Peace Walls

CITYarts’ Pieces for Peace with Youth from Around the World mosaic brought children, their families, and the Harlem community together when it was originally created in 2005. The Peace Wall has continued to be a sign of growth, unity, and stability for the community. The mural, led by artist Peter Sis, incorporates artworks from youth around the world that answers the question, “What does peace look like to me?” As part of the Young Minds Build Bridges Program, the mural was designed to create bridges of understanding among different cultures around the globe and instill in the youth a sense of togetherness in working towards a common goal.


Unfortunately, the once brilliant mural is now covered in graffiti and in need of cleaning and repairs. With this clean up, the mosaic will carry on representing peace among nations by allowing youth and adults to come together to rebuild this landmark of their community. The bridges of cultural understanding created in 2005 will be renewed and reinvigorated in the Harlem Peace Wall as volunteers join hands in a movement for peace once again, creating a better world in the process. CITYarts will work with students from City College and youth from the Hamilton Grange middle school, whose soccer games and recess activities use the mosaic peace wall as a backdrop.


Expected Outcome/Impact

CITYarts will engage the community, bringing in neighborhood residents, students from City College, Hamilton Grange Middle School, the High School for Law, Advocacy and Community Justice, parents, and other volunteers to restore this beloved landmark. By continuing to bring in new participants for restorations of the Harlem Peace Wall, the mosaic has become a living monument to peace and global understanding in the community. The restoration will impact approximately 200 youth in the community, in addition to community volunteers, parents, and other volunteers.