A Message from Wendy Black-Nasta
Since returning from opening our free dental clinic, and taking our children on their annual summer vacation in Tanzania last year, we have turned our focus on the needs right here in America. We are replicating our amazingly successful free eye clinics on Native American reservations this year in a project we are calling NATIVE EYES. Having provided care to thousands of villagers in eastern Tanzania and Middletown, Connecticut, we are leaving with a 37 member travel team to Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. The clinic is hosted by Sinte Gleska University, and we also have a 20+ member team right there on Rosebud. You can follow all of the details on our fb page.
This wouldn’t be possible without our supporters, partners, and everyone working with AFWP. On October 6 and 7 we will be opening our second NATIVE EYES clinic for the five Connecticut tribes and the Narragansett tribal members in Rhode Island. Another incredible and exciting project that we began in September of 2017 is our PEACE WALL PROJECT, which quickly became a MOVEMENT. For all of the details follow both of our fb pages: Artists for World Peace and 6x6 4 Peace Movement. To date over 2,000 artists from 48 states in the U.S., Italy and Canada have painted a 6”x6” canvas—which we add to our traveling PEACE WALL. Each painting is available for a $50 donation. The proceeds are helping fund our NATIVE EYES Project. Our PEACE WALL continues to travel in America and has already been to Florence, Italy. From March through April of 2019, we will be installing our PEACE WALL on the Mexican border—where artists from Mexico, the U.S. and the world are invited to come together to paint for peace and unity. ALL RACES, ALL RELIGIONS, ALL GENDERS AND ALL NATIONALITIES ARE WELCOME ON OUR PEACE WALL!
We will be bringing our PEACE WALL to Salomon Arts Gallery in Tribecca, NYC, on September 21 and 22. Come view the wall and watch artists painting live, listen to live music and join us in a celebration of the power of ART and it’s effect on bringing communities together through love, communication, and the exchange of creative energy.
Fifteen years ago when I founded AFWP I couldn’t have dreamt of where The International Peace Belt will lead us. I am grateful every day to be part of a wave of change that is the essence of who we are.
Thank you to everyone who finds their way on this journey with us!
We are grateful and humbled,