International Models for Coalition Building: Art as a Catalyst for Change

Tuesday, October 20, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Organized by Michelle Coffey, senior philanthropic advisor, Lambent Foundation; Claudine Brown, program director, arts and culture, Nathan Cummings Fouldation.

Presented by Cynthia Cohen, executive director, Alan B. Slifka Program in Intercommunal Coexistence at Brandeis University; Mallika Dutt, executive director, Breakthrough; Liz Sevcenko, director, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience; Clare Winterton, executive director, International Museum of Women.

Artistic and cultural programs can strengthen global relationships and help groups coalesce around common issues. Performances, media, oral history and visual arts projects have allowed people to address memories and feelings that are often the result of great trauma. They have also educated a broad public about strategies for change. This session will highlight the work of programs in the United States that have had a profound impact on international issues. These groups facilitate conversations by creating media, online and actual exhibitions, outreach strategies, and active online communities that work collectively to create change. Groups that will present include: the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, the International Museum of Women, Witness, and Coexistence Research and International Collaborations at Brandeis University.

Related Links:

International Coalition of Sites of Conscience
International Museum of Women
Creative Resources for Coexistence and Reconciliation