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Forward Together: Diverse Dialogues in the Arts
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CAAP Forward Together: Diverse Dialogues in the Arts| July 19, 2014

From expanding access to the arts and growing organizations through audience development, to advancing initiatives that address community transformation; strong relationships, quality partnerships and productive collaborations are critical to cultivating a demand for the arts across multiple sectors. Advancing arts and culture requires mutual understanding, mitigation of stereotyping and amelioration of conflicts that involve identities, core values and worldviews.

Forward Together:
Diverse Dialogues in the Arts
, seeks to empower artists, arts and cultural organizations, cultural workers and arts administrators with the ability to have difficult conversations regarding issues of equity, access and inclusion, and to learn techniques for increasing curiosity, inquiry, listening skills and managing conflict.

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918-920 N.W. 6th Street
Fort Lauderdale
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Portrait of John Sarrouf

Presenter

John Sarrouf
Director of Program Development
& Strategic Partnerships
Public Conversations Project

John was first exposed to the work of the Public Conversations Project (PCP) while studying in the masters’ program in dispute resolution at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Since then John has facilitated dialogues on issues such as sustainability, gender, Israel-Palestine, religious pluralism, and technology and sexuality. He served as the Assistant Director of Difficult Dialogues at Clark University, where he taught dialogue to faculty and students. John teaches in the departments of Communication and Peace and Conflict Studies at Gordon College. John’s private consulting work has focused on mediation and transforming conflict in small work groups and non-profit boards. To all of his work he brings a background of 15 years in the theater as an actor, director and administrator.


About the Public Conversations Project

Since 1989, PCP has worked in the U.S. and around the world facilitating dialogues on a wide range of contentious issues. PCP's work is grounded in the belief that better communication and relationships are critical to long-lasting amelioration of conflicts that involve identities, core values, and worldviews. PCP has adopted ideas and practices from family therapy and other disciplines to enhance communication and reduce destructive conflict. In a world bristling with tension, controversy, polarization, and war, PCP aims to reduce rancor in public squares and promote effective communication within organizations and communities. It also provides workshops and customized trainings that teach people how to use its dialogue methods.


For additional information: Grace Kewl-Durfey, Arts Administrator, Broward Cultural Division, gkewl@broward.org or 954-357-7869.