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Organization: The Art Miles Mural Project
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Postal address of organization/institution

2171 Pan American Plaza UN Bldg, Balboa Park,San Diego, California USA 92056

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Telephone of organization/institution

760 716 9308

PRIORITIES: All of the organization's domains of culture of peace activity

TOP PRIORITY: The organization's most important culture of peace activity

PARTNERSHIPS AND NETWORKS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

International Coalition for the Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non Violence for he Children of the World
International Education and Resource Network
International Committee of Artists for Peace
Do Peace
The Peace Alliance
International Day of Peace
Earth Charter Foundation
Endangered Planet Foundation
UNESCO office Cairo, Egypt
National Commission for UNESCO Korea
National Commission for UNESCO Egypt
UNESCO Club France
Country Coordinators in Japan, Cyprus, Italy, Spain, France, Grand Cayman, SKorea, Canada, West Bank, Pakistan, Venezuela, Mexico, Indonesia, Malaysia, Senegal, Lebanon, Austria, Slovenia, Slovkia, Bosnia, South Africa, Kenya, Haiti, United Kingdom, 39 states in the US
Crescent City Arts (New Orleans)
Sabah Kinder Arts, Atlanta, Ga USA
UNA USA San Diego
US Dept of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
California State Dept of Education

ACTIONS: What activities have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the ten years of the Decade? If you already made a report in 2005, your information from 2005 will be included in the 2010 report.

-completed more than 4,000 of the 5,280 (or 12 Miles of murals) needed to construct a MURAMID, hand painted by more than 1/2 million participants from over 125 countries
-collected, completed and delivered more than 35,000 pairs of hand painted shoes with personal notes inserted to disarmed child soldiers in Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Gambia, Kenya, South Africa, Mexico, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Appalachia USA
-created field tested curriculum for an International Intercultural Mural Exchange project with two schools in two countries creating one mural and studying one another's culture (70 partnerships)
-created a Miles of Music website collecting music for the Decade by emerging new artists
-created a MUSAIC project wherein children and youth inspired by mural art compose original music and are forming an International VIRTUAL Youth Orchestra
-Exhibited in over 300 locations in the past ten years on local, national and international levels
-Planning for the creating a gala Exhibition of the Century including a multimedia 3 D installation exhibition in Egypt in 2010 with a concert, exhibition volleyball game, film festival and light show on the Nile and a traveling multimedia exhibition
-Participating in major conferences around the globe to promote the Culture of Peace and building a sustainable educational methodology through the arts that will continue
and embrace most UN ever-changing management programs
-participated in and supported CPNN until this past year through our UNA USA Chapter
-created 2 dozen video's, YouTube videos and award winning films related to Culture of Peace activities

PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the second half of the Decade?

YES.  Despite the obliteration of the administrative (UNESCO) support and visibility, thanks to this youth movement led by the loyalty of Professor Adams, the MOVEMENT took off and continues without the bureacracy, proving change from a Culture of War to a Culture of Peace is possible (e.g. also the election of a new US administration helped).  Our progress has been phenomenal because of the interactivity of our project is so attractive to individuals, groups, and organizations, especially given the lack of funding for the arts.  It is also proof that human expression and the internet have now overpowered the old ways. The vitality, enthusiasm and high level of intelligence posssessed in our youth is what will keep the progress moving forward. They want PEACE and are making it happen, despite the obstacles.  Our numbers are proof, but the friendships formed are the testimonial.

OBSTACLES: Has your organization faced any obstacles to implementing the culture of peace and nonviolence? If so, what were they?

BUREAUCRACY! and POLITICS..especially with the election of the new DG for UNESCO!...and the lack of live persons to talk to at UNESCO.  Passing the buck and hearing"You have to get a letter of support...you have to get permission from.." a nightmarish and personally expensive circle for us since 2002, Lack of funding, but we did it without it!  Lack of recognition, press, UNESCO visibility and refusal of the US National Commission to endorse our project stating they are only interpreters of policy matters. The apathy about the resolution itself by the UN in general.

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization in the short, medium and long term to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence?

The end of 2010 is ONLY THE BEGINNING...a NEW BEGINNING because whatever "decades" the UN constructs, it will be people on the ground like many of us encounter who make it happen because WE are the ones who make it happen..as you are with this report!  We have found that the arts IS THE BEST methodology to create an institutionalized educational system in classrooms without walls that live in the hearts and souls of youth who are able to feel free to express themselves and cross all religious, social, econmic and cultural barriers.

GLOBAL MOVEMENT: How do you think the culture of peace and nonviolence could be strengthened and supported at the world level??

First, teaching a Culture of Peace must beginwith the young at the earliest possible age and we have proven that teaching through the arts works! Global exchanges are magical; seeing eachother eye to eye and heart to heart rises above any institutionalized method of teaching and in and of itself creates a movement.  As for UN resolutions, instituting programs; if the funding provided to these huge programs could be given to NGOs with proven positive track records, their investment would ensure that member states would see resolutions turn into movements and ultimately a Culture of PEACE.
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