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IMPACT: The Imagining Together Platform for Arts Culture and Conflict Transformation
ReCAST, Inc. is pleased to partner with Brandeis University’s Program on Peacebuilding and the Arts on IMPACT: The Imagining Together Platform for Arts Culture and Conflict Transformation. IMPACT is a global collaborative effort, supported during its design phase by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. IMPACT is now an emerging strategy to support the arts, culture and conflict transformation ecosystem.
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Let’s Make a Better World: Stories and Songs by Jane Sapp is a new resource for music educators, chorus leaders, activists and cultural workers. In it, the nationally admired cultural worker, musician, educator, and activist, Jane Wilburn Sapp, shares her approach to social transformation and its roots in African-American musical traditions. Read more and purchase the book.
Watch a performance by Jane from September 2019 in DeKalb County, Georgia at an Interfaith Reconciliation Service “with roughly 200 people in attendance pledging to tell the truth about DeKalb’s history of racial injustices and to address issues that linger today.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, “A choir of 35 people crowded around a piano as Jane Sapp played an old Negro spiritual that she gave modern arrangement. The power of the composition built as the choir blended in four-part harmony. ‘Ain’t you got a right to the tree of life?’ Sapp said before the service that the title of the song, which provides the framework for its repetitive lyrics, has always resonated with her. ‘It’s always been the fundamental question of this country when it comes to race,’ she said. ‘We must answer that question and act on that question and deliver the answer to that question that, ‘Yes, you’ve got a right.’” Watch now.
“But Abu Ibrahim, We’re Family!”
By Dr. Lee Perlman
“But Abu Ibrahim, We’re Family!” is a series of case studies, describing collaborations between Jewish and Palestinian professional theater artists in Israel and the theater they create to reflect their realities. Read more and purchase.
The Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University provided small grants to college and university educators to support efforts to incorporate the resources of the Acting Together project into curricula. Read more about the grant recipients and updates on how they are putting the resources to use.
Watch a video of a song about racial discrimination and voting rights in the U.S. written and performed by a group of Brandeis students in the songwriting workshop with cultural worker, musician, organizer and educator Jane Wilburn Sapp. during the Now As Then event series focusing creative attention on the struggle for voting rights.
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