Vina Puspita

  • MAP Role: Research Project Officer & PhD Researcher
  • Institution: University of Lincoln
  • Location: U.K. University of Lincoln
  • Twitter: @vinapuspita 
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Vina Puspita is a visual artist, researcher, and educator whose practice centres around participatory arts in community settings. Since 2009, she has been working closely with a wide range of groups, particularly with children and culturally diverse communities, to explore the possibilities of learning through creativity. She is a design consultant for UNICEF Indonesia, and is affiliated with Sahabat Anak Foundation, Japan Foundation (HANDs! Project), and Jogja Disability Arts (Yogyakarta).

Vina holds a master’s degree in Arts and Learning from the Goldsmiths University of London and a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) Yogyakarta. In 2021, she started her PhD in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Lincoln, United Kingdom. She is one of the recipients of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) PhD studentship in connection to the international project Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP): Informing the National Curriculum and Youth Policy for Peacebuilding in Kyrgyzstan, Rwanda, Indonesia, and Nepal (2020-2024). Taking a case study of the MAP strand in Indonesia, her study explores the use of mural art for peacebuilding with young people at risk of violence in Jakarta to promote just, peaceful, and inclusive societies. Her practice-based research seeks to engage children in conveying their voices through a democratic artistic process and defining meaningful children’s participation in peacebuilding.