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Art in Response to Conflict

A Roundtable Discussion from The Middle East Institute

009_09 / 3 March 2016


Middle East Institute

Art in Response to Conflict, 2016

1 hour, 17 mins 25 secs


In Februrary 2016, The Middle East Institute co-hosted a panel discussion exploring the value and impact of the arts in conflict zones. The panel was organized with the Media Lounge at the College Art Association's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.


The panel brought together artists, scholars, policy-makers, and experts from NGOs, international organizations, and the media to discuss the role of the arts in response to conflict, and the positive impact art can have on affected communities.  In addition, they examined the role art plays in relief work and peace-building initiatives in conflict zones such as in the Middle East, and ways to support this work.


The discussion brought together Manal Omar (United States Institute of Peace), Paul Smith (British Council USA), Casey Hogle (Search for Common Ground), Laila Jadallah (Washington-based photographer and curator) and Lyne Sneige (MEI) for a discussion about art's impact on communities affected by conflict and its ability to give voice to despair. Tara Sonenshine (Former Undersecretary of State) moderated the discussion.

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