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April 23, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Katherine Josten
Founder/Director
Tucson, Arizona, USA
1-520-628-8353

http://www.globalartproject.org

Global Art Project 2006:

-Artists Join Worldwide to Promote Peace-

Tucson, Arizona, USA, April 23, 2006. This week 10,000 artists are joining in a worldwide, multicultural effort to celebrate diversity and promote peace. Organized through the Seventh 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 unity. The art was exhibited 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.

“The mission of the Global Art Project is to joyously create a culture of peace through art. The Project promotes tolerance and non-violence 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”, according to Katherine Josten, Project Founder/Director.

Since it’s beginning in 1994, the Global Art Project for Peace has linked 78,000 participants on seven continents and was nominated for a UNESCO Peace Prize for Tolerance and Non-violence. 150 Regional Coordinators helped to organize the 2006 Global Art Project exchange in their area of the world. Through the Project, participants in local communities are given an
opportunity to join together to create a cooperative global community. 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.

--“Participating in this Project is extremely rewarding and empowering. Just the thought of
artists all over the world creating and displaying their art for peace at the same time is
very exciting, but for me the most important aspect is the affirmation that each of us has the ability not only to express our personal vision, but also to help others see a vision of a better world,” Penelope Boyd, participating artist in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.

-- “This event gives kids the opportunity to think about world issues – to think about how they’d like the world, and their future to be,” Eric Gordon, Principal, Peter Noyes School, Sudbury, MA.

--“ The Global Art Project really helps children see themselves as part of a worldwide community. It makes kids think about what role they have in establishing peace. GAP has taught them that they can make a difference. Each person can contribute to peace – it’s not just something the leaders of countries are responsible for,” Betsy Allen, Teacher, Cambridge, MA.

The Global Art Project for Peace is a 501(c)3 non-profit, grass-roots organization sponsored in part by a grant from the Tucson Pima Arts Council. 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.

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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