CITYarts’ Pieces for Peace Exhibition at the German House
The German Consulate General Presents: Enlarge image Pieces4Peace (© CITYarts)
“CITYarts Pieces for Peace exhibition presents works of art by youth from 73 countries including refugee youth residing in Germany today. We believe this will strengthen youth’s hopeful voices for peace around the world.”
- Tsipi Ben-Haim, Executive & Creative Director, CITYarts
Pieces for Peace is CITYarts’ flagship international project under the Young Minds Build Bridges program. It aims to encourage cultural understanding between American youth and their peers around the world. Pieces for Peace invites youth to take responsibility for shaping their future by asking themselves, “What does peace look like to me?” In response to the tragic events of September 11, 2001 in New York City, CITYarts reached out to the world’s youth and asked them to imagine a more peaceful global community.
Since 2002, CITYarts has received over 6,000 pieces of art from over 100 schools and community centers in 73 countries, with more pieces being submitted every month. CITYarts’ hopes that local youth in each country will create their own “pieces for peace” at on-site workshops and thereby create a new Mosaic Peace Wall in their respective countries with help from professional artists. Five peace walls have already been erected in New York, Germany, Israel, Pakistan and the U.K.
CITYarts is very pleased to have Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America sponsor this exhibition, especially because they were the first sponsor for CITYarts’ peace wall in Harlem, New York in 2005 and sponsored the Pieces for Peace exhibition at the Haus der Kunst Museum in Munich, Germany and at the Allianz Forum in Berlin, Germany Enlarge image Pieces4Peace (© CITYarts)
The exhibition first opened at the Freedom Festival at Flushing Town Hall in Queens, New York in 2005 and then traveled to the Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center in New York, the UN Headquarters in New York, and the Gabarron Foundation in New York. Internationally, the exhibition has traveled to Berlin, Cairo, and Tel Aviv, among other cities. Plans are being made to bring the exhibition to The Jewish Community Museum in Madrid, Spain in September 2017, the UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland in December 2017, Paris, France in April, 2018 as well as to China, Korea, Brazil, and Poland over the next three years.
The exhibition features 100 works of art, including pieces by refugee youth currently residing in Germany. Also on display are photographs of youth engaged in the creative process at the peace walls in New York, Israel, and Pakistan, photographs of students at schools, and the CITYarts Peace Book. A documentary video by the Polish film maker, Tomasz Magierski, exploring the creative process will also be presented.
For more information please visit: www.cityarts.org
Location and time:
German Consulate General
871 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 6:00 PM
On view until October 20
Monday through Friday – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Admission is free, but an RSVP is required at: https://pieces4peace.eventbrite.com