What is it about?

This study examines three art-based community projects to create murals in the public space, implemented in Israel with youths from two communities in political and ethnic conflict. This study offers a model that integrates the community approach to art therapy (Kaplan, 2007) with the intergroup contact theory (Allport, 1954). Findings underscore the power of the creative space as a potential space for meeting the “other.”

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Why is it important?

The present study examined the ability to establish an art-based community project, for mediating between two groups in conflict through change of stereotypes, prejudices and negative viewpoints towards the “other” group, in a process of collaborative creativity in the public space.


I believe in the transformative power of art to connects and supports communities. The murals of this study serve as non-verbal testimonies of the joint activity and communicate the possibility of creating a new world together.

University of Haifa

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This page is a summary of: Jewish and Arab youth create murals in public space: Community-based art therapy exploratory research., Peace and Conflict Journal of Peace Psychology, May 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/pac0000620.
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