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COMMUNITY IDENTITY PROGRAM
UMMA PARK MURAL PROJECT
Flatbush Neighborhood, Brooklyn
CITYarts was approached by Brooklyn Community Board 14 and the Umma Group with a request for a mural project that would invigorate Umma Park into a space that fosters positive community activities and engage local youth in an art project during summer and after-school hours, giving local youth a sense of ownership and pride in their community.
NEIGHBORHOOD COMMONS MURAL PROJECT – YEAR TWO
Upper West Side, Manhattan
CITYarts is collaborating with the DOME Project and Strycker's Bay Neighborhood Council on a 3-year mural project at The West Side Neighborhood Commons for at-risk youth from low income housing facilities in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The project will include art education workshops and the creation of a mural in the De Hostos Community Center.
YOUNG MINDS BUILD BRIDGES PROGRAM
BRAZIL PEACE WALL MURAL
(Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Our Peace Walls, permanent public artwork, serves as a testament to tolerance and respect that will inspire young people for years to come. Young Minds Build Bridges began building Peace Walls in 2005 with the creation of the first Peace Wall in Harlem, New York, United States, followed by Peace Walls in Karachi, Pakistan; Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel; London, United Kingdom; and Berlin, Germany. The Brazil Peace Wall will be produced in the favelas of Sao Paulo, promoting peace and tolerance to a turbulent, poverty-stricken neighborhood.
PIECES FOR PEACE TRAVELING EXHIBITION
The Pieces for Peace international mosaic consists of tile-sized paintings, drawings and poems on paper contributed by students from around the world and assembled by CITYarts online as a major collaborative work of art. The original student artworks were displayed in a traveling exhibition in the U.S., including the Cork Gallery at Avery Fisher Hall (Lincoln Center), the Manhattan Jewish Community Center, the Gabarron Foundation, and The Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey before going on the international tour to Egypt, Israel, and Spain.
PIECES FOR PEACE WORKSHOPS
CITYarts’ Pieces for Peace Workshops in public schools, community centers and after-school programs around the world provide the opportunity for students to learn from their peers and a teaching artist. The students discuss the subject of peace in their lives within a group setting and are then asked to express their individual ideas by creating an artwork. The students’ artwork will be part of a worldwide social networking project, CITYarts’ “Young Minds Build Bridges,” that connects young people to thousands of youth from different cultural backgrounds around the world.
GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT
CITYarts’ programs are specifically designed for youth in underprivileged communities and deliberately aim to diversify workshops and project sites in order to expose youth to a wide range of perspectives. CITYarts executes its programs through the youth-adult partnership model, meaning young people are treated as individuals with the capacity to make positive and wide-ranging contributions.
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