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A Musicians Without Borders initiative, ART27 is a coalition of 15 organizations striving for quality arts education, inclusive arts performance practices and active engagement of the arts in social justice and peace building.

Officially announced on June 20th, 2017, World Refugee Day, the coalition seeks to:

Organize gatherings of socially engaged artists and arts organizations in Europe, to share expertise and to forge collaborations in promotion of social inclusion.

Collect and openly share resources, knowledge and contacts among all artists, arts organizations and arts projects wishing to contribute to a welcoming, inclusive Europe.

Seek to impact the public narrative on war, refugees and migration. Art27 aims to counter fear and xenophobia and promote social inclusion through participatory art projects, arts education, community arts initiatives, exhibits, installations and performances.

Read more about Art27 at:

Resources & Publications

Musicians Without Borders has resources for staff, partners, donors and the public.

Music Manuals

Music Workshop Leader’s Manual

Musicians Without Borders

Sounds of Peace Music Workshop Manual

Peace One Day & Musicians Without Borders


Speaking Engagements

Musicians Without Borders Founder and Director, Laura Hassler, speaks at many events around the world. Born and raised in New York, Laura has been active in US civil rights and peace movements from an early age. Laura studied cultural anthropology and music and later worked for social change organizations in the US and Europe.

Laura moved to the Netherlands in 1977, where she developed a career as a musician, linking music to social causes, and specializing in cultural diversity in the arts. Laura has been recognized for her vision and leadership as the recipient of the Reijer Jan Zwaan Culture Prize, Coornhert Prize, Joke Blom Award and the Arabella Carter Award.

To book Laura for a speaking engagement, please contact