Babel creates opportunities for individuals and communities to unleash and nurture their highest creative potential.
By supporting inner and outer journeys of discovery that deconstruct social norms and internal beliefs that limit our potential and wellbeing, we foster healthier and happier collectivities.
Babel envisions a healthier world where opportunities for self-discovery, healing, and expression are central to our pursuits of more empowering and balanced relationships with ourselves, our communities, and our environments.
We believe that this is achieved through transformational experiences that release and enhance our individual and collective creative potentials.
How do we integrate or exile the strangers in our cities and ourselves?
This is a central question in a world experiencing massive social and demographic upheavals that challenge our inner wellbeing and have equally significant impacts on our communities' development. These global challenges demand that we create a more balanced relationship with ourselves, our communities and our environments. This means finding agency in OUR SELVES to finding "citizenship" in OUR CITIES.
OUR PROGRAMS & IMPACT
Our current programs underway and in development include:
THEATER OF THE OPPRESSED
From Brazil, to Nairobi, to US, Babel is helping groups use Theater of the Oppressed techniques to talk about mental health on campus and establish peer support models. We are supporting the 5 colleges of Amherst, MA to learn from the innovative interventions of Amazing Minds Africa.
CRISIS AND TRANSFORMATION THROUGH THEATER
THE STRANGER AND THE CITY - MOVING PERFORMANCE
Organized with the Brazilian immigrant community in Framingham, MA, this project engaged academics, artists, activists and the public in an exploration of immigration that culminated in a public “moving performance” that sought to raise radical awareness about the intricacies of the immigrant condition and provide an opportunity for personal growth within the writers and performers. Sponsored by the Framingham Cultural Council and the Brazilian Consulate, the show was directed by Ana Candida Carneiro, artistic director of the Babel Theater Project, a Brazilian immigrant herself, who is a playwright and professor, currently artist-in-residence and faculty at Amherst College.