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2016 Global Art Project for Peace:

-Artists Join Worldwide for Peace Event-

Tucson, Arizona, USA, April 20, 2016. 15,000 artists are joining in a worldwide, multicultural celebration of peace and diversity during the week of April 23 - 30. Organized through the Global Art Project for Peace, thousands of messages of global goodwill will simultaneously encircle the Earth as artists exchange their personal expressions of Peace.

Each participant created a work of art expressing global peace. The art was exhibited or performed locally 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 during the last week of April. The art is sent as a gift of global friendship and exhibited in the receiving community.

The Global Art Project for Peace has linked 145,000 participants in 87 countries on seven continents and was nominated for a UNESCO Prize. 200 Regional Coordinators have helped to organize the 2016 Global Art Project for Peace exchange in their area of the world.

A few examples of the thousands of 2016 participants shows their extraordinary diversity: Peace Corps workers in Morocco have coordinated individuals and 16 groups throughout Morocco including a music group, Daraa Tribes, in Tagounite; individuals and 24 schools in mainland China including Inner Mongolia with the collaboration of the Fine Art and Design Department and Education Department at Beijing Normal University—the University is hosting an exhibition of the art created and received; community groups of all ages, including Treesong Nature Awareness and Retreat Center, in Vancouver, Washington, USA; schools in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 100+ children at a school in the Australian outback; 500 students at Sabari Indian School in the United Arab Emirates; a school of 600, Gimnasia Femenino, in Bogota, Colombia; an art therapy group in Florence, Italy; many families including a mother and her sons in Hoor, Sweden…and many more thousands of participants.

Hundreds of schools in locations around the world are participating and involving thousands of students from kindergarten through graduate programs. 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. 

“The mission of the Global Art Project is to joyously create a culture of peace through art. For over 20 years the Project has been dedicated to the idea that ‘Peace cannot be achieved through violence. It can only be attained through understanding’. The Project has been a beacon of hope that peace is possible. It teaches that we are all responsible for creating our future through our choices and we can choose to create peace. Through the Global Art Project for Peace, participants in local communities are given an opportunity to join together to create a cooperative global community” Founder/Director, Katherine Josten.

The Global Art Project for Peace is a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer 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

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The attached images and/or images on the Global Art Project website at www.globalartproject.org may be downloaded for publication with this information. Higher resolution images and further documentation of the complete Project are available upon request.



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