Board of Directors
Carrie H. Cohen Chairperson Bernadette Longford Treasurer Cheryl Wolf Secretary Tsipi Ben-Haim Executive & Creative Director Vera Sung Amnon Bar-Tur Irene Minkoff Demian Reidel Kristyn Noeth
The mural at the Jacob H. Schiff Playground in Harlem, New York stretches 213 feet (65 meters) and incorporates artworks submitted by youth from around the world. It was designed to build bridges of cultural understanding and to encourage youth to become active participants in shaping their future. Over 1,000 community volunteers and international youth participated in creating this mosaic. The creative process was led by artist Peter Sis, artist fabricator Dakota Warren and a team of artist assistants R.B. Mor III, Angie Loo, and Chia Yee.
Karachi, Pakistan 2007
"The mosaic was a refreshing experience, an experience which makes you proud of yourself. It makes you realize that there is so much you can do for this world and makes you feel proud of it. It makes me proud because I contributed towards making my country better looking and beautiful and maybe what I did was not even a drop in the bucket – but it still counts. It has affected me in a very strange way – it has made me think about things other than myself." Saba Zaman, 16 | The Lyceum School, Karachi, Pakistan
Under the direction of two artists, one Jewish and one Arab, art workshops were held in Jaffa, Tel Aviv and involved 35 schools, the Arab-Hebrew Theatre of Yafo, the Peres Center for Peace, and others. The artworks created by youth influenced the maquette designed by the two artists. The maquette was then transferred onto the wall in Ajami/Gabalia with the full collaboration of over 800 neighborhood youth and the workshop participants through our educational partners.
In the summer of 2012, CITYarts created a Peace Wall in London during the Olympic Games. Professional artists Sadie Edginton and Joanna Nowek conducted workshops involving multicultural youth and visitors of the Olympics. "The wall is absolutely beautiful, and to be given the chance to do some of the final strokes was a great honour and something that will stick with me forever. Being a young person, it was very heartwarming to see how much we are valued in society." Yara Shaikh
This Mosaic Peace Wall was produced in the historic Mitte district of the city on a street known to many as the "Street of Tolerance" because of its proximity to the Old Jewish Cemetery, a landmark Protestant church, an historic Catholic hospital, and the Jewish School. In a city once known primarily for being divided, the Peace Wall at a site of such historic and emotional importance is meant to be a significant contribution to both memory and community. This wall connects - not divides - and it celebrates a peaceful future.
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