Art Transforms Conflict, Inc. is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that focuses on the development of effective communication, leadership and conflict transformation skills through strategic arts-based methods. The creative arts can help community members open new avenues of expression and dialogue, drawing on cultural icons to create a shared language that allows all generations to participate in the conflict transformation process. Our particular emphasis is on the women and youth, giving them new ways to find and use their voice. To maximize our impact, we have collaborated with NGO’s, foundations and like-minded individuals who are already trusted community partners. 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.
ATC has delivered multiple workshops on creative communication and conflict management training in Lebanon for international peace activists, volunteers and trainers working in areas of active armed conflict.
Workshop for teens offered in conjunction with an exhibit by photographer Bob Adelman on Civil Rights Era photography at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art.
Workshop in Montreal, Canada for grade school and high school teachers on creating Safe Spaces in classrooms to discuss conflict topics.