Axis 1: Creating Peace

How Artists and Presenters do Anti-Oppression Work (2020-Present)


Kyoung H. Park and Joe Tolbert at “How Artists and Presenters do Anti-Oppression Work” at APAP Conference, Jan. 13, 2020, New York City.

What does it mean to do anti-oppression work? How do we decolonize oppressive structures to promote racial equity, liberation and peace? This practical workshop for artists, presenters, and the curious provides anti-oppression tools and strategies, focusing on the work and experiences of artists and arts organizers of color. Our first session was led by Kyoung H. Park and featured guest speakers Beatrice Thomas (Principal Consultant, Authentic Arts and Media), Joe Tolbert Jr. (Director of Community Engagement and Strategic Partnerships, The Carpetbag Theatre / Founder and Lead Cultural Strategist, Art at the Intersections), Betsy Theobald Richards (Director of Cultural Strategies, The Opportunity Agenda), and was facilitated by Daniel Lim (Founder, Principal of Daniel Lim Consulting).

Click here to read “How Artists and Presenters Do Anti-Oppression Work, Part 1” and “Part 2” on Americans for the Arts.

Creating Peace


WOVEN “Reject Violence” Campaign, New York City, Sept. 2016.

CREATING PEACE is an innovative project that combines deep and meaningful, in person engagement with diverse communities and the amplifying power of social media to foster peace.

“Kyoung Park recognizes that we will not live in a culture of peace until more leaders understand the necessity of creating dialogues within communities, within the plurality of society which requires us to find commonalities and a greater understanding of what peace means in America.”WOVEN

Previous Engagements and Related Activities:
“Art for Change: A Panel Discussion,” Asian-American Arts Alliance, New York, NY. Dec. 8, 2016
“Politics, Revolution, and Art: A Theatrical Symposium,” Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, Global Theater Initiative in association with the Middle East Institute’s Arts and Cultural Program, Washington DC. Nov. 5, 2016
“Creating Peace Through Art,” Korea Arts Council – Artist House, Seoul, South Korea. Oct. 21, 2016
“Creating Peace Through Art,” Hot Asian Everything: A Seismic Exhibition, Multnomah County Library, Portland. Oct. 2, 2016


“Healing Political Trauma,” moderated by Sarah Rose Leonard. University Settlement, Jan. 15, 2015.

“On the Nature of Political Revolutions,” moderated by Randy Gener, with TALA Creative Team. HERE Arts Center, Jul. 29, 2012
“ North Korea: WTF,” moderated by Jesse Longman with Dr. Jacqueline Pak (Cornell Univ. East. Asian Studies Fellow) and Potri Ranka Manis (Founder and Artistic Director of Kinding Sindaw). Peter Jay Sharp @ 42nd Street, Feb. 26, 2011


“Experimental Peace Project,” Target Margin Theater’s Institute for Theater-Making. Hollaback! Headquarters. Brooklyn, NY. Aug.-Sept. 2014

Download “Rapproachment of Cultures”, written by Kyoung H. Park for The Korea Times, Jun. 20, 2010.