Student-driven project on display at Morada Way Third Thursday

Student-driven project on display at Morada Way Third Thursday

Be the Change promotes social justice through art

What does Pablo Picasso and a group of youth in the Florida Keys have in common? Peace, social justice and the Guernica: a 26’ x 12’ mural.

BTC PJ Board member Alex Castillo and PJ member Savannah Ackles both of Key Largo, add to the canvas at a recent Guernica workshop held in Key Largo.

The large canvas is painted with images designed to inspire action towards peace. The public is invited to view this and other Be the Change of the Florida Keys, Inc. youth art projects at the August 18th Third Thursday Walkabout, a monthly event sponsored by the Morada Way Arts and Cultural District in Islamorada.

The Guernica Project was spearheaded by Upper Keys members of the Be the Change PeaceJam Youth Board, a county wide board that plans and implements service projects to effect social change. The students designed and painted much of the large canvas and took it to Tallahassee to the PeaceJam Conference this year. Nobel Peace Laureate, Shirin Ebadi from Iran whose face is depicted on the “Lady Justice” in the mural, signed the painting at the conference.

The Kid’s Guernica Project is an international children’s art project that creates murals on a 26’ X 12” canvas, the size of Picasso’s “Guernica” painting. Inspired by this important work created to protest the brutality against the town of Guernica, Spain during the Spanish Civil War, an international group was formed around the premise that youth can express messages of peace through art to the world community.

Marina Kay Wiatt, Senior at Marathon High School and BTC PeaceJam Board member adds to the canvas at the Guernica Workshop at the PeaceJam conference in Tallahassee.

In addition to the Guernica canvas, A Peace of Art Project which is currently on exhibit at First State Bank of the Florida Keys, Inc., will also be displayed. The project is the artistic expression of high school students from all three areas of the Keys, with student participation from several schools. The themes of the paintings are based upon the “10 Global Call to Action” issues identified by ten Nobel Peace Laureates with PeaceJam, a partner of Be the Change.

For more information about Be the Change of the Florida Keys, Inc. or to host an exhibit of either project please contact Michele Sutter, Regional Prevention Coordinator at (305) 852-1664

Be the Change of the Florida Keys, Inc is a non-profit organization to build Developmental Assets® and create opportunities so every child in Monroe County can feel safe, loved, and celebrated.


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