The article describes ArtsAction Groups approaches to arts and healing through our global partnerships. We focus on Kosovo and Sri Lanka in this article, sharing best practices and challenges. The journal is a special issue focused on difficult knowledges and includes several compelling articles that address teaching and learning in the arts when confronted by "histories, objects, and narratives of trauma" (Mandrona & Patterson, 2022, p. 5).
Arts and culture is one of the most expansive modes of social transformation. Even in the face of social emergencies, it brings people together- sparking hope, life, and global connections. Our recent Routledge publication Arts and Culture in Global Development Practice provides multiple and nuanced expressions of the work of development from all over the word using the power of arts and culture. It emphasizes practice, including ethics and responsibility (towards each other) and impact (self cultivation and responsibility together). Aligning with the belief that all individuals deserve the opportunity to participate and to engage in building lives of personal value and dignity including "the right to freely participate in the cultural life of the community" (UN General Assembly, 1948), we recognize that we need each other in this mutual endeavor. It takes purposeful action with others in this work. At this moment in time, as we witness another devastating global emergency, these tenets are particularly salient.
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