International Call for Artists

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PEACE, LOVE & UNDERSTANDING

The theme for The Peace Project‘s 4th Annual Call for Artists is “Peace, Love & Understanding.”

This international juried art competition and exhibition connects peace-minded individuals everywhere in the pursuit of a better world that art can help create.

I wish to invite all the amazing artists and bloggers on WordPress to submit your vision of “Peace, Love & Understanding” to this art competition that I’ve been involved with since its inception in 2010.

AWARDS

Best of Show $1,000 Cash
Peace Maker Awards (2) $ 300 Cash
Color Awards (5) Art Set (valued at $200) compliments of Prismacolor
Inspiration Awards (7) 2013 Commemorative Peace Project Book
All awardees will also receive a copy of The Best of Elvis Costello, which includes his track (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Deadline for submissions is 2pm, USA Pacific Time, August 16th, 2013.

Open to all visual artists worldwide.

Artist must be a member of TheWhole9.com and have a completed profile. (There is no cost to become a member. Click http://www.thewhole9.com.)

Work must be two-dimensional and original work may be any medium.

Original canvas may be any size, however, submitted artwork must be cropped to square as all selected pieces will be printed and mounted (by The Whole 9) on 1 foot x 1 foot panels (approximately 30.5cm x 30.5cm) for the exhibition.

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A short explanation of the artist’s vision about the piece must be included, along with a description of the medium.

150 submissions will be selected for inclusion in exhibition.

If selected, artist must be able to provide a high-quality, high-resolution file (minimum of 300 dpi) of image that will be printed and mounted on a panel.

Artists retain rights to submitted works, but grant The Whole 9 and The Peace Project rights to the digital reproduction of their submission(s) to include in The Peace Project’s traveling exhibition, commemorative book, and any other merchandise produced to raise funds for The Peace Project or promotion of The Peace Project. ALL proceeds from sales of artwork and merchandise will be used to transform lives through Peace Project initiatives.

SUBMISSION FEE

$10 per piece paid when piece is submitted online. Your submission will not be visible until the fee is paid.

There is no limit to the number of works that may be submitted.

More than one piece from an artist may be selected and included in the exhibit.

DEADLINES

Entries must be submitted online by 2pm Pacific Time, Friday, August 16th, 2013.

Notification of juried results will be announced by September 7th, 2013.

EMPOWERED PARTICIPATION

The Peace Project and The Whole 9 are conceived upon the philosophy of inclusion — encouraging people from all cultures, religions, and creative walks of life, to participate, connect, share resources, and help find solutions for a better world. We will gladly waive the fee for any artist (especially artists outside of North America) that wants to participate but is unable to do so because of the submission fee or because PayPal is not used in your country.

Please follow the submission instructions and when you get to the payment page, log out and send an email to thepeaceproject@thewhole9.com and we will post your submission.

Learn about what The Peace Project has accomplished with the help of artists worldwide by visiting http://www.thepeaceproject.com

MARK ACETELLI & THE WAITING

PEACE TRAVELS

This exhibition will be unveiled on World Peace Day, September 21st at Affair of the Arts in Culver City, CA, and will then makes stops throughout the United States. Confirmed appearances include:

September 21st & 22nd — Affair of the Arts, Culver City, CA

October 3rd — Evening Reception, Landmark Arts Building, Chelsea, NY

October 5th — Open House, Landmark Arts Building, Chelsea, NY

October 12th — 29 Pieces, Dallas, TX

November 1st — Long Beach First Fridays (in conjunction with Gallery Expo), Long Beach, CA

November 23rd — The Whole 9 Gallery, Culver City, CA

Early 2014 — San Francisco, CA

Thank you and we look forward to receiving your artwork.

Peace and blessings,

Michele

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

Child of a polio victim

An African boy looks up at the camera.

His father is disabled and he’s playing with his father’s crutches.

The family live on a $1 a day and these crutches are the only ‘toys’ the boy has to play with.

For this week’s WordPress photo challenge on the theme of ‘Up’,  I’m wondering what is uppermost in this boy’s mind at the moment I took the photograph.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

1 Amputee Sierra Leone

The Peace Project, an international social movement that I work with in Sierra Leone, changed this man’s life by giving him a pair of crutches.

I took this photograph in May 2012 during one of The Peace Project’s crutch distribution efforts in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

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Fork in the road

A gentleman whose leg was forcibly amputated by a child soldier during the civil war in Sierra Leone takes his first steps with a new pair of crutches that were donated to him by The Peace Project.

I photographed him as he navigated the rush hour traffic in Sierra Leone’s capital city. 

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This man has polio.

This is his home.

This is the toilet he shares with more than 200 people.

A fellow resident returns home after work.

The child of a polio sufferer plays with his ‘toys’.

This is how one man walks to work.

The Peace Project is helping to transform the lives of thousands of people in Sierra Leone.

With your support even greater change is possible.

Please visit : http://www.indiegogo.com/makepeace2012

Thank you.

Michele D’Acosta

UK Director of Operations for The Peace Project.

International Women’s Day

Today I was invited to speak about my work with The Peace Project at the International Women’s Day event in Hastings, Sussex.

I’m delighted to say that not only did I receive a huge amount of support for The Peace Project but I had two laptops available for women to cast their votes in an online competition to help The Peace Project win a $50,000 grant to build the first peace centre in Sierra Leone.

We are currently in 3rd place so please vote and help us get into 1st place and win the grant.

Please visit this link and click VOTE FOR THIS to vote every day from now until 31st March.

http://www.cultivatewines.com/cause/6100/

If we all vote together we really will make a difference in this world today.

Thank you again for all your support.

Michele

Peace and Illumination

As some of you may know I work for a small charity called The Peace Project (www.thepeaceproject.com). The focus of our charity has been on distributing crutches to thousands of amputees and polio sufferers in Sierra Leone backed up by our philosophy that the first step to sustainable peace is personal mobility. In Sierra Leone, thousands of men, women and children suffered the horror of having one (or several) of their limbs forcibly amputated.

In an overwhelming number of cases the amputations were carried out by drugged child soldiers in an assault on the nation’s population that rebel forces dubbed ‘Operation No Living Thing’. The reasons behind these crimes against humanity are manifold, but for the purpose of simplicity, the hunger of certain interest groups to control the regions of Sierra Leone that produce diamonds (blood diamonds) was the primary motivation for embarking on a civil war that killed and maimed thousands of people and scorched the earth of one of the most beautiful countries in our world.

A decade after the civil war ended, there are still thousands of amputees who are forced to crawl on all fours to get around due to the impoverished situation of disabled Sierra Leoneans who cannot afford the cost of a pair of crutches. In order to raise awareness (and funds) for disabled people in Sierra Leone I am willing to do whatever it takes to help relieve the suffering of thousands who live in a country that is a long way from my home. In addition, many of the people who read this blog contribute their time, energy, love and financial resources to making this work possible.

Please may I take this opportunity to thank you — Eliza, Sarah, Rosendo, Elizabeth, Kentake, Dreaddaze, Lewis, Michael, Akila, Chris, Jc, Pablo, Cecelia, Bridget and Elias. And a final thank you to Lisa Schultz who founded The Peace Project in 2010. Please join with us on our next initiative to build the first Peace Centre in Sierra Leone. http://www.cultivatewines.com/cause/6100/

Thank you  again — and please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like further information on how to get involved in the work that we’re doing. Peace and blessings to you. Michele.