The Art of Peace: Creative Approaches in Conflict Transformation

From November 11-14, 2015, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ), at the University of San Diego’s Kroc School of Peace Studies, will host a multi-day symposium exploring the use of the arts in peacebuilding. The symposium will include local, national and international playwrights, filmmakers, poets, musicians, visual artists and academics who are mobilizing the creative power of the arts to break the cycle of conflict.

Performances, exhibitions and workshops will demonstrate how the arts can be used to resolve conflict nonviolently, deescalate violence, transform relationships, support individual and community healing, and build capacities for peace. By providing space for artists to reflect on their practice, share their learning and network with other peacebuilders, the IPJ will highlight the importance of this rapidly growing field of arts-based peacebuilding.

Please join us in bringing together artists, educators, peacebuilders and students to experience the unique and universal ability of art to engage audiences in discourses on peace, justice and social transformation. Events will be hosted on the USD campus and at venues throughout San Diego.

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