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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)
Apply Now


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 2019

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

2019 - Archive

  News & Events    |    Arts    |    Resources & Opportunities

  • Past Featured Theme: The Impact of Authoritarian Regimes on Artistic Freedom and Expression
  • Past Featured Theme: Creative Reflections on Human Migration
  • Past Featured Theme: Artists Respond to Climate Change

News and Events

The Pachaysana Institute, an Ecuadorian NGO, and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) have created a groundbreaking study abroad initiative in the Amazon Rainforest. Rehearsing Change is a semester-long, community-based study abroad program in the Ecuadorian Amazon offered to Brandeis Univeristy students. 

USDAC Green New Deal Webinars -
Artists Unite for a Green New Deal — Summer Call Series

August 8, August 22, and Sept 5

GndThis summer USDAC is hosting a free, three-part series of online video calls to learn about the policy, science, and strategy behind a Green New Deal—and to dream into the role of cultural workers, community artists, and creative activists in making it real!

The Green New Deal is an ambitious proposal for a decade of policy that flips our fear of climate change on its head—a proposal rooted in a broad vision of social, economic, and racial equity that turns this emergency into an opportunity to revitalize our own society and infrastructure, build the foundation of true sustainability, and address longstanding inequalities.

“Join us as we de-wonkify the Green New Deal with artists, farmers, organizers, researchers, and community leaders who are translating this big vision into concrete, local actions. Come with questions, curiosity, and ideas. Leave with inspiration and more comrades to collaborate with! You can join for the whole series, or any of the individual calls.”

Play: This Place/Displaced
Thursday, May 2 – Saturday, May 4, 2019
Times: May 2 at 7:30pm, May 3-4 at 8:00pm
Location: Merrick Theatre, Spingold, Brandeis University
This Place/Displaced

Artists’ Theater of Boston (ATB) has partnered with Boston-area residents who have experienced eviction and displacement to create a new work exploring gentrification, loss of community and local memory, and the fight to have a home. This Place/Displaced weaves together stories of advocacy, change, and resistance by eight playwrights including Kirsten Greenidge (Obie winning Milk Like Sugar), David Valdes Greenwood (IRNE nominated Bully Dance), and MJ Halberstadt (Eliot Norton Award winning Losers, or The Launch Prize), with original music by composer Max Kennedy. Directed by Josh Glenn-Kayden, Artistic Associate and Casting Director at Company One Theatre, This Place/Displaced is a timely reflection of Boston’s need to prioritize equity and justice for all its residents. Following its August run at the Charlestown Working Theater, ATB brings the production to Brandeis, accompanied by conversations with anti-displacement activists, playwrights, and company members, and opportunities to advocate for just communities. 

Sponsored by the Minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) with financial support from The Max and Sunny Howard Memorial Foundation (through the support of Naomi Sinnreich, P’13).

The event is free and open to the Brandeis community. 

Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.

Livestream Web Story: turning your body into a compass
May 13, 3:00p EST

TBIC(New York, NY) CultureHub and Chaotic Sequence Productions are thrilled to announce the premiere of turning your body into a compass, by award- winning human rights playwright Catherine Filloux. Shot as a 360 ̊ LiveStream Web production, it tells the urgent story of two women who understand that the question of a child’s right to survive and thrive is one we all need to confront every minute of every day.

turning your body into a compass will be livestreamed by CultureHub on May 13, 2019, at 3pm, Eastern Standard Time, at this link. Subsequently the web story will be archived.

View the press release.

Celebrating John O'Neal
ArtSpot Productions
March 30, 2019, 1:00-3:00pm
Ashé Cultural Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

ArtSpot"We lost one of our artistic fathers last month: John O’Neal, founding member of The Free Southern Theatre and founding artistic director of Junebug Productions, has gone on to dance with the ancestors. Without John’s vision, work, example and mentorship, ArtSpot would be a different company. His way of combining art and activism; his processes (especially the story circle) for creating work; his founding membership in Alternate ROOTS; his relationships with funders, presenters and colleagues outside of New Orleans as well as here on the ground; his inclusion of young white artists like myself in the struggle for racial equity and Black liberation have all deeply informed our work. Even on an administrative level, Junebug served as our fiscal sponsor for the first several years of our company’s life..." Read more. Also read the Program in Peacebuiding and the Arts tribute in the March 2019 newsletter. 


Peace and Justice Arts Cafe
SJACApril 4, 2019, 4pm

Old Cambridge Baptist Church
1151 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge

Engage in dicussion with artists to contemplate how the arts can be a way to build community, deepen awareness, nuture compassion, and inspire positive action.

Featuring local artists and students from Berklee College, Boston Conservatory & New England Conservatory. View the flyer.

The Impact of Authoritarian Regimes on Artistic Freedom and Expression

How Art Survives under Authoritarianism
By Isaac Kaplan, Artsy

Some of the most important American artworks created during the eras of mutually assured destruction were by marginalized artists repressed by an ostensibly free society.


What is the role of art under authoritarianism?
Kenyon Review

What is the role of art in a time of fake news and fake defense? What is the role of art under authoritarianism?... What is the role of art in a regime where the story is controlled and dissenting stories are accused of being controlled?


Chunwan, Art and Authoritarianism: Can art flourish under an authoritarian regime?
The Diplomat

"...For a long time, Western societies have prided themselves on protecting artistic freedom from government restriction, from the First Amendment to the American Constitution to Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. In a word, it is generally believed that authoritarianism is a threat to art..."


‘We Can All Be in Different Worlds’: Ralph Rugoff’s Venice Biennale Will Respond to the Rise of Fake News
‘“Art cannot stem the rise of nationalist movements and authoritarian governments in different parts of the world…nor can it alleviate the tragic fate of displaced peoples across the globe,” [Rugoff] said. Nevertheless, “in an indirect fashion, perhaps art can be a kind of guide for how to live and think in ‘interesting times.”’


Why Authoritarians Attack the Arts The New York Times
“...as Hitler understood, artists play a distinctive role in challenging authoritarianism. Art creates pathways for subversion, for political understanding and solidarity among coalition builders. Art teaches us that lives other than our own have value.”


Turkey Cracks Down on Cultural Workers and Academics Tied to Detained Philanthropist

As Osman Kavala, an acclaimed Turkish cultural philanthropist, enters his second year imprisoned in solitary confinement without charge, the arrests of 20 of his affiliates expose the double-standards of Turkey’s treatment of its own dissidents following the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.


Naila and the Uprising
Starting March 25, 2019

PBS officially announces the award-winning documentary, Naila and the Uprising, to be broadcast nation-wide on PBS on March 25, 2019, as part of the Women War & Peace II series.

The acclaimed series returns just as women are mobilizing in unprecedented ways across the globe, and running for office and getting elected at historic levels. Women War & Peace II gives context and color to the present moment with four stories of incredible women who fought for justice and equality, changing the world in the process.


MASS Action (Museums As Site for Social Action)

MASS Action (Museums As Site for Social Action) is a movement that intends to reshape the model of what a 21st-century museum can be. The Minneapolis Institute of Art, in collaboration with stakeholders across the field, is creating a platform for public dialogues on a variety of topics and issues affecting our communities locally and globally, leading to actionable practices for greater equity and inclusion in their institutions.

An article for Medium Liz Ginsberg stated, "The catalyst was the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri, by a white police officer. Brown’s death sparked months of protest, though it was not the first—nor would it be the last—incident of its kind and was indicative of a larger issue, a legacy of inequality, racial injustice, and white supremacy. Like the deaths of Eric Garner and Ezell Ford that same summer, Brown’s death incited an urgency for answers. An urgency for accountability and justice. If legacies of racial injustice and white supremacy were to be confronted, silence could no longer be tolerated. It was in December that year that a group of museum bloggers issued a joint statement, calling on museums to respond.

'The recent series of events, from Ferguson to Cleveland and New York, have created a watershed moment,' the statement begins. 'Things must change. New laws and policies will help, but any movement toward greater cultural and racial understanding and communication must be supported by our country’s cultural and educational infrastructure. Museums are a part of this educational and cultural network. Join with your community in addressing these issues.' " Participants in MASS Action come from across the U.S. as well as Canada and the U.K. Read a related article by Kaywin Feldman, the Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Director and President of Minneapolis Institute of Art. Visit the MASS website.

International Community Arts Festival (CAF)
ICAFMarch 25 - 29, 2020
Rotterdam, Netherlands
CAF is an International Community Arts Festival sharing community arts from all over the world. Once every three years, ICAF brings together the most innovative, the most controversial, the most inspiring work and those involved in it. The next edition will take place from March 25 to 29, 2020 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The theme for the next ICAF will be VISION. Organizers urge you to send your thoughts about the theme including exciting projects that might be a good fit.

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The Impact of Authoritarian Regimes on Artistic Freedom and Expression

A Romanian Artist Tackles Art and Freedom in Authoritarian Times
Geta Brătescu’s work positions the artist as a creator of freedom even in oppressive times
“...Brătescu’s film.. focuses on the artist’s hands. Her hands are shown smoking a cigarette, performing the child’s game, cat’s cradle, and drawing, tattoo-like, thick black lines of ink down her fingers, across her hands and wrist. That the hands do things while being seemingly confined to one space (at a table, within the confines of the camera’s gaze), suggests agency: though the artist, the people, are confined within space, resistance is still possible…”


Saudi Arabia: Artists redraw 21st century identity
By Claudio Cravero, Freemuse

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is undoubtedly one of the most restrictive countries worldwide when it comes to freedom of speech. An oppressive government and Islam-driven society clash with the contemporary artists’ desire to build a 21st Century Saudi identity that demystifies oversimplified Western stereotypes and clichés. Based on a three-year first-hand experience as a museum curator in Saudi Arabia, the subject of censorship is not only dealt with its severe impositions but also from the artists’ standpoint. From the public to the private sphere, art can thus become a space of possibilities. And, it represents an act of resistance to challenge political oppression as well as breaking the boundaries of what is allowed to be said and dealt with.


4 Historical Art Movements That Arose in the Wake of Authoritarian Regimes
“...Works that question authority and challenge the status quo flourish during the most tumultuous of times, but what comes afterward? Below are four movements, selected from Phaidon's Art in Time, that found artists responding to the aftermath of troubled political times...”


Ai Weiwei: The artwork that made me the most dangerous person in China
“In 2009, the dissident artist created a work to honour the thousands of children who died in the Sichuan earthquake. He recalls how the project, Remembering, angered China’s rulers – and changed his career for ever…” Listen to the related podcast.



Creative Reflections on Human Migration


Music & Migration 
music & migrationIn Sound in Europe
Read pieces reflecting on the intersection of music and migration, including a feature on a press statement given by the organisers of the World Music Expo (WOMEX), ‘Against Xenophobia and Pro Diversity.’ 

The Art of Migration
art of migrationIn the summer of 2018, an artist, a dancer, a professional traveler & a U.S. immigration lawyer embark on a 10,000+ mile journey through 20+ countries in Eastern Europe & Central Asia, to raise awareness about migration & to explore culture & identity through public art, conversation & storytelling.

Refugees Welcome: 15 Pieces of Street Art and Graffiti from Europe and beyond
Showing Solidarity in the ongoing Refugee Crisis Aesthetics of Crisis

CAMP: A Unique Center For Art Engaging Migration
campCopenhagen, Denmark

CAMP is a nonprofit exhibition space for art discussing questions of displacement, migration, immigration, and asylum.

Crossing Borders: Immigration and American Culture
Current exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

A digital exhibition highlighting artists who immigrated to the US, often as refugees in search of safe haven, bringing their ideas and talents with them. Part of a series of called Citizens and Borders offering a critical perspective on histories of migration, territory, and displacement.

13 Artists On: Immigration
New York Times

"When Home Won't Let You Stay": Art and Migration in the 21st Century
Presentation at College Arts Association (CAA) Annual Conference
New York City
February 13-16, 2019
View additional migration related presentations at the conference

Onderweg Festival
A festival hosted by Iepen UP and Stichting de Vrolijkheid (The National Foundation for the Promotion of Happiness), an organization that invests with art in the development & empowerment of children, young people, and their parents in asylum reception centers.

Art on immigration/migration
by Ricardo Levins Morales

Room to Breathe, Migration Museum Project
Room to Breathe is an immersive experience inviting you to discover stories from generations of new arrivals to Britain.

Artists Respond to Climate Change


10 Artists on What Climate Change Actually Looks Like

Yoro ventured into the devastating aftermath of recent wildfires painting a mural inspired by the need to grow new thoughts on preserving and protecting land. Image: “Nahi” by Sean Yoro.

Indicators: Artists on Climate Change
Storm King Art Center, New York

The exhibit was a platform for seventeen contemporary artists to present work that engages with some of the many challenges—scientific, cultural, personal, psychological—that climate change has brought to humankind. Read a related article and feature by NRDC. View exhibition website.

Resilience in the Age of Climate Change
Google Arts & Culture

Visionary artists and architects explore the specter of a warming planet.

8 Ways Architects and Artists are Fighting Climate Change
By Beatrice Galilee, Associate Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art

“I find it intriguing to see how architects and artists, in their roles as thinkers and producers, are absorbing and reacting to these changing environments. I see architects working with rocket scientists to invent new types of power plants, and artists collaborating with NASA to take spectacular photographs of fast-melting ice caps....”

Designed in California
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

This exhibit explored the shifting landscape of design in California since the digital revolution, this exhibition focuses on designs that are human-centered, socially conscious, and driven by new technological capacity.

18 Green Artists Who Are Making Climate Change And Conservation A Priority
Huff Post

“Tying together the scientific and creative worlds in acts of beauty and activism, sculptors, painters, photographers and more have the power to make environmentalism a priority and bring green initiatives to the forefront of cultural conversations.”



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Opportunities and Resources

Youth Opportunity: Join the National Young Artists Summit 2019 Planning Team
Application Deadline: June 3, 2019

NYASYouth leaders currently in 9-12th grade are encouraged to apply by June 3, 2019, to join the National Young Artists Summit 2019 Planning Team. The Summit will be held on Saturday, November 2 in Austin, TX, in conjunction with the national Conference for Community Arts Education.

The Summit brings together youth, ages 13-24, from across the country to share their artistry; participate in workshops on topics such as leadership, racial equity, and arts entrepreneurship; and organize towards a collective call to action. It is a program of the Creative Youth Development National Partnership.

As a team member, you would be responsible for designing this year's Summit, leading sessions, and reaching out to other young artists to participate. The Team consists of up to 10 youth members who serve for a minimum term of six months, and meets virtually once a week from June-October (usually Wednesdays, from 5-6pm ET). Team members are expected to attend all meetings; actively participate in all planning, coordination, and facilitation activities; and be present for the Youth Summit (arriving Friday, Nov. 1 in Austin and participating in the Summit all day on Saturday, Nov. 2).

The 2019 Conference for Community Arts Education is a national convening which aims to ensure all people have opportunities to maximize their creative potential.

Questions? Contact Ashley Hare, National CYD Coordinator.


Call for Applications: National / International Theatre Practitioners
Theatre Peace Building Academy
Application Deadline: June 5, 2019, 1pm GMT
Project Location: The Playhouse, Derry-Londonderry
Northern Ireland & the Border Counties of Ireland

playhouse logoThe Theatre & Peacebuilding Academy based at the Playhouse Derry-Londonderry Northern Ireland is seeking to appoint two Resident National / International Theatre Practitioners who will each deliver a 1 x 3-week scoping (research & development) study and 1 x 6 month (minimum) residency which culminates in a multi-media theatre performance involving a minimum of seven community participants. The Project dates are flexible, and to be agreed upon appointment, but all activity must be completed by April 2020. Read more and view the application form. Applications are due June 5, 2019.


First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (FAC) 2019
Deadline to apply: May 31, 2019

Training: November 11 - December 5, 2019
Location: Rome, Italy
Course Fee: € 900
Scholarships: Once selected, participants who are unable to secure funding from other sources can apply for a partial or full scholarship.

Are you interested in learning how to safeguard cultural heritage in times of crisis? First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (FAC) 2019 offers a unique opportunity to learn and practice. The course is open to emergency responders, humanitarian and cultural heritage professionals, military personnel and disaster risk management specialists. Application deadline: May 31, 2019. Learn more and apply.

This opportunity comes to us from Kristin Parker, coordinator of IMPACT's Cultural Heritage Working Group. As the IMPACT working group on cultural heritage seeks to bring the discourses and practices of conflict transformation into relationship with the discourses and practices of the cultural heritage field, this course is relevant for scholar-practitioners and others in the arts, culture and conflict transformation ecosystem as well.



Fly By Light National Training Program hosted by One Common Unity
July 15 - 19, 40-hour training

Washington D.C.

OCUThis summer, YOU can participate in a dynamic and highly interactive 40 hour training for educators, teachers, youth workers, community organizers, artists, and activists from around the country who are passionate about integrating and deepening their knowledge and skills in trauma-informed care, mindfulness, arts empowerment, restorative justice, conflict resolution, social-emotional literacy, and community organizing campaigns.

Whether you want to start a Fly By Light chapter of your own or if you just want to strengthen your skills, if you are passionate about building the next generation of change-makers and equipping youth (and your colleagues) with the tools they need to transform their lives and foster healing in your communities then this training is for you!

flyerTraining Participants will:

  • Earn up to 4 CEU credits.
  • Receive the full evidence-informed Fly By Light curriculum and all the tools you need to get certified and start a Fly By Light chapter in your school or city.
  • Gather with other educators, artists, and change makers from around the country committed to arts-based social change.
  • Learn from longtime positive youth development professionals and subject experts on topics such as mindfulness, trauma-informed care, restorative justice, community organizing, conflict resolution, and school-based mental health.

The 40-hour training is happening July 15th - 19th in Washington D.C. View the flyer. Learn more and apply.

One Common Unity breaks cycles of violence and builds compassionate, healthy communities through the transformative power of music, arts, and peace education.


The Impact of Authoritarian Regimes on Artistic Freedom and Expression

International Arts and Rights Advisors (IARA)
IARAIARA is a collective of arts and human rights experts based in Italy. We provide consultation services and access to our global and local networks. We work to protect freedom of artistic expression, and broader arts and cultural rights. “Artistic expression is under pressure from multiple sources – be it from the state, media and social media, special interest groups. We have extensive experience of analysing, understanding and tackling the attack on artists and arts institutions.”


Artists At Risk Connection (ARC)
ArcArtists speak for all of us, but artistic freedom is under assault. ARC supports artists everywhere so they can live and work without fear.


Artwatch Africa
artwatchArterial Network

Artwatch Africa aims to assert, promote and defend artist rights and freedom of creative expression for artists and cultural practitioners in Africa. Artwatch Africa is premised on the understanding that freedom of expression is an essential condition for creative practice in the arts, and that to promote freedom of expression is to advance democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms on the continent. Read about book How Free is Free? Reflections on Freedom of Creative Expression in Africa, a meditation on the artistic health of the continent, as lived and examined from twenty-five authors representing fourteen countries, and produced as part of the Artwatch Africa project.


International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN)
icornBased in Norway, the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) is an independent organisation of cities and regions offering shelter to writers and artists at risk, advancing freedom of expression, defending democratic values and promoting international solidarity.)


City of Asylum
asylumBased in Pittsburgh, PA, the organization City of Asylum creates a thriving community for writers, readers, and neighbors. We provide sanctuary to endangered literary writers, so that they can continue to write and their voices are not silenced.


National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC)
ncacNCAC’s mission is to promote freedom of thought, inquiry and expression and oppose censorship in all its forms.


Social Emotional Learning Innovation Fund
novoDeadline: March 22

NoVo Foundation, in partnership with Education First and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, aims to seed projects that foster social and emotional competencies in students in grades PK-12 for $5,000 for classroom or school-level initiatives or $25,000 for district-level initiatives. Learn more, read the RFP and FAQs, and apply now.


Film Screenings: "Walk in my Shoes"
tow"Walk in my Shoes" is a film of the Theater of Witness performance created with and performed by four Philadelphia police and three community members. The performance explores societal wounds and shares the performers’ stories and visions of the future. Watch trailer and learn more.

March 17, 2pm - The Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA
The screening will be followed by discussion with Theater of Witness Artistic Director Teya Sepinuck, Altovise Love-Craighead, an Inspector with a local police department, and moderator Hugh Taft-Morales, Philadelphia Ethical Society. Free, but donations encouraged. Donations will be split between Theater of Witness and EMIR.

May 6, 7:30pm - Pendle Hill Quaker Studies Center, 338 Plush Mill Rd, Wallingford, PA


Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Awards
Deadline: March 25, 2019

peacedirectTomorrow’s Peacebuilders is the global awards for innovation in local peacebuilding. Through the annual awards, Peace Direct offers international recognition for organizations trying new or different peacebuilding approaches or new organizations doing peacebuilding where it hasn’t been done before. The winners of the award will receive a $10,000 prize funding for peacebuilding activities, promotion, and a trip to the awards ceremony. The awards are open to any peacebuilding organization that is led by local people and whose work fits into one of the following categories: Women-led peacebuilding; Youth-led peacebuilding; or Music and the performing arts.


“Imaginings: A DIY Guide to Arts-Based Community Dialogue”
usdacUSDAC’s newest publication, “Imaginings: A DIY Guide to Arts-Based Community Dialogue” provides everything you need to know to host a vibrant, creative, equitable, and powerful community dialogue. The guide emerged from three cohort gatherings hosted from 2014-2016 called “Imaginings,” in which communities envisioned their ideal future and identified creative tactics via arts-based methods.


Cultural Rights: Tenth Anniversary Report
Report of the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, United Nations Office of High Commissioner on Human Rights
To mark the tenth anniversary of the mandate on cultural rights and the seventieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur provides an overview of the work of her mandate since its creation in 2009 and suggests strategies for advancing cultural rights during the next decade.


Rotary Peace Fellowship Program Applications now being accepted for 2020
rotaryDeadline: May 31, 2019

The Rotary Peace Fellowship program is a fully funded master’s degree or certificate in peace and development studies. Every year, 100 individuals are selected to receive a generous award from The Rotary Foundation that funds tuition, living expenses, international field experience, and research/conference opportunities at one of the Rotary Peace Centers, located within seven leading universities around the world.


v4tVoice4Thought (V4T) is a digital and offline platform that provides a space for voices from around the world to express their thoughts. V4T supports artists, academics, journalists, bloggers, and others who are engaged in socio-political change.

Creative Capital
creative capital logoDeadline: February 28, 2019, 2pm EST

Creative Capital's pioneering venture philanthropy approach helps artists working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable practices. Creative Capital provides each funded project with up to $50,000 in direct funding and career development services valued at $50,000, for a total commitment of up to $100,000 per project.

Creative Capital is now accepting applications! Artists in all disciplines are invited to apply by 2pm ET on February 28, 2019.

JPS Fiction

jpsJPSFiction is the outreach of author, poet, publisher and academic Dr. John Synott, from Brisbane, Australia. JPSFiction is a creative enterprise to publish Dr. Synott's writings, and those of others, for readers who care about the future of the natural world that is our earthly source and home. It is also a space for culturally-diverse and aware writers to share interests and ideas on issues of sustainability. Learn more.

IPT Master Class on Dialogue Methods for Peacebuilding with Han Verhoeven & Henk van Apeldoorn
March 18-29, 2019

Location: ASPR, Stadtschlaining, Austria

iptSpots for self-funded candidates are still available!

The master class offers peace builders methodologies from different parts of the world that will encourage them to include innovative approaches in their work. This class may support them to work with new attitudes and skills and an eye and ear for all perspectives that are at stake.

A mixture of theory and practice, modern and traditional methods, is used to equip participants for a dialogue in which all voices are invited and the wisdom of minority voices is incorporated in decisions. Activities include deep listening, simulations, serious gaming, working with codes, plenary and small group exercises, facilitation and self-care practices. The tools introduced derive from Deep Democracy, Large Scale Intervention methods (Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space Technology, Future Search, World Cafe), Principled Negotiation, Transformation theory, Complexity Theory, and policy influencing. Simple holistic wellness practices will support people to tap into the wisdom of their body, mind and spirit to remain healthy while under stress. Learn more and apply.

Support the poetry of Hilde Domin set to music
Deadline: December 14
Hilde Domin
The soulful poetry of the German-Jewish poet Hilde Domin is coming to life in the English-speaking world through exquisite musical settings created and performed by Deborah Langstaff and friends. This campaign offers an opportunity to support the completion of a CD of a cycle of poems and music perfectly attuned to this moment and its spiritual challenges. Learn more and contribute.

Call for Applications: SU-CASA
Deadline: December 14, 5:00pm

LMCCSU-CASA is a community arts engagement program hosted by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) that places artists and organizations for six months at senior centers across the five boroughs of New York City. The program provides selected artists with a stipend in exchange for the creation and delivery of arts programming for seniors.

For the 2019 program cycle, individual artists and selected arts organizations will be eligible to participate. Individual artists may apply for SU-CASA through their local arts council; any organization that submitted an eligible FY18 Cultural Development Fund proposal may apply for SU-CASA through DCA. The program will support a total 204 residencies for individuals and organizations at senior centers in all five boroughs across the City’s 51 Council districts. LMCC is proud to administer 20 residencies for individual artists in Manhattan.

LMCC is proud to be part of this program on behalf of the borough of Manhattan. LMCC will accept applications from Manhattan-based individual artists seeking residencies at participating senior centers in Manhattan only.

DEADLINE: All components of the application must be received no later than 5:00pm on Friday, December 14, 2018.

If you have any questions, please email: info@lmcc.net.

Creative Reflections on Human Migration

When Art and Migration Policy Meet
By Dina Ionesco, Head of Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) at the International Organization on Migration (IOM)

An essay on how art can help bring better understanding to address environmental migration , or migration caused by progressive changes in the environment.


Artists Respond to Climate Change

The Art of Transformation: New study shows how the arts contribute to knowledge-creation and transformations around climate change
Stockholm Resilience Center

Stockholm, Sweden
A new study demonstrates how the role of arts in addressing climate change solutions is understated.


Pacific climate change adaptation: The use of participatory media to promote indigenous knowledge
"Pacific Island communities are increasingly experiencing the impacts of climate change... This article discusses a project undertaken with a community on Andra Island, Manus Province, Papua New Guinea. Climate change impacts and adaptation strategies were explored through photo essays developed by community members, engaging in approaches of visual participatory action research and indigenous research approaches...”

The Art of Climate Change Action by Amir Bagheri

“Artivism, a term coined by the millennials, is not a new phenomenon and is making a strong comeback in youth activism today. With the assistance of social media, artivism has become a popular form of protest, in particular in the climate change movement….”


Podcast - Guy Abrahams: How Arts Can Shape a Discussion about Climate Change
On Purpose

Guy Abrahams, the Co-founder of CLIMARTE, discusses the anthropological influence on climate change and the success story of the message received from the arts outweighing the money value received from the big oil company.


As Climate Changes, We Need the Arts More than Ever
The Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota

In tumultuous times, art can and must express the turmoil and help us process what’s going on.


Climate Change: Can artists have any influence?

As the environment slides down the list of governmental priorities, JM Ledgard and Alastair Smart discuss whether artists can really make a difference.

The Dance + Social Justice Conference
Free Body ConferenceMarch 9-10, 2019
Los Angeles

In the first two-day conference hosted by the Free Body Project, meet and move with some of the most exciting minds in the field, join a tight-knit, vibrant community of dancers, artists, healers, and activists changing the world, and leave with the inspiration and skills to do the same.

The Trinity/La MaMa Performing Arts Program

Trinity - La MamaThe Trinity/La MaMa Performing Arts program in New York City offers undergraduate students a unique opportunity for a semester of urban, place-based learning that provides a total immersion in the vibrant theater, dance, and performance communities. With the goal of fostering artistic, academic, and personal growth, students are challenged inside and outside the classroom to experience New York as a laboratory for real-world learning. Trinity College is proud of 32 years of collaboration with the Tony Award-winning La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, which through its international and cultural acclaim, has influenced the trajectory of multidisciplinary art for nearly 60 years. Visit them on Facebook.

Just Vision

just visionJust Vision increases the power and reach of Palestinians and Israelis working to end the occupation and build a future of freedom, dignity and equality for all. The organization drives attention to compelling local role models in unarmed movement-building and demonstrate what is possible when leaders at the grassroots choose to act. Just Vision tells their under-documented stories through award-winning films, digital media and targeted public education campaigns that undermine stereotypes, inspire commitment and galvanize action.

International Storytelling Center

ISCThe cornerstone of the International Storytelling Center (ISC) is a belief in a single, immutable principle of life—storytelling. People crave, remember, and honor stories. And now, after years of scientific research in 17 different fields, analysts conclude that storytelling is our most powerful tool for effective communication. This past summer, the ISC launched a youth empowerment initiative called Stories for Change. They used storytelling and storytelling-adjacent arts like dance and photography to work with these young people so they can break down barriers and brighten our communities. On December 14, 2018 the ISC will present its first Story Summit for Appalachian Youth (SAY).

Call for Papers: The Journal of Peacebuilding and Development
Abstracts Due: January 15, 2019
Full Submissions Due: February 22, 2019

JPDThe Journal of Peacebuilding and Development (JPD) is calling for papers for Volume 14 Number 3, which is to be published in December 2019. JPD offers a space for scholars and practitioners to examine the logic and impacts of dominant policies and practices, and to cultivate visionary, holistic approaches striving to advance collaboration between the fields of peacebuilding and development. Submit now in MSWord .docx format.


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