Thursday, March 25, 2010

PROFILE: Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA) Oakland, CA

MOCHA has been a part of CHALK4PEACE since 2006 when
they first decorated their courtyard for the first global event.
Rae Holzman organized the project and helped us launch it
into the children's museum network.
Clicking on the Title of this post will take you to their website
We thank MOCHA for offering a place to express peace
in Oakland. This will be their fifth year.
photos: Jerry Downs Photography

Monday, March 22, 2010

IKAROS Solar Sail Will Travel The Galaxy with CHALK4PEACE Message

IKAROS (Interplanetary Kite-craft Accelerated by Radiation Of
the Sun) is a solar sail which gathers sunlight as propulsion by
means of a large sail. This solar powered sail craft will employ
both photon propulsion and thin film solar power generation
during its interplanetary cruise. The Planetary Society invited
the world to place messages into the Solar Sail. CHALK4PEACE
is sending this message into space:
"We ask others in the universe to join the planet Earth in
expressing their vision for intergalactic peace amongst peoples
and planets through CHALK4PEACE, which is a worldwide
sidewalk chalk painting project about peace. This event became
a global expression in 2006 AD. Its purpose is to draw the world
closer to peace because we have a lot to chalk about.
Simultaneous expression. Imagine Peace."

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Notes on the Formation of a Department of Peacebuilding

CHALK4PEACE draws on the sidewalks of the world to express visions
and messages of peace. In some places, drawing on the sidewalk
with chalk is still against the law, punishable by stiff fines. Other
places, people have to get 24 hour permits to participate in such
an arts action. I choose to think that a Dept. of Peacebuilding
will advocate the relaxing of municipal ordinances nationwide
that classify chalk art as a form of graffiti to pave the way for
CHALK4PEACE to become an accepted public expression about peace.
Some might ask, "Is this really a significant issue?"
The fine for chalk drawing on the sidewalk in NYC is $350 or more.
If you draw on the sidewalk there, you're an outlaw?
Who's going to break it to the kids...?
CHALK4PEACE is in support of the formation of a Department
of Peacebuilding.
We are pleased to see that it was one of
the Top Ten Ideas voted on at

Sunday, March 14, 2010

PHOTO of the WEEK 3/15/10

At Glebe Elementary School, Arlington, VA, a young man
draws during CHALK4PEACE '06 with the aid of a
"Matisse Drawing Stick", a device similar to that which
Henri Matisse used to draw lifesize figures on large
canvases. Modified to hold chalk pastels, it allows the
chairbound and those with certain motor skill deficiencies
to reach the ground to create their drawings.

CHALK4PEACE wants EVERYONE to be able to draw the
world closer together for peace...
These units are available for schools and libraries upon
request to CHALK4PEACE, Inc. as a public service.

Friday, March 5, 2010


The Miriam College Grade School, Quezon City, Philippines
just celebrated National Art Month in Feb. by chalking 4peace
as part of their 7th grade Peace Education curriculum.
They covered a sidewalk 50 meters
Organized by Ms. Patti S. Bautista, Art Supervisor; photos: Mr. Ed Talaro