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Acting Together I: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict
Resistance and Reconciliation in Regions of Violence
Catherine Filloux, Ruth Margraff, Dijana Miloševic, Charles Mulekwa, Abeer Musleh, Aida Nasrallah, Madhawa Palihapitiya, Lee Perlman
Courageous artists working in conflict regions describe exemplary peacebuilding performances and groundbreaking theory on performance for transformation of violence.

Serge Loode - Applied Theatre Research

The recommendations of the Acting Together project are clear, grounded and convincing. The editors have demonstrated that performance can significantly contribute to the transformation of violent conflict, and can reach audiences that are inaccessible by other means. It also has the potential to support communities in mourning, those dealing with trauma and those celebrating resilience. Aesthetic excellence reinforces socio-political effectiveness if the integrity of the artistic... cont'd



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Acting Together II: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict
Building Just and Inclusive Communities
Daniel Banks, Eugene van Erven, Kate Gardner, Mary Ann Hunter, John O'Neal, Jo Salas
Acting Together, Volume II, continues from where the first volume ends, documenting exemplary peacebuilding performances in regions marked by social exclusion, structural violence, and dislocation.

Ambassador Cynthia Schneider, PhD, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

This book gives Shakespeare's "All the world's a stage" new meaning. Experts in foreign policy and diplomacy, conflict resolution and peacemaking, as well as theatre and performance professionals, can learn from these extraordinary examples what theatre and performance can do to heal the wounds of violent conflict.



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Acting Together on the World Stage DVD and Toolkit
Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict
This feature-length documentary film of peacebuilding performances and interviews shows contributions of theater to justice, reconciliation, and coexistence. The DVD is accompanied by a toolkit of resources for educators, practitioners, and policy makers.



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American Tensions
Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice
Jonis Agee, Elizabeth Alexander, Sherman Alexie, Dorothy Allison, Marvin Bell, Barrie Jean Borich, Nickole Brown, Philip Bryant, James Cihlar, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Anthony Doerr, Mark Doty, Heid E. Erdrich, Louise Erdrich, B. H. Fairchild, Nick Flynn, Kenny Fries, Eric Gansworth, Ray Gonzalez, J. C. Hallman, Patricia Hampl, Greg Hewett, Scott Hightower, Tony Hoagland, Linda Hogan, Javier O. Huerta, Deborah Keenan, Yusef Komunyakaa, Ed Bok Lee, Bobbie Ann Mason, Bill McKibben, Donald Morrill, David Mura, Kristin Naca, Mark Nowak, D. A. Powell, Hilda Raz, Adrienne Rich, Scott Russell Sanders, Patricia Smith, Brian Turner, Emily C. Watson, Diane Wilson
This new anthology of contemporary American poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction, explores issues of identity, oppression, injustice, and social change.

Sam Woodworth - Fogged Clarity

A good literary anthology has much in common with the musical playlists we make for our love interests. Every inclusion is a clue to the compilers' personality and our ambitions for the relationship. What song to start with, where to drop a classic fun song to make the listener smile, where to place the overly obvious love song, or the thoughtful or familiar one, and what song to conclude with— all are vital decisions to a successful mix-tape. As the mix-masters, we feel there is no room for... cont'd



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Art in Other Places
Artists at Work in America's Community and Social Institutions
William Cleveland
Art in Other Places profiles 29 institutional and community arts programs across the United States that have pioneered the field of arts-based community building.

Frances Phillips, Walter and Elise Haas Fund - Grantmakers in the Arts Reader: Volume 11, No. 2, Fall 2000

Art in Other Places grew out of a 1986 meeting held at the University of California at Los Angeles among artists and community activists from around the United States. At that point, some of them had been working for twenty or more years as artists in social institutions – senior centers, hospitals, prisons, mental health facilities, youth centers – or in low-income communities. Author William Cleveland writes of that gathering's importance to him (then director of the ArtReach Program in... cont'd



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Art, Dialogue, Action, Activism
Case Studies from Animating Democracy
Barbara Schaffer Bacon, Pam Korza
Art, Dialogue, Action, Activism examines the role of dialogue in the work of cultural organizations oriented toward civic action and activism.


For more information, please visit Americans for the Arts or Animating Democracy.



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Awakening Creativity
Dandelion School Blossoms
Lily Yeh
Awakening Creativity shows in gloriously illustrated detail how Lily Yeh guides a participatory process of artistic expression that uplifts a distressed community. Her open, joyful approach to artmaking is a model for building healthy cultural esteem.

Lily Yeh

When I see brokenness, poverty, and crime in inner cities,
I also see the enormous potential and readiness for
transformation and rebirth. We are creating an art form that
comes from the heart and reflects the pain and sorrow of people's lives.
It also expresses joy, beauty, and love.

 



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Beginner's Guide to Community-Based Arts
Ten Graphic Stories about Artists, Educators & Activists Across the U.S.
Keith Knight, Mat Schwarzman
Ten transformative local arts projects come alive in this illustrated training manual for youth leaders and teachers. This energetic guidebook demonstrates the enormous power of art in grass-roots social change.

Erica Kohl - CommunityArtsNetwork

"Beginner's Guide to Community-Based Arts" is a rich combination of life stories, curriculum ideas and insights about the importance of nurturing creativity to confront the difficult circumstances many people find themselves living in these days. Cartoonist Keith Knight (The "K" Chronicles" and "(th)ink”) and author Mat Schwarzman (Crossroads Project for Art, Learning and Community of New Orleans) crisscross the country profiling ten community-based arts projects that encourage people with... cont'd



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Beginner's Guide to Community-Based Arts, 2nd Edition
Ten Graphic Stories about Artists, Educators & Activists Across the U.S.
Keith Knight, Mat Schwarzman
Ten transformative local arts projects come alive in this illustrated training manual for youth leaders and teachers. This energetic guidebook demonstrates the enormous power of art in grass-roots social change.



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Between Grace and Fear
The Role of the Arts in a Time of Change
William Cleveland, Patricia Shifferd
This book is a series of interviews with social theorists and scholars, philanthropists, scientists, theologians, artists, community development and community arts activists.

Judi Jennings - GIA Reader

Is a major shift in worldview taking place across the globe today? If so, what role can artists, arts organizations, and cultural creatives play in imagining and sustaining a future with more equitable lifeways?

These are the big questions that Cleveland and Shifferd explore in this thought-provoking and inspiring collection of essays. As creative folks themselves, Cleveland and Shifferd don't tell us what to think and do. Instead, they interviewed thirty leading artists,... cont'd



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