In partnership with the United States Institute of Peace, in September 2014 at the Newseum in Washington, DC we organized a summit to discuss arts and cultural programs in conflict scenarios, and how to apply them in US diplomatic, policy, and higher education agendas.
We brought together international policy experts, cultural leaders, funders and educational organizations to examine models of cultural relations in conflict settings. They discussed current approaches to arts and culture within peace-building efforts and systems to measure the impact of cultural intervention. The conversation aimed to better understand the UK and US's shared responsibility as global leaders in addressing conflict prevention and post-conflict rehabilitation. Together, the delegates examined the most effective and appropriate ways to apply the arts in conflict scenarios within foreign policy, to help achieve international development goals.
The summit also included a performance of 'Closed Circuit' by UK artist Rod Dickinson, which explored the historical form of press briefings and political speeches during times of conflict.