Newsletter — Summer/Autumn 2022

DONATE                             Power of Music and Art, Resiliency of the Human Spirit, Will to Survive Dear Friends, As we near the end of 2022, it is a time to reflect on all that we have achieved.  People around the world continue to […]

How artists are changing Sri Lanka

Listen now For 25 years Sri Lanka went through a bitter civil war between the majority Sinhalese and the Tamil minority. Earlier this year the country was declared bankrupt and has been facing a major economic crisis, with shortages of medicines, fuel, cooking gas and food. Tens of thousands of people, the vast majority of […]

Maestro Earle and Ukrainian music at the Berliner Musikfest

By Blair A. Ruble on September 23, 2022 KENNAN INSTITUTE ARTS AND LITERATURE CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND PEACEBUILDING UKRAINE GERMANY RUSSIA BY BLAIR A. RUBLE On September 6, the Odesa Philharmonic Orchestra performed under the direction of Principal Conductor Hobart Earle at the prestigious Berliner Musikfest. The Orchestra’s program featured several works by Ukrainian composers before ending with Jean […]


The Artists Taking on Mass Incarceration The interdisciplinary artist Sable Elyse Smith in her New York City studio on July 5, 2022, with works from her “Coloring Book” series, still in progress.Credit...Tommy Kha More and more art is challenging long-held assumptions about the criminal justice system. By Adam Bradley The New York Times Aug. 11, 2022 […]

An Orchestra Supports Ukraine, and Reunites a Couple Parted by War

“I don’t have a gun, but I have my cello,” a musician says as he joins the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra, which is made up of refugees who fled the war and artists who stayed behind. Musicians from Ukraine shortly after they crossed the border into Poland, on their way to meet up with the musicians […]

How photos of Nazis partying at Auschwitz gave rise to a new play

‘Here There Are Blueberries,’ at California’s La Jolla Playhouse, is based on photos submitted to an archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum By Peter Marks The Washington Post August 5, 2022 at 6:00 a.m. EDT It started with a photo album, submitted over the transom to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, and an […]

Opinion — How Cuba’s investment in writers and artists came back to haunt its regime

By Carlos Manuel Álvarez The Washington Post November 11, 2022 Carlos Manuel Álvarez is a Cuban author and journalist. In Cuba, hundreds of innocent people are in prison today because they dared to demand freedom a year ago. The “lucky” ones — including Washington Post Opinions contributor Abraham Jiménez Enoa and art historian Carolina Barrero, the subjects of […]

Founder of Violins of Hope Amnon Weinstein Receives French Legion of Honor

CLASSICAL MUSIC NEWS The Tel Aviv luthier has restored the violins of around 120 Holocaust victims since the late 1980s June 2, 2022 The respected Tel Aviv luthier Amnon Weinstein, who repairs and restores violins that were damaged during the Holocaust, has received one of France's highest honors for his work. Eric Danon, the French ambassador […]

#Youth4Disarmament launches Pitching Peace Youth Music Challenge

Calling Global Youth!  Check this out...Join the competition.  Details below Lijiang Sun’s winning entry for the Disarmament Poster for Peace Contest in 2016 has inspired the design for the Pitching Peace Youth Music Challenge. 24 May 2022 - 12 August 2022 On 24 May 2018, the United Nations Secretary-General published his Agenda for Disarmament, aiming to set our […]

What it’s like to be a Russian artist now

‘You breathe the polluted air’: A dancer, director and conductor reflect on what Putin’s funding, and his war, mean for the arts in Russia By Sarah L. KaufmanApril 1, 2022The Washington Post Olga Smirnova and Vladislav Lantratov perform the ballet “Onegin” at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in 2013. (Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters) A couple of months ago, […]