Iraqi/American Mural workshop: “How Will They Know Us? Building a Culture of Peace”

Date(s) - Saturday 03/28/2009 - 03/29/2009
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  Wedd and Shahad Painting, Photo by Tyler Boudreau


PRESS RELEASE An Iraqi/American Mural project to be held in Troy.

On Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29 a two day workshop, “How Will They Know Us? Building a Culture of Peace,” will be held at the Sanctuary for Independent Media to bring together a group of local Iraqi and American youth to collaborate on a mural painting project. The workshop will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Guided by Claudia Lefko, director of the Iraqi Children’s Art Exchange, Branda Miller, Rensselaer professor of media arts, and mural artists, Linda Iannacone and Lauren Jacobs, the American and Iraqi youth ages 8 to 18 will work together to shed light on the Iraqi refugee experiences and to share visions of a peaceful and just coexistence through artistic expression.

 Professor Branda Miller’s students from her “Art, Community, Technology Class” at RPI and artist Linda Iannacone, an experienced muralist, will also help facilitate the workshop. Branda Miller is a media artist and educator and co-founder of The Sanctuary for Independent Media.

The ultimate destination of the mural is Egypt, where in September, 2010, the end of the UNESCO Decade of Peace and Non-violence Among Children will be celebrated with a giant, gala exhibition of thousands of murals created by children and youth from around the world. Claudia Lefko’s organization the Iraqi Children’s Art Exchange is coordinating The Iraq Art Mile as part of The Art Miles Murals, an international project that emerged in support of the UNESCO Decade of Peace. The Iraqi Art Mile will be a series of murals painted in the Middle East and in the US with the theme: Building a Culture of Peace: Who Are We/Who Are They.

The workshop is being co-sponsored by the Sanctuary for Independent Media, the Iraqi Children’s Art Exchange, and the Iraqi Refugee Project. The Iraqi Children’s Art Exchange in Northampton, MA invites Iraqi and American children and youth to participate in art-inspired project .to foster communication, and promote peace and nonviolence. The Iraqi Refugee Project is a coalition of Women Against War, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Women’s Association for Family Affairs whose goal is to support the needs of Iraqi refugees locally and internationally through direct assistance, advocacy and education about the issue.

The Sanctuary for Independent Media is a telecommunications production facility dedicated to community media arts, located in an historic former church at 3361 6th Avenue in north Troy, NY. The workshop is free but participants must register ahead of time as space is limited. For more information or to register call (518) 272-2390 or 441-0229 or check

Contact: Branda Miller 518- 272-2390, Susan Davies 518-392-9477, or 518-441-0229 or Maureen Aumand, [email protected]

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