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April 24, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Katherine Josten
Founder/Director
Vox: 520/628-8353
Fax: 520/624-6284
http://www.global-art.org


Global Art Project 2002:
Communities on Seven Continents Join to Express Peace through Art


Tucson, Arizona, USA. April 24, 2002. This week 15,000 artists on seven continents are taking part in an international expression of peace. Organized by the Tucson non-profit, Global Art Project, participants are exchanging art expressing their personal visions of global unity resulting in thousands of messages of Peace and friendship simultaneously encircling the Earth. The art received will be exhibited in local communities to give people an opportunity to view original expressions of peace created in diverse cultures around the world.

Over 90 Regional Coordinators helped to organize the exchange headquartered in Tucson. In March, individuals and groups created art for display in local communities, including visual, literary, music, dance and performance. Global Art Project then matched participants individual-to-individual and group-to-group for the April 23-30 exchange.

The Global Art Project gives individuals and local community groups an opportunity to feel connected to the global community. Individuals in Karachi, Punjab, and Sind, Pakistan, are matched with participants in cities throughout the US; Eye on Diversity a student group of 75 at the University of Arizona is exchanging art with College Communal de Bukeye in Bujumbura, Burundi, Africa; children in Jerusalem, Israel, are exchanging art with students in Denver, Colorado; a community group aged 2-70 organized through the UpCountry Natural Foods Coop in North Fork, California, is exchanging art with a community youth group in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya; children at a rehabilitation center for street and working children in Tamil Nadu, India are exchanging art with a Season for Non-Violence community group of 100 in Tucson; the Sarasota Florida Arts Council is sending art created by approximately 2,000 in the Sarasota community to the Sustainable Taiwan Cultural Foundation in Taipei, Taiwan; members of the Tucson Youth Advisory Council/Tucson Teen Congress are exchanging art with students at Wapiti Peace Academy in Alberta, Canada; Tibetan refugee children in Kathmandu, Nepal are exchanging art with students at Peter Noyes School in Sudbury, Massachusetts; another group of Tibetan refugees, adults in Mussoorie, India, are exchanging art with the Purple Birch Gallery Foundation in Colville, Washington. Littleton High Schools diversity club has organized groups of students to create cooperative art pieces on the theme of nonviolence. The groups are Littleton High School students and groups of younger kids that LHS students motivated. The resulting paintings, three by six feet in size, are being displayed throughout the community of Denver, Colorado. In Barrio Anita, Tucson, Taller de Arte Manu a community group, ages 8-68 is matched with a school in Burundi. Each member of the Barrio Anita group created an individual quilt piece. The Barrio Anita community gathered together to stitch the quilt. These are just a few examples of the thousands of groups around the world that are taking part in the Global Art Project exchange this week, according to Project Founder/Director, Katherine Josten, a Tucson-based artist.

The 2002 Global Art Project marks the Project's fifth biennial exchange. Since the first exchange in 1994, the Global Art Project, a grassroots, volunteer organization, has matched over 56,000 participants in 55 countries. "This year, MacMurdo Base in Antarctica is participating in the exchange, which means that art is being created and exchanged on all seven continents", says Josten.


The Global Art Project is seeking donations to help support the exchange and exhibitions. A book of thirty postcards Visions of Global Unity: Inspired Images from the Global Art Project is available at the Tucson Museum of Art, the United Nations Bookshop, NY and through the Project with all proceeds being used to support the Global Art Project. A video of the Global Art Project exhibition at the Tucson Museum of Art produced by KUAT-TV is also available. For additional information about the Global Art Project contact (520) 628-8353, or visit the website at http://www.global-art.org.

Interviews with individuals and/or groups and further documentation of the complete project are available upon request. Images to be used with this press release are available at http://www.global-art.org.

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The thousands of exchanges during the week of April 23-30 include:

. Individuals in Karachi, Punjab, and Sind, Pakistan, are matched with participants in cities throughout the US.

. A group of children in Jerusalem, Israel, is exchanging art with students in Denver, Colorado.

. A Community Youth group of 30 in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, is exchanging art with a community group of 25 aged 2-70 organized through the UpCountry Natural Foods Coop in North Fork, California.

. A Xavier University art group in Cincinnati, Ohio, is matched with students at College Communal de Gatabo in Kiganda, Burundi, Africa.

. Members of the Womens Sanctuary at the Richardson Womens Center in Richardson, Texas, created one group artwork to exchange with members of the Manassas Art Guild in Manassas, Virginia.

. Eye on Diversity a student group of 75 at the University of Arizona is exchanging art with College Communal de Bukeye in Bujumbura, Burundi.

. A group of 500 students at Jeevana Mat. Higher Secondary School in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India creating individual artworks was matched with school students in Massachusetts, Oregon and Arizona.

. Children at The Childrens Museum of Richmond, Virginia, are exchanging art with Philippino children in the Lanai Art Program in Lanai, Hawaii.

. The University of Nebraska Print Department is matched with National Chia Yi Senior High School in Taipei, Taiwan.

. 30 Tibetan refugee children in Kathmandu, Nepal are exchanging art with students at Peter Noyes School in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Another group of Tibetan refugees, 6 adults in Mussoorie, India, are exchanging art with adults at the Purple Birch Gallery Foundation in Colville, Washington.

. 20 children at Vidiyal, a rehabilitation center for street and working children in Tamil Nadu, India is exchanging art with a Season for Non-Violence community group of 100 in Tucson, Arizona.

. 10 artists at Black Diamond Studios in Glenwood Springs, Colorado creating individual works were matched with 10 artists at SMAD Artists & Designers in British Columbia, Canada, also creating 10 individual works.

. A group of 25 artists and art teachers in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India is matched with a group of 25 members of Artist Local 101 in Bend, Oregon.

. Taller de Arte Manu, a community group, ages 8-68 in Barrio Anita, Tucson, Arizona, is matched with a school for postal workers in Bujumburo, Burundi, Africa. Each member of the Barrio Anita group created an individual quilt piece. The community gathered to stitch the quilt together.

. 20 art students at Wapiti Peace Academy in Alberta, Canada are exchanging art with members of the Youth Advisory Council/Tucson Teen Congress in Tucson, Arizona.

. Celebrating Catskill Women, a group of 25 women in New York is matched with Mosier Chinooks, a group of 20 in Mosier, Oregon.

. United Youth, Littleton High Schools diversity club, has organized groups of students to create cooperative art pieces on the theme of nonviolence. These groups are Littleton High School students and groups of younger kids that LHS students motivated. The resulting paintings, three by six feet in size, are being displayed throughout the community of Denver, Colorado.

. The Healing Circle Visual Arts Program for those touched by cancer, a group of 30 who are part of the Benedictine Hospital in Kingston, New York created individual works to exchange with students at Lycee Muniipal de Kamenge in Bujumbura, Burundi, Africa.

. 30 music students at St. Joseph Catholic High School in Ogden,Utah with the direction of Alfonso Tenieres wrote and performed music that will be sent to Classe di Musica at Scuola Media Carlo Piaggia in Lucca, Italy.

. Dozens of schools and individuals in Taiwan are participating organized through the Whashang Arts District

. The Sarasota Florida Arts Council is sending art created by approximately 2,000 in the Sarasota community to the Sustainable Taiwan Cultural Foundation in Taipei, Taiwan.



Countries participating in the 2002 exchange:


Argentina
Australia
Belarus
Belgium
Burundi
Canada
China
Finland
Germany
India
Israel
Italy
Japan
Kenya
Korea
Mexico
Namibia
New Zealand
Nigeria
Pakistan
Romania
South Africa
Spain
Taiwan
Tibet
United Kingdom
United States
Venezuela
And participants on McMurdo Base, Antarctica




 
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