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.