The Power of Art in South Sudan

September 8, 2020 by Akot Deng Agoth and Gail Prensky Gail Prensky, creator, executive producer and director  of The Jüdische Kulturbund Project, dedicated to exploring issues of oppression and response through music and art, shares her interview with young South Sudan artist Akot Deng Agoth. Gail Prensky and Akot Deng Agoth in Juba South Sudan, which gained […]

Weinberg’s Symphony No. 21 ( “Kaddish”) live stream on August 16 at 1pm ET

Wanted to share this with you from one of the participating artists in The Jüdische Kulturbund Project: Hobart Earle, the conductor of the Odessa Philharmonic, will be streaming a free concert on Sunday, August 16 at 1pm ET. The concert is Weinberg's Symphony No. 21 ( "Kaddish" performed on January 27, 2020 - "International Holocaust Memorial […]

KIDS VIDEO STORIES Podcast with Eye to Eye

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From Bullets to Books: One Washington Mandela Fellow’s Work Towards Peace

BUREAU OF EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE ALUMNI Inspire. Empower. Connect. June 30, 2020 In war-stricken South Sudan, education is not always easily accessible. Jok Abraham Thon, an alumnus of the Mandela Washington Fellowship program and winner of the 2019 Ron Kovac Peace Prize, is determined to rewrite that story -- and he's getting support from […]


The opera on police violence that America needs to see, but can’t. By Michael Andor Brodeur June 17, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. EDTThe Washington Post Kenneth Kellogg as the Father and Aaron Crouch as the Son in the Glimmerglass Festival's 2019 world premiere of Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson's “Blue.” (Karli Cadel/The Glimmerglass Festival) The good news […]

Choir Students Sing in COVID-19 Support Video

MINOT, N.D. – Two Minot State choir students participated in a collaborative music video to support essential workers. Destiny Smestad, freshman elementary education major, and Sage Garrett, a sophomore interdisciplinary studies major, both sang for the cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Director of Choral Activities Emerson Eads mentioned the project to his students while they were […]

Ukraine—Odessa Philharmonic Concert during COVID-19

Participating musician, Hobart Earle, conductor of the Odessa Philharmonic, shared a recording of the Odessa Philharmonic's first ever live Web cast during COVID-19 on May 31, 2020.   by by

A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words

Refugees from Málaga in Almería, Spain, February 1937. © Gerda Taro © International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos  A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words  A brief story written by Nida Khan, intern for The Jüdische Kulturbund Project, about Gerda Taro and Robert Capa, two Jewish photojournalists who used their photos to fight the Fascist movement growing […]

Brazil’s First Indigenous Curator: ‘We’re Not Afraid Anymore’

Sandra Benites, of the Guaraní Ñandeva people, is using art to bring new visions and voices to the museum world. The art curator Sandra Benites at the Museum of Art of São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, with “Facões” by Sallisa Rosa, from her photo series “Resistance.” These types of knives are a symbol of survival and […]

His Story Never Died: An Interview With Arn Chorn-Pond

As Cambodia observes its National Day of Remembrance, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge era shares his story. By Arpita Mitra May 20, 2020The Diplomat Credit: VOA/Irwin Loy Sitting inside the dimly-lit reception area of the Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) in Phnom Penh, I nervously took note of the time: nearly 45 years since the Khmer Rouge […]