Ami Yares

Ami  is a singer/songwriter, educator and social activist. He currently serves as the executive director of BuildaBridge International, an arts and education non-profit that provides trauma-informed and therapeutic art-making programming and training. BuildaBridge captures Ami’s passion for the necessity and urgency for the arts to play a more integral role in the healing and wellbeing of society. His experience in arts interventions ranges from research on the arts impact on social wellness to small scale arts-based conflict transformation programming and design as well as being a socially minded folk musician who uses music as means to convey understandings about society and culture. Ami holds a MS in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and has toured all over the United States and Europe, teaching and performing. Ami’s concerts and workshops have been featured components of the US Department of State’s diplomatic missions in the Middle East and Germany, Seeds of Peace, Harvard University, Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania. Ami continues his peacebuilding work as a global ambassador for the Israeli and Palestinian youth music program, Heartbeat. For Ami, It is a privilege and responsibility to follow the path of the arts and justice as one.

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