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Somali Family Service of San Diego in partnership with the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego and Intrepid Theatre Company, have been awarded a grant to support Perform Peace, a suite of programs that include interactive theater, a feature-length documentary film, community dialogue and a youth-driven summit to advance understanding among Muslims – particularly refugees from Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Iraq, Myanmar, Somalia and Syria – and their neighbors in San Diego County!


What is the Mission of the Doris Duke Building Bridges Program?

The mission of the Building Bridges Program is to advance relationships and increase understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim communities for mutual well-being.


What is Perform Peace?

The goal of Perform Peace is to create a youth-developed artistic performance to catalyze conversation around current tensions between San Diego Muslim and non-Muslim communities. A Youth Summit will be held at the Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice to encourage community leaders to develop strategies which improve and advance community relations.  We aim to explore:

  • the ability of theater and performative art to build relationships between diverse groups of people;
  • the ability of youth to take a leadership role in building bridges among Muslim and non-Muslim communities; and
  • effective ways to engage community members and leaders on issues surrounding cross-cultural and interfaith understanding.

A feature-length documentary film will capture the creative development process of the project, including select footage of performances, interviews and community dialogues.  The Perform Peace documentary will be disseminated in the media as a model for prioritizing arts-based initiatives in accomplishing community-building objectives.


What do Youth Ambassadors do?

Guided by Teaching Artists from Intrepid Theatre Company, Youth Ambassadors will co-create an interactive theater production to be rehearsed and performed at 5 venues throughout the County of San Diego. The production will build on youth experiences in relationship to resolving conflict within their own circles and a broader world context. Youth Ambassadors will be required to meet with Teaching Artists twice a week for 36 sessions from September 2019 – January 2020. Transportation, food and modest stipends will be provided to encourage sustained youth engagement.


What’s Next?

We are in the process of recruiting interested teens ages 15 to 18 who complete the registration form below. Those registered will be contacted in June and invited to attend an orientation session over the summer. At the orientation session, teens and their parents will have an opportunity to learn more about the project. Sign-up forms will be available at that time.

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