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


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The purpose of this event was to discuss the work of some members of The Arts of Inclusion (TAI) network, with particular reference to the role of music education for social cohesion.

Presentations were delivered by Dr Daniel Mateos-Moreno (University of Glasgow Visiting Scholar 2023-24 and University of Malaga, Spain), Dr Alberto Cabedo-Mas (Jaume I University, Spain), Professor Gloria Zapata-Restrepo (Juan N. Corpas University Foundation, Colombia) and Dr Andrea Rodríguez-Sánchez (Corporación Universitaria del Caribe CECAR, Colombia).


1. The programme of the 8th SIMM-posium - organised in and with the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre (Griffith University) in Brisbane, Australia, from 20 to 22 November 2023 - is really impressive! You can still register to attend it in person or online.  The programme and information on registrations can be found via the SIMM website.


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 .