By: Patricia Ann Talley, Representative in Mexico for Peace Pals International™
Peace Pals International Art Exhibition and Awards started in 1997, inviting children around the world between the ages of 5 through 16 to submit artwork in the spirit of the universal message of peace, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” Since then, tens of thousands of artworks have been collected from every continent celebrating the visions of peace held within the hearts of youth. Peace Pals is an activity of The World Peace Prayer Society.
This international youth art contest is conducted each year between January and July. For 2017, the theme of the art contest was “Nature for All – Loving the Earth.” The program is intended to inspire a new generation of thinkers and doers across all sectors of society to connect with nature and take action to support its conservation.
International Judges from around the world, including Mexico, selected their first, second and third place choices from various age categories. Over 80 pieces of winning artwork were selected along with the top 10 finalists from each age category. On November 21, 2017, the Awards Ceremony for this year’s winners was held at La Cité du Temps, Geneva, Switzerland. The winning artwork can also be viewed on the Peace Pals website: http://wppspeacepals.org/2017-winners-and-finalists/. Congratulations to all of our winners and finalists and to all the children around the world who submitted artwork.
20th Anniversary Peace Pals Art Exhibition in Mexico
The 20th Anniversary Peace Pals Art Exhibition, featuring the winning children’s artwork, will now go on display at the United Nations in New York, and in cities around the world. This artwork from kids around the world can be combined with a display of artwork from local children to create a spectacular fundraising event for your community.
Fumi Johns Stewart, Executive Director of the World Peace Prayer Society, and Jules Lamore, Art Director for the Peace Pals program are shown at the United Nations exhibition in 2017.
The Peace Pals Children’s Art Exhibition was on display for the first time in Mexico in 2015, in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero. Now, plans are currently underway to develop a tour and fundraising events in Mexico during 2018 in celebration of the program’s 20th anniversary.
The Peace Pals Art Exhibition can be displayed at museums, schools, libraries, community centers or hotels. Guille Camarena, Director of Sales for Cala de Mar Resort (Formerly Capella Hotel) in Ixtapa, Guerrero, is shown with me at a past fundraising event in the hotel.
If you would like to arrange an exhibition and/or fundraising event in your community that benefits educational causes, please contact me: Patricia Ann Talley, firstname.lastname@example.org
May Peace Prevail on Earth!
Peace Pals International™ would like to thank our supporting organizations, IUCN CEC, IUCN RESPECC, Bella Gaia, The Fuji Declaration and Goi Peace Foundation in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Peace Pals International Art & Exhibition Awards.