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Why Peace Needs the Arts

Exploring Creative Resources for Peacebuilding

Why Peace Needs the Arts: Exploring Creative Resources for Peacebuilding
Kyoko Okumoto and Rosanna “Dessa” Quesada Palm

March 24 to May 19, 2022 | Thursday
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Philippine Time [GMT+8]

Prerequisite: Introduction to Peacebuilding Theory and Practice or Introduction to Conflict Transformation or Fundamentals of Peacebuilding or an equivalent course or experience.

In this new online course, the facilitators and participants will explore more deeply why we need the arts in peacebuilding, and together discover multiple kinds of creativity in ourselves and others. Through this process, the participants will come to understand that we are all indispensable resources for peacebuilding.

In this course, participants will practice multiple methods of arts-based peacebuilding and acquire hands-on skills and knowledge as well as basic theories. Utilizing an integrated theater-arts approach (music, visual arts, drama, movement and creative writing), the participants will enjoy a series of interactive and project-based learning, combined with reflection and theoretical discussion. By the end of this course, participants will have experienced multiple forms of creative processes and expression which they will be able to use as resources in building just and peaceful communities.

Registration is closed for this course

Our Facilitators

Kyoko Okumoto holds a PhD in the Arts and Literature from Kobe College Graduate School of Letters in Japan and a MA in Peace Studies from Lancaster University in the UK. She is a Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, Conflict Transformation, and the Arts-based Approaches in Peacework at Osaka Jogakuin University, a women's university in Osaka, Japan. Her research fields are: conflict transformation/nonviolent intervention, the arts including literature and drama, and the relation between the two areas. She facilitates numerous peace training workshops at various places at all levels – from high school, to university to elderly communities.

With NGOs/CSOs and academic organizations such as Peace Studies Association of Japan, Transcend-Japan, Transcend-InternationalNonviolent Peaceforce-Japan, and the Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI), Kyoko tries to explore ways to connect with other Asian communities, and beyond, to build more peaceful societies based on trust and solidarity where people can have creative dialogues among themselves and with their neighbors and communities.

Rosanna “Dessa” Quesada Palm has more than 40 years of performing experience and theater practice as an artist-teacher-organizer-leader, conducting workshops locally and internationally. Dessa spent many years with the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), which has pioneered theater for development and in education. She was educated at the University of the Philippines School of Economics and pursued her Masters in International Relations at the New School for Social Research in New York. Now based in Dumaguete City in the central Philippines, she is on the faculty at Silliman University and is the founder/artistic director of the Youth Advocates Through Theater Arts. Dessa has facilitated training on the nexus of arts and peacebuilding at the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute, the Canadian School of Peacebuilding, and the African Peacebuilding Institute.

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