Welcome to ReCAST

ReCAST, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that strengthens the contributions of the arts and cultural traditions to a more just and less violent world.


Now released!

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.

Learn more about Jane Sapp’s approach to cultural work, chorus leading and music education, and listen to all of the songs in the book, in the 7-episode podcast that accompanies 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.


An evening of Songs and Stories with Jane Sapp (and friends)

Jane Sapp at pianoPlease come join the host committee for a spirited Friday the 13th

Henry Allen, Janet Axelrod, Linda Brion-Meisels, Betty Burkes, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Cynthia Cohen, Chuck Collins, Gordie Fellman, Alix Gordon and Sandy Lawrence, Catherine Hoffman, Jenny Ladd, Deborah Langstaff, Amy Merrill, Amelie Ratliff, and  JoAnne Silver Jones

to honor Jane Sapp – educator, musician, cultural activist and author

at the home of Amelie Ratliff

65 Burroughs St
Jamaica Plain, MA

Friday December 13, 7:00-9:00

Jane Sapp is a nationally admired cultural worker, musician, educator, and activist whose approach to social transformation is rooted in African American musical traditions. Through her singing, song gathering, work with communities of color and youth, Jane actively engages people in creative cultural processes, writing songs together, telling stories, shaping festivals, and designing museums of local culture.

This evening is an opportunity to support Jane directly
in the distribution of her new book/blog Let’s Make A Better World *
in chronicling her 5 decades of engagement for justice
in sustaining her activism

Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments served

* for general information and access to purchasing the book:  janesapp.org

RSVP please – the heart is huge but the space is limited. Email: amelie.ratliff@gmail.com

Please consider a donation even if you cannot attend.

Generous donations of all sizes welcome:
Tax-deductible contributions to support Jane Sapp to work on the dissemination of her book via PayPal Giving Fund.


Direct checks to Jane’s activism made out to J and H Fund, c/o Hoffman 67 Pleasant St. Cambridge, MA 02139

 


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.

Learn more about IMPACT.

To help ensure the continuity of this groundbreaking initiative, please donate here:

“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.

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ReCAST featured in the American Theatre Magazine! Read more.

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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.

To purchase the Acting Together DVD and Anthologies, please visit our Shop.