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September 30, 2003


Katherine Josten
Tucson, Arizona, USA


Global Art Project 2004:
-International Art Event Promotes Peace-

Tucson, Arizona, USA, September 30, 2003. The Sixth Biennial Global Art Project for Peace invites participants around the world - groups and individuals - to join in a multicultural expression of global unity through art. Anyone can participate.

In March/April 2004, participants around the world will create, exhibit and exchange art expressing their ideas of a peaceful global community - resulting in thousands of messages of peace simultaneously encircling the Earth during the week of April 23-30.

Since it's beginning in 1994, the Global Art Project has linked 56,000 participants on seven continents. Nominated for a 2002 UNESCO Peace Prize for Tolerance and Non-violence, the Project connects people of diverse cultural backgrounds, providing exposure to new ideas and a feeling of connection to the Whole. Over 100 Regional Coordinators are currently helping to organize Global Art Project activities in their area of the world. Project organizers are soliciting additional Regional Coordinators to distribute information and organize exhibitions in their local communities. Participating groups include art councils, artist cooperatives, music and dance groups, churches, environmental and community groups, Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, hospitals, women's clubs, youth programs, and YMCAs. Hundreds of schools in locations around the world will participate and will involve thousands of students from kindergarten through graduate programs.

"The Global Art Project gives participants an opportunity to seed the future with visions of peace. The Project heals on all levels: personal, community and global. The process begins by creating a personal expression of love from the heart, the art is then shared with the local community, and finally it's sent off to form a global community. People joined together with a clear intent for peace have an incredible power to affect the world," says Project Founder/Director, Katherine Josten.

In the words of one 10 year-old participant, "I drew a picture of the Earth, and then a bunch of different types of people-short, tall, black, white-holding hands around the world. Holding hands is a sign of peace. People can't fight if they're holding hands."

The Global Art Project 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 http://www.global-art.org or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Global Art Project, PO Box 40445, Tucson, AZ 85717, USA. Tel: (520) 628-8353. Email: . All donations are fully tax deductible.

2004 Global Art Project Time-Line

February 28: International Registration for participation postmark deadline.
March: Creation of art expressing global unity (any medium-visual, literary, performance, etc.)
April 1-22: Local community exhibitions/performances of art created.
April 23-30: Worldwide art exchange.
Ongoing: Community exhibitions of art received.

A 10-minute video of the Global Art Project Exhibition at the Tucson Museum of Art produced by KUAT-TV broadcast out of the University of Arizona can be purchased to show to groups and schools.

Visions of Global Unity: Inspired Images from the Global Art Project a postcard book of 30 images from the first exchange in 1994 is sold at the United Nations Bookshop, NY and through the Global Art Project.

Images on the Global Art Project website at www.global-art.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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