Here are some resources / directions that you might consider. I have been
working on murals with students and teachers for a couple of decades now,
and have hit on a few theme that are in line with what you are looking for.
The latest was a series of wooden panels that were cut into the shape of
flying cardinals (they were a representation of the school's mascot), each
one painted with symbols / scenes / designs that suggested peace to the
student or students who worked on them. You can view and read about the
project at the district's web site:
Each of the 4 Scrapbook pages deals with the creation of the Peace Mural.
This project is also being inked online to the Blanketing the World with
Peace electronic mural project that EMIG is hosting on their site.
In addition, I wrote an article for Art-themagazine.com whose subject
addressed how art can be used in a proactive fashion to combat violence in
society. There were several links in that article that also might give you
some ideas as well. You can view the article online at:
Hope this helps you out. Feel free to email me if you wish to discuss
> Subject: anti-violence mural suggestions
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Date: Sat, 21 Sep 2002 05:45:17 -0700
> X-Message-Number: 7
> Hello! I am in need of some suggestions. About two years ago, our middle
> school started deveoping an anti-violence program. As part of the program
> the students were asked to sign a "peace pledge"...Here is a portion: "I
> pledge to be part of the solution to end youth violence...I will not use
> words or actions which hurt others...I will serve as the eyes and ears of
> a caring community within my school and report any information that leads
> me to believe that someone else might hurt themselves or others......" It
> is a voluntary signing, one that we asked them to think through as it is
> more than a pledge, it is a commitment.