Peace is an embodied practice. Dance is a way forward for children living in a volatile world. Through engaging in artistic experiences with intergroup contact, social practice arts interventions inspire an ecology of peace, engagement and entrepreneurship.
Dance Peace is an initiative to bring about social interventions that address insular or divided communities, potential or actual violence, weak interfaith or cross-cultural neighborhood bonds, and needed Track 3 diplomacy through dance and movement-based arts experiences. We curate, design, facilitate or collaborate on projects that we theorize will have positive, urgent and relevant impact for each specific context.
Dance Peace aims to reach a number of constituents through varied activities:
1. Scholarship fund to integrate Syrian, Iraqi and Rohigyan refugees into existing, ongoing arts programs (music and dance) in Chicago.
2. Workshop and performance projects (bringing conservative families into the dance world) and collaborative performance by Muslim & Arab refugees and their diverse neighbors, including Orthodox Jewish teens
Every $250 will sponsor one student in a 60-minute class per week for a full semester, plus supplies.
- Gas, grocery, or visa cards for the families
- Dance wear including long-sleeve leotards, ballet skirts and tights in child small to large
- Instruments and music books for children (Arab and Western)
- A suggestion for a song of peace, togetherness, resilience or empowerment that the integrated class of girls can dance to (perhaps someone could even play live to accompany them)
- Volunteer drivers and translators
- Audience for the children’s performances
- Invitations for more performance opportunities
Dance Peace also aspires to include a number of other important activities:
3. Workshop sites in 3-10 cities or refugee camps internationally.
5. Training for arts leaders and arts educators (including refugee artists)
6. Consolidation and distribution of research and writings (collaborative literature review or blog) on the power of arts and cultural participation in peace, diplomacy, community building and resettlement
7. Database or list of existing arts programs accessible to refugees, distributed to service organizations and policymakers.