Arts In The One World, 2012


A Life's Work: March 1-3, 2012

Read the 2012 AOW Notes

The seventh annual Arts in the One World Conference coincided with the Rhythm of Change Festival hosted by the Mande Dance Class. Our theme this year is A Life’s Work: art making as the center of one’s life; one’s art as a life in civics. We are looking at art-in-the-prisons for best practices); living a long time – how 2 build a system, open theaters, create network.

AOW is an annual gathering; this is our seventh convening. We draw together students, faculty, practitioners and activists across disciplines, from immediate and international communities, framing presentations and conversations open to the school and the general public. We explore various ways artistic, political, and historical purposes intersect (through reconciliation, the recovery of historical memory, and advocacy for justice).

Register: To register for workshops and meals, please email or register on the AOW Facebook page


Events take place on campus in Lyman Hall, Ashamu Studio and the Granoff Center

Schedule and Description of Events: March 1 through 3, 2012


6:00-8:00pm: A Life's Work, Dinner John Nicholas Brown Center, invitation only. The conversation revolves around giving one’s life over to a sustained practice in the arts.


 9:00-11:30am. Prison Arts Workshop with Rhodessa Jones. Granoff Creative Arts Center, Studio1. Rhodessa Jones is Founder and Director the Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women. She is also Co-Artistic Director of Cultural Odyssey in San Francisco

Noon-2:00pm. Providence As Artistic Home, Lunch at AS220, open to the public. Food and conversation around making a lifeasan artist and activist here. Share work and ways of working in an informal setting, with small group discussions feeding back to an inclusive, around-the-room forum.

 3:30-5:00pm. To See the Stars, a play by Ron Jenkins, Professor of Theatre at Wesleyan University. Ashamu Studio, Lyman Hall, open to the public. This play was written from the compiled writings of incarcerated men and women as part of Wesleyan's Service Learning Program. It will be performed by Lynda Gardner, Saundra Duncan and Deborah Granger.

6:00-10:00pm. Art in Prisons dinner and film screening. Granoff, Creative Arts Center, Studio 1, by invitation only. Brief introduction to invited guests, then break to separate tables for conversation. Report back at dessert.


 1:00-2:30pm. Living a Long Time: sustaining practice, sustaining dialogue. Lunch, Matthewson St. Church, 134 Matthewson St., open to the public. Please register.  Food and conversation about life-long art/activism practices. food, fellowship, and conversations large and small.

3:00-4:30pm. Cultural Preservation and Activism, a lecture by Thomas Riccio, Professor of Performance and Aesthetic Studies, University of Texas at Dallas. Ashamu Dance Studio, open to the public. In conjunction with the Rhythm of Change Festival

All participants are invited to continue the conversation on Arts and Social Change at the Rhythm of Change Festival.