & Playback Theatre, From Personal To Collective History, and Performance For Personal and Social Change. The workshops will be taught by artists including Chen Alon (Israel), Enrico Casagrande & Daniela Nicolo (Italy), Hjalmar Jorge Joffre-Eichorn (Bolivia/Germany), Belarus Free Theatre with Natalia Kaliada, Vladimir Shcherban, Nikolia Khalezin (Belarus), Jessica Litwak (USA), Dijana Milosevic (Serbia), Roberto G. Varea (Argentina).

International Playwright Retreat
August 1 - 10, 2014
Application Deadline: May 15
(Limited spaces available. Download the application.)
Playwrights will enjoy ten days living and writing in the Umbrian countryside at La MaMa Umbria International artist residence in Italy. During the session participants will have ample time to work on new or existing material. Each day, master playwright Catherine Filloux (France/USA) will meet with the playwrights to facilitate discussions, workshops and exercises designed to help the writer with whatever challenges they are facing. Catherine Filloux, a playwright who explores how people live in a time of horrifying abuses to human rights, will explore the role of the activist playwright, while helping writers with a project they wish to write.

Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI)
May 5 – June 13, 2014
EMUEastern Mennonite University’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) will be held May 5 through June 13 this year. An interactive approach is used in all courses to draw upon the rich experience of participants as well as instructors.Courses are open to people interested in integrating conflict transformation, peacebuilding, restorative justice, trauma awareness, and related fields into their own work and life. The "Acting Together" anthology is included in the required reading for the course. Registration is open for courses including Playback Theatre for Conflict Transformation and Media for Societal Transformation. Learn more, view the flyer about these courses, and apply.

Call for Papers:

UNESCO Observatory E-Journal
Volume 4 Issue 2

"Critical Approaches to Arts Based Research"
observatoryThe UNESCO Observatory is a refereed e- journal based within the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at The University of Melbourne, Australia. The journal promotes multi- disciplinary research in the arts and arose out of a recognized need for knowledge sharing in the field. There are many instances where the arts work successfully in collaboration with formerly non-traditional partners such as the sciences and health care, and this peer-reviewed journal aims to publish examples of excellence. The journal has issued a call for papers for a special issue on arts-based research. Guest editors will include Dr. Anne Harris of Monash University and Dr. Mary Ann Hunter of the University of Tasmania. Learn more about the journal and read past issuesRead more about the call for papers and submission guidelines. The submission deadline is June 2, 2014.

Call for Papers: ACPR Special Issue on the Arts and Peacebuilding in Africa

Abstract Submission Deadline: March 15, 2014
ACPRAfrican Conflict and Peacebuilding Review (ACPR) is seeking contributions for a special issue on “The Arts and Peacebuilding in Africa: Creative Approaches to Transforming Conflict,” to be guest edited by Dr. Olivier Urbain and Lindsay McClain Opiyo. Contributions from African and Africa-based scholars, practitioners, and artists are particularly encouraged. View the flyer for more information and submission guidelines.


Millennial and Intergenerational Approaches to Peacebuilding and the Arts

Works Progress and Give & Take
giveandtakeWorks Progress is an artist- led public art & design studio based in Minneapolis, Minnesota founded by millennials Colin Kloecker and Shanai Matteson. Works Progress creates artistic platforms for people to engage, connect, converse and create with/in their neighborhoods and communities, across creative and culture boundaries. The organization works collaboratively with other artists and organizations and produce their own public art projects and programs. One of their current projects is Give & Take, which was started in 2009 to encourage teaching, learning, and face-to-face social interaction in the community. It is an open platform based around custom-designed nametags asking attendees to share one thing that they know, and one thing they want to know. These two questions launch an interactive program of presentations on diverse topics, hands-on activities, and socially-focused games. Give & Take taps the know-how of participants, sparking conversation and building relationships across disciplines and social silos. Read more, visit their Vimeo page, and Flickr stream.


Above and Above Right: Give & Take
Presentations and activities, North Minneapolis.
Photo credit: Zoe Prinds-Flash

Video: "How making art is a practice space for becoming a change agent”
Risë Wilson, Founder of the Laundrymat Project


Risë Wilson founded the Laundrymat Project, which brings art, artists, and arts programming into laundromats and other everyday spaces in New York, thus amplifying the creativity that already exists within communities to build community networks, solve problems, and enhance their sense of ownership in the places where they live, work, and grow. In this video of her presentation at an independently organized TEDx event, she speaks about the link between access to the arts and fostering visionary thinkers and changemakers in our communities. Learn more about the Laundrymat Project through their blog.



ATop & Bottom Right: 

Invention & Creativity Through the Arts (ICTA)
Invention & Creativity Through the Arts (ICTA) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization in Trinidad which was established to promote concepts in teaching and learning through the arts. ICTA’s objective is to create a healthy living in communities by using public art to foster intergenerational collaboration, following the concept that “it takes a village to raise a child.” Under the auspices of the University of West Indies Centre for Creative & Festival Arts, the organization was internationally recognized by UNESCO as a ‘Caribbean Best Practice in Arts Education.’ Read more.

Art & Social Change: InterPlay for Millennial Leaders
Oakland, CA
“Art & Social Change: InterPlay for Millennial Leaders” is a 12-day training for artists and activists age 18 to 32 hosted by Interplay. The program provides participants with creative, embodied InterPlay tools and techniques used around the world in peacemaking, prisons, classrooms, theaters, homes, places of worship, and health care, in order to builds artistic skill, leadership ability, and ultimately strong communities. Their fifth annual program will occur July 21 through Aug 1, 2014 and the registration deadline is June 6, 2014. For more information, email Cynthia Winton- Henry or call 510-465-2797. Download the program brochure and application and watch a reflection video made by the 2013 class.

The Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC)
The Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) builds vibrant communities through programs focused on Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) arts and culture that foster intergenerational and cross- cultural dialogue, cultural identity, collaborations, and social justice. One of OACC’s current projects is the Oakland Chinatown Oral History Project, which aims to preserve the cultural and historical legacy of Oakland’s Chinatown through intergenerational dialogue.

Danceworks, Inc. Intergenerational Multi-Arts Project (IMAP)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
danceworksThe Danceworks, Inc. Intergenerational Multi-Arts Project (IMAP) is a semester-long, multi- generational, multi-arts residency program provided in healthcare and education settings in the Milwaukee area. It uses dance and visual art instruction and intergenerational relationship-building to engage young people and older adults in their communities. The IMAP curriculum theory is that communities that share traditions and communicate through positive creative expression will be stronger and more connected. Learn more and read about the program’s history.

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)
The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is the nation's leading nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. In this capacity, NALAC stimulates and facilitates intergenerational dialogues among disciplines, languages, and traditional and contemporary expressions. NALAC conducted six National Conversations (http://www.nalac.org/programs/national-conversations) to help build next generation latino leadership, cultural equity and creative innovation.


The Gabriel García Márquez Fellowship in Cultural Journalism
Cartagena de Indias and Aracataca, Colombia
March 11-19, 2014
Application Deadline: January 23
fnpiThe New Journalism Foundation (FNPI - Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano) offers the Gabriel García Márquez Fellowship in Cultural Journalism, which will take place in Cartagena de Indias and Aracataca, Colombia, March 11-19. The aim of this workshop will be to use the themes of film and popular culture to strengthen the understanding and practice of cultural journalism, specifically the interview, extended reportage and critical commentary. It will be divided into two modules: Film and Popular Culture. Both modules will be coordinated by FNPI teacher Héctor Feliciano and the American journalist Jonathan Levi.  Read more and visit the website.

New Fulbright Fellowship:
National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

Deadline for submission: February 28, 5:00pm Eastern Time
fulbrightThe Fulbright - National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship is a new component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program that provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and digital storytelling in up to three countries on a globally significant social or environmental topic. Today’s wide variety of new digital media tools and platforms are powerful storytelling resources as we seek to expand our knowledge of pressing transnational issues and build ties across cultures. Fellows will utilize a variety of digital storytelling tools and undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue, comparing and contrasting how that issue is experienced across borders. Applications are accepted online only. Read more.

Global Arts
Global Arts is a collaboration between student artists at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA)  and the children of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Every May, UNCSA high school students share their creativity in creating and performing projects with the orphans of Zanmi Beni, an orphanage and home to more than fifty children left homeless and displaced after the 2010 earthquake. Zanmi Beni is operated by Partners in Health. Learn more about Global Arts, visit their Facebook page, or view the 2014 application for UNCSA students.

Move This World
movethisworldMove This World (MTW) is a global nonprofit that uses creative movement as a vehicle to transform conflict, violence and bullying in communities. In partnership with schools, community-based organizations, families and corporations, MTW is building and connecting more peaceful communities in the United States in Baltimore, Newark, New York City and Washington DC and internationally in Colombia, Europe, and the Philippines. To date, MTW has worked with over 10,000 individuals across 22 cities on four continents. The hallmark MTW program is an innovative, evidence-based curriculum that engages students Pre-K-12, educators, administrators, families, and corporate leaders in movement-based activities that promote empathy, mediation skills, and conflict transformation. In this way, MTW fosters cumulative skill building that grows with the individual and produces measurable impact to promote social change through the art of movement. Learn more.

The Social Justice Artists' Collaborative
The Social Justice Artists' Collaborative is a collective of New York City-based progressive artists, practitioners, and supporting funders focused on creating support for individual artists and small to mid-size organizations reflective of NYC's diverse communities. Since 2010, they have come together with the intent of sharing best practices and developing a network that supports social justice work and the sustainability of our arts, culture, artists, and organizations. View their Facebook page.

Social Practices Art Network (SPAN)
spanSocial Practices Art Network (SPAN) is an online media resource for individuals, organizations, community groups and institutions that are interested in new genre arts forms and practices. As a project of the Social Design Collective, SPAN is meant to serve as a platform for a variety of socially engaged art and design practices. The SPAN Archive consists of 12 distinct archives that have been created over a three-year time span through research and through the use of a content aggregation process. View the list of archive topics including Social Art Practice and Place-making, Community-Building and Network Culture. View their Scoop.it page by founder Jules Rochielle, and their archive interview podcasts.

Announcing: Artist as Activist Print Project
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is pleased to announce the inauguration of its Artist as Activist print project, championing Robert Rauschenberg's legacy of using art as a vehicle for change. Among the subjects of Rauschenberg's prints were apartheid, nuclear disarmament, economic development, population control, and artists' rights. The Foundation's program supports the creation of new prints through collaborations between artists and organizations specializing in health and human services, the environment or global issues. Artists will create limited edition prints that will be sold to raise funds for the selected organization. The foundation has chosen the Coalition for the Homeless as beneficiary for the pilot year of the project. Together, the foundation and the coalition have selected artist Shepard Fairey as this year's Artist as Activist. Read more.

Burning Barriers, Building Bridges Youth Theatre
Burning Barriers, Building Bridges  Youth Theatre (B4YT) was formed with a collaboration between Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and two international fellows at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Their shared vision was an community engagement program to allow Liberian youth to express themselves through the arts. The 300 children involved in the program write and perform their original plays to voice their concerns about their communities through theatre, which contributes to community peace-building efforts. The 2012 production was a tribute to the Liberia Children’s Law, in which youth participants aimed to spread the news about the law and educate other children about their rights. The organization is led by Jasmine Blanks. Read an article about Jasmine and learn more about the B4 Youth Theatre.


Drama lesson in creating tableaus using nature
as inspiration. Liberia. Photo credit: Nelson Taylor,
a B4YT Junior Arts Instructor.

Contest: “My Music MasterPeace”
MasterPeace in Concert, Istanbul
International Day of Peace, September 21, 2014
Submission deadline: February 28, 2014
“My Music MasterPeace” is a global music competi tion hosted by MasterPeace inviting all musicians of all genres from all over the world to become the opening act of MasterPeace in Concert in Istanbul on September 21, 2014, the UN International Day of Peace. This will be the central concert of a 24-hour broadcast featuring concerts, speeches, performances in 60 countries over 100 locations reaching millions all over the globe. MasterPeace WorldBand will be supporting the artists; names includes world leaders and musicians such as: Desmond Tutu, Angelique Kidjo, Emmanuel Jal and others. Submissions accepted December 1, 2013 until February 28, 2014. View the poster and learn more.

Call for Papers:
Women and Conflict Essay Prize

NavalAn invitation to submit papers has been issued for the Naval War College Award for Research on a topic related to women and conflict outcomes. The $10,000 award, sponsored by the Naval War College Foundation, is designed to encourage outstanding new research that advances understanding of the roles of women during conflict and in conflict prevention and conflict resolution. The competition is open to scholars from all disciplines. Papers should be approximately 6,000 words long and suitable for publication in a peer- reviewed journal. Preference will be given to research-based papers with policy relevance. Submissions should be sent no later than April 15, 2014. Read more. Questions and submission should be directed to Mr. Richard Menard.

New Book Release: "The Choreography of Resolution: Conflict, Movement, and Neuroscience"
Edited by:
Michelle LeBaron, Carrie MacLeod, and Andrew Floyer Acland
Purchase before January 15 for a 30% discount!
lebaronNeuroscience is proving what dancers have known for centuries. This book explores the links between the physical, mental, and psychological factors that affect conflict and mediation. The authors consider the role of movement in conflict dynamics, expose the limitations of omitting the body from understandings of conflict, explore ethical dimensions of embodied approaches, and propose key strategies for conflict intervention. Purchasers buying the book before January 15, 2014 will receive a 30% discount! Purchase via ShopABA.org using the discount code "CORTOR13" or download the order form.

howlroundHowlRound designs and develops online knowledge platforms and in-person gatherings that promote access, participation, organizational collaboration, field-wide research, and new teaching practices to illuminate the breadth, diversity, and impact of a commons-based approach to theater practice. HowlRound is a story of artists and theater makers sharing dissonant opinions, engaging in-depth dialogue, and promoting best practices with the hope of ensuring a vibrant future for our field. Their stories live in a theater commons—shared resources available to all. The HowlRound knowledge platforms include: an online journal; a livestreaming TV network; a New Play Map; Commons Producers studying playwright residenciesConvenings & Symposia; and The Weekly Howl.

Master of Arts in Applied Theatre Arts 
USC School of Dramatic Arts
Deadline to apply: February 21, 2014
uscInterested in using theatre to create social change? The MA in Applied Theatre Arts at University of Southern California (USC) invites community-based artists, educators, therapists, social workers and political activists to explore how theatre can be applied to a non- traditional theatrical setting through a rigorous three-semester course of study. Students will culminate their experience in an overseas immersion experience. For more information, please contact: Dramaticarts.usc.edu, 213-740-1286, or graduate@sda.usc.edu.

The Graduate Programs in Coexistence and Conflict
Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Applications accepted January - March; early application encouraged
The Graduate Programs in Coexistence and Conflict (COEX) focus on the challenges posed by intercommunal and societal conflicts in today's world. Since its inception in 2004, the COEX program has become a top choice for professionals who want to better prevent, mitigate and resolve conflicts. Students can choose among five degree options to gain expertise in a wide range of practical areas, including dual programs with Sustainable International Development (SID), MBA Nonprofit Management, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, and International Law of Human Rights (ILHR), as well as membership in the Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School. The program encourages early application, though there is no hard and fast deadline. Read application guidelines and learn more.

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