Create Peace Project was founded in May of 2008 by Ross Holzman in San Francisco, CA. CPP was formed in response to the overwhelming amount of violence in the world, the violence and negativity streaming through the mass media, coupled with the severe lack of creative arts in people’s lives, the deterioration of arts-programing in U.S. public schools, and the suffering people are experiencing as a result. Create Peace Project is responding to growing need to strengthen human connection, cultivate self-awareness, spread hope and create peace in people’s lives. We’re all about having fun and spreading joy through the visual arts! By educating, empowering and activating joyous feelings of self-worth using the universal language of creativity, Create Peace Project achieves it mission of strengthening community and fostering self-awareness through our arts-for-peace practices. Our goal is to raise the voices and share the visions of peace from youth around the world. Create Peace Project uses two strategic processes in all of our programs Practice Creative Collaboration:
- By working in groups, we use the practice of art making to inspire community building, foster team-work, and support peaceful practices of sharing and co-creation. Through the process of creative collaboration, we focus on improving the peaceful communication and interpersonal skills of our participants. This group work results in developing individual self-esteem, creating uplifting and meaningful art, and hopes to support the fostering of self-awareness in our participants.
- Promote Positive-Peace Practices. Utilizing visual art making as our focus, Create Peace Project invites participants to actively engage in the practice of peace; being quiet, calm, and centered by teaching breathing practices, leading meditation, while encouraging interactions of kindness, respect, and loving acceptance. Using creativity, we aim to reach, educate, and inspire people on a global scale to not only create art, but to use it to spread the positive and promote peace. In this way, we invite participants to open their hearts, share their voice, and spread hope through our art-for-peace projects.