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Police and the Public Bridge Gap on Stage

Wall Street Journal

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An ensemble of New York Police Department officers and members of the public are participating in a theater program designed to bring together the opposite sides of the nationwide debate on interactions between police and minority communities.

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The Sesame Street of Sex Ed: Ugandan Show Uses Puppets to Break Taboos

News Deeply

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Uganda has some of the highest fertility and HIV prevalence rates in the world. Yet the government has banned comprehensive sexuality education in schools, and parents feel uncomfortable talking about the taboo subject. So Chicken & Chips, a television show about puppets, was created to educate t...

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A New Way to Commemorate Atrocity

Pacific Standard

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Memorials are being created at rapid rates these days, but they seem to lack a long-term effect on the public. The Chicago Torture Justice Memorials project seeks to change this pattern by putting out an international call for memorial proposals, wanting a variety in visions and a collective memo...

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How theatre is bringing young African migrants and Italians together

The National

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Italy has had a huge influx of migrants, many of whom are placed in rural areas and struggle to create their new life. An Italian theatre company 'Teatro delle Albe' has helped migrants integrate by including both Italians and African migrants in their productions, helping to foster relationships...

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Actor's Gang: How Tim Robbins has cut reoffending rates

BBC

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For many offenders, prison can be a tense, divisive, and anger-inducing environment, fueling the negative influences that landed them there in the first place and leading to high recidivism rates. Actor Tim Robbins - who once famously portrayed a prisoner himself - started a program called The Ac...

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The Map That Lets You Listen to Radio Everywhere

The Atlantic

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By mapping links onto satellite imagery, Radio Garden provides an easy way to listen to the online broadcasts of radio stations around the world. Through these broadcasts, a listener can expand their cultural awareness in a direct, entertaining way that reinforces common humanity while retaining ...

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Instagram art project spreads awareness about femicides in Mexico

Public Radio International (PRI)

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The project No estamos todas (“We are not all here”) was founded to call attention to rising rate of female homicide victims in Mexico as well as to commemorate victim’s lives. Artists are commissioned to make a woman’s portrait—often incorporating aspects of their lives—and these portraits are s...

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Working with Dark Light: Puerto Rican artists are healing the spirits that Hurricane Maria broke

Washington Post

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In the wake of Hurricane Maria, artists are putting on performances of all kinds in traditional and non-traditional spaces. These performances provide entertainment; express pain, loss, and anger; satirize and critique government inaction; and instill pride and hope.

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Theatres seek help from 'intimacy experts' in the wake of #MeToo

Financial Review

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In order to respond to sexual harrassment allegations against prominent members of the Australian theater community, directors, unions, and companies have collaborated on a new code of conduct. The code includes a ‘safe conversations officer’ acting as an ombudsman, intimacy training for employee...

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It Takes A Village to Not Marry A Girl

Bright Magazine

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Some communities in Malawi are beginning to fight child marriage their own way—with music, dance, and a few tears, using theater to motivate cultural change.

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