Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Participatory Murals 2: Season of Nonviolence

Recently was invited to design a participatory mural illustrating the theme: "Tucson a City of Peace" as part of the Season of Nonviolence. I wanted to create an image showing people working together to change the world through creativity and nonviolence. I decided on the image of weavers, weaving peace over the planet. The image of the globe is upside down to suggest that we look and listen to what the southern half of the world is thinking, feeling and saying.

Design for the mural.

Community members were invited to paint the mobile mural during the annual Tucson Peace Fair held in Reid Park on February 24, 2007. About 45 people of all ages participated throughout the day. They had a great time, many staying until the work was finished. People would come back throughout the day to watch the progress. The Tucson Peace Fair is a great place to learn more about the social change community in the Sonoran Bioregion. In addition to the mural the day was filled with music, food, information and dance. It’s so encouraging to see so many people and groups who are working who care about the environment, peace and social justice.

Soon the mural will be taken on display to a variety of sites throughout Pima County - and maybe beyond!
For more information on the Season of Non Violence check out their web site: http://www.agnt.org/snv02.htm

Working on the mural.

The Finished Mural

1 comment:

revgerry said...

Michael, thank you so much. It is beautiful. It was a great pleasure working with you again. Your talent is amazing, and your infinite gentle patience with the children was heartwarming and inspiring. I know that you have many more phenomenal contributions to make to the world peacemaking process.