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ICAF Peace Through Art


From: BJ Berquist (berquist_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri May 10 2002 - 01:51:05 PDT

Cyprus - Peace Through Art Program

The International Child Art Foundation (ICAF) is organizing a Peace
Through Art Program for Cyprus from July 1 to July 20, 2002. The program
is supported and partially funded by the U.S. Embassy in Cyprus and
supported by the Cyprus Fulbright Commission.

Ten Greek-Cypriot and ten Turkish-Cypriot youth, ages 14 and 15, who
have grown up on opposite sides of the "Green Line" dividing the island,
will come together in Washington, DC for the three-week program.

The program's main objective is to begin preparing Cypriot youth for
mutual understanding and cooperation between the two communities, living
side by side in an open society. The challenge is to prepare these
children for the time when a political settlement will be achieved and
they will need to coexist with each other. As future leaders, they must
learn to respect each other's identities and explore what they can
share. Creating positive images of each other can help promote future
Participant selection is based on the artistic interests of the
applicants, so that the arts serve as a common interest for all in the
group. The Nation's Capital is an ideal venue because the area offers
participants an excellent opportunity to experience a variety of
cultures and observe diversity in action. The program will underscore
the leadership role of Washington, DC in peace-building efforts at this
critical time when our country and the world face dangers and threats
that cloud the future of all children.

At the crossroads of civilizations, ancient and modern, the
Mediterranean Island of Cyprus is one barometer of whether the world can
live in peace. Cyprus as an island of peace, a place of tolerance, of
coexistence and diversity, could be a symbol of hope for the Balkans,
the Middle East and beyond. If coexistence is not achievable in Cyprus,
the prospects for peace where conflicts are even more intractable may
remain dim.
The methodology for the Peace Through Art Program is being developed in
collaboration with the University of Virginia School of Medicine's
Center for the Study of Minds and Human Interaction (CSMHI). Based on
arts learning and new research on human behavior, the methodology draws
upon the creativity and imagination of young people, and informs them
about ethics of responsibility in an interdependent world. The
methodology employs the power of the arts for self-expression and
communication as a catalyst for healing and cooperation, and combines
best practices from the fields of psychology, conflict resolution and
peace education. This comprehensive and interdisciplinary methodology
can be applied in future peace programs, locally, nationally and

ICAF is a world leader in art and creativity programs for children.
ICAF publishes ChildArt magazine and organizes the Arts Olympiad, which
culminates in the "Creativity Olympics," held every four years on The
National Mall in Washington, DC. For further information, please
contact Lydia Gizdavcic, Program Manager, at (202) 973-8490 or send
email to
1350 Connecticut Avenue, NW o Washington, DC 20036-1702 o

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