The course is grounded on the belief that all humans are artists; therefore, it is designed for any peace worker interested in tapping into his/her own individual creativity in composing works and processes of meaning, beauty and imagination while simultaneously working towards breaking cycles of violence. This is an intensive course that intentionally seeks to go beyond the popular claim that the “arts are powerful;” it rigorously examines the nature and theory of arts-based approaches to peacebuilding from a variety of settings.
Through interactive and experiential learning, the course explores select art forms and how they evolve and intersect with community-based efforts in building peace. These art forms include: storytelling, handwork, forum theater, visual arts, music and dance. The learning space is intentionally organized to provide a supportive and challenging environment for participants to propose and/or strengthen arts-based initiatives relevant to their own contexts.