Art Transforms Conflict, Inc. is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to transform through strategic arts-based methods the way conflict is perceived, lived within a community. The creative arts enable conflict members to open new avenues of expression and dialogue, drawing on cultural icons to create a new shared language and allow all generations to participate in the conflict transformation process. Particular emphasis is on the youth. Without the means to articulate and transform their personal conflicts, they may carry forward the seeds of community conflict.
To maximize our impact in countries, we seek to collaborate with non-governmental organizations, foundations and like-minded individuals who are already trusted community partners and want to enhance their existing programs. Or, we work with them in developing innovative approaches to deal with the underlying traumas of current or past conflict on the community. See below for a few of our projects.
A series of interactive dramatic presentations for the Syrian refugee population in Northern Lebanon, produced with support from Concern / Lebanon and Irish Aid. The program focused on creating dialogues through which Syrian refugees and the Lebanese host communities could more effectively engage each other. It also allowed the families and youth to safely explore some of their social challenges with topics ranging from early marriage and women’s financial empowerment, to domestic and gender-based violence, and social / cultural stereotypes.. Presentations were held at the Baddawi Community Center in Tripoli and Ehsan School in Akkar.
Tanya Awad Ghorra and Crystina Wyler have delivered multiple workshops on creative non-violent communication and conflict management training in Lebanon for international peace activists, volunteers and trainers working in areas of active armed conflict. They focus on creative engagement and intensive role-play, providing tools to the trainers on how to address and transform the conflicts that arise as part of their work, as well as manifest the change they wish to bring to the communities they serve.
Workshops for urban youth to foster a better historical understanding and connect with cultural icons. One example is a workshop on ‘Teaching Tolerance through Art’ for the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art. Partnered with Dr. Toran Hansen to develop and present this workshop offered in conjunction with an exhibit by photographer Bob Adelman’s “The Movement” on civil rights era photography