September 25 - November 27, 2020

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 is 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.

The course is now completed. We are leaving this information here in case you may be interested in this course in the future. If so, please let us know.

Our Facilitators

Babu Ayindo

Babu Ayindo

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.

Kyoko Okumoto

Kyoko Okumoto

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.

Course Fee:    US$550/₱26,400
Dates:   September 25 – November 27, 2020 
Day and Time:   Every Friday at 2:00 PM Philippine Time (6:00 AM GMT)
Class Hours:   3-hour online class with 2 hours of outside class work per week
Platform:   Zoom for online class

Acceptance Criteria

Have the ability to communicate in English (oral and written).

Have at least two years’ experience in peacebuilding or in related areas of development or human rights.

Able to clearly outline objectives and strategies for applying the lessons and skills learned from the course to one’s work situation or specific context.

Open to dialogue with people of other faiths and cultures.

Have access to a good internet connection and necessary hardware.

Familiar with online programs (Zoom, web browser such as Google Chrome).