CHALK4PEACE at the Lighthouse ArtCenter, Tequesta, FL 9/16/17

Hurricane Irma couldn't slow the progress of CHALK4PEACE at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, FL as Master Street Painter and Arts Organizer extraordinaire Jennifer Chaparro teamed up with her photojournalist husband Craig Houdeshell and the Lighthouse ArtCenter to hold their first CHALK4PEACE event for the community. After Jennifer fashioned a 60 foot peace symbol, some 70 young artists of all ages stopped by to make their mark for peace less than a week after Irma's hundred mile an hour winds blew through town. These exquisite photos document this wonderful resiliency and creativity; and we look forward to working with our friends from Florida more in the future. Click on the photos to see the slideshow.

Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art: (link will work soon.)

The Summer I Built a Church: Creating A Portrait of the Emanuel AME Church of Charleston in Porcelain

I was commissioned this summer to create a memorial tribute to the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC and the Emanuel 9. I spent 500+ hours in the creation of this piece, completed it three weeks before the deadline; the rest of what is happening is a story still to be revealed and resolved. I was hired because in the past I had created architectural portraits in clay of Charleston buildings and used that art to raise funds for non-profit causes in the city. Perhaps this project can help people to heal and take some comfort in this effort made to honor the Fallen. I hope to share this piece with the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in the future when the time is right.

CHALK4PEACE is headed back to the United Nations!

Our wonderful East Coast Team CHALK4PEACE led by Marielle Mariano, C4P Team Leader; and James Tretick, Lead C4P Photographer, will again be working with Jean Trudel and the United Nations Department of Public Information to create an interactive chalk art project on the Visitor's Plaza of the UN on International Student Peace Day, September 15. We are excited that CHALK4PEACE has been invited back to bring Peace to the UN Plaza! We will keep you posted and share the dizzying array of photos, videos and stories that tell the story of how we work to unite the world with art. Go get 'em Team C4P!!!