THE WHOLE 9.COM & THE PEACE PROJECT
ANNOUNCE 3rd ANNUAL CALL FOR ARTISTS & TRAVELING EXHIBIT
All submission fees will be used to create the first Peace Center in Sierra Leone, Africa.
LOS ANGELES, CA, July 11, 2012 — In 2010, The Peace Project was founded to show that great change can happen quickly if creative people work together. Since then, 20,000+ people worldwide have joined hands in this unique collaboration and on World Peace Day, 2011, The Peace Project led Operation Rise, and distributed 10,000 pairs of crutches across Sierra Leone, Africa, instantly changing the lives of thousands of amputees, war victims, women and children. This effort was funded, in part, by The Peace Project’s 2nd Annual Call-for-Artists, proving that art truly does change the world.
The Peace Project’s 3rd Annual Call for Artists is now open and artists worldwide are invited to submit their visions of what “makes peace” before August 31st at www.thewhole9.com/thepeaceproject. Momentum from the past two years Calls will help fuel participation this year – The Peace Project’s goal is to have 2,000 artists from 50+ countries participate, which would make this one of the world’s largest collaborative art projects. Submission fees have been kept at a modest $10 (and are waived upon request) so that everyone can participate. All proceeds from this Call will help fund the first Peace Center in Sierra Leone, Africa, which will be a multi-use facility that offers critical skill training and arts and cultural programs designed to provide healing from the brutal civil war that devastated Sierra Leone and get people working and out of poverty as quickly as possible.
A traveling exhibit will be mounted and all submissions will be represented in the exhibit and in a published book. Additionally, an international panel of esteemed jurors will select 150 submissions to be featured on 1’x 1’ panels as part of the exhibition and the top 25 entries will receive prizes including cash, Peace Project merchandise and art supplies courtesy of Utrecht and Prismacolor.
The traveling exhibition will be unveiled on September 22 at the Deep Ellum ArtWalk in Dallas, TX, and will then make stops in Southern California (including at TheWhole9’s own gallery in Culver City) before traveling throughout the United States and to London. An online exhibition will be held simultaneously.
Alongside The Peace Project exhibit, a collection of originals works by Ransome Stanley entitled “Making Peace” will be shown. In this series, Ransome draws from his African roots as a London-born son of a German mother and Nigerian father to reflect on his journey to “make peace.”
Information on The Peace Project Call for Artists is at www.thewhole9.com/thepeaceproject-info.php.
For more information and to make a tax-deductible contribution to The Peace Project, visit
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For further information, contact:
Heidi Huber, The Whole 9
310-836-4605 – direct