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Monday, September 24, 2012

The Peace Project : Through creativity and community, we can change the world ~ 500 artists across 6 continents in 30 countries and 30 states in the USA

Artists around the world joined hands and submitted their visions of peace. All submissions are featured in the traveling exhibit via a mosaic like the one shown above. Additionally, 156 pieces are chosen by jurors to be showcased on 1' x 1' panels. All funds raised through the Call For Artists and the traveling exhibit will help fund The Peace Center and other Peace Project work.

Sales of artist's panels go to build "The Peace Center" in Sierra Leone, Africa, tentatively planned to be adjacent to the former Aberdeen Amputee Refugee Camp. From The Peace Center, The Peace Project in conjunction with trusted in-country partner, Community Association for Psychosocial Services, will operate training programs, arts and cultural initiatives, and administer a micro-loan program. Ultimately seeking to create a development model that is scalable and can be duplicated not just in Sierra Leone, but beyond.

The Peace Center and other Peace Project work prove that art truly does change the world -- and that we are not too small to tackle the world's big problems. 

In 2010, The Peace Project was founded to show that great change can happen very quickly if creative people work together.  Since then: Over 20,000 people worldwide have donated time, money, art and services. Two traveling art exhibits have been created and two books published that feature over 1,000 visions of peace from artists worldwide. Dozens of children in Sierra Leone are receiving an education through The Peace Project. On World Peace Day, 2011, The Peace Project led one of the most unique collaborations ever, Operation Rise, distributed 10,000 pairs of crutches across Sierra Leone, changing the lives of thousands of people instantly. 

PEACE TRAVELS This collective vision was unveiled in September 2013 and the exhibit travels throughout Southern California and other locations in the United States including San Francisco and New York. An online exhibition is held simultaneously

"Mindless Monk", Beijing 1989 
by Karin Lisa Atkinson 
Selected for 2012 US touring exhibition 
and 2012 Peace Project book 

"Goddess of Peace", New York 2001 
by Karin Lisa Atkinson 
Selected for 2013 US touring exhibition 
and 2013 Peace Project book

"Urban Balance", Los Angeles 2012 
by Karin Lisa Atkinson 
Selected for 2014 US touring exhibition 

"Spirit Bird", Venice Beach Canals 2012 
by Karin Lisa Atkinson 
Selected for 2015 US touring exhibition