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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUES THROUGH BEAUTY AS A LANGUAGE OF PEACE

    Description
    Description
    The project is proposed by Mr. Makoto Fujimura, Director of the Fujimura Institute, a nonprofit organization, promoting integrated activities aiming to defy fractured and fragmented modern perspectives, bringing together artists, and thinkers, to collaborate to inspire their audience to piece together a whole view of the world.Through art, music and other forms of expressions, beauty can transcend tribal conflicts and provide a deeper base of knowledge toward creation of peace. This project aims to generate opportunities for creation of beauty across cultural domains, and to build a bridge between conflicts among cultures, so creating a common language of peace.
    Expected Impact

    June 2016 – December 2016 : Mr. Makoto Fujimura, Director and Founder of the Fujimura Institute and Director of the Fuller’s Brehm Center, Pasadena, is in contact with the participants of the gatherings to be organized in Pasadena, Princeton, New York, as well as Nagasaki, Japan, after the release of the movie "Silence" by Martin Scorsese (December 2016). Mr. Fujimura will coordinate the organization of the gatherings with his assistant, Mrs. Kate Anderson, starting from June 2016.- Mr. Fujimura has already contacted the possible venues of the gatherings (Princeton University, Harvard University, Waterfall Mansion and Gallery, in NYC) and will proceed to schedule all the activities prior to the presentation of the movie “Silence”.Dr. Patrizia Bonaventura will assist during this organization. In December 2016, a gathering and conversation on the themes of the movie (religious persecution and use of art as a transcendent language of universal communication through beauty, showing that creativity can unify beyond violence and division) could be organized by UNAI at the UN Headquarters, in occasion of the presentation of the movie “Silence” with guests as Martin Scorsese.- June 2016- November 2016 – Dr. Bonaventura will contact the participants of the Symposium on “Creativity and autism: a vision within”(see above) and will organize the activity, possibly hosted at Monmouth University.- September 2016 – January 2017: The production of "Babette's Feast" is under way. The play is being rehearsed, and will be ready to be presented in 2017 in a location and date TBD.- June 2016 – January 2016: Mr. Makoto Fujimura is organizing the Culture Care Summit “Creating Beauty in Exile”, and has contacted the participants. He works with the Brehm Center to organize the Summit on February 8-12th, 2017.

    Capacity

    If applicable, this will be arranged through the International Arts Movement, and the related Fujimura Institute.

    Governed

    Mr. Makoto Fujimura, Founder and Director of the Fujimura Institute (http://fujimurainstitute.org/), will lead the project and collaborate with Prof. Patrizia Bonaventura, Assistant Professor at Hofstra University and Main UN-ECOSOC representative for the IAM, in organizing and implementing the activities. Prof. Patrizia Bonaventura collaborates in the organization of the gatherings and organized a symposium on “Creativity and autism: a vision within”, a panel of discussion involving prominent artist with autism Seth Chwast (http://growyourbrainart.com/ ).The Fujimura Institute hosted the Culture Care Summit “Creating Beauty in Exile”, in partnership with Brehm Center in Pasadena (http://www.brehmcenter.com/ ).

    Partners
    International Arts Movement; Brehm Center

    Goal 16

    Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

    Goal 16

    16.1

    Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere

    16.1.1
    Number of victims of intentional homicide per 100,000 population, by sex and age
    16.1.2
    Conflict-related deaths per 100,000 population, by sex, age and cause
    16.1.3

    Proportion of population subjected to (a) physical violence, (b) psychological violence and (c) sexual violence in the previous 12 months

    16.1.4

    Proportion of population that feel safe walking alone around the area they live after dark

    16.2

    End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children

    16.2.1

    Proportion of children aged 1–17 years who experienced any physical punishment and/or psychological aggression by caregivers in the past month

    16.2.2
    Number of victims of human trafficking per 100,000 population, by sex, age and form of exploitation
    16.2.3

    Proportion of young women and men aged 18–29 years who experienced sexual violence by age 18

    16.3

    Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all

    16.3.1
    Proportion of victims of violence in the previous 12 months who reported their victimization to competent authorities or other officially recognized conflict resolution mechanisms
    16.3.2
    Unsentenced detainees as a proportion of overall prison population
    16.3.3

    Proportion of the population who have experienced a dispute in the past two years and who accessed a formal or informal dispute resolution mechanism, by type of mechanism

    16.4

    By 2030, significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organized crime

    16.4.1
    Total value of inward and outward illicit financial flows (in current United States dollars)
    16.4.2
    Proportion of seized, found or surrendered arms whose illicit origin or context has been traced or established by a competent authority in line with international instruments

    16.5

    Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms

    16.5.1
    Proportion of persons who had at least one contact with a public official and who paid a bribe to a public official, or were asked for a bribe by those public officials, during the previous 12 months
    16.5.2
    Proportion of businesses that had at least one contact with a public official and that paid a bribe to a public official, or were asked for a bribe by those public officials during the previous 12 months

    16.6

    Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels

    16.6.1
    Primary government expenditures as a proportion of original approved budget, by sector (or by budget codes or similar)
    16.6.2

    Proportion of population satisfied with their last experience of public services

    16.7

    Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels

    16.7.1

    Proportions of positions in national and local institutions, including (a) the legislatures; (b) the public service; and (c) the judiciary, compared to national distributions, by sex, age, persons with disabilities and population groups

    16.7.2
    Proportion of population who believe decision-making is inclusive and responsive, by sex, age, disability and population group

    16.8

    Broaden and strengthen the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance

    16.8.1

    Proportion of members and voting rights of developing countries in international organizations

    16.9

    By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration

    16.9.1
    Proportion of children under 5 years of age whose births have been registered with a civil authority, by age

    16.10

    Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements

    16.10.1
    Number of verified cases of killing, kidnapping, enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention and torture of journalists, associated media personnel, trade unionists and human rights advocates in the previous 12 months
    16.10.2
    Number of countries that adopt and implement constitutional, statutory and/or policy guarantees for public access to information

    16.a

    Strengthen relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime

    16.a.1
    Existence of independent national human rights institutions in compliance with the Paris Principles

    16.b

    Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development

    16.b.1
    Proportion of population reporting having personally felt discriminated against or harassed in the previous 12 months on the basis of a ground of discrimination prohibited under international human rights law
    Name Description
    The Fujimura Institute will host the Culture Care Summit “Creating Beauty in Exile”, in partnership with Brehm Center in Pasadena. Presenters will be author/psychotherapist Shann Ray, President Mark Labberton of Fuller Seminary, author Philip Yancey, composer Ed Wilmington, Dr. Alexis Abernethy of Fuller Psychology Dept.
    Mr. Makoto Fujimura will coordinate gatherings in Pasadena, Princeton, New York, as well as Nagasaki, Japan, after the release of the movie
    Symposium on “Creativity and autism: a vision within”, a panel of discussion involving prominent artists with autism, like Maria Iliou (http://www.disabledartistsguild.com/mariailiou/ ), Seth Chwast (http://growyourbrainart.com/ ) and Daryl Hannah.
    - Production of
    Makoto Fujimura, Director and Founder of the IAM, of the Fujimura Institute and Director of the Fuller’s Brehm Center, Pasadena, published the book ‘Silence and Beauty: Hidden Faith Born of Suffering’ - Makoto Fujimura organized gatherings in Pasadena, Princeton, New York, as well as Nagasaki, Japan, in occasion of the release of the movie "Silence" by Martin Scorsese (November 2016), with whom he worked as culture consultant. Gatherings and conversations focused on the themes of the movie: religious persecution and use of art as a transcendent language of universal communication through beauty, showing that creativity can unify beyond violence and division.
    Makoto Fujimura, Director and Founder of the IAM, of the Fujimura Institute and Director of the Fuller’s Brehm Center, Pasadena, published the book ‘Silence and Beauty: Hidden Faith Born of Suffering’ - Makoto Fujimura organized gatherings in Pasadena, Princeton, New York, as well as Nagasaki, Japan, in occasion of the release of the movie "Silence" by Martin Scorsese (November 2016), with whom he worked as culture consultant. Gatherings and conversations focused on the themes of the movie: religious persecution and use of art as a transcendent language of universal communication through beauty, showing that creativity can unify beyond violence and division.
    - The Fujimura Institute hosted the Culture Care Summit “Creating Beauty in Exile”, in partnership with Brehm Center in Pasadena. Presenters were author/psychotherapist Shann Ray, President Mark Labberton of Fuller Seminary, author Philip Yancey, composer Ed Wilmington, Dr. Alexis Abernethy of Fuller Psychology Dept. (https://internationalartsmovement.org/events/culture-care-creating-beauty-in-exile)
    Patrizia Bonaventura organized a workshop on “Creativity and autism”, featuring world renown painter in the spectrum Seth Chwast and his mother Debra Chwast, DSW, talking about Seth's development as a person and as a painter, and the changes in his personality and life since he could express himself in art. Also, a software analysis of Seth’s paintings revealed some recurrent mathematical patterns and ratios, providing an insight into his vision of world (Monmouth University, April 28th 2017).
    - Makoto Fujimura’s new artwork on ‘Silence’ were exhibited at Waterfall Mansions Gallery.
    Makoto Fujimura, Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum, co-produced a stage production of "Babette's Feast”, performed by The Portland Stage Company, Maine. This comic tale invites the reader to reflect on the arts, their powers and their limits, and their role in our lives. - Also, Makoto Fujimura wrote an introduction to a 2010 edition of the play, which helps the reader to more deeply appreciate its beauty, context, and transcendent themes.
    Makoto Fujimura, Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum, co-produced a stage production of "Babette's Feast”, performed by The Portland Stage Company, Maine. This comic tale invites the reader to reflect on the arts, their powers and their limits, and their role in our lives. - Also, Makoto Fujimura wrote an introduction to a 2010 edition of the play, which helps the reader to more deeply appreciate its beauty, context, and transcendent themes.
    Makoto Fujimura, Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum, co-produced a stage production of "Babette's Feast”, performed by The Portland Stage Company, Maine. This comic tale invites the reader to reflect on the arts, their powers and their limits, and their role in our lives. - Also, Makoto Fujimura wrote an introduction to a 2010 edition of the play, which helps the reader to more deeply appreciate its beauty, context, and transcendent themes.
    Makoto Fujimura, Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum, co-produced a stage production of "Babette's Feast”, performed by The Portland Stage Company, Maine. This comic tale invites the reader to reflect on the arts, their powers and their limits, and their role in our lives. - Also, Makoto Fujimura wrote an introduction to a 2010 edition of the play, which helps the reader to more deeply appreciate its beauty, context, and transcendent themes.
    - Makoto Fujimura, Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum, co-produced a stage production of "Babette's Feast”, performed by The Portland Stage Company, Maine. This comic tale invites the reader to reflect on the arts, their powers and their limits, and their role in our lives. - Also, Makoto Fujimura wrote an introduction to a 2010 edition of the play, which helps the reader to more deeply appreciate its beauty, context, and transcendent themes.
    Makoto Fujimura, Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum, co-produced a stage production of "Babette's Feast”, performed by The Portland Stage Company, Maine. This comic tale invites the reader to reflect on the arts, their powers and their limits, and their role in our lives. - Also, Makoto Fujimura wrote an introduction to a 2010 edition of the play, which helps the reader to more deeply appreciate its beauty, context, and transcendent themes.
    Patrizia Bonaventura gave an invited presentation on “Creativity and autism: communication through art” at the workshop “Risorse e vulnerabilità del soggetto autistico” (Resources and vulnerability of the autistic individual), organized by the Department of Social Medicine, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, 14 June 2018.
    Patrizia Bonaventura organized a workshop on “Creativity and autism”, featuring world renown painter in the spectrum Seth Chwast and his mother Debra Chwast, DSW, talking about Seth's development as a person and as a painter, and the changes in his personality and life since he could express himself in art. Also, a software analysis of Seth’s paintings revealed some recurrent mathematical patterns and ratios, providing an insight into his vision of world (Monmouth University, April 28th 2017).
    Financing (in USD)
    2000
    Financing (in USD)
    1500
    Staff / Technical expertise
    Input and advice for the organization of the Culture Care Summit “Creating Beauty in Exile” by Mrs. Azza Karam, Moderator of 5 February 2015 DPI briefing on “Focus on Faith. A Future for All: The United Nations through Women & Faith”,
    In-kind contribution
    Connections and support from the UN (possibly through DPI and ECOSOC), for the organization of the Culture Care Award
    Title Progress Status Submitted
    Partnership Progress 2019-08-01 On track
    False
    This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
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    Timeline
    01 June 2016 (start date)
    01 June 2021 (date of completion)
    Entity
    Hofstra University, and UN-ECOSOC Main Representative for the International Arts Movement
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    Geographical coverage
    Princeton; Pasadena, New York City
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    United States of America
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    Contact Information

    Dr. Patrizia Bonaventura, Professor