Arts

By sharing creative expression, URI members cultivate appreciation of each other on a human level.
Cultural Infusion CC Art Performance

Music, painting, performance, sculpture, storytelling, poetry, and other methods of artistic expression are ancient methods of creating community. Through the arts, URI Cooperation Circles transcend language and cultural barriers to build deep interpersonal connections.

Examples of our work in this Action Area:

  • When the Latin America and Caribbean region hosted a music festival celebrating original songs about peace, the featured artists were so inspired, they formed a new Cooperation Circle to continue their peacebuilding work.
  • CARAVAN, a URI Multiregion group, used an art exhibition to teach Jordanian girls about gender equality, cultural diversity, intercultural and interreligious understanding, and the need for peace.
  • URI Europe Cooperation Circles regularly gather for interfaith film screenings to spark respectful conversations and inspire friendships across traditions.
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Stories

Building Peace in the Middle East Through Music

URI Leader and first Global Council Chair Rita Semel reflects on the recent concert by Musaique, a URI CC from the Middle East:

There’s magic in music. And that magic was on display March 23 at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center, where 10 musicians — Jews, Muslims and Christians from Israel, Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian territories — held an audience of more than 300 enthralled for more than two hours as they sang, played and danced.

Youth interfaith seminar and tree planting in secondary schools in Bauchi State

Forward Action for Conservation of Indigenous Species conducted a seminar on youth interfaith dialogue and tree splanting for the protection of environment. This was part of FACIS's 2014 work plan. 5000 thousand youth in Bauchi state will be train in climate change mitigation and adaptation measures this year. This will be conducted simultaniously with peace dialogues, intereactive sessions with religious/community leaders.