Fostering community cohesion through visual arts: An 'art for peace' project with young British-Muslim Girls

D. de Mousumi, Alan Hunter, Andree Woodcock

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Abstract

British society is faced with the challenge of bridging the disparity between the British-Muslim and British-non-Muslim communities, which were further, severed after the London bombings (2005). There is a damaging lack of understanding of Islam in the West and various initiatives have been undertaken to promote better understanding between the two communities and foster the growth of a cohesive society. This paper describes an art project involving young British-Muslim girls, that sought to make a small contribution towards understanding Islam as a peaceful religion, and to initiate dialogue between the two communities. It also raises issues about how to engage Muslim communities with visual arts and utilize the potential of arts and peace education to facilitate the growth of a creative and a cohesive community.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Dialogues About Visual Culture, Education and Art
EditorsTeresa Eca, Rachel Mason
PublisherIntellect Ltd.
Pages231-242
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781841502274
ISBN (Print)9781841501673
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

Keywords

  • Cohesion
  • Community
  • Peace
  • Visual Arts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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    de Mousumi, D., Hunter, A., & Woodcock, A. (2008). Fostering community cohesion through visual arts: An 'art for peace' project with young British-Muslim Girls. In T. Eca, & R. Mason (Eds.), International Dialogues About Visual Culture, Education and Art (pp. 231-242). Intellect Ltd..