For release: February 11, 2010
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For the second year in a row, the Department of Art, in collaboration with the Hispanic
Student Association, Davis Community Center, Creative Aging Midsouth, Kingsbury High
School, and PeaceJam, will organize a mural project to be completed on Saturday, February
20, during the Midsouth PeaceJam Youth Conference 2010 (February 20 & 21). This year’s
guest muralist is Valerie Aranda, associate professor of art at Georgia College &
State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. A visual artist, educator, and cultural
activist, Aranda has led several mural projects, most recently a community mural on
leadership with San Anto Cultural Arts in San Antonio, Texas. She is a board member
of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture and has been involved with
various organizations such as, Xicanindio Artes in Arizona, California, Women’s Caucus
for Arts and the Latino Intercollegiate Consortium of Georgia.
|Valerie Aranda's Maxwell Student Union Mural, "Creating Change."
This year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate to visit Memphis in conjunction with PeaceJam
2010 is Iranian native Shirin Ebadi. Ebadi received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003
for her efforts for peace and women’s rights in Iran and across the Middle East. A
lawyer by trade, she lives in Iran, where she continues to defend the human rights
of all people. Ebadi will give a public talk on Friday, February 19 at 4 p.m. at the
University of Memphis Michael D. Rose Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.
The PeaceJam Youth Conference, which begins on February 20, will be held at Rhodes
The mural will be painted in the cafeteria of Lester Elementary School in the Memphis’
Binghamton neighborhood. For the project, participating groups will fill blank postcards
with original artwork that explores questions of hope through education. The postcards,
similar to fabric pieces used to make a quilt, will become part of the “Hope Through
Education Mural,” an intergenerational work of art.
Goal of the project is to communicate individual and collective visions of hope, and
express how art can be a vehicle to understand and convey issues of community, history,
and the universal desire of for a better life through education. During the process
each group will have a chance to develop an understanding of community and self, to
discover the similarities or differences between individual and collective interpretations
of the theme of hope through education.
PeaceJam is an international education program focused on the lives and work of 12
Nobel Peace Laureates. BRIDGES Inc., in partnership with Rhodes College, is the program’s
Mid-South sponsor, providing youth from Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana
and Florida with invaluable insights on making peace in the world.