ABOUT ARTS OF UNDERSTANDING
Arts of understanding are creative expressions
that originate from awareness and compassion. They have the potential
to heal our suffering and to transform our communities. They may
manifest in any form, color or style. They are always alive and
In the modern world, despite extraordinary technological
advances in the area of communication, we find ourselves more disconnected
and isolated than ever. The arts of understanding transcend divisions
and prejudices. They reconnect us with ourselves and with each other.
Therefore the arts of understanding are a vital component in cultivating
harmony, well-being, and global societies of peace.
Arts of Understanding is dedicated
to preserving, nurturing, and celebrating these dynamic living traditions,
old and new, around the world.
Arts of Understanding serves the global community by:
• providing unprecedented access to diverse
works of arts of understanding through exhibitions and events both
online and locally.
• ensuring the vitality of the arts of
understanding for future generations. AOU supports
artists and mentoring programs with particular emphasis on ‘endangered’
as well as ‘emerging’ traditions arts of understanding.
• providing access to educational information
and resources about the arts of understanding.
Arts of Understanding is a program of World Listening,
an organization dedicated to helping all peoples of the world to become
peacemakers by developing and engaging our capacities to listen openly
and without bias. Arts of Understanding is sponsored
by Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.