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Peacebuilding and the Arts: Exploring the contributions of arts and culture to peace
Notes from the Director
April 2019

Dear friends of Peacebuilding and the Arts,

We are publishing this special issue of Peacebuilding and the Arts Now to invite you to join an IMPACT learning exchange focusing on the role of universities in the emerging infrastructure of support for the arts, culture and conflict ecosystem. This learning exchange is being designed by a team including Mary Ann Hunter (of Tasmania), supported by Carmen Olaechea (of Argentina) and Armine Avetisyan (from Armenia.) It will take place for one full 24 hour period -- so please sign up knowing you can participate when it is  convenient in your time zone. Details are below. 

Congratulations to Carmen Olaechea and her colleagues at Fundación Cambio Democrático and Fundación Crear Vale la Pena for the enormously successful one-day Spanish learning exchange they co-convened with IMPACT on March 28. It attracted over 130 participants from across Latin America and beyond; the “conversation” was facilitated by 19 outstanding facilitators.

Meanwhile, we are taking this opportunity to share resources and opportunities that we’ve just become aware of, including a web livestream production of turning your body into a compass, by our Acting Together colleague Catherine Filloux.

Thanks, as always, for your ongoing work at the nexus of arts, culture and conflict transformation!

Warm wishes,

Cynthia E. Cohen, Ph.D., Director
Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts
Join Us: April 26th Virtual IMPACT Learning Exchange
Dear Colleague,
Are you engaged in work with colleges or universities in the area of arts, culture and conflict transformation (ACCT)?  

If so, we’d love you to join us in a free one-day global online learning exchange hosted by IMPACT - a collaborative initiative among universities, arts practitioners, and policy makers to build a global infrastructure for the field of Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation.

When is it?

On April 26, over 20 leaders in ACCT around the world will be facilitating conversations on Higher Education Engagement in Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation (ACCT) over a 24 hour period on IMPACT’s global Learning Exchange, supported by the online platform of Peace Direct.  

What will it cover?

A core commitment of this discussion is to further the understanding of the role that higher education organizations play in supporting ACCT practice through:

●    fostering research
●    designing teaching and learning
●    and enhancing regional and global networks in the field

By higher education organizations, we mean post-secondary-school organizations such as colleges, community colleges, polytechnics and universities.  

Why should I be involved?

We’d love you join us to share your work, your practice, and your questions about this growing field.  You will learn more about what’s happening locally and globally, and you’ll get to connect with new colleagues and partners.  

We welcome diverse perspectives from all aspects of the ACCT field. It will be facilitated by a diversity of people who work at the intersections of ACCT and higher education research, teaching and learning, and partnership.

How do I participate?

Email Armine Avetisyan with your preferred email address to RSVP.  A few days prior to the Exchange, our partner Peace Direct will then send you specific instructions on registration and how to participate.  

Thank you!  It will be wonderful to connect with you soon.   

Mary Ann Hunter, Carmen Olaechea, Armine Avetisyan (IMPACT Learning Exchange Team) 

Resources & Opportunities

Livestream Web Story: turning your body into a compass 
May 13, 3:00pm EST
(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. View the press release.

CAST Capstone Presentation 
April 30, 6:30-8pm
Brandeis University, Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex 209
The Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) graduating minors will be presenting their final projects. Minors include: Gemma Curnin, Kiaina Gomez, Remony Perlman, Jean Poulard, and Sarah Terrazano. The capstone project, a core part of the CAST minor, can be fulfilled as an internship, directed study, special topics course, or capstone series. Students will be discussing and reflecting on their work during this celebratory evening.  

Uncommencement and CAST Graduation 
May 3, 1-2pm

Brandeis University, Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex Atrium
Come celebrate with the graduating seniors and graduate students whose work has been an integral part of the Ethics Center, as well as those fulfilling the minor in CAST.

Play: This Place/Displaced 
May 2 - May 4
Times: May 2 at 7:30pm, May 3-4 at 8:00pm
Brandeis University, Merrick Theatre, Spingold
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 and is a timely reflection of Boston’s need to prioritize equity and justice for all its residents. The event is free and open to the Brandeis community. Questions? Contact

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).

Film Screening: "Walk in my Shoes" 
May 6, 7:30pm
Pendle Hill Quaker Studies Center, 338 Plush Mill Rd, Wallingford, PA
"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 the trailer and learn more.

Fly By Light National Training Program hosted by One Common Unity 
July 15 - 19
Washington, D.C.
This 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. 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.

Play: This Place/Displaced
May 2 - May 4
Brandeis University, Merrick Theatre
Fly By Light National Training Program hosted by One Common Unity
July 15 - 19
Washington, D.C. 

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