The Peace Mural

The PEACE MURAL, painted by 500 children in 14 schools to welcome the Dalai Lama & the Peace Summit to Newark. 

Newark’s largest collaborative artwork, painted by 500 Newark children in 14 schools, numerous community organizations and former Mayor, current senator Cory Booker, to greet the Dalai Lama and the International Peace Education Summit to the city. The PEACE mural was featured on a page 1 of the star ledger on May 9, with the headline: “To Welcome Dalai Lama, Newark Pictures Peace.”

On May 12, 2011, over 350 attendees gathered for the unveiling of the PEACE mural, the first mural under the collaborative initiative of the Barat Foundation Youth Initiative and the Newark Interfaith Coalition for Hope and Peace, “Messages through Murals”. The PEACE mural was painted by over 500 students at 14 Newark Schools as a welcome to the highly anticipated arrival of his holiness, the XIVth Dalai Lama, Nobel Laureates Dr. Shirin Ebadi and Jody Williams, and the Newark Peace Education Summit.

“The Peace Summit was motivating”, says Chandri Barat, Executive Director of the Barat Foundation Youth Initiative. “Now that the Summit is over, the PEACE mural remains as a permanent 4-story statement testifying to the power of art as a universal communicator.”

The mural is the larges t community-based public artwork in the history of the City of Newark, NJ, and is placed on the prominent Broad Street facade of the Integrity House. Over the course of 45 days, 500 children, and 14 schools worked together with the mural’s designer, Dan Fenelon, mural facilitator Sue Daly, and a team of artists in residence provided by the Barat Foundation to complete the PEACE mural.

The PEACE Mural was made possible by: MCJ Amelia Foundation, Nicholson Foundation, Horzon Blue Cross, Genova Burns and Giantomasi, Dr. Clement Price, Congregation B’nai Jeshrun of Short Hills, Episcopal Diocese of Newark, Lina and John Levi, Integrity House, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Team Academy, St. Benedict’s Academy, and North 13th Street Essex County Vocational High School.

The mural will be a mainstay in the City of Newark and will continue to further promote the mission of the Newark Peace Education Summit, the Barat Foundation, and the Newark Interfaith Coalition for hope and peace.