Peace & Reconciliation
We face a time of unstable and uncertain boundaries and barriers. COVID-19 does not simply block societies and communities, it blocks human-to-human encounters and trust; and it even makes us question long-trusted fundamentals of artistic practice.
Artists who work in participatory settings constantly provoke new perspectives, ask deeper, sometimes challenging, questions, and raise relevant issues. What is the role of artist and art education now, in this era of discrimination and hatred, conflict and confrontation, anxiety, helplessness and fear? Can our work contribute to positive changes as we represent the voices of different communities, societies, and countries? How can teaching artistry contribute to collective harmon and create visions of peaceful coexistence?
With these questions in mind, the Peace & Reconciliation track sessions explore these inquiries, in accordance with UNESCO Seoul Agenda Goal 3*:
- What practices disrupt the boundaries of hatred and discrimination, and create pathways to respect and co-existence?
- What is the teaching artist’s specific role and contribution in a time of conflict around such issues as gender, environment, religion, culture, disability, race and region?
- How can you empower the diverse and innovative voices of citizens to address problems of conflicts?
* UNESCO Seoul Agenda Goal 3 includes social responsibility, social cohesion, global challenges from peace to sustainability through arts education.
Starting with the keynote presentation of the Alvin Ailey Youth Camp, which has committed to helping low-income Black teenagers meet the world through dance, we will see a variety of work done with Parkinson's disease patients, disabled students, and underprivileged youths.
We will share examples of artists working with movement, play, dance, and the latest digital media technologies. We will see how to break the cycle of violence through 'Drama with Women with Trauma', reconcile with death through 'Making Newborn Baby’s clothes with Cancer Patients', and dream of peaceful co-existence.