Testimonials from our youth
"CITYarts gave me purpose to come to school because I wanted to finish my creation."
-Mike, age 16
“CITYarts is a great opportunity to work with the community and to develop my art skills!"
-Kitty, age 16
“In New York, the opportunities we get to work on public art are far and few. Working with CITYarts has been both an enriching and unique experience!"
-Cheryl, age 17
“I got to make my school look a little better!"
-Genesis, age 13
"…the artist did not just teach us to paint. He taught us to live together, to work together, and help one another."
-Jennifer, age 14
Remarks by Mr. Michael Møller United Nations Under-Secretary-General Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva UNESCO Art and Photo Exhibition “Pieces for Peace”
Tuesday, 12 December 2017, at 12:30 p.m. Salle des pas perdus, A Building, 3rd floor – Door 14
Remarks to be presented by Mr. Francesco Pisano, Director of the UNOG Library, on behalf of the DG Mr. Almuzaini, [Director, UNESCO Liaison Office in Geneva] Ms. Ben-Haim, [Executive and Creative Director of CITYarts]
"Ladies and Gentlemen: How many pieces does it take to achieve peace? Peace is like a house that we build brick by brick. Taken together, those bricks form a warm and comfortable home, a home that all families in the world dream of – but only few families can realize this dream. Our time is one where conflict is rife, making the smallest and poorest members of our societies suffer most. War has devastating effects, especially on children, as they lack safe places to live and sleep, to play and learn. They may not have enough to eat, nor access to clean water. Early on in their lives, children in war zones make the traumatic experience of losing parents, siblings or other 2 family members as well as shelter. Some are abducted or recruited as child soldiers. The psychological long-term consequences of what they go through at such a young age are devastating.
“Pieces for Peace” is about building a comfortable home to live in peacefully in our global village of tomorrow. CITYarts has brought American youth and their peers from around the world together to design and create tile-sized drawings, paintings and poems on the topic of peace to tap into the creative power of young people. When Ms. Ben-Haim launched this project, she was driven by the idea that “when kids create they do not destroy”. Through their art, they are forming the bricks to build our joint home of peace for tomorrow. Through their art, they are becoming ambassadors for peace. I am especially grateful to Mr. Almuzaini, Director of the UNESCO Liaison Office in Geneva, and to Ms. Ben-Haim, Executive and Creative Director of CITYarts, for bringing this powerful exhibition to this symbolic place, the Palais des Nations, where we are hosting negotiations on many issues to make our planet more peaceful and sustainable.
At a time, when we are concerned about the flaring up of armed conflicts and violent extremism, CITYarts is creating a strong artistic vision for a more peaceful world. 3 May this exhibition help us find the necessary inspiration and energy for what lays ahead of us in. Thank you."
Selected CITYarts Stories
Visit to Gagosian's Lichtenstein Exhibition, 2015.
Students from The Law, Advocacy, and Community Justice High School at Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Campus and students from Hamilton Grange Middle School visited Gagosian on W 23rd street in 2015 to see the Lichtenstein Greene Street Mural and draw sketches for their own murals in their schools.
Visiting Public Art in Central Park!
After some students from Hamilton Grange Middle School told CITYarts they had never been to Central Park, we planned a tour of public artworks and memorials in this historical New York City park! Students enjoyed donated treats from Margot Patisserie and experienced a classic adventure in Central Park October, 2017.