NWSA joins hundreds of cultural institutions world wide in peace initiative

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NWSA joins hundreds of cultural institutions world wide in peace initiative.

 MIAMI – NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS announced it will join hundreds of cultural institutions worldwide, from Australia to Zimbabwe, supporting films4peace to celebrate World Peace Day—an international UN day of ceasefire, and a day for individuals, organizations and countries to demonstrate acts of peace.

films4peace, curated by Mark Coetzee, is an annual short film commission by PUMA.Peace. It features 21 of today’s most innovative artists visually interpreting the subject of peace. These art films will be released at cutural venues globally, online on World Peace Day on 21 September 2012 on a dedicated films4peace website, through socialnetworking and video sharing sites and blogs amongst others.

Live screenings will accompany the online release at major museums globally, including the Bass Museum of Art (Miami, USA) and the Design Museum (London, UK); in public urban spaces, such as the City of Barcelona (Spain) and the Laumeier Sculpture Park (St. Louis, USA); educational institutions and youth leadership conferences, such as the H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City Art Institute (USA) and the 2012 One Young World summit (Pittsburgh, USA).

September 21st, 2012
8am-8pm Lobby Screens
1pm-3pm Digital Media Lab 5211
25 NE 2nd Street
Miami, FL 33132

For more information please call 305-237-3280

The films include 35 mm live action, experimental animation and fine art. The films are 30- to 90-seconds to facilitate online as well as live screenings. None of the films are language specific. The artists were selected for the quality and scope of their work and their sensitivity in interpreting the theme.

“It's important in today's society to expose art students and the public to creative interpretations of art that seeks/ shows peace initiatives. New World School of the Arts is supportive of efforts by artists to encourage/show/expose art on World Peace Day,” said Alisa Pitchenik-Charles, digital media professor at New World School of the Arts.

“Artists confront us with the challenges that face us at this time,” said Mark Coetzee, films4peace curator. “films4peace are both disturbing and inspiring, responsive to the reality of our time but they also ask us to be responsible for our actions. PUMA.Peace wishes to contribute to making the world a better place. A world that is safer, more peaceful and more creative. We are honored that New World School of the Arts has joined us in this important initiative.”

Curator Mark Coetzee has invited 21 artists to create 17 new works:
Janet Biggs (USA)
Ergin Cavuşoğlu (Bulgaria)
Magali Charrier (France)
Gregory Crewdson and Costanza Theodoli-Braschi (USA and UK)
Yang Fudong (China)
Tom Gran and Kayleigh Gibbons (UK)
Max Hattler (Germany)
Isaac Julien (UK)
Peterson Kamwathi (Kenya)
Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy (Ireland)
Nandipha Mntambo (Swaziland)
Michael Nyman (UK)
Noriko Okaku (Japan)
Jacco Olivier (Netherlands)
Bill Porter (UK)
Levi van Veluw (Netherlands)
Hank Willis Thomas and Terence Nance (USA)

In keeping with the spirit of the commission, these films will be gifted to the world, within public domain and screening cost free, as tools for peace. By releasing these short films as broadly as possible, on mutliple live and virtual platforms, the aim is to effect positive social change andbroaden the discussions around peace globally.

For more information, to download the press release, film stills, headshots, artists' statements and biographies, please visit http://www.films4peace.com/admin/login

New World School of the Arts is Florida's premier center of excellence in the visual and performing arts. As a conservatory, NWSA develops talented students in the areas of dance, music, theater and visual arts from the ninth grade in highschool through a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor in Music college degree.NWSA offers a solid artistic program headed by some of the finest award winning faculty members recognized worldwide. NWSA programs are cutting-edge, stimulating and rich with the ethnic and cultural diversity that representsartistic trends globally. New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, and it is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.

For more information, please visit http://nwsa.mdc.edu/

Through its PUMAVision platform, PUMA is workings towards creating a better world for generations to come, and as a part of this platform, PUMA.Peace is working to inspire and educate individuals around the globe that peace is possible. Through the initiatives of PUMA.Peace, PUMA is providing real and practical expressions of this vision by strategically implementing long-term partnerships, creative initiatives and raising global awareness. For more information, please visit http://peace.puma.com.