Introduction

Breathing Life into the Ashes: Resilience, Arts and Social Transformation

A Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies International Roundtable

Breathing Life into the Ashes: Resilience, Arts and Social Transformation is a roundtable to be convened by the Peter Wall Institute at UBC, Vancouver from October 21st to 27th, 2012. It is an exciting opportunity to bring into generative and lively collaboration an intercultural, international group of practitioners and scholars positioned to advance the work of Social Transformation and Arts with the following three purposes:

  1. to explore and deepen experience and understandings of individual and collective resilience;
  2. to develop an infrastructure to strengthen the resilience and the legitimacy of the field of Social Transformation and the Arts; and
  3. to advance understanding of assessment and evaluation in Social Transformation/Arts fields.

Together, participants will examine how social transformation through the arts fosters positive social change in settings around the world. The roundtable will include performances highlighting arts-based work as a response to systemic and other violence that powerfully illustrates the potency of Social Transformation through the Arts. It will provide a forum for planning ways to advance this work and strengthen existing networks.

The roundtable is convened by Professor Michelle LeBaron of UBC and Dr. Cynthia Cohen of Brandeis University, who imagine it as a way to provide artists and scholar/practitioners with a rare and wonderful opportunity to meet and collaborate in ways that refresh and inspire and generate new knowledge and understanding.

 "Breathing Life into the Ashes: Resilience, Arts and Social Transformation" is an International Roundtable supported by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies awarded to Michelle LeBaron, Professor at the University of British Columbia. The workshop will be held at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies in Vancouver from October 21st to 27th, 2012.