Arts Building Peace: Creative Approaches in Conflict Transformation
Kyoko Okumoto with MPI Resource Persons

March 18 to May 20, 2021
Thursday | 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Philippine Time (GMT+8)

The Arts Building Peace online course will provide participants with the space and tools to tap into and enhance their own individual creative potential and deepen their knowledge and skills in arts approaches to building peace relevant to their contexts. This course gives the opportunity for rich interaction with participants and experienced practitioners from diverse cultures who are engaged in creative approaches in conflict transformation.

The Arts Building Peace online course is designed for artists, teachers, facilitators, cultural workers, community animators, scholars, practitioners, and anyone else who desires to incorporate creative approaches to conflict in their work. The course is built on the experiences and lessons of the Arts Approaches to Community-Based Peacebuilding course that has been offered at the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Annual Peacebuilding Training over the last two decades. Those who have taken that course may also take this online course as it offers new and advanced knowledge and skills in arts, culture and building peace.

Participants are expected to dedicate additional hours for individual and/or group work outside of the live sessions.

Registration is Closed
Registration has closed for this course. We hope that you will join us for this course in the future.

Course Fees

US$550 | PhP26,400


Course Overview

Kyoko Okumoto, based in Japan, will function as the lead facilitator of the Arts Building Peace course. She will be supported by resource persons and other experts who will share their knowledge and experiences with the different topics that will be discussed during the course. The expert artist-peacebuilders that will be invited will include Kublai Milan of Mindanao Arts (Philippines) and experts from IMPACT, an international network of artists, cultural workers, and educators.

The 10-week course is designed to enable:

  • Three hours per week of real-time learning, engagement, and interaction with the lead facilitators, resource persons, and a rich and diverse group of participants from all over the world.
  • Two hours per week of individual and group tasks and assignments in the application of theory and development of creative cultural products relevant to participants’ context.

Thematically, the course is designed around four pillars:

  1. Introduction to ABP: The Theory (two weeks)
  2. Building Blocks of ABP (three weeks)
  3. Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of Arts-Based Programs (two weeks)
  4. Initiatives, Ideas, Proposals, and Exhibitions (three weeks)

Our Facilitator and Resource Persons

Kyoko Okumoto holds a PhD in the Arts and Literature from Kobe College Graduate School of Letters in Japan and a MA in Peace Studies from Lancaster University in the UK. She is a Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, Conflict Transformation, and the Arts-based Approaches in Peacework at Osaka Jogakuin University, a women's university in Osaka, Japan. Her research fields are: conflict transformation/nonviolent intervention, the arts including literature and drama, and the relation between the two areas. She facilitates numerous peace training workshops at various places at all levels – from high school, to university to elderly communities.

With NGOs/CSOs and academic organizations such as Peace Studies Association of Japan, Transcend-Japan, Transcend-InternationalNonviolent Peaceforce-Japan, and the Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI), Kyoko tries to explore ways to connect with other Asian communities, and beyond, to build more peaceful societies based on trust and solidarity where people can have creative dialogues among themselves and with their neighbors and communities.

Resource person Babu Ayindo is a storyteller, teacher, facilitator, researcher and writer. For over two decades he has been involved in arts and peacebuilding work in various contexts. In the past, he has served as artistic director of Chelepe Arts (Nairobi, Kenya) and founding artistic director of Amani People’s Theatre (Nairobi, Kenya). At Amani People’s Theatre he led community-based creative and dialogical peacebuilding processes that drew from Indigenous African arts, Theatre of the Oppressed and Playback Theatre. He has also designed and taught arts-based approaches to peacebuilding summer courses in seven peacebuilding institutes in Africa, Asia, the Pacific and North America. To date, he continues to draw from Indigenous arts and Forum Theatre in his community-based healing and peacebuilding work. He holds a BEd from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya and a MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Eastern Mennonite University in the USA. In December 2017, he was awarded a PhD from the University of Otago (Aotearoa/New Zealand) for his thesis entitled Arts, Peacebuilding and Decolonization: A Comparative Study of Parihaka, Mindanao and Nairobi.

Resource person Dessa Quesada Palm has more than forty years of performing and theater practice as artist-teacher-organizer-leader, performing and leading workshops locally and internationally. Dessa spent many years with the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), which has been a pioneer in theater for development and in education. She was educated at the University of the Philippines School of Economics, and later pursued her Masters in International Relations at the New School for Social Research in New York as a Fulbright scholar. Now based in Dumaguete City in Central Philippines, she works as faculty at the Silliman University and is the founder/Artistic Director of the Youth Advocates Through Theater Arts, a 2008 recipient of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations. She served as head of the Committee on Dramatic Arts of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts from 2017-2019 and is the Vice President of the Women Playwrights International- Philippines. Dessa has facilitated trainings on Art Approaches in Peacebuilding with the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute, at the Canadian School of Peacebuilding, and at the African Peacebuilding Institute.