United Nations, New York, USA –
Joyce Apsel represented INMP at the 55th annual conference organised by DPI/NGO, which was held at the UN in New York in September 2002. Over 2300 NGO representatives from more than 700 organisations based in 81 countries attended the conference, which focused on rebuilding societies emerging from conflict.
Together with members from the Cambodia Master Performers Program she conducted a two hour workshop on “The arts as an instrument for renewal and healing”. She explored how peace museums from Japan to the United Kingdom and Kenya promote reconciliation, healing and rememberance. She emphasised the need to foster networks of peace and the diversity of methods from memorials and museums to community projects such as peace parks and travelling exhibits. She also discussed peace education in relation to ‘Rights Work’, an international human rights initiative that she founded three years ago. The participants from the Cambodia Master Performers Program described how they have worked to revive the traditional art forms destroyed during the Khmer Rouge genocide and encourage contemporary artistic expression.
INMP Newsletter 15, October 2002: www.museumsforpeace.org/news/newsletters.html