Art Event Promotes World Peace
fourth biennial Global Art Project (GAP) invites people from around
the world to join together in a multicultural celebration of peace
expressed through art.
in March 2000, individuals and groups will create art expressing
their personal visions of global unity for display in the participants'
local communities. During the week of April 23-30, these newly created
art works will travel from one person to another -- resulting in
thousands of messages of peace and friendship simultaneously encircling
the Earth. The Global Art Project headquarters will organize the
worldwide exchange by linking registrants one-to-one, or group-to-group.
GAP participants are invited to create their ideas of global unity
in any medium that can be sent from one person or group to another.
This includes visual or literary art and audio or video tapes. The
art each participant sends is a "gift of global friendship" for
theartist in another part of the world to keep. Likewise, the art
each participant receives is his or hers to keep.
the first Global Art Project exchange in 1994, the project has successfully
united over 30,000 participants on six continents. Participating
groups have included art councils, artist cooperatives, choral and
dance groups, churches, environmental organizations, community groups,
Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, hospitals, women's clubs, youth programs,
and YMCA's. Many schools in locations around the world have participated
involving thousands of students from kindergarten through graduate
school. Today, the project continues to promote World Peace by connecting
people of diverse cultural backgrounds, providing exposure to new
ideas and a feeling of connection to the whole. 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."
Global Art Project exemplifies in concrete form that we can be different
and unique yet act together as integral members of one living organism-Earth.
The energy created by all these people sharing their visions with
the intent of producing a peaceful, united world is a catalyst for
that to happen. People joined together with a clear intent have
an incredible power to change the world," according to GAP Founder/Director
Katherine Josten, an Arizona artist.
for participation must be postmarked by February 14, 2000. The Global
Art Project is seeking donations to help support the 2000 exchange.
A book of thirty full-color postcards Visions of Global Unity: Inspired
Images from the Global Art Project is available with all proceeds
being used to support the project. For more information about the
Global Art Project or the book, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope
to: Global Art Project, PO Box 40445, Tucson, AZ 85717, USA. (520)
628-8353. Email: .