Pat Perry is Connecting Distant Communities through Street Art, Iraq and USA 2019

In an effort to connect communities located in different parts of the world, aptART (Awareness & Prevention Through Art) and the Good Works Foundation teamed up with street artist Pat Perry to create OPENING LINES.

Through the power of technology, the project introduces two groups of children living in markedly different places and provides them with a platform to interact. One group of children live in Slemani, Iraq, and the other group of children live in Biddeford, USA. These children who live miles apart are being connected through art.








Humans today are more globally connected than at any other time in history. The way a farmer plans her monthly budget at her kitchen table in rural Maine can depend on the stroke of a pen made by an OPEC delegate in a ministry office of Kurdish Iraq earlier that morning. With cultural overlap across the globe unavoidable, the peril of stereotype can be lessened by individual, personal acquaintances across borders; a literal face rather than an idea of one. aptART

The children who were in 5th grade exchanged videos and artwork with each other. One glass was in Slemani, Iraq and the other class was in Biddeford, USA.



The children painted messages alongside Pat Perry on two new murals in both of their homes 9,091 km apart.














The kids’ ideas and drawings show how their similarities far outnumber their differences, and are easily found when looking through the lens of curiosity rather than suspicion.


Check out the video below …

Art helps open a space for conversation, exploration and exchange. The project aims to expand to different locations to create more art and human connection. aptART

 

Photo Credit Emad Rashidid and Samantha Robison (Founder AptART)

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