I’m very happy to participate once again in The Peace Project’s Peace Travels touring exhibition as part of World Peace Day this September. The show includes stops in Culver City, San Francisco and New York over the next few months.
The Peace Project is an international social movement powered by the belief that, through creativity and community we can change the world. It remains a very worthwhile initiative working productively, particularly in Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leone’s 10-year civil war has resulted in over 75,000 dead, millions displaced and thousands of amputations including children by machete and bullets. Many believe that the progressive political climate in Sierra Leone, along with the country’s rich natural resources and relatively small population, make it a prime candidate for recovery. Moreover, there is hope that once this country is revitalized, it can be a model of how people working together can create peace.
The Peace Project was launched in July of 2010 by artist Lisa Schultz, founder of online creative community The Whole9. It is responsible for a number of extraordinary initiatives including Operation Rise, an ambitious objective to get over 10,000 of Sierra Leone’s amputees and war victims back on their feet by providing crutches and other mobility devices. One initiative I look forward to seeing develop is the Peace Centre, adjacent to the former Aberdeen Amputee Refugee Camp – an area where we’ve already done much good work.
In conjunction with its in-country partner Community Association for Psychosocial Services, The Peace Project will operate arts and cultural initiatives, training courses and administer a micro-loan program. Ultimately the aim is to establish a scalable development model that can be duplicated throughout Sierra Leone and beyond. For further information please visit the Peace Projects website.
The schedule for the touring exhibition is as follows:
Peace, Love and Understanding – Peace Travels Touring Exhibition 2013-
- Affair of the Arts, Culver City, CA September 21st & 22nd 2013
- Art Zone 461,October 5th — San Francisco, CA
- 29 Pieces October 12th, Dallas, TX
- Landmark Arts Building, November 7th Chelsea, New York
- The Whole 9 Gallery, November 23rd Culver City, CA
It’s now September! This year is going incredibly fast. September’s the time when children are returning to school and public transport becomes slow, unable to cope once again with rush hour commuters returning from their summer vacations. September is normally the month that signifies the end of the summer. This is slightly depressing for some as it means dark and cold nights ahead. However, one should always keep in mind the fact that, irrespective of the climate, you always have the power brighten your mood and mind-set. Moreover, the good weather is still with us so let’s enjoy it while it lasts. I’m actually looking forward to the next few months because I hope be advancing with a few personal projects. I’m particularly looking forward to the prospect of working with the New York based charity CAMBA.
This summer has been well spent, working on a new body of work whilst gaining further inspiration from some of the great exhibitions and shows I’ve attended. I thought to share with you some of the work I’ve produced. I look forward to sharing more over the coming weeks. Wishing you all a great day!