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.
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!!!
The Mighty Bees were buzzing all over the pavement as the students, faculty and parents made their marks for peace. This is their tenth year joining us for CHALK4PEACE!