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ASU DT Phoenix campus co-curators with the Cultural Arts Coalition and Community Collaborators for Peace, Exhibition – August 12, 2009 – January 11, 2010:
"Practical Acts of Peace Building: Recognizing the International Day of Peace and Mind-Body Wellness"

ASU DPc, University Center Building, 411 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Purpose of Exhibition:
To establish, strengthen and sustain partnership between ASU Downtown Phoenix campus, community organizations and members and serve as a vehicle to increase the university's social embeddedness in the community at large."For Our Eyes" art exhibition, in partnership with the Cultural Arts Coalition as co-curators for this exhibition, serves not only to showcase the works of artists from the community but provides an opportunity to reach into the classroom and share a timely story. An integrated highlight will come from the Morrison Institute's "Arizona's Mind-Body Problem: Mental Health Systems and Choices" Forum 411 report sponsored by Westcor.
Here's the link to the ASU Morrison report:
http://www.asu.edu/copp/morrison/forum411_issue5.htm

These two artworks were created in reference to the theme of this exhibition by Carolina Parra Morales.
http://www.artecarolinaparram.blogspot.com

The "Mind-Body Solution" woven throughout this exhibition is demonstrated through the arts as a means toward mental wellness and practical acts of peace. Engagement in this exhibition allows ASU and the community to explore the concept of the United Nations proclaimed International Day of Peace, Monday, September 21, 2009.

One panel of a triptych by youth at Las Artes
http://www.ArtsCARE.org/cac.event.37.shtml

Peace building is different from "peacemaking" and "peacekeeping" in that it focuses on creating a long-term culture of peace, rather than solving existing conflicts or preventing old ones from re-occurring. Peace building activities aim at building understanding and tolerance between individuals, communities and societies and establishing new structures of cooperation. Peace building activities range in scale from personal acts of kindness toward others to global inter-governmental programs.
http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org/

This painting by Nubia Owens created specifically for the exhibition requests of the viewer to consider the "cross roads and cross walks in our lives of choices" and how we can be in harmony and balance with not only ourselves but the world around us. The metaphor of the human in zebra skin gives us information about how the zebra protects itself when a predator approaches. They juxtapose their bodies to create an indistinct stripe pattern, appearing to be larger and more secure than when alone.

Through the personal interpretations of the different paintings we can learn how these individuals not only present a dialogue concerning "Acts of Peace Building", but how they also direct those non-profits to support and promote this work that benefit humanity. Each artwork has an accompanying informative template.

Anne Coe is an internationally recognized artist and an ASU M.F.A. graduate who explores the balance in relationships between humans and the environment.Here we are given a visual dialogue on Gluttony, the excessive desires and obsessions in our lives. Ms. Coe's artworks are on loan from the Larsen Gallery in Scottsdale. http://www.larsengallery.com/ During Governor Symington's administration, Anne, a fourth generation Arizonan, received an Arizona Superstition Land Trust, an initiative to create a model for sustainable desert communities.

"I once had an art critic tell me that all an artist had to do was paint beautiful paintings. I disagree. We all have to be engaged in the world and work for those things that we truly value. The land and the creatures that surround my desert studio are often my greatest inspiration. These wild lands are filled with promise and I take comfort in them. It is only natural then that I work to protect this fragile and awesome place. Over the years I have been involved in many activities aimed at doing just that." http://www.annecoe.com/about/otherInterests.html

There is another Morrison report on the internet that relates to this issue:
The Treasure of the Superstitions is the result of a group of public and private entities wanting to think in new ways about Arizona's unique state trust land. It is not a "plan" for Superstition Vistas. Instead, this report seeks to encourage stakeholders to develop an enduring vision. To that end, The Treasure of the Superstitionslays out three scenarios for the area's future. Each shows how policy decisions made in the near future could influence development over the next 50 to 60 years. http://www.asu.edu/copp/morrison/SVISTAS.pdf

Many of the artworks in this exhibition may be purchased.Information is available by contacting Malissa Geer, Community Engagement Liaison, Office of the University Vice President at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus, 602-496-0968.

This greater Phoenix community collaboration's intention is that these visual expressions will call upon our human need to dialog and create conversations and therein create shared understanding - causing us to pause for meaningful conversations around critical issues and public policies. The art exhibition further expands opportunities for student achievement and success, and the exchange of ideas both in the classroom and in the public arena.

…That we will visit some of the spaces photographed and shown in this exhibition is another goal. Photo from the Japanese Gardens on 3rd Avenue and Portland, a little over a mile north of this campus. http://www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org/

Beautiful photographs from the Arizona Wilderness Coalition can also be viewed in the exhibition. Hiking the great open spaces is meditative, aesthetically pleasing and physically rewarding.
http://www.azwild.org/

Join Us...and You Will Help Protect Arizona's Special Wild Places. The AWC is actively trying to locate, organize, and empower citizens like you, who care about Arizona's wild lands. For more than 20 years, the Coalition has been working with volunteers to conduct wild land inventories, educate citizens about the unique attributes of Arizona's landscape, and empower our activists to build support for their lasting protection.

Hopefully persons will take the time to reflect upon their own fears that can make one angry, confused and frantic in this very chaotic world.

Within the attached information templates one can learn about an organization like Release the Fear, Inc. founded and directed by Robert Miley.
http://www.releasethefear.org; info@releasethefear.org

Release the Fear, Inc. organization has worked with thousands of at-risk youth and adults in Arizona and around the world, offering experiential programs that help reverse the paralyzing affects of fear and diminished self-worth. Participants develop invaluable core life skills that encourage better critical problem solving and a healthy sense of understanding self and others.

Through other non-profits like PSA Art Awakenings is a psycho social rehabilitation program for adults and youth who are challenged by serious behavioral health challenges and mental illnesses. The PSA Art Awakenings team believes in the healing power of creativity and all agree that: Art Saves Lives! A team of dedicated behavioral health professionals, the majority are also artists whose notoriety ranges from cities scattered throughout the United States to across the continents.
http://www.artawakenings.org/

Subject matter for this exhibition is powerfully rendered when we consider cause and those persons who are the peace makers of the world by overcoming their fears.Two more incredible artworks above by Carolina Parra Morales,a recent graduate from the University in Hermosillo, Mexico.

All of the tile works and painting in the above three images have been created in studios directed by staff for PSA Art Awakenings and Las Artes. WE are very fortunate to have this opportunity to showcase their work and feature the programs they present in their different facilities.

At Las Artes the primary objective of 4 months duration is for each youth to receive one's GED, plus guidance in job application and the creation of a resume: One half of the day spent creating art the other half on scholastic achievement.

This exhibition came to fruition due to many volunteer hours and community citizens who have worked collaboratively to present this body of artworks to you. We are greatly appreciative of their commitment and service to ASU Downtown campus administration and staff.

Non-profit organizations who have collaged documentation of their vast services and programming also feel honored to be acknowledged and shown in this exhibition. Since this is a College of Public Programs it only seems appropriate that their stories be told so students in these areas of study might learn from these non-profit directors' principles of best practices.

TurtleWill is dedicated to the improvement of the lives of traditional peoples in Ethiopia, Mali and Niger in a manner that is consistent with their traditions and cultures, through locally driven projects that maintain choice.
http://www.turtlewill.org/

Who We Help: Peoples in the remote bush with little recourse to medical, economic or educational aids; who are often ignored by their own governments; and who are reached by the world's major humanitarian organizations only in times of national catastrophes. Populations helped include the Tuareg and Wodaabe nomads of Niger; the Tuareg, Dogon, Fulani, Songhai and Bozo of Mali; the Mursi, Karo, Hamar and Borana of southern Ethiopia.

Irma Turtle,the founder and director of TurtleWill, is also an artist who has created these paintings and a book that is illustrated with them on "Universal Love and Compassion".My drawings depict the world the way I want it to be and know it can be. They are all about a world of magnificent Universal Love.
http://www.irmaturtleart.com/home.htm

Dr. Eugene Grigsby, Jr. is not only an ASU Professor Emeritus whose artworks grace the walls of the upper floor offices; but he is also the founder and director of COBA, Consortium of Black Organizations and Others for the Arts. COBA was formed in 1983 to support the exhibition "Animals, Birds & Myths in African Art" at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. Dr. Eugene Grigsby, art educator, agreed to the support request on the condition that the event would involve the African American community in the planning and the producing of the exhibition.

TheFamily reflects my interest and concern about my family and families in general.This image shows a family of mixed races, the design reflects the influences of my studies of African design, especially of the Kuba who live in the Congo.This enabled me to use a variety of colors, textures and geometric shapes to represent universal family. In tribal cultures there is a different way of looking at the self in relation to other members of the community.In Western cultures we say "I Think, therefore I am".In tribal cultures the thinking is "I am because We are". It takes a village to raise a child.The family unit is the basis for Humanity.Eugene Grigsby, Jr.

The existing relationships between Martin Moreno, Francisco Garcia, Las Artes and persons within the Cultural Arts Coalition represent a series of both spontaneous and purposeful connections over time, and were the impetus for the mural project. In recognition of this work in community and connection with the theme "Practical Acts of Peace Building: Recognizing the International Day of Peace and Mind-Body Wellness", CAC co-director recommended to Martin that a mural be created at Las Artes during their summer youth development program. This artwork would hang at ASU Downtown campus as part of a significant exhibition during 2009-2010.
http://www.ArtsCARE.org/cac.intro.shtml

The Cultural Arts Coalition provided project funding for the materials and supplies, and coordinated logistics with ASU staff so that this mural could become a reality.

As one walks through this exhibition, one will encounter images and symbols that are metaphors for very rich stories.If you have the time, take a few minutes to reflect on their possible meaning.Questions, please contact judy butzine 602.375.9553.

Local neighborhood organizations that care for communities are also represented. Neighborhood Ministries: They are a family to this economic depressed community providing a Health Care Center and Head Start programs.Neighborhood Ministries is meeting the needs of this very diverse community.
http://www.nmaz.org/missiondistinctives.aspx

Another is Prosumer Mujeres. This community organization is closely affiliated with the ASU DT Phoenix campus College of Nursing.They strive to address community integration through strong neighborhood, church, and healthcare setting involvement through the leadership of community women and activist for Latina health.Adriana Perez is the Project Director.

New Song Center has been invited to participate as well. New Song is really excited about this invitation. They have recently merged with Hospice of the Valley. Your not-for-profit hospice since 1977. Lisa E. Schmitt is the Executive Director for New Song Center for Grieving Children, a program of Hospice of the Valley.
www.hospiceofthevalley.org

We are very please to feature some of these clients' artworks.

On a local level artwork from NAMI Arizona is a non-profit membership organization of persons affected by mental illnesses.They not only include people with mental illnesses, but their parents, children, spouses, siblings, and friends. NAMI staff provides education classes, support groups, resource referrals, and information free of charge to Arizona communities.
http://namiaz.org/about_namiaz.html

The colleges and schools of ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus have a commitment to the social and economic advancement of the many diverse communities of the metropolitan region. ASU is growing this campus into a center of intellectual and cultural engagement, within the vibrant urban core of the City of Phoenix, with knowledge at its foundation. From the design of the campus throughout the heart of downtown, to the proximity of hundreds of university partners and institutions: thousands of people and organizations, the campus offers an unparalleled opportunity to make a difference by directly connecting with the people it serves.

Charis Elliot pictured above with Dean Debra Friedman and Malissa Geer is one of the co-directors of Las Otras Hermanas.
http://studentventures.asu.edu/projects/2008/los_otras_hermanas.html

Los Otras Hermanas (LOH) is a non-profit organization committed to empowering communities by advancing economic and social justice. They work in solidarity with community-based organizations to foster economic and community development through fair trading practices. This particular visual story concerns the women of Juarez who have been brutally murdered in the past decade and little done to uncover their perpetrators.

Through forming a clothing cooperative to aid these women in sustaining a livelihood a system of Fair Trade was established. The woman's hand in the picture to the left of the dress is one of these participating persons.

Charis is opening a Fair Trade Store with Michele White across the Street next door to the second Fair Trade Café @ the Civic Park space in the lower area of the A.E. England Building.

Another Social Entrepreneurship and clothing line is co-founded and co-directed by "Chuck" Charles Banaszewski, ASU PhD graduate: Spraygraphic
http://www.spraygraphic.com/

Spraygraphic is a free online community for Creative Minds. Our site allows members to share their Art, Design, Activism, Travel Adventures, and Activities with each other. The Spraygraphic Community is dedicated to bringing creative people together.

We encourage you to connect, look, listen, and learn from one another.

Join our Creative Community

The creation of the t-shirt from the SEEING Lesson.

The plates that take the images to the shirt…

Spraygraphic Apparel™ is a clothing company dedicated to developing Thought Provoking Style™ for people to wear and enjoy. The clothes we wear have the power to speak to others about how we feel, what we think, and what we would like others to think about. Spraygraphic is more than just throwing on a plain old shirt. It is an active choice that has the capacity to make a difference in your life and the life of others. We have always preferred to find and wear clothes that have pushed us to think, inspired us to imagine, and invited us to look at life differently (if only for a moment). All of our social commentary, images, and ideas are made of sweatshop free clothing.

Those images of Action and persons important to the work of Spraygraphic.

So many artists of local, national and international lives contributed to the significance and meaning of this exhibition. Mitra Kamali is Iranian and was a student caught in this country with her sister during the time of the Khomeini take over of Iran in 1982. Her father, a former poet laureate of Iran and editor of a pro-western news paper and science magazine, was immediately put under house arrest due to his opposition to the fundamentalist régime. Together with her sister they saved enough money after eight years to buy their mother's and father's freedom to move the United States.

In the painting above Mime, Body and Soul, Mitratells the story of a white masked mime, puzzling hearts in the midst of Mardi Gras Carnival in New Orleans represent the mime's truest desirers. In essence wearing a mask is not limited to mimes, clowns or harlequins. We all wear invisible masks throughout our lives for protection, to be accepted, to be beautiful, to be powerful, as a victim, or as a villain and so on.

The manifestation of wearing a mask is seen during carnivals that are celebrated in almost all cultures of the world. Here the Carnival ground is the stage people, the actors dressing up in costumes allowing them freedom to behave as feely as they desire.

Mitra's artworks are expressions of a traditional way of life."Generation Bridge" portrays the timeless bond between a child and her grandmother: a bond that cannot be destroyed by any weapon.In Old Persian culture of 2, 500 years it is believed that once the root is planted right, a tree grows up straight to withstand the strongest winds. A strong root system that is grounded in integrity and honesty makes up the main ingredients to develop a child with positive mental attitudes. The root system is symbolized here by the bench that is set in concrete where grandmother and child are the cycles of love and family bonding.

Strong family support allows a child to be nurtured into adulthood to be secure, trustworthy, confident, fearless and gentle with a happy heart. He or she as an adult can then portray his or her positive image to society and help bring acts of kindness to others.

All of the stories through the artworks depicting these messages are timeless in their value to each of us as human beings.Alexander Krump travels the world to experience the many cultures that continue to survive and thrive in spite of war and devastation.Cultures remain intact with their values, ideas and beliefs that enrich that society and bring strong messages of love and compassion to the next generation.By living these stories and passing them down through one's visual interpretations one has the possibility of ridding and transforming his or her existence of possible fears that one may possess. Art Making is Healing!

The visual arts are the primary medium of this exhibition, but the art of dance is also told through the paintings that document this important art form. Joseph Perez "Sentrock" is a performance artist utilizing the physical and emotional in the art he creates on the street and in community.It is a communal activity taken out of the studio and into the art making and energy of this action into everyday life.

This incredible movement and power is captured in the photography.

The purpose of all art is to create an external reflection of the self.The use of dance or movement in any situation allows for the participant to indulge in self reflection.When a group of people come together at a time and place to dance, they move towards a common idea.The Flash Mob Dance done for the International Day of Peace created interconnected communities of movers that worked together to create a dance that reflected as a group the idea of peaceful movement. Through this creation it is C-c Braun's hope that these individuals take with them the idea of bringing peace towards others not only through movement but also through other "Acts of Kindness".C-c is an ASU Master's Graduate in dance. This program will occur on September 21st, Monday at the Arizona Center at NOON. Location: 3rd Street and Van Buren around Sam's Cafe.

"The use of movement as a healing tool is rooted in the idea that the body and the mind are inseparable. Its basic premise is that body movement reflects inner emotional states and that changes in movement behavior can lead to changes in the psyche, thus promoting health and growth." Fran Levy

C-c Braun is currently teaching a variety of dance technique classes and working with Physical Graffiti at Glendale Community College. She also teaches at the Mesa Arts Center and dances with Flux Dance Project.

Throughout this exhibition the "Act of Building Peace Through Education" is stressed over and over again.In Mitra Kamali's painting of "Dilemma" the suggestion of questioning through critical inquiry, to problem solve is essential.

This broadens our capacities for greater possibilities in our lives.

At Orangewood School, Anna Davis, Social Studies teacher for 150 8th graders studied the concept of "Tolerance" in relationship to "Envisioning Peace". http://www.ArtsCARE.org/cac.event.51.shtml Unfortunately Social Studies programs are not viewed as a core curriculum of academic instruction for our children. How else will they learn about ways to engage persons in more tolerant behavior unless they know the history and lessons of the past; and they understand the ways of our governmental systems?

Thank you for taking the time to review this comprehensive documenting of:

"Practical Acts of Peace Building: Recognizing the International Day of Peace and Mind-Body Wellness" exhibition.

Community Collaborative for Peace Listing of Events:International Day of Peace Events in Phoenix, Sept. 20th & 21st, 2009
A Community Collaborative for Peace in partnership with ASU Downtown Phoenix campus officials is celebrating the International Day of Peace proclaimed by the United Nations on Sunday and Monday, September 20 and 21, 2009. The first action public participation planning session for this FREE Public Event occurred on February 27 at ASU Downtown campus. It was attended by community individuals from a cross section of the city, including professors, artists, nonprofit organization administrators, local citizens and policy makers.

The mission statement for this group of concerned persons: In recognition of the International Day of Peace in Arizona, we are creating, through demonstrations and celebrations, a tradition of Practical Acts of PEACE.  
Community Collaborative for Peace Listing of Events

International Day of September 20th and 21st, Sunday and Monday, Schedule of Events: FREE to all in the Community & Organized by a Community Collaborative for Peace, all volunteers. Questions please contact judy butzine (602) 375-9553
Exhibition for International Day of Peace at ASU Downtown campus, 2nd floor, 411 N. Central Avenue Building, Phoenix. August 12, 2009 to January 11, 2010. Open to public
Date Time Description
9/20 6:00PM
-7:00PM
Meet at Release the Fear's Grace Chapel (NW corner 3rd Ave. & Monroe) to begin Peace program. Attorney General Terry Goddard to introduce events. Open to public.
9/21 6:00AM
-8:30AM
Japanese Gardens (3rd Ave. & Portland near Hance Park)-Sunrise Ceremony and Celebration with Yoga and meditation. $1.00 donation and/or nonperishable food item. Open to the Public.

Breakfast and art making activities at Call-A-Teen Charter School, closed to general public.
9/21 11:00AM
-1:00PM
Peace Program in lobby at ASU DPc 411 N. Central Avenue Building. View exhibition on 2nd floor
9/21 12:00PM Flash Mob Dance at Arizona Center, 3rd Street & Van Buren, near Sam’s Café, Free to all to perform or view.
9/21 2:00PM
-4:00PM
Panel discussion on “Tools for Community Peace Building” at ASU DPc. Open to Public
9/21 5:00PM
-7:30PM
Closing Ceremony at Civic Park space on Central with lots of interactive entertainment. This includes visual artists’ reception and acknowledgment. Open to Public.
9/21 7:35PM
-9:00PM
Walk across the street to ASU DPc, 2nd floor to honor artists whose work addresses this theme.