Peacebuilding through the Arts
As an international peacebuilding non-profit / NGO, CARAVAN is recognized as a global leader in using the arts to build sustainable peace around the world. Our peacebuilding work is based on the belief that the arts can serve as one of the most effective mediums to enhance understanding, bring about respect, enable sharing, and facilitate friendship between diverse peoples, cultures and faiths.
Our beginning . . . CARAVAN’s international peacebuilding work originated out of artistic bridge-building initiatives in Cairo, Egypt in 2009 that focused on addressing the then growing chasm of discord and misunderstanding between the peoples, cultures and creeds of the Middle East and the West. The nomadic “caravan” theme comes out of the founding vision to encourage and facilitate those from diverse backgrounds and worldviews to “journey together through the arts.” While CARAVAN's peacebuilding work is now global in focus, we maintain an ongoing program emphasis on the Middle East due to our founding.
“Your neighbor is your other self dwelling behind a wall.
In understanding, all walls shall fall down.”
- KAHLIL GIBRAN, early 20th century poet-artist