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UNESCO World Art Day Forum

An online gathering to support UNESCO’s mandate to promote the arts as a bridge across differences, and as an enabler for healing and social cohesion, promoting global peace, human rights, health, and wellbeing.

Date

15 April 2023

Location

Online

Partners

UN Affiliate

Under the patronage of UNESCO, in partnership with the Lab, and in collaboration with WHO and the Global Peace Education Network, this forum examined the positive impact of the arts in promoting global peace, human rights, health, and well-being. Held on World Art Day, the forum supported UNESCO’s mandate to promote the arts as a bridge across differences, and as an enabler for healing and social cohesion, with contributions from over 50 speakers internationally. The day of online talks, presentations and roundtables established the partnership between the Lab and UNESCO, and included appearances by UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Jean-Michel Jarre, Nobel Prize laureate Dr Denis Mukwege, philosopher Charles Pépin, and Dr Nisha Sajnani and Christopher Bailey (Founding Co-Directors, JAHL), among others.


Watch the Trailer below:

Dr Kessous (UNESCO Artist for Peace) remarked, “The impact of art is underestimated today. We have a limited view of the artist as someone who produces beauty devoid of social conscience. In response, many artists decide to combine activism and art to become ‘artivists’ – offering their talents to alleviate suffering, promote peace and prevent war.”

Participants

Va guila clara kessous

Dr. Guila Clara Kessous

UNESCO Artist for Peace - Ambassador for Peace of the Universal Circle of Ambassadors of Peace

GABRIELARAMOS

Gabriela Ramos

Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO

Christopher Bailey

Christopher Bailey

Lab Co-Director

NISHA HEADSHOT FINAL

Dr. Nisha Sajnani

Lab Co-Director

VICKYKARKOU

Dr. Vicky Karkou

Director of the Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing, Edge Hill University, UK

DRPIERRAELEMARQUIA

Dr. Pierre Lemarquis

Neurologist, Musicologist, Member of the Society of Francophone Clinical Neurophysiologists and of the New York Academy of Sciences, France

ALFREDOFORT

Alfredo Fort, MD, Msc. PHD

Global Health Consultant

STEPHENLEGARI

Stephen Legari

Program Officer, Art Therapy, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

SOPHIELESSARDLATENDRESSE

Sophie Lessard-Latendresse

Head of the art and wellness development at the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec

TONYJENKINS

Dr. Tony Jenkins

Manager, International Institute for Peace Education, Georgetown University, USA