Can art really heal a war-torn country? The eight Adelphi students who traveled to Suhareka, Kosovo, got to test that very hypothesis.
Can art really heal a war-torn country? The eight Adelphi students who traveled to Suhareka, Kosovo, over spring break for a faculty-led study abroad course (Art as a Tool in Post-Conflict Settings) with professors Cindy Maguire, Ph.D., and Hannah Allen got to test that very hypothesis.
More than 80 percent of homes in Suhareka were destroyed during the Kosovo War in 1998 and 1999, and virtually every resident lost friends and family to the conflict. Because Kosovo is still unrecognized as an independent state by key neighboring countries, economic and culture-building activities are scarce—which is where local arts and culture come in.
Adelphi students partnered with Fellbach-Haus, a local community center, to design art workshops with children from surrounding villages. Examining ideas of time and memory, in celebration of Kosovo’s 10th year of independence, the projects will be exhibited at Adelphi later this spring.
Students also explored important cultural centers and sites of memory in the region, from markets to museums and memorials, and enjoyed a proper Albanian dinner at Fellbach-Haus.
Two students, Melisa Kreku (who was born in Kosovo) and Dan McElroy, were featured on a local radio program segment, which already has several thousand views on Facebook Live.
Check out the group’s exploits on AdelphiGlobal’s Instagram feed.
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