From its beginnings in 2003 in Arlington, VA, as a Sunday sidewalk chalk project for children to its recognition by the Arlington Arts Commission, the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities, the DC Mayor's Office, the Humanities Project of Arlington and Whole Foods Markets, CHALK4PEACE has grown through the efforts of hundreds of events organizers, teachers, parents, community outreach coordinators, libraries, arts centers and other peace minded individuals and organizations.

The campaign to make CHALK4PEACE worldwide began on July 16, 2005, the day after the first CHALK4PEACE event at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC. John Aaron, the Global Project Founder of CHALK4PEACE and chalk events coordinator, began a print and email campaign, sending out more than 5,000 personalized emails and 6,000 full color brochures about CHALK4PEACE for 2005-6. You may have received one or two along the way...

The global campaign spread coast to coast across the United States, to Cape Town, South Africa and in places in Europe.

Last year, more than one hundred individually organized sites with authorized clearances chalked out their messages and visions for a more peaceful planet.

CHALK4PEACE is not encouraged as an anti-war demonstration; rather, it is a creative presentation for young artists of all ages utilizing the theme of Peace.

This year, we expect CHALK4PEACE to grow even larger than last year, as it is now happening on four continents and most of the sites from last year have enlisted others to join in and/or create their own sites.

Mr. Aaron is a long time artist, sculptor, painter, educator and events coordinator who is internationally recognized for his contributions to his artforms and for creating the atmosphere conducive to make CHALK4PEACE a global event.

http://www.chalk4peace.org/about.html

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Gordon, Thanks! Really! Thanks!
CHALK4PEACE seems to have hit the proper creative nerve in the world
to encourage folks to express themselves artistically about their visions
of what Peace looks like to them. As a result, thousands of people are
drawing their own conclusions on five continents. IT IS AWESOME
WHAT YOU'RE DOING!
Tell us where YOU are going to take CHALK4PEACE....
A great dream for this project would be to get two dozen super chalk
artists (we call them CHALKSTARS) to team up in a large plaza and create
an amazing showcase peace drawing the size of a sports field that we could
photograph/video and share it with the world. CHALK4PEACE is showing
the power of art and the strength of cooperation! YOU ROCK YOU CHALK!
Tell us what you'd like to do with CHALK4PEACE in your community....

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