Peacebuilding and the Arts
Yesterday I was fortunate enough to attend a Conflict Prevention and Resolution Forum on Arts and Conflict at the United States Institute of Peace as well as a working group of peacebuilders and theater professionals who discussed “Toward an Infrastructure for Strengthening Work at the Nexus of Peacebuilding and the Arts.”
In the forum, I was proud to see the Chief Programming Officer at my organization give a detailed presentation on how we utilize “drama” in our work. Drama shifts cultural norms and breaks through the world of the ‘other’; symbols and metaphors enable shifts and enable us to envision choices. Current hurdle: how can these programs be integrated into policymaking?
In the working group, I got to witness the natural fit between the peacebuilders and the artists. Everyone was beyond elated to be in the same room with each other and eager to find creative ways to widen the field of peacebuilding and the arts. What came out of it was a commitment to inform, reunite, and the attempt to document as much as possible in the future.
Interested? Check out:
- USIP’s Evaluating Media Interventions in Conflict Countries
- Media in Fragile Environments
- Acting Together: a peacebuilding and the arts initiative at Brandeis
- Theatre Without Borders