In partnership with the NEA, Arts and Peacebuilding Program at Brandeis University and the University of Manchester/In Place of War 

Following our Culture and Conflict Summit held in September 2014, there was a desire by facilitators and artists who work directly with urban communities confronting violence for an opportunity to critically reflect on these issues and for continued cross-cultural dialogue between US and UK artists working in this area. In partnership with the NEA, Arts and Peacebuilding Program at Brandeis University and the University of Manchester/In Palce of War, we gathered 16 professional artists from the US and UK committed to creative conflict transformation and social action to reflect on the aesthetic, practical and ethical dimensions of their work.

The convening was co-facilitated by Dr. Cynthia Cohen, Director of Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandies University and Dr. James Thompson, Founder of In Place of War at Manchester University. Through these conversations, artists and facilitators aimed to:

  •  Build a community of inquiry by exploring similarities and differences in artistic approaches between US and UK artists facing similar issues;
  • Generate new ways of thinking about community responses to conflict and create new ideas for preventing urban violence and reduce its effects;
  • Discuss dilemmas in their current practice and find way to incorporate new ideas into their practice; 
  • Join artist-led session by Yara El-Shirbini in her participatory piece 'A Pub Quiz' that fuses popular culture, politics and humor, and questions social and political systems 

You can view a full record of the project including key take-aways, information on all participants, and a short on-site video with some of the participating artists here.