Creativity, Arts and Social Transformation (CAST) Program

Creativity, Arts and Social Transformation (CAST):

Learn more about creating art. Learn to harness the power of community. Collaborate with teams of people from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. Become aware of yourself as a listener and listen with qualities of presence that elicit difficult stories to tell. Identify sources of resilience.

Become a CAST miner. Check out the CAST miner projects that came before.

  • Anna Cass ’21 – Project: ‘Voices of Comedy’ – the production of a multi-event program that brought together comedians from diverse backgrounds for a show and workshops at Brandeis.

  • Rasheed headshot

    Rasheed Peters ’20 – Project: “At the Heart of it All” – a video and monologue reflecting Rasheed’s work as a storyteller.

  • Photo by Haia

    Haia R’nana Bchiri ’20 – Project: “Comfort: Food” – a book of poetry and recipes associated with a thesis on mother-daughter relationships and the role of theater in the Western family structure.

  • Zoe standing with her arms crossed

    Zoë Rose ’20 – Project: “Zoë Rose Spills Her Guts” – a solo show about exploring identity.

  • Aviva sitting outside against a brick wall

    Aviva Davis ’21 – Project: Hosting monthly Zoom Conversations featuring a different Jewish Creator of Color each month to shine a spotlight on the diversity of the Jewish community and address the microaggressions that Jews of Color face in their lives everyday life.

CAST commitments, in solidarity with Black Lives Matter

The interdisciplinary Creativity, Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) program condemns white supremacy, anti-black violence, police brutality, the school-to-prison pipeline, and the many additional daily violence against black people in through which individuals, groups, and institutions in the United States perpetuate and profit from the legacy of slavery. Read more.

Jaime Black in a red dress in the forest under the snow

Photo credit: Jaime Black

Jaime Black | between us

November 9, 2021- February 25, 2022
Kniznick Gallery

Hosted by CAST Chair, Dr. Toni Shapiro-Phim

Water. Rock. Twigs. Body. The Red color. These elements appear throughout Jaime Black’s exhibition, between us, honoring the interconnectedness between humanity and the natural and spiritual worlds. The artist, of mixed Anishinaabe and Finnish ancestry, pays particular attention to the power of Indigenous women in all of these areas as nurturers, trust builders, holders and givers of knowledge.

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