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From: BJ Berquist (berquist_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Jun 04 2002 - 17:08:24 PDT

MEDIA ALERT__________
June 3, 2002 Contact: Tim Bigelow
                                                                              (202) 530-1000

WASHINGTON, DC - The International Child Art Foundation (ICAF) is
organizing a PEACE THROUGH ART PROGRAM FOR CYPRUS from July 1 to July
20, 2002 in Washington, DC. Twenty Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot youth, who
have grown up on the opposite sides of the "Green Line" dividing the
Mediterranean Island, will come together in our Nation's Capital for
three-weeks of peace education and leadership training.

The main objective of this program is to begin preparing Cypriot youth
for mutual understanding and cooperation, so they can help lead the two
communities to live side by side in an open society. The challenge is to
prepare these children for the time when a political settlement is
achieved and peaceful coexistence is essential. As future leaders, they
must learn to respect each other's cultures and explore what they can
share. Creating positive images of each other can help promote peace
and prosperity.

The methodology for the PEACE THROUGH ART PROGRAM has been developed in
collaboration with the University of Virginia School of Medicine's
Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction (CSMHI), art
therapists and conflict resolution experts. Based on arts learning and
new research on human behavior, the methodology draws upon the
creativity and imagination of young people, and teaches them the ethics
of responsibility in this interdependent global village that has come to
be our world. The methodology incorporates best practices from the
fields of psychology, conflict resolution and peace education, while
employing the power of the arts for self-expression, healing and

The Mediterranean Island of Cyprus has been dominated by diverse
civilizations for more than 2,000 years and only gained true
independence in 1960. Cyprus as a place of tolerance, coexistence and
diversity could be a symbol of hope for the Balkans, the Middle East and
beyond. But if coexistence is achievable in Cyprus, the prospects for
peace where conflicts are even more intractable may seem within reach.
ICAF's PEACE THROUGH ART METHODOLOGY can be applied in future peace
programs worldwide.

Thus far the following events are planned for invited guests and the

July 9th 11:05am Cypriot peacemakers to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the
Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery
July 16th 9:30am - 11:00am Exhibition and Reception for the Cypriot
peacemakers at the President's Gallery, The World Bank. Juliana Oyegun,
Director of the Bank's Office of Diversity and Hanna Woicke, President,
Margaret McNamara Fund, will give introductory remarks.
July 17th 3:30pm - 5:00pm Exhibition/Reception and collaborative
creation of a mural by the Cypriot peacemakers at the Rayburn Foyer,
Rayburg House Office Building. Sponsored by the Congressional Arts
Caucus. Rep. Louise L. Slaughter (D-NY) and Rep. Stephen Horn (R-CA),
Co-chairs of the Arts Caucus, scheduled to hold a press conference at
4:00 pm.

ICAF is the only national art and creativity organization for children
in the United States. ICAF also serves as a worldwide umbrella
organization. ICAF's mission is to prepare children for a creative and
cooperative future. Mrs. Harriet Mayor Fulbright is Chairman and Dr.
Ashfaq Ishaq is Executive Director of ICAF.

Ashfaq Ishaq, PhD, FRSA
Executive Director
International Child Art Foundation
1350 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 530-1000
(202) 530-1080 Fax
Forwarded by:
BJ Berquist
Associate Educator, TAPPED IN