October 21-23, 2011

As part of its series of weekend intensives, the program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis’ International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life offers a 3-day educational and training opportunity for members of the Brandeis community and practitioners working at the fields of the arts, culture, development, community organizing and conflict transformation. The program will explore the theory and practice of community cultural development, examining how cultural work can contribute to sustainable economic development, youth development and women’s empowerment.

Weekend Intensive

Peacebuilding and the Arts: Community Cultural Development
Brandeis University

Guest presenters: Jane Sapp, Hubert Sapp, Dijana MiloševićDr. Polly Walker
Facilitator: Dr. Cynthia Cohen, Director, Peacebuilding and the Arts
Friday, October 21, 7:00–9:30pm. Slosberg Recital Hall, Brandeis University. Free and open to the public.
Saturday, October 22, 9:00–5:00pm.  Location: TBA. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Sunday, October 23, 9:30am–2:00pm. Location: TBA.

Peacebuilding and the Arts: Community Cultural Development is designed for organizers, artists, cultural workers, students, educators and policy-makers in the fields of peacebuilding, the arts, and sustainable community, youth, women’s, and economic development.

The program opens on Friday evening with a multi-media presentation by Jane Sapp, a cultural organizer and musician based in Atlanta, Georgia. She will share stories, songs and video clips from her extensive work as an organizer and documentor in urban and rural communities in the United States, articulating the principles that inform successful community cultural development practice. Development specialists, including Heller School faculty member Kelley Ready and Hubert Sapp (founder of Oxfam  America’s  American program) will respond, addressing the links between cultural work, social justice and development.
*Friday evening’s presentation and conversation are free and open to the public.

Jane Sapp

On Saturday, Dijana Milošević, director of DAH Teatar in Belgrade, andDr. Polly Walker, conflict transformation specialist focusing on Indigenous reconciliation rituals, will join Dr. Cynthia Cohen in exploring artistic approaches resistance, rehumanization and reconciliation, especially in relation to community cultural development. These sessions will include viewing of clips from the Acting Together documentary and toolkit, theatre activities and conversation.

On Sunday, the group will synthesize and deepen its exploration of peacebuilding and the arts and community cultural development through conversation and a song-writing workshop led by Jane Sapp.

  • What is the meaning of community cultural development?
  • What is cultural work and what are it’s core principles?
  • How does community cultural development relate to peacebuilding and the arts?
  • What role can cultural work play in strengthening resilience?
  • What approaches to community cultural development efforts have addressed successfully issues of racism and xenophobia, supported reconciliation, addressed injustices, and facilitated respectful relationships across difference?
  • What are the risks of doing harm associated with community cultural development initiatives and how can these be minimized?
  • What issues and questions should be considered when designing, documenting and assessing community cultural development initiatives?

Download the registration form (PDF).

Registration must be mailed with a check and must arrrive by October 14, 2011.

For more information, contact coexistence@brandeis.edu or call 781-736-5001.