About us

Welcome to The Arts of Inclusion (TAI) website. We are a network of academics and practitioners aimed at building expertise to critically assess the role of performing arts practices for peace education and inclusion in conflict settings. The network involves a collaborative partnership between members with interdisciplinary expertise based in Australia, Poland, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, Canada, Belgium, and the United Kingdom.

The network was established with the support of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council in February 2019[1], as part of their Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The grant was aimed initially to work with international members across a range of Latin American countries and the network has grown ever since. Our work reflects local development priorities on peace education through arts engagement with individuals affected by Colombia's internal armed conflict, and Mexico and Brazil's gang war.

The Principal Investigator is based at the University of Glasgow (Odena) with the Co-Investigators based at Juan N. Corpas University Foundation, Colombia (Zapata), and at the Autonomous University of Chihuahua, Mexico (González-Moreno).

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) is supporting our activities in Scotland until 2023[2] and the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) supported a related 10-month study on the role of music practices for peace education with a Co-Applicant from the College of Arts at the University of Glasgow (Green).

Together, we aim to build the foundation for sustained research that will address key issues of pressing concern in the field.

[1] AHRC Grant Ref. AH/S003851/1
[2] RSE Grant Ref. 62292


Latest News


Photo of Kaypi Rap cultural collective performing at an event in honour of the Bolivian National month (Copyright: Kaypi Rap cultural collective).


The transformative role that music can play in social inclusion and conflict resolution was discussed at a University of Glasgow event on 23 March.

‘Music for Other-than-musical Purposes’ brought together academics, practitioners and students to the University of Glasgow’s Advanced Research Centre (ARC) to hear more about the work of The Arts of Inclusion (TAI) network.


The purpose of this event is to present the work of The Arts of Inclusion network and discuss the role of music for other-than-musical purposes, with examples form a recent book by TAI members, Music and Social Inclusion .


TAI article 'Can Music Be a Tool for Social Transformation' includes a downloadable open access PDF and activity sheet for schools. The article can be accessed here

This article was produced by Futurum, a magazine and online platform aimed at inspiring young people to pursue careers in STEM and SHAPE (social sciences, humanities and the arts for people and the economy). You can find more information and free teaching resources at www.futurumcareers.com 



The programme and registration details for the 7th SIMM-posium - organised in and with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London from 12-14th December 2022 - can now be found on the SIMM website