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October 5, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

http://www.global-art.org

Global Art Project 2006:

-Artists Join Worldwide to Promote Peace-

 

Tucson, Arizona, USA, October 18, 2005. The Seventh Biennial Global Art Project for Peace invites participants around the world - groups and individuals - to join in a multicultural celebration of global unity through art. Anyone can participate. 

"The Global Art Project gives participants an opportunity to seed the future with visions of peace. People joined together with a clear intent have an incredible power to affect the world," Project Founder/Director, Katherine Josten. 

In March/April 2006, 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 and goodwill simultaneously encircling the Earth during the week of April 23-30. 

"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.  

Since it's beginning in 1994, the Global Art Project for Peace has linked 67,000 participants on seven continents. Nominated for a 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. 150 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 group participation in their local communities. 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 will participate and will involve thousands of students from kindergarten through graduate programs. 

    -- "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.

    --"GAP is amazing! It is the best thing we do at our school. 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 additional 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 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.  

2006 Global Art Project for Peace 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 after April: 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.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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