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Creating a Site of Conscience program that uses the past to spark discussion and action on today’s issues can be challenging.

This is precisely why we help build the capacity of Coalition members to develop and implement programs. Whether a member is developing its very first Site of Conscience program or whether it is sustaining ongoing or long-term Site of Conscience programming, we support them through the following avenues.

  • With our Project Support Fund, members can pilot new and innovative programs. We provide direct funding, one-on-one assistance to design programs, and promotional support to help publicize these new programs.
  • Networks of Sites of Conscience within geographic areas develop ongoing Regional Programs to address common regional issues and amplify individual sites’ efforts.
  • We bring together Sites of Conscience from different parts of the world to develop Global Projects around pressing Human Rights issues.
  • Our renowned Tailored Training series gives members subject-specific hands-on skills to create new programs or refine existing programs.
  • Whether seeking inspiration for a new project or actual tools on a specific topic, members an access it all through the program designs housed in our members-only Online Resource Center.

Through these and other types of support, we strengthen the capacity of Coalition members to offer far-reaching and engaging Sites of Conscience programming. Read below for just a few examples of Sites of Conscience programs developed in recent years by individual sites, regional networks, or through global collaborations.

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Patriots and Peacemakers

Who is an American? What does it mean to ‘serve’? The Arab American National Museum examines these and other questions in its Patriots and Peacemakers exhibit and dialogue project, supported by the Coalition’s Project Support Fund and the National Dialogues on Immigration project.
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Small Museums, Big Impact

What is the role of the museum in society? How can it present competing, often contradictory narratives simultaneously in one space? The Russian School of Museology, hosted by the Gulag Museum at Perm-36 with the Coalition’s support, helps museum professionals from across the former Soviet Union consider these questions and the contributions that small museums can make.
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Gandhi Ashram Youth Camp

Sites of Conscience Youth Camp

Every year, the Asia Sites of Conscience Regional Network brings together nearly 30 teenagers and young adults from across Asia for its annual Youth Camp, a week-long exchange focused on fostering inter-religious tolerance and peer learning. In 2012, youth participants from Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka met to explore tolerance and non-violence through the writings of peace campaigners like Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Girl Ambassadors for Human Rights

In an effort to help inspire and equip a new generation of women activists, the Coalition proudly accepted an award from Museums Connect in support of a new program, Girl Ambassadors for Human Rights. The program will bring together 50 teenage girls from the U.S., Sri Lanka, and Chile to explore and share the parallels between gender issues past and present.
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New Visions of History: Developing Oral Archives

Oral archives contain memories of personal experiences that can offer visions of history not always present in written documents. El Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos now seeks to establish its own oral archive through an exchange with Memoria Abierta to ensure that the Chilean state’s systematic abuse is not forgotten and never again repeated.
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In 2012, the Fetzer Institute supported healing and reconciliation through bodymapping in Liberia


Bodymapping is an art therapy and memory methodology used for victims of trauma in a variety of contexts. The process is broken down into a series of creative exercises that ask participants to visualize their pasts, futures, and experiences to create a literal and figurative ‘map’ of their bodies.
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Promoting Pluralism and Justice: Women’s Rights as Human Rights

Through it new program, Jamalpur Gandhi Ashram aims to bolster the rights and opportunities of women in Bangladesh. The Ashram staff came to the Coalition in 2012 for financial support and guidance to implement dialogue programs that bring together women from various ethnic and religious communities to broaden the understanding of women’s rights as human rights.
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Transitions: From Dictators to Democracy in Latin America

In 2010, members of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience Latin American Network decided to compose a photo exhibition to address, through images, particularly relevant moments of the political histories of each country in the recent past. The institutions …
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Everyday Items Transformed by the Conflict

How can we reconcile the past despite conflicting narratives? How do we display and understand the differing impacts of a single period in history? Healing Through Remembering addressed these and other questions with the creation of Everyday Items Transformed by Conflict, a traveling exhibit supported by the Coalition’s Project Support Fund.
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