Be the Peace - Be the Hope

For: Be the Peace - Be the Hope - Educational Healing Art Program
Houston, TX
Organizer: Be the Peace - Be the Hope Collective includes IEDA Relief, UNA-USA, Texan-French Alliance for the Arts, Volunteer Houston, FotoFest, David Lynch Foundation, HISD, CFISD, Harris County Public Library, Innovate At Work,Taiwanese Heritage Society &more
$3,520
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Be the Peace - Be the Hope was born from a spirit of Hope and a spirit of concern. The program invites the youth from our schools and community centers to share a spirit of hope, peace and mutual concern with children in refugee camps. Globally, an estimated 8 million children are living in camps after being separated from home and family without expectations for a safe return.

We respond to this by encouraging children from both worlds to exchange drawings and words of significance combined in an art installation to create a visual representation of hope on the tents in the camps, educate and inspire hope. The effort will be mirrored in prominent locations around Houston by showcasing a tent replica along with a traveling exhibition documenting the whole process.

Delivered through the powerful medium of art created by children for children, these messages symbolize positive intentions for the future. By cultivating compassion, awareness, and global connection through simple actions, this program expands the youth's collective capacity for dialogue and for uniting forces in order to create the positive change they wish to see in the world, despite disparate situations.

This project is led and supported by a collective of prominent Houston organizations (NGOs; Cultural Institutions; Community and Artistic non-profits; Private Institutions) including IEDA Relief, UNA-USA, Texan-French Alliance for the Arts, Volunteer Houston, Literacy Through Photography at FotoFest, David Lynch Foundation, HISD, CFISD, The WIDE School, Harris County Public Library, Houston Public Library, City of Houston, Taiwanese Heritage Society Houston, Houston-Nice Sister City Committee, Azerbaijan Center Houston, Innovate At Work, Americorps Vista, Pixels Multimedia, India House.

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Posted on October 6, 2016

Posted on October 6, 2016

Our humanitarian team just left today to provide a 10-day educational and healing art program to refugee camp youth. They are transporting nearly 600 pieces of artwork created by children from participating Houston schools and community centers to the refugee camps to share with the children there. We hope that these vibrant messages will bring hope and joy to the refugee youth and show them that they are not forgotten!

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Posted on September 13, 2016

Posted on September 13, 2016

Be the Peace – Be the Hope pilot program will culminate in several traveling exhibitions that document the Cycle of Hope. Displayed in various locations, including Houston Public Libraries, Harris County Library, participating school, and the tunnel at Houston City Hall, these exhibitions will take viewers on a visual journey from life in Houston to life in refugee camps and back. These presentations will offer glimpses of the entire program through photographs, video footage, and personal art pieces created by the children from both worlds. Participating students from Houston will be invited to curate their own mini-exhibitions of the project in the participating schools and community centers.

The exhibited works of art are excerpts of the “art quilts” created by combining the children’s individual art pieces to cover the refugee tents and bring hope to the camps. The photographs displayed will be intermingled, presenting children from Houston and from the camps mixed together. In addition to the indoor traveling exhibitions, we will also showcase a traveling replica of one of the “hope tents” in various outdoor locations around Houston. Inside the replica tent will be information about the “Be the Peace – Be the Hope” project, personal stories from the participating children from Houston and from the refugee camps, and a documentary of the creative journey in action.

As a citizen led call-to-action, we will host a contest inviting the Houston youth to propose ideas and projects that encourage local actions of hope. Entries will be juried, and the winning proposal will be granted funding for its implementation in the Houston community. The idea behind these exhibitions is to demonstrate how hope can travel through different countries and cultures through the compassionate spirits of children. Through this program, children can create bridges between their cultures, using simple actions to plant seeds of hope locally while sharing hope across oceans where it can take root and spread even further

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