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The Growing Role of Empathy in the Arts

  • Gallery Al-Quds, The Jerusalem Fund 2425 Virginia Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20037 United States (map)

The Middle East Institute's Arts & Culture Program is hosting a panel conversation on the role of the arts in fostering understanding and building empathy for the displaced. This event is part of A Special Arts Program on the Syrian Crisis, produced in collaboration with Gallery Al-Quds and the Goethe-Institut.

Six years into the world’s most pressing humanitarian conflict, generating empathy for the plight of the syrian people only grows more challenging. In the face of widespread apathy, the arts have been one of the most effective ways to humanize the conflict by bringing the personal voices and stories of Syrians to the forefront.

How do the arts create a space for transformative social dialogue, and in the process help move audiences beyond passive sympathy to active engagement? This panel brings together visual artists, scholars, and arts professionals to discuss the potential of the arts to create space for transformative social dialogue and promote understanding across cultural difference.

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