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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
*Purchase Now!*

And listen to the related podcast series.

A Reflection on Ebony Axis
By Sarah Nzisabira

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

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

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

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

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

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

Theatre. Immersion. Education. (TIE)

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

Zurich, Switzerland

Introducing USDAC Outposts

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

Theatre: Spotlight on Russia

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

Pop Culture Collaborative

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

Quilts from Syria and Iraq
The Advocacy Project

Displaced Artists Fund Residency Program
Vermont Studio Center

A TheTheatreTimes.com
Now Seeking Contributions

Women In Music

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

Oakland Arts Review
Call for Submissions

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

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

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

Optivism - Music & Film

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

Past Featured Theme -
Artistic Responses to Other Current Global Crises

Publishing opportunity for students and faculty

Africa Yoga Project
Photo Credit: Robin O'Neill

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

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

Archive -
News from the Field

Acting Together Documentary

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Find "Acting Together" screenings near you.

News From the Field - Archive 2016

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

2016 - Archive

  News & Events    |    Arts    |    Resources & Opportunities

  • Past Featured Theme: "Arts and the 2016 Presidential Election"
  • Past Featured Theme: "Creative Reflections on Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability"
  • Past Featured Theme: "African-led Initiatives at the Intersection of the Arts and Social Transformation"

News and Events

Truth and Reconciliation Through Theatre: We Are All Treaty People
November 18 - November 20, 2016
banffBanff, Canada
Join Making Treaty 7’s Troy Emery Twigg and learn tools and exercises to help students express understanding of their local treaty, First Nations’ relationship to traditional lands, and the content of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. As part of Theatre Alberta's Workshops by Request: Rocky Mountain Series, performing arts educators will be guided through the creation process of Calgary’s ground-breaking production Making Treaty 7 and discuss its impact on audiences and artists.

"Creative Reflections on Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability"

Corporate sustainability messaging isn't working – it's time to look to the arts
The Guardian

“Artistic expression, not scripted marketing will strike the chord we're missing. Businesses should take the plunge and invest. An industrial patch of former mill buildings by a canal may not seem like the best venue for a piece of outdoor performance art, and "verbatim theatre" may not sound riveting. Yet when a group of actors led a performance walking tour along the towpath of Shipley in West Yorkshire last summer, local residents loved it…." Read more.

Claudia Rankine: why I'm spending $625,000 to study whiteness
The Guardian
Claudia Rankine, the poet and author of 2014’s National Book award-winning Citizen: An American Lyric, received a MacArthur “genius grant” in September 2016… “She plans to donate her $625,000 stipend from her MacArthur genius grant to found the Racial Imaginary Institute…, a “presenting space and a think tank all at once” where artists and writers can really wrestle with race. She wants it to be a ‘space which allows us to show art, to curate dialogues, have readings, and talk about the ways in which the structure of white supremacy in American society influences our culture.’ ...Rankine is extremely interested in whiteness, believing that ‘it’s important that people begin to understand that whiteness is not inevitable, and that white dominance is not inevitable.’....Read more.

Reading of Play: THE SQUARE


Playwright Amy Merrill (left) and
director Guy Ben-Aharon (right)
of The Square.

by Amy Merrill
Monday, October 17, 7:30pm
Mandel Center, Reading Room

Amy Merrill '69 will be presenting a reading of her full-length play THE SQUARE. The play is about the September, 2007 events in Nisour Square, Baghdad and one vet's struggle to take a stand. The reading will be directed by Guy Ben-Aharon, Producing Artistic Director, Israeli Stage.

There will be a post-show discussion immediately following. Free and open to the Brandeis community. Read more and register to attend.

Mapping Spectral Traces 8: The Place of the Wound
Attending to places wounded by the legacies of historical violence
International and Irish artists, activists and scholars explore spatial justice
October 14-20, 2016

This symposium brings together indigenous, North American, South African and Irish artists, activists and scholars who share a common concern in addressing the painful histories of dispossession. Through workshops, talks, walks, exhibitions and ‘mappings’, participants will acknowledge ongoing colonial violences that accompany historical conflict, displacement, and social-ecological damage and inequality. We will also explore alternative spatial imaginaries tied to memory-work, care and spatial justice, the better to meet local-global challenges.

Through artistic performances, workshops, lectures, discussion, walks and exhibition, international and Irish-based artists, activists and scholars will discuss how places have become wounded by the legacies of historical violence, while also explore different pathways towards spatial justice.

Learn more and register for the 'Mapping Spectral Traces 8: Place of the Wound' international symposium.

Pasos Peace Museum Invites You its International Peace Day Celebration: Presentation and Reception with Joyce Apsel on her book Giving Peace a Chance: Introducing Peace Museums

September 28, 2016, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

PasosEver wondered where the international peace symbol or the the white peace poppy come from? Want to know more about Picasso's Guernica and hear about peace culture, music, and art that are on display in peace museums and are used by social movements throughout the globe?

Space is limited: Register now.

African-led Initiatives at the Intersection of the Arts and Social Transformation

Oliver 'Tuku' Mtukudzi: Healing a wounded nation through music
CNN News
Iconic Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi has been successfully performing for nearly four decades throughout Africa as well as in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada. More than just an entertainer, Mtukudzi is committed to addressing everyday social challenges, using his music as a vehicle to speak about the issues he's passionate about. In 2003 he founded an art center in Norton, near Harare, and last year he became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for eastern and southern Africa, focusing on youth development and HIV/AIDS. Mtukudzi, who lost his brother Robert and several band members to AIDS, recently took his campaign to eradicate the HIV/AIDS stigma to mothers in Tanzania.

Eleanor Roosevelt: Art • Activism • Social Justice
Susan P. Curnan – Remarks and Reminiscence at the Unveiling of the Sculpted Bronze of Eleanor Roosevelt “First Lady of the World”
April 11, 2016

Altman Amphitheater
Classroom, G1
The Heller School for Social Policy & Management
Brandeis University

“…Thank you Dianne Miller Wolman – the artist’s daughter and Brandeis class of 1967, for arranging this wonderful gift to Brandeis and for choosing the Heller School location. 'First Lady of the World,' the name given to Eleanor Roosevelt by President Harry Truman, is an extraordinary sculptured bronze of Eleanor Roosevelt by Newton artist, your mother, Rose Schechet Miller. I understand it is one of the three castings, born of the artist’s grief at the death of Eleanor Roosevelt in November 1962.

...Today, I want to weave a story of Eleanor Roosevelt’s lesser known connections to art, activism, and social justice. Writing in her ‘My Day’ column in 1961, Eleanor Roosevelt said that... ‘gratitude for artists fills my heart – they can speak through their art to the souls of people where the rest of us have to stand tongue-tied because we lack the means to communicate.’…” Read more.

The Singapore International Festival of Arts 2016
August 11 - September 17, 2016

SIFAThe Singapore International Festival of Arts 2016 is a premier 6-week national performing arts festival managed by the Arts House Limited and commissioned by the National Arts Council. It aims to inspire through great international and Singapore artistic experiences in performance, theatre, dance and music. A pre-festival of ideas (The O.P.E.N.) occurs every June and July, this year June 22 through July 9, 2016, to engage diverse audiences with the ideas, issues and themes of SIFA.

Muktadhara 2016
7th Bi-annual International Forum Theatre Festival
muktahdaraDecember 5-20, 2016

Badu, India
The 7th edition of Muktadhara is a Bi-annual Forum Theatre festival hosted since 2004 by Jana Sanskriti Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed in Badu, India. The festival will be held between December 5 - 20, 2016. Please write to muktadhara.janasanskriti@gmail.com to register for the festival. We are waiting to meet you at Badu, Kolkata! Watch the trailer for Muktadhara 2016. and visit them on Facebook.

A message from Jana Sanskriti: “We are going ahead with the preparation of Muktadhara festival scheduled in December this year. Our villages are specially focusing on the food and boarding during your stay during the festival in the villages. We will provide you tents if you like. We want to make sure that all participants can have enough time to interact with the rural life in Bengal and village dwellers in general. Festival will be touring from village to village. Local traditional artists with their art forms will welcome you in each and every venue of the festivals in the villages. There will be performance of the plays scripted by the workshop participants. So you will not be mere participants but performers too. Every year Muktadhara creates connections among artists and practitioners all across the globe. We experience a feeling of the emergence of a community of TO and other political art forms. We are looking forward to your participation.”

Nicole Fleetwood:
Looking in\Looking Out: Prison Portraits and the Visual Archive of Mass Incarceration
Art | Race | Activism
March 30, 3:30pm
Alumni Lounge, Usdan, Brandeis University

Nicole R. Fleetwood is Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies and Director of the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. “The talk examines contemporary portraits by incarcerated and non-incarcerated artists and documentarians. These works are composed and staged in ways that speak to, work through, or incorporate the ever-looming and multiple lenses of carceral optics.”

BPArt: Pluralism and the Arts
March 14-18: Exhibit
March 15, 7-8pm: Reception and Live Performances
Shapiro Campus Center, Multipurpose Room
BPA"BPArt: Pluralism and the Arts," a juried art exhibition as part of 'DEIS Impact, will feature works that demonstrated how the arts create and inspire values related to pluralism, unity and social justice, and how the artists interpreted these themes through their work. View and experience interpretations of pluralism and social justice through poetry, painting, performance, photography, dance, short film, spoken word, drawing, and more. Sponsored by Brandeis Pluralism Alliance. Applications for art work due February 22.

ArtCOP21: A global festival of cultural activity on climate change
September - December 2015

ArtCOPClimate change is often seen through a policy or scientific lens, and solutions are discussed only in political offices, boardrooms and negotiating halls. ArtCop21 launched ahead of the UN climate talks in Paris, aims to challenge those tropes. Climate is culture. ArtCOP21 connected hundreds of thousands of people to the climate challenge through an extensive global programme of over 550 major events; installations, plays, exhibitions, concerts, performances, talks, conferences, workshops, family events and screenings – plus a whole range of people power gatherings and demonstrations – taking place right across Paris and in 54 total countries worldwide. All these events highlighted the need for governments meeting in Paris to support strong climate action and signal the end of the fossil fuel era – making climate change a people issue, not one to be left solely to the politicians. #FightForTheFutu

Play: Collision
November 14, 8:00pm
November 15, 2:00pm

Merrick Theatre

collisionDirected by Kesi Kmt, Collision is a devised theater project in which actors come together to collaborate and create a play that centers universal and personal narratives as an act of social change. The play is inspired by the film Pariah and sponsored by QPOCC and TRISK by way of BPA GRANTS. Tickets are free and available at the SCC Box Office. Limited space available. Starring: Brontë Velez, Dennis Hermida, Chinyere Brown, Molly Gimbel, Solomon McBride, Victoria Filas, & Kesi Kmt, with musical features from Mannie Rivers.

Crowdfunding Campaign: In/Visible City 

InVisibleCityDAH Theatre, based in Belgrade, Serbia, has dedicated 10 years to the search for peacebuilding and bridging of different cultures, nationalities and groups through the project In/Visible City. This project, an innovative and inspiring approach to connecting differences (through an interactive play performed inside a city bus connecting culturally different parts of the city) has continuously grown in the past decade connecting cities inside Serbia, but also spreading the idea of tolerance throughout Europe.

This year, DAH Theatre is celebrating their 10th anniversary and therefore have decided to, once again, abridge the differences and promote peacebuilding and tolerance. They have raises the funds for half of the In/Visible City project and need your help in funding the rest. View the Indiegogo campaign page and video.

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Arts and the 2016 Presidential Election

The 2016 Election Comics and Cartoons

The following are collections of artistic comics and cartoons that comment on the positions of the candidates and the issues of the 2016 presidential election:

"Creative Reflections on Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability"

LA Times: Art born of China's pollution
“Increasingly, artists are finding their muse in China's ecological mire. With photos, paintings, conceptual works and performances, they're piercing through the din of data, seizing the attention and imagination of authorities and the public.” In his series the 'Face Mask,' Chinese artist Wu Di experiments with pollution masks, including depicting a young girl in Beijing wearing 445 masks, the number he calculates she will need between now and 2030. View the series.

Film: Children of the Jaguar
A self-governed territory called “Tayjasaruta” or “Autonomous Territory of the Original Kichwa Nation of Sarayaku” in Ecuador was proclaimed when the Argentine oil company CGC moved into the area using seismic surveys in search of petroleum. The territory incorporates a number of villages and has a total population figure between 1,000 and 2,000 Kichwa speaking people, who call themselves the Runa people of Sarayaku, or the Sarayaku people. This groundbreaking documentary produced by Sarayaku Indigenous People and Amnesty International features their successful international legal battle against their country at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) in Costa Rica for allowing foreign oil exploration on their land without their consent. Read an article about the initiative, an article about the Sarayaku people and their efforts, and view the film.

The Roles of the Nakamal in Protecting Against Climate Change in Vanuatu
Vanuatu is a South Pacific Ocean nation made up of roughly 80 islands. A nakamal is a traditional meeting place in Vanuatu used for ceremonies, storytelling, and dance, as a relational space that signifies interconnected relationships between ancestors, the present, the future, and other realities of life. The film “How to Let Go” features Vanauatu and emphasizes that the nakamal plays an important role as the people of Vanuatu face threats of climate change. Read a chapter on sustainable peacebuilding models in Vanuatu, a paper on the challenges of maintaining indigenous ecological knowledge, and read the transcript of a speech by assistant to the prime minister Paul Nalau.

African-led Initiatives at the Intersection of the Arts and Social Transformation

Play: Demolishing Democracy
Zimbabwean playwright Tafadzwa Muzondo’s latest play Demolishing Democracy, directed by Isaac Kalumba, precisely displays a vivid account of the calamity that inhabitants of ‘illegal houses’ face when their homes are destroyed by authorities. The play was adapted for the Zambian audience by Sam Kasankha. In the interview Muzondo said, “The play is vital in stimulating dialogue on the issue of informal [illegal] settlements in both countries and how governments need to work with communities and all stakeholders in solving the problem, not just bulldozing people’s shelter leaving them homeless.” Read another article about the play.

Film: William Kentridge, the South African artist drawing apartheid
The PBS feature film “William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible" gives viewers an intimate look into the mind and creative process of the South African artist William Kentridge. In the film, Kentridge talks about how his personal history as a white South African of Jewish heritage has informed recurring themes in his work—including violent oppression, class struggle, and social and political hierarchies.View the film.

Healing Arts: A project in Uganda uses listening and collaboration to bear witness to the trauma of war
The project initiated when the three founders met in East Africa as part of a team traveling with playwright Erik Ehn on a project called the Arts in the One World initiative, a series of curated, reciprocal conversations centered on the exploration of arts for social change, and the efficacy and methods of witness. The United Nations estimates that 66,000 children were abducted during the 20 years of war in northern Uganda. Ehn said, “We never arrived with a particular project or outcome in mind—we came in need, to learn, chiefly through waiting and listening, receiving wisdom and experience, attending to opportunities for connection.” Dance, song, poetry, performance—it is the way of the Lango to make arts central to their quest for social healing, essentially coequal with water projects, nutrition, health care, and vocational education. The founders put together a five-year plan, which included using music, dance, and dramatic storytelling for social change and healing of the people.” Read more.


Photo Credit: Gerard Stropnicky,
courtesy of American Theatre Magazine

A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone
By director Marlene (Mo) Morris
A powerful new film documenting the life and work of Edythe Boone, the San Francisco muralist best known for her work on the San Francisco Women’s Building “MaestraPeace” mural, is grounded in current affairs surrounding racial justice. View a trailer; online screener available at anewcolor.doc@gmail.com.

Shedding Light on Sex Trafficking of Youth in Boston:
The BODY & SOLD Project 2015/16
Friday, March 18th & Sunday, April 3rd

at Boston University

In the U.S., there are over 100,000 runaways in any given year. Within 48 hours, 85% of these children will be approached by a man offering food, love, and shelter. Most of the time, he will turn out to be a pimp, and will sell these young people for commercial sex.

Together with community partners Roxbury Youthworks, Inc., members of the Boston and Cambridge Police Departments, and theatre companies across the Boston Metro Area, we're presenting the award-winning play BODY & SOLD, based on interviews conducted by playwright Deborah Lake Fortson with young survivors of sex trafficking in Boston, New York, and Minneapolis. Hear why they ran away, what they suffered, how they escaped and rebuilt their lives. Purchase tickets.

2016 Documentary Winners: Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA)
SIMAThe Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) have announced their 2016 winners. View this year’s SIMA-winning best global impact documentaries. The winning films take viewers on a journey around the world, from the magical Omo Valley of Ethiopia (“Omo Child: The River and the Bush”) to the war-torn desert of Afghanistan (“Tell Spring Not To Come This Year”). Another film The True Cost asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? "We're proud to champion an extraordinary range of global stories and filmmakers every year, especially in the midst of a national debate on diversity in the film industry," said SIMA Executive Director Daniela Kon. "These films are exemplary in their ability to intimately and creatively capture the depth and potential of human nature." Learn more about SIMA and the 2016 winners

2016 Rising Waters Confab - 2nd Rauschenberg Residency
April 25 to May 25, 2016
The Rising Waters Confab II is the second Rauschenberg Residency aiming to spark new thinking and to influence civic will toward finding and spreading solutions to the rising waters of climate change. This movement is a collective effort guided by a diverse array of artists and writers in a spirit of collaboration with scientists, activists, advocates, philanthropists, and island dwellers convening in Captiva, Florida. The second Confab will take place April 25 to May 25, 2016. Learn about the residents, view their blog and read more about the Confab I contributions to ArtCOP21.  

Film: Interational Boulevard
Rebecca Dharmapalan, a student in Oakland, CA, was inspired to create a film to raise awareness about the problem of commercial sexual exploitation of children. "I decided to use art as a means of exploring activism," Dharmapalan, now 19, tells Mashable. "I didn't realize there were so many people in Oakland using art as a way of expressing their changemaking, so I figured I'd try it out." Read about the film International Boulevard and visit the crowdfunding page.

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Opportunities and Resources

Call for Submissions: PARtake - the journal of performance as research
Participation in/and Researc
h: Ethics, Methodologies, Expectations
Volume 1, Issue 2 - Summer 2017
Submission Deadline: December 15, 2016

PARtake is an e-journal dedicated to exploring the theory and application of performance in practice, and the research outputs created through these processes. Performance as Research is, for us, an investigation into the material, epistemological, and ontological fundamentals of all forms of performance, intended or otherwise. We seek work created and critiqued from the “scholartist” perspective.

Creating Profits with Passion Bootcamp: Best Practices and Strategies for Building a Successful Cultural Business
November 29, December 1, 6, & 8
profits-passion938 Lafayette Street,
New Orleans, Louisiana

Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation (LCEF), Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Louisiana Economic Development and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center announce a 12-hour business training boot camp for creatives. The Profits with Passion boot camp is 4 sessions between November 29 and December 8 and will offer vital skills to operate and succeed as a small business within the creative industries. Prior to attending, all registrants must become Small and Emerging Business Development program certified, which offers additional benefits to you and your business! A free workshop on 11/10 at 5 pm at 938 Lafayette Street in New Orleans is available to help you to get certified. RSVP at aimee@culturaleconomy.org. Questions? Call (504) 895-2800.

Arts and the 2016 Presidential Election

Super PAC (Super Participatory Arts Coalition)

September 6 - November 7, 2016



Looking for creative ways to disrupt narratives of hate during this election cycle? Want to foster dialogue and connection, activate civic agency, and encourage full democratic participation? Join USDAC as a ExtraSuperDelegate!

Traditional Super PACs fuel politicians with vast sums of money; the USDAC Super PAC will power democracy with mass artistic creativity.

From September 6-November 7, 2016, the people-powered U.S. Department of Arts and Culture is sponsoring USDAC Super PAC to spur creative public participation leading up to the presidential election. They are inviting artists and allies to show the country how democracy is practiced.

Anyone can join USDAC Super PAC as an ExtraSuperDelegate, creating a Super Public Act of Compassion or Super Participatory Act of Culture that fosters dialogue and connection, activates civic agency, counters narratives of hate, and encourages full democratic participation.

Download the free USDAC Super PAC Toolkit to get started!

Here are some examples of projects you’ll find:

  • History in the Making: Papel Picado Now uses a traditional Mexican artform, cut paper, to create powerful messages that can be made by children or adults and displayed anywhere.
  • Make America Crate uses a giant, portable soapbox to invite anyone to step up and express opinions, ideas, and feelings on what makes America.
  • Lawncare invites everyone to repurpose political yard signs to illustrate the values they want to campaign for, rather than using them to advertise politicians.
  • Plus many others!

Learn more about the Super Participatory Arts Coalition and get involved!

Summary on Hillary Clinton's Position on Arts Funding
Americans for the Arts Action Fund

In 1999, Hillary Clinton won an Americans for the Arts National Arts Award for Arts Advocacy for her work as First Lady, including her support for the NEA and NEH, her leadership of projects such as the Millennium Council and Save America’s Treasures, and her collaboration with Americans for the Arts in unveiling its YouthArts USA program in 1997. She was also feeatured in an arts education advocacy PSA produced by Bravo.

Policy Views on the Arts and Education

  • Supports arts education being taught in the classroom.
  • Believes an investment in the arts is an investment in the future of children.
  • Understands that arts education can be a transformation in the lives of all children if it is fully funded and supported.

Examples of Actions Taken on the Arts

  • Released "Coming Up Taller: Arts and Humanities Programs for Children and Youth at Risk”, a report on the benefits of arts education and programming. (Source: The President’s Commitment to the Arts and Humanities Brochure)

Congressional Arts Voting Record

  • Member of the U.S. Senate Caucus.
Watch a video of Hillary Clinton
speaking about her position on arts education and funding for arts education.

Watch another video of Hillary Clinton
speaking about arts education at a Town Hall meeting in New Hampshire.

Summary of Donald Trump’s Position on Arts Funding
Americans for Arts Action Fund

Donald Trump hosted the televised reality shows "The Apprentice" and "The Celebrity Apprentice” for a combined 14 seasons. Forbes magazine reported that Trump “‘flirted briefly' with attending film school at the University of Southern California but decided that real estate was his calling.”

Trump opposes the Common Core Education Standards, but supports a well-rounded education. Trump opposes the Education Department determining how education dollars are spent, for the arts or otherwise. When asked about funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, Trump replied, "The Congress, as representatives of the people, make the determination as to what the spending priorities ought to be.”

Trump has personally given at least $465,125 to arts-affiliated organizations in New York between 1994 and 2010. On In February 2016, Trump spoke at a Rotary Club gathering in Manchester, New Hampshire, where several Arts Action Fund members were present and attempted to ask Trump about his position on the arts. While he answered few questions, he did remark on his aesthetic goals for his proposed border wall with Mexico. To paraphrase Trump, he said "And I am going to have to add some designs to the wall because someday they might name it after me and I want it to look real nice."

"Creative Reflections on Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability"

Artists and Climate Change
Contributions from the artistic community to the vexing problem of climate change Today, interesting artistic work about climate change is popping up all over the world, in all kinds of venues. It shows up in opera houses and hip hop poetry slams, in established galleries and on-the-fly exhibitions, in off-Broadway houses and regional theatres. The goal of this blog is to track these works and gather them in one place. It is both a study of what is being done, and a resource for anyone interested in the subject.

Film: "Before the Flood" with Leonardo DiCaprio
beforethefloodFrom Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. The film follows DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders... Watch now (available for free to stream on various platforms and read more about the making of the film, the experts, the crisis, and the solutions.

The Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts
cspaThe Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts is an intentional for-profit organization. They are exploring hybrid business models in an effort to break conventional non-profit dependencies, to engage politically, and to re-invest funding into the arts. The CSPA’s activities include research and initiatives positioning arts and culture as a driver of a sustainable society.

reverbREVERB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2004 by environmentalist Lauren Sullivan and her musician husband, Adam Gardner of Guster. REVERB creates and executes comprehensive, custom programs to green the tour itself while engaging concertgoers to take action for the environment... In addition to our greening work with artists, REVERB also works to move forward the sustainable practices of music industry leaders, including venues, record labels, and radio stations.

Julie’s Bicycle
Julie’s Bicycle is a leading global charity bridging the gap between environmental sustainability and the creative industries. The organization’s vision is a creative community with sustainability at its heart and our mission is to provide the inspiration, expertise and resources to make that happen. Julie’s Bicycle works with over 1,000 arts organisations across the UK and internationally, large and small to help them measure, manage and reduce their environmental impacts. View a short film about the organization.

artspringARTSpring is an experiment in strengthening cultures through original art programs, including:

  • Art creation workshops
  • Art tours and talks
  • Festivals and events that highlight art experiences
  • Public art installations
  • Related publications and interactive media

With a primary focus on the traditional category of “visual” art, we create concepts, manage projects, disseminate information and generally function as a “hub” connecting art practitioners with institutions that are experimenting with new ideas and searching for new ways of connecting with people.

Arte Útil
Afterall Journal, Issue 42

Recently a group of artists, academics, curators and activists gathered in the north of England at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) to discuss the possible futures of Arte Útil. A concept and set of working practices initiated by the artist Tania Bruguera, Arte Útil proposes that art can be directly useful as a tool for social and political change. One moment from this summit feels especially relevant to this issue of Afterall. It occurred during a discussion of the Arte Útil archive, itself an evolving compendium of global projects that fall within the concept’s rubric. To date, the archive has taken various forms, from an online database to physical presentations within museum exhibitions – fairly effective ways to convey the purpose and potential of Arte Útil to a dispersed audience, but nonetheless fraught. Unlike other forms of art, even other forms of socially engaged or political art, Arte Útil is always meant to move beyond the realm of the symbolic and into the space of action... Read more.

Theater of Witness

TOWTheater of Witness is a form of testimonial performance developed by founder and artistic director Teya Sepinuck in which the true life stories of those whose voices haven’t been heard in society are performed by the storytellers themselves as a way for audiences to bear witness to significant social issues. Together they have created original productions and films in the US, Poland and Northern Ireland, performed by the people themselves - first though TOVA , then through The Playhouse Theatre of Witness Programme, and now through Theater of Witness of CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia. This work, has brought audiences and performers across divides of difference to share their true stories of suffering, transformation and peace. In these troubled times, more than ever, we need to humanize 'the other' and bear witness to the power of spirit to grow, transform and heal.

'Walk in my Shoes,' another focus of Theatre of Witness will bring Police Officers and Community Members together to share their wounds, stories and visions for the future. Across divides of difference they will create a new story of truth telling, communal grief, deep listening, and ultimately new connections. Read more.

Oakland Arts Review

OARThe Oakland Arts Review, a new and growing journal out of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Our ambition is to become one of the most prominent literary journals publishing undergraduate writers throughout the world – not just in the United States. We are thrilled to be receiving our second round of submissions from talented writers, and hope you’ll consider adding your voice to the mix. To submit, just upload your work through our Submittable account.

Like the idea of a journal devoted to celebrating young writers? Help us get the word out! You can share this website on Facebook, encourage friends to submit, or send us suggestions and your thoughts about what you’d like to see in an undergraduate journal. The best thing you can do? Submit.

Songwriting Contest: Musician’s United To Protect Bristol Bay (MUTPBB)
Submission deadline: December 31, 2016

MUBristol Bay in Alaska is one of the richest wild fisheries remaining in the world. Approximately 46% of all wild sockeye salmon in the world are in Bristol Bay, which spawn in the headwaters of the many rivers that drain into the Bay. Over two thousand commercial permits are fished annually in the region, supporting thousands of families.

Bristol Bay is home to several thousand Native Alaskan families living by what they call ‘subsistence,’ who depend on the Bay, its rivers and forests to survive. Native Alaskans are among the only native peoples in North America who are still living where they have always lived. In Bristol Bay, members of the Yup’ik people have lived along these rivers for over 10,000 years.

Now a Canadian gold and copper mining company wants to build what would be the world’s largest open-pit mine next to the headwaters of the rivers where the salmon spawn. No open-pit mine in the world has ever operated without causing serious and usually permanent environmental destruction to the surrounding area and beyond. If the Pebble Mine is built, it’s very likely the end of everything Bristol Bay is and stands for.

Write a song that tells the story of Alaska's Bristol Bay! Read contest rules and submit your song!

A Documentary about the People & Stories of Playback Theatre

This Kickstarter project aims to produce a documentary film about Playback Theatre. This film will introduce you to some of the actors and audience members of playback theatre, their life stories as they appear on stage and off stage. The stories of central characters will be shown through both the playback performance(s) and through some daily experiences as they actively work to pursue peace and social justice in their day to day lives. A simple question brings us to the topic of this documentary, can participatory theatre have the power to transform personal wounds or collective traumas? And if so, what does that look like for people in a variety of circumstances?

This project plans to follow the journeys of people and their involvement with playback as they use this unique form of theatre to seek understanding, healing or reconciliation around a personal, relational, historical or political conflict in their lives. This film will show the different ways that people are trying to use playback to facilitate or build conditions of peace in their lives. The film may also take its audience into a couple stories in different parts of world, to show the different ways playback is explored and expressed in a variety of locations. 

View the video! Read more and support the project.

The Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI)
Application Deadline: September 13

ILIThe Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) is a collaborative program of Alternate ROOTS, First Peoples Fund, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) and PA’I Foundation. The first cohort of the ILI is a year-long rigorous personal and leadership development program for artists, culture bearers and other arts professionals. With the support of numerous colleagues, participants, and allies throughout the arts & culture field, a pilot was hosted to test the underlying concepts of ILI in the fall of 2015 and applications are now being accepted for the first ILI cohort which will begin in 2017.

The program dates and locations include:

  • March 22 - 28, 2017 in Mississippi
  • September 13 - 19, 2017 in Lakota Territory
  • February 28 - March 6, 2018 in Hawai’i

View the program guidelines and application information.

Module on Monitoring and Evaluation of Participatory Theatre for Change
Search for Common Ground, in collaboration with UNICEF. Contributions by Dr. Cynthia Cohen

scg"Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) has significantly advanced over the past two decades, with particular attention being paid to monitoring and evaluation within complex contexts, relationships, and interactions.1 Social and behaviour change activities have always presented challenges for development practitioners, as it can be difficult to assess whether change has in fact taken place, how the change has been produced, whether changed is influenced in the most effective way, and what the unintended consequences of their actions around behaviour might be. Participatory Communication and Arts-Based approaches designed to influence individual and collective behaviour and social change present specific challenges for evidence-building.2 Participatory Theatre for Change (PTC), similar to other participatory communication, has typically been one of the ‘hard to measure’ approaches to address social and development challenges..." Read more.

This publication was produced as part of the knowledge generation component of the Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy in Conflict-Affected Context (PBEA) programme – a partnership between UNICEF and the Government of the Netherlands.

Global Action Project - 2016 Films Online Launch

GAPGlobal Action Project works with young people most affected by injustice to build the knowledge, tools, and relationships needed to create media for community power, cultural expression, and political change. Founded in 1991, Global Action Project has provided media-arts and leadership education for thousands of youth living in underserved communities across New York City and the country.

Global Action Project’s 2016 youth-produced films are now available to stream online, including: "Over Stigmatized", "To Blend or To Dream", "Missing Pieces", and "Right To Act." View now.

Bridges of Many Rainbow Project
Tehran Peace Museum, Iran
September 15-30, 2016

The B4Peace Team, a project of the US not-for-profit organization GRACE Cares, will present the Bridges of Many Rainbow Project at the Tehran Peace Museum in Iran to promote and create bridges of understanding between Iran and the USA. The project will be at the museum September 15-30, including the International Peace Day on September 21.

The project uses art and poetry to engage the community, especially children, in a dialogue to build a bridge of peace. The project will also involve bringing messages of peace from the children of the US to Iran. You are invited to submit your art, poetry/ word, dance or other “Wish for Peace” on the project's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/100flowersofpeace, which the organization will compile for the exhibit in September.

The project is led by the poet Namaya and artist Zoe Kopp and takes place in three phases: 1) Identifying and bringing messages of peace to the children or Iran from the children of the US and possibly other countries; 2) A B4Peace Mobile Peace Art gallery installation, children’s peace art workshop and Peace Ceremony for International Peace Day (September 21, 2016) in Tehran; 3) Bringing the “Bridge of Many Rainbows” messages of peace back to the US and sharing with audiences through social media and through presentations. Learn more.

African-led Initiatives at the Intersection of the Arts and Social Transformation

Drama for Life
drama-lifeDrama for Life is an independent academic, research and community engagement programme based at the Wits School of Arts in Johannesburg, South Africa. Drama for Life enhances dialogue for purposes of social transformation through research, teaching and learning, and community engagement. We achieve this through a critical reflexive and therapeutic approach that relates to current social realities and the rich indigenous knowledge of Africa.

Long Live the Girls
long-live-girlsLong Live the Girls (LLTG) is a project founded in 2012 in Hawassa, Ethiopia that uses creative writing to promote girls’ empowerment. The project aims to create safe spaces for girls and women to speak and write with freedom, to spark up conversation on women’s rights, and does so by coordinating workshops, readings and street performances. Through this multi-generational creative process, LLTG has created two books of poems and stories that respond to gender policies in Ethiopia: Love Rules and Girl Manifesto. LLTG was co-founded by Action for Youth & Community Change (AYCC), an NGO founded and managed by Ethiopian youth.

Blog - Arts for Social Change: High Time!
This blog seeks to highlight the importance of art in social transformation. Art is as old as humanity and has been used in previous struggles across the continent of Africa, but does art still matter? Music, protest theatre, poetry, street marches, posters, banners, t-shirts, films, speeches and boycotts formed an integral part of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. Now with the ever increasing migration crisis, rising corruption, rising unemployment and rising challenges in the energy, education and health sectors perhaps it would not be far-fetched to re-ignite the fires of arts for social change as a means of giving expression to the demands, dreams and aspirations of the people – who for all intents and purposes have been excluded.

Life is Precious Radio Drama
A Radio Drama Promotes Public Health in Malawi - Moyo ndi Mpamba! (Life is Precious!) is an ‘edutainment’ radio drama programme that combines the power of entertainment with education to address key issues of malaria, family and maternal planning, neonatal and child health, HIV and AIDS, water and sanitation. As a result of the show, people have sought medical help within 24 hours of the onset of fever, using mosquito nets and attending antenatal classes for the required four visits. On a community level, more public toilets have been built, hand-washing facilities in communities have been installed and home births are less frequent.

Article: “Role of Arts & Culture in Political Transformation: How it Shapes Public Discourse”
By Blessing Vava
The past and present centuries have been awash with artistic productions and cultural practises that speak towards political life- whether dynamic or static. Arts and culture have played a big influence and role in influencing society and public discourse and participation in politics. The arts and culture have been catalysts for positive social change and transformation.

Alternate ROOTS
AltROOTsAlternate ROOTS is a regional arts service organization with 39 years of history serving the southern area of the U.S. As a member-driven national resource for artists and cultural organizers, they seek to champion social and economic justice and the work of people in the field. Their mission is to support the creation and presentation of original art, in all its forms, which is rooted in a particular community of place, tradition or spirit. As a coalition of cultural workers they strive to be allies in the elimination of all forms of oppression. ROOTS is committed to social and economic justice and the protection of the natural world and addresses these concerns through its programs and services. View their May Field News and website.

Art for Social Change & State of the Art Reports
ASCThere are many ways of defining art for social change. In each of these cases, art for social change strives toward effective engagement with social issues that integrate and celebrate imaginative thinking, helping people to find new ways to see and be engaged in the world. The ASC! (Art for Social Change) research project brings together artists, scholars, students and change makers from diverse public and private sectors to better understand how these practices are evolving in Canada as well as to provide information, opportunities for exchange, and resources for both practitioners and those interested to learn more about the field. As their five-year ASC! Research Project on art for social change (ASC) in Canada passes the halfway mark, they are share an interim report with you. State of the Art is a snapshot of some of our findings written in non-academic language and created to provide an overview of some of our work, an addition to the many articles, papers and videos that continue to be created and published about specific aspects of the study.

November 17 - 19, 2016
USDAC, the grassroots United States Department of Arts and Culture is holding its first national convening in partnership with the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis/Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute. The event will bring together practitioners working at the intersection of community arts, cultural policy, and social justice; showcase some for the country’s most robust and progressive cultural programs, policies and initiatives; and serve as a catalytic launching pad for powerful new connections, collaborations, and campaigns for cultural democracy. Check for updates at http://usdac.us.

“Yes, Art and Culture Can Change the World”
goodGOOD Magazine | By Adam Horowitz, Chief Instigator, USDAC 
Join with others in solidarity and flow, leveraging the power of our collective creativity to build a more just world. “...Art and culture are our most powerful and under-tapped resources for social change. At the people-powered U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, we’re building an army of Citizen Artists dedicated to creating a world rooted in empathy, equity, and social imagination...” Read more.

“Normalizing the Extraordinary in Medellín - Part I and Part II
By Arlene Goldbard, Chief Policy Wonk of USDAC
The first of a two-part account by Chief Policy Wonk Arlene Goldbard of a visit to Medellín, Colombia, in early December 2015.

"I arrived in Medellín, Colombia a few days after a man who claimed to be acting with divine guidance killed three and wounded nine at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. The very next morning I learned that 14 people had been killed and 22 seriously injured at an attack on a holiday party at the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

A day or so later, “The Daily Show” ran a montage of clips of President Obamaresponding to a series of mass shootings. Watching that, you start to ponder the normalization of terror.

Many people in the U.S. like to think of Americans as civilized. I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard someone righteously condemn the barbarism of another society without noticing the scale of our own. So I can’t imagine a better place than Medellín—whose name evokes in the minds of my fellow citizens images of the narco-terrorism that allowed drug lord Pablo Escobar to hold sway over the city until he was killed in 1993—to explore the question of how to transform a society in the grip of fear and violence into a functioning civil society.

Are you surprised that the answer is art and culture?..." Read Part I and Part II.

Entry Points: The Vera List Center Field Guide on Art and Social Justice #1
Edited by Carin Kuoni and Chelsea Haines
EntryPointsA book that captures some of the most significant examples worldwide and introduces an interested audience of artists, policy makers, scholars, students, curators and writers to new ways of thinking about social justice: how it is represented, defined, and practiced through the arts. A section features the Dorchester Projects, a work of historical reclamation, interrogation of archival legacies, and social construction of memory and cultural agency by the American artist Theaster Gates.

Understanding the value of arts & culture: The AHRC Cultural Value Project
By Geoffrey Crossick and Patrycja Kaszynska
A report based on a three year project, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (of the UK), explores why the arts and culture matter, in one of the most-in-depth attempts yet made to understand the difference that the arts make to individuals and society.Read the report.

Call for Participation:
The Cairo International Festival for Contemporary & Experimental Theatre
Cairo, Egypt
September 20-30, 2016
Apply by: May 15, 2016

A noncompetitive festival organised annually under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of the Arab Republic of Egypt, The Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre (CIFCET) is a revised version of the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre (1988-2010). As such, the festival exists to broaden the space for mutual understanding among diverse populations and communities via the exemplary means of theatre and performance. It aims to introduce the latest developments in the international theatre scene to Egyptian and Arab audiences, while also serving as a showcase for local and regional theatre output for the benefit of specialists and interested festivals from all over the world.

CIFCET invites applications for its upcoming edition, to be held in Cairo, Egypt from September 20 to 30, 2016. Accepted performances will be presented for two consecutive nights. Additional performances may be organized outside Cairo at the discretion of both the festival and the visiting delegation. The festival will cover all accommodation, subsistence, and local transportation expenses for up to 15 individuals per delegation. All other expenses, inclusive of flight tickets and shipment of equipment, are the sole responsibility of the visiting delegation. Learn more and apply.

Summer Internship: Rinzler Folklife Archives
SmithsonianSmithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Application Deadline: March 31, 2016

Beginning in 2016, the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is offering one paid summer internship in the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. This competitive internship gives the opportunity to work in collaboration with archives staff to apply collections management best practices in arranging, describing, and digitizing collections. The collections, which consist of papers, photographs, and audiovisual media, include curatorial, ethnographic, and programmatic content associated with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, and more. The stipend is $300 per week for a ten-week, full-time internship. If you have questions about the work associated with this internship, please contact assistant archivist Greg Adams AdamsG@si.edu. Learn more and view other internship opportunities.

Internship: DUSCIS Special Projects Internship
Smithsonian Museum

The Office of the Deputy Undersecretary for Collections and Interdisciplinary Support (DUSCIS) is responsible for central planning and development of the Smithsonian’s vast collections (137 million objects) and interdisciplinary support operations, including collections management, conservation and preservation, and related functions.The purpose of this internship is to provide a learning experience related to collections management and interdisciplinary functions. This opportunity provides interns firsthand experience with a wide variety of projects and programs in a senior executive office at the Smithsonian. The DUSCIS Special Projects Internship is available year-round in three sessions roughly correlated with the Fall (September 1 – December 15), Spring (January 15 – May 15), and Summer: (May 15 – July 15). Learn more and view other internship opportunities.

Summer Institute at Appalshop
​Imagining America & Economic Empowerment and Global Learning Project
July 14-18, 2016
Application Deadline: April 15

Whitesburg, KY

How can arts and culture promote individual voice and collective agency, unbounding a community’s imagination and ambition in order to create the conditions for economic development? How can a community organize itself to build an economy that’s broad-based and sustainable? Join Appalshop; Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life; Lafayette College’s Economic Empowerment and Global Learning Project; and teams of artists, scholars, and community leaders from across the country for a 5-day hands-on Institute to explore these questions. The foundation for our inquiry is the culture hub https://www.appalshop.org/culture-hub/ being built in Letcher County, Kentucky, in the sickest and poorest congressional district in the nation, where the assets of arts and culture are being mobilized and synthesized into new forms of value and wealth creation.

Teams are invited from Imagining America colleges and their communities. During the Institute, participants will explore what’s taking place in Letcher County and create an arts- and culture-based development plan to take back to their home community. Apply.

Summer Peacebuilding Institute
CJPThe Center for Justice & Peacebuilding
Eastern Mennonite University

Explore ways to engage communities and promote positive social change through the use of media and arts-based programming. Hands-on, interactive approaches bring real-world contexts into the classroom to explore creative approaches to problem-solving (No artistic or media skills are required for these courses). Click the links below for more information on courses that give you skills for media and arts-based community building and organizing.

  • Performance Arts for Community Learning and Action (May 30 - June 3, 2016)
  • Playback Theater (June 6 - 10, 2016)
  • Empowering Communities with Cameras: PhotoVoice and Participatory Photography for Social Change (June 6 - 10, 2016)

Learn more.

Training in Music and Conflict Transformation
Musicians without Borders and CONTACT Summer Peacebuilding Program
June 6-17, 2016
SIT-MWBSIT Graduate Institute, Vermont

Musicians without Borders and CONTACT Summer Peacebuilding Program invite expressions of interest for a two week professional training program in community music leadership and conflict transformation in Vermont in June 2016.

The training is open to musicians and music students who are active in their communities as workshop leaders, teachers or social activists and would like to further their knowledge of using music as a tool for peacebuilding and social change. The first week of training will focus on key concepts in peacebuilding and community development, led by CONTACT’s international staff, and the second week of the training will be led by MwB’s professional trainers who are specialized in running community music projects with people dealing with trauma, fear and isolation as a result of war and conflict. Learn more.

Artist Protection Fund (APF)

IIEIn many parts of the world, artists suffer harassment, imprisonment, violence, and even death as a direct consequence of their unique role and power to advance free and creative expression, inspire others and provoke dissent. The Institute of International Education (IIE) launched the Artist Protection Fund (APF) to save the lives and work of artists who face persecution in their home countries. The three-year pilot program supported by a $2.79 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will make life-saving fellowship grants to threatened artists from any field of artistic endeavor, and place them at host universities and arts centers in countries where they can safely continue their work and plan for their future.

Speaking of the artists the program will support, Mariët Westermann, Vice President of the Mellon Foundation, said, "The program will enable their work and voices to continue to be seen and heard, which, as many artists tell us, is of critical importance to them. The benefits will accrue to the artists and their families; their host and home communities; and the larger world in which their art can continue to play a prominent role." Protection Fund (APF) and apply.

Call for Submissions:
Ekphrastic/Written Responses to Flint, Michigan’s Lead-Contaminated Drinking Water Broadsided Press
Deadline: March 15, Collaborations Published March 30  

BroadsidedThis is a call by Broadsided Press for literary artists to engage in our RESPONSES feature. We need your creative, aesthetic, engaged mind to contribute to an ekphrastic response to the lead-contaminated drinking water in Flint, Michigan.

BFlintIn April 2014, Flint changed its water source to the Flint River. This water caused lead from aging pipes to leach into the water supply. Now 6,000 - 12,000 children, in addition to thousands of adults, have been exposed to drinking water with unsafe levels of lead. This crisis is being called a case of environmental racism because it disproportionately exposes ethnic minorities to pollution.

Three Broadsided Press artists (Ira Joel Haber, Stacy Isenbarger, and Lisa Sette) have provided images they've created that, for them, speak to the lead-contaminated drinking water in Flint, Michigan. We now ask writers to respond with words. One piece of writing will be selected for each piece of artwork, and then a broadside will be created. The collaboration will be offered, free, from our website and posted on streets, notice boards, and utility poles around the world in serendipitous locations. View the call for submissionslearn more and make a submission.

At Broadsided Press, we believe that art and literature belong in our daily lives. They inspire and demonstrate the vitality and depth of our connection with the world. To this end, we regularly offer (when world events demand) a RESPONSES feature. RESPONSES provide writers and artists with a channel to offer creative work as comfort, contemplation, and demonstrations of empathy to world events. Other RESPONSES features have addressed the 2014 Ebola epidemic and the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis.

Institute Summer Residency
Cornerstone Theatre Company
July 7 - August 7, 2016
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Applications Due: March 15

The Institute Summer Residency is the most comprehensive way to learn Cornerstone’s process for creating community-engaged theater. It is designed for people who are looking for insight, tools and inspiration for engaging a community toward a specific project or goal. Through classes and hands-on participation in a production, Cornerstone’s Ensemble, staff, and guest artists share with students how we create a theatrical community-collaboration from start to finish. Learn more.


Apply to Perform at the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts
Deadline: February 12, 9:00am

Are you a Brandeis student, faculty or staff member, or alumnus with a performance you'd like to give at the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts? The festival is welcoming applications for 20-minute performances for the afternoon of Sunday, April 17. The deadline to apply is February 12 at 9:00am. Learn more and apply.

2016 Summer Internship: Whitney Museum of American Art
New York City

Read more about the opportunity. Interested candidates must interview in order to be accepted for participation in 

Application Deadline: February 1
The 2016 Summer Intern Program begins June 6th and continues through August 5th. The Hiatt Center encourages students should log into the Brandeis B.hired website for more detailed information and to apply. The director of the Whitney Museum is a Brandeis graduate.

Internship Opportunity - MUS 92b: The Embodiment of Voice: Internship in Process, Production & Performance
The Division of Creative Arts seeks 6-12 interns to collaborate with Brandeis Creative Arts Award recipient and artist-in-residence Tony Arnold, soprano, on a campus-wide, multi-disciplinary performance and installation that will be presented on Saturday, April 16, 2016, as well as an interactive presentation of John Cage’s Song Books at the Shapiro Campus Center on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Materials for this project will be compiled from pieces produced during Tony’s visits to creative arts classes throughout the spring semester, as well as through original works derived by the interns.

This is a great opportunity for students to be a part of a groundbreaking program, and to get hands-on creative, curatorial, administrative, performance, and producing experience. Interns will meet every week with Tony Arnold and/or course assistant Victoria Cheah to workshop, plan, and discuss the March and April projects from the conceptual stage through implementation.this course. Interviews with Tony Arnold (and Victoria Cheah) will take place on Jan. 21 and Jan. 22. If absolutely necessary, other times may be scheduled at the discretion of instructor. Please email both Tony Arnold and Victoria Cheah to indicate your interest. Please include a CV or resume in your email to tony@screecher.com and vcheah@brandeis.edu.

Opportunity for Brandeis Faculty, Staff, and Students:
Grants - Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts
Apply by January 19

Every year, the Office of the Arts gives grants to support original creative work by faculty, staff and students for the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts. Inspired by this year's Louis D. Brandeis 100: Then and Now, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Louis D. Brandeis' appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Office of the Arts is especially interested in projects that engage with the legacy of Brandeis' tenure. This could include, but is not limited to:

  • Citizenship and the Economy
  • Privacy, Technology and the Modern Self
  • Expanding Diversity
  • Free Speech and Participation in a Democracy
  • The Artist as Citizen

Applications for the 2016 festival (April 14-17) are due on January 19, 2016. Apply and review information about the jury review.


Opportunity for Brandeis Students:
2016 Davis Projects for Peace Grant
Applications Due: January 15

The Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Studies Program at Brandeis University is accepting proposals from students for the 2016 Davis Projects for Peace grant. The Davis Projects for Peace initiative encourages students to design grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world during the summer of 2016. All Brandeis undergraduate students are eligible to apply for this $10,000 grant. Interested students must contact Professor Gordie Fellman prior to December 11 to discuss their proposal. The application deadline is January 15, 2016. Learn more about the opportunity.

Arts for Social Change - 2016 Fall M.Ed. Program
The Simon Fraser University Faculty of Education
Vancouver, Canada
Application Deadline: March 15, 2016

sfuThe M.Ed. in Arts for Social Change (ASC), the first to be offered in Canada, is designed for artists, educators, change-makers and others who wish to integrate arts-based practices and insights into their work for social change. In this interdisciplinary program, students will develop and refine skills in arts-infused group facilitation techniques and the integration of ASC processes into diverse agendas for change. Students will have the opportunity to intern with local organizations engaged in arts-based community projects. The program is ideally suited for: practicing artists, art educators at the K-12 and post-secondary levels, community activists, cultural workers, recent graduates and others who wish to integrate the arts and art-making into their work for innovative social change. Learn more.

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