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2012 Global Art Project for Peace:

-Artists Join Worldwide to Celebrate Peace-

Tucson, Arizona, USA, April 23, 2012. This week 15,000 artists are joining in a worldwide, multicultural celebration of peace and diversity. Organized through the Tenth Biennial Global Art Project for Peace, thousands of messages of global goodwill and friendship will simultaneously encircle the Earth as artists exchange their personal expressions of a World at Peace.

In March, participants created a work of art in any medium expressing their vision of global peace. The art was exhibited or performed locally in each participant’s community during the first three weeks of April. Global Art Project then organized an international exchange by matching participants—group-to-group and individual-to-individual—culminating in a worldwide art exchange as artists send their art to other participating artists around the world. The art is sent as a gift of global friendship and exhibited in the receiving community.

Since the first exchange in 1994, the Global Art Project for Peace has linked 115,000 participants on seven continents and was nominated for a UNESCO Peace Prize. 200 Regional Coordinators have helped to organize the 2012 Global Art Project for Peace exchange in their area of the world.

Participating groups include art councils, artist cooperatives, music and dance groups, churches, corporations, libraries, Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, environmental and community groups, hospitals, women’s clubs, youth and senior programs, and YMCAs. Hundreds of schools in locations around the world are participating and involving thousands of students from kindergarten through graduate programs.

Beijing Normal University – the Fine Art and Design Department in collaboration with the Education Department – is a Regional Coordinator that has involved twenty-two schools throughout mainland China, including Inner Mongolia, in the 2012 exchange.

The Box Hill Community Art Centre in Melbourne, Australia is another example of the 200 Regional Coordinators that have involved their local community. The Art Centre has organized eight local groups, including two schools, in creating, exhibiting and exchanging art in the 2012 Global Art Project for Peace.

“The mission of the Global Art Project is to joyously create a culture of peace through art. The Project promotes peace by connecting people of diverse cultural backgrounds, providing exposure to new ideas and teaching that the world can be safe for diversity. It gives participants an opportunity to seed the future with visions of peace, love and friendship and creates a network of cooperation that can help to make the vision of unity a reality. Through the Project, participants in local communities are given an
opportunity to join together to create a cooperative global community.” Founder/Director, Katherine Josten.

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The Global Art Project for Peace is a 501(c)3 non-profit, grass-roots organization. Organizers invite donations and sponsorships to support the Project. For additional information about the Global Art Project for Peace and how to get involved by participating, volunteering and/or funding the Project, visit www.globalartproject.org.

2012 Global Art Project for Peace Time-Line

February 29: International Registration for participation postmark deadline.
March: Creation of art expressing global peace (any medium—visual, literary, performance, etc.)
April 1-22: Local community exhibitions/performances of art created.
April 23-30: Worldwide art exchange.
Ongoing after April: Community exhibitions of art received.

Images on the Global Art Project website at www.globalartproject.org may be downloaded for publication with this press release. Higher resolution images may be requested. Interviews with individuals and/or groups and further documentation of the complete project are available upon request.

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