Arts and Peacebuilding
Latest from USIP on Arts and Peacebuilding
- February 13, 2013 | Publication
USIP’s Hodei Sultan reflects on the recent U.S. concert tour by youth ensembles from the new Afghanistan National Institute of Music.
- November 29, 2012 | Publication
USIP’s new Peace Innovations Fund for Pakistan seeks to support creative new efforts for positive social change in Pakistan, as part of the Institute’s broader mission to resolve and prevent conflict using nonviolent means. The first of these efforts – the 60 Second Film Festival – is gearing up to screen its winning films across Pakistan, and the world, this spring.
- October 18, 2012 | Publication
As part of an effort to increase dialogue and prevent violence between ethnic and religious groups during Kenya’s 2013 general election, United States Institute of Peace has once again partnered with FLT Films, a UK-based non-profit organization, to make the story of Nigerians Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye more widely known among Kenyan communities. With USIP support,FLT Films is in the early stages of dubbing in Swahili and distributing An African Answer—the Kenya-focused sequel to FLT Films’widely acclaimed documentary The Imam and the Pastor. An African Answer chronicles the successful mediation efforts of Imam Ashafa and Pastor Wuye—former leaders of opposing militias in Nigeria —as they overcame their differences and worked together to reduce tensions in communities hardest hit by violence after the 2007 Kenyan general election.
- July 9, 2012 | In the Field
After being gutted by fire during the revolution, with the ground floor walls still bearing the scorched marks of conflict, Benghazi’s war and art museum had been created on the spot following the end of Muammar Qaddafi’s 42-year rule. In generations past, the building had been a luxurious palace dating centuries back to the era of Italian colonialism.
- July 9, 2012 | Course
Understand the causes of conflict and violent extremism in tribal Muslim societies and learn how to develop policies and programs in conflict resolution, governance, justice, security, and development that contribute to sustainable peace.
- May 10, 2012 | Publication
The Bond Street Theater project is a USIP program in which trained actors from the international community use theater as an educational tool to show Afghan students ways to prevent low-level conflict within families or communities.
- February 2, 2012 | News Releases
The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is honored to announce that “Salam Shabab,” a peacebuilding TV series for Iraqi youth, was named a finalist in the Prix Jeunesse International, a biannual competition recognizing excellence in children’s television programming.
- January 25, 2012 | Event
In Iraq, "Salam Shabab" is the very first peacebuilding television program depicting the real life story of Iraqi youth. The series showcases not only a population that is often marginalized, but also the powerful desire and capacity of Iraqi youth to bring peace to their communities. The afternoon featured an exclusive screening of one episode from Season 1 of Salam Shabab, which aired in full on Iraq on Al Iraqiya and throughout the region on Space Power. A Q&A session with the show's producers followed the screening. USIP then welcomed a panel of dynamic young cultural leaders and activists from across the Middle East to discuss the role of youth in peacebuilding in the region. The evening concluded with a live performance by Iraqi pop band UTN1.
- November 10, 2011 | Event
On November 10, 2011 USIP presented a screening of “The Boy Mir: 10 Years in Afghanistan” just ahead of the 10th anniversary of the Bonn Agreement. The screening was followed by a question & answer session with the film’s director, Phil Grabsky.
- November 8, 2011 | Event
The arts, media and culture offer peacebuilders a unique set of tools for transforming conflict, ranging from a variety of live theatre performances and the reinvention of cultural traditions to televised episodic drama. What are the implications of these trends on the field of peacebuilding in general? Where are these tools the most appropriate and how can peacebuilders better engage the arts, media and culture to our advantage?
- August 4, 2011 | Publication
The U.S. Institute of Peace is committed to cost effective strategies that leverage the capacity of local organizations and empower others to mitigate conflicts. Recognizing the power of media as an instrument with enormous potential to affect public attitudes and perceptions, the Institute has worked globally to promote best media practices that strengthen tolerance and mutual understanding.
- July 18, 2011 | Event
For two years, USIP Senior Fellow Robin Wright tracked the tectonic political shifts that culminated in the uprisings across the Middle East. USIP is pleased to host an in-depth discussion with leading Middle East analyst Robin Wright on the publication of her new book, "Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic World."
Webcast: This event will be webcast live beginning at 10:00am EST on July 18, 2011 at www.usip.org/webcast.
- April 6, 2011 | Event
Father Ivo Markovic, a Bosnian Friar and founder of Pontamina Choir, talked about the status of interreligious cooperation and reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- November 22, 2010 | Publication
On Wednesday, November 10, 2010, the fourth and fifth graders of Matsunaga Elementary School, located in a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C., treated nearly 1,000 guests to their tenth annual Veterans’ Day concert.
- November 8, 2010 | Publication
Rhymes and rhythms can share ideas across cultures, and that is just what the Arab Hip Hop artists at the event, “Rhymes of Peace: Arab Hip Hop Artists on Youth and Media,” emphasized through their performances and discussions at the United States Institute of Peace. The Narcicyst, along with hip hop artists Omar Offendum and Mana, participated in the forum.