Sending Love To Sendai: Tsunami and Earthquake Survivors in Japan
an article by Fouad and Joanne Tawfilis
The Art Miles Mural Project (www.artmiles.org) has always supported "healing" efforts following natural and human disasters by bringing people together through the arts by creating five by twelve foot murals on canvas. Since the week following the Tsunami and Earthquake in Japan students from several Southern California and Colorado schools gathered together to create murals that will be sent to the coordinators of the Japan Art Mile (Mr. and Mrs. Shiwaku) as part of a collection of twenty murals that will hopefully send cheer and goodwill by sharing warm and happy visual images to Japan. The collection will be exhibited with the Art Miles Japan Art Mile (JAM) team in Japan.
Mural Painting at the Aquarium of the Pacific "Sendng Love to Sendai"
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JAM also created the renowned educational and cultural International Intercultural Mural Exchange Project (IIME), where two schools in two countries create one mural together, meet each other through web conferencing, study each culture and design a "seamless" mural together. Over one half million children and adults have completed more than 4,000 murals from over 125 countries since 1997. Art Miles has been recognized and awarded by "O" Magazine, the International Committee of Artists for Peace, the Superintendent of Schools of California and by the US State Dept Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (www.exchanges.state.gov) for their outstanding efforts.
Art Miles thanks the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, for their active and enthusiastic participation in creating murals, Tara Art Materials, hundreds of mural painters, and Art Miles team members and volunteer professional artists for their efforts and donations of materials that helped make this special project possible. UPS Japan with help from UPS San Diego have also kindly extended their support by sponsoring the shipment of the collection to Japan.
The opening exhibition will take place at the Sendai Elementary School prior to traveling throughout Japanese cities. Murals were completed by Empresa Elementary School in Vista, El Morro Elementary School, Laguna Beach, the UNA USA Earth Day Fair in Balboa Park, Bloomsberg University, Bloomsberg, Pennsylvania, West Jefferson Middle School, Conifer, Colorado, Hamilton, New Zealand, the Aquarium of the Pacific, International Children's Festival and the Urban Ocean Festival in Long Beach, California State University Fullerton, Irvine and by the Healey family in San Clemente.
Art Miles Mural Project began with 350 orphans who painted a mural on a bullet riddled bed sheet in the post conflict era in the Balkans and it was the children who showed how hearts can be healed through such activities. The Art Miles Mural Project is a 100% volunteer program of the Non Profit Organization, United Nations Association USA San Diego (501.c3). Photos of "mural making" are available.
Question(s) related to this article:
Japan earthquake and nuclear disaster, How can we show solidarity with the people there?
Peace Paint Ambassadors, How can they facilitate a culture of peace?
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