Art & Education

The Hague Peace Projects strongly believes in the power of art as a catalyser of positive change. Art, as a process of creating new images and ideas, provides space of reflection on our world. Not only does art function as a mirror, reflecting what is really going on, it also can depict and propose alternatives to the current situation. Therefore The Hague Peace Projects is organizing exhibitions, debates, artistic and cultural activities to engage and inspire a larger public to work for peace. One of the projects is a series of public meetings in The Hague between artists and activists under the name: “The Fine Art of Peacemaking”. Also The Hague Peace Projects, together with the Alfrink College in Zoetermeer, is working on a documentary comparing the lives of young people in eastern Congo with the life of young people in the Netherlands.

Besides art projects The Hague Peace Projects is developing courses on peace-building that will be offered to schools. In the current school curriculum, very little attention is paid to conflict studies, explaining why and how conflicts arise and what the public might do to prevent or solve armed conflict. The Hague Peace Projects thinks it is very important to convince people at an early age that war is never inevitable, and that people are very capable of living peacefully together.