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[18 Jan 2012 | One Comment | ]
In Egypt, Celebrating Human Rights through Art

Yasmine Mahmoud Fakhry
“It is time for us to build Egypt and contribute to peacebuilding and positive change, rather than engage in violence and create chaos.”
This is a time of great turbulence in Egypt, during which the country has been shaken by violence and political instability and people have become increasingly desperate and frustrated every day.  This is especially true because the Egyptian media’s focus has been only on negative and disturbing news. In such a critical time, I seized the opportunity to engage my students at the College of Engineering …

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[10 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]
Make Art, Build Peace

Martha Llanos
Editor’s Note: Martha Llanos is a pilgrim of peace, the creator of the International Peace Ambassadors Programme recently offered at the International Children’s Art Festival in DC, and an advocate of art for personal and social transformation.
The arts and peace are both connected with creativity and spirituality, and because of this are linked with each other. Art is a creation of the human mind. Art in its many forms is a very positive and powerful vehicle for encouraging personal and social transformation. It can also be a …

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[16 Feb 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Haitian Renaissance: Youth Paint a New Country

Beverly Bell
“Everyone expects there to be a new problem daily in Haiti.  I can’t concentrate on problems each day,” said Roseanne Auguste, coordinator of a youth art program in the sprawling, under-resourced Port-au-Prince section of Carrefour-Feuilles. The program is run through the community clinic Association for the Promotion of Family Integrated Health (APROSIFA).
Roseanne swept her hand across hundreds of paintings and drawings waiting to be packed up for an upcoming art show. “And people come and say Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. I hate to hear …

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[13 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
Young Playwrights Theater: giving voice to youth

by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
Young Playwrights Theater (YPT) of DC has a lot to celebrate. On October 10, it was one of 14 organizations across the U.S. to receive the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from Michelle Obama at the White House. And 2010 is its 15th anniversary year.
YPT gives voice to students in the Washington, DC area by teaching them how to express themselves through writing plays. Then it matches the plays with professional …