Painting is the Language through which we Speak Peace.

Cities of Peace Illuminated is pleased to announce

in honor of
The 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

Thank you to the generous donors who are making this project happen!
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Join us in Poland as Cities of Peace Ambassadors!

January 23 - 30, 2020.

A once in a lifetime trip for
the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.
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Trip highlights include a guided visit through the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex; Shabbat dinner at the Krakow Jewish Community Center with Jonathan Ornstein, the JCC Director and members of the local Jewish community; Cities of Peace Gala dinner with The Mayor of Krakow, the S. Consul General, the Directors of the International Cultural Center, the Judaic Foundation, the Galicia Museum, the Krakow JCC, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAK); tours of Kazimierz Jewish Quarter, Krakow Umchlagplatz memorial, Oskar Schindler Factory Museum, and experience authentic Krakow cuisine and culture on a tasting tour of the best local foods and markets.

The Auschwitz Initiative is a forward-looking peacebuilding & healing initiative through arts engagement, education, and cultural diplomacy. Our goal is to help counter the global rise of antisemitism and hate.

WHEN: October 14, 2019 – March 30, 2020; Grand Unveiling January 26, 2020 as part of the 75th Anniversary Commemorative events.

WHATCreation of a Monumental Gold-illuminated Painting to honor the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau; Peacebuilding and Human Rights Education; Cultural Diplomacy.

HOW:  Created with Polish artists and scholars; Survivors and former prisoners and their families; participants with American, Israeli, German, Russian heritage; minority ethnicities murdered at Auschwitz.  

WHERE: Krakow: Home JCC Krakow; Exhibition Galicia Jewish Museum


  • Through artistic engagement, prevent violent extremism, foster leadership, collaboration, and global citizenship

  • Counter the growth of antisemitism and hate worldwide

  • Foster engaged and active citizenship that recognizes, respects and celebrates the multi-ethnic, multi-religious world in which we live.  

  • Reach 2.2 million children, two children for each person murdered at Auschwitz

If we understand the history and beauty of what has been damaged or destroyed, we can participate in the beauty of recovery and peace.
— Ellen Frank PhD

CITIES OF PEACE is a living monument of cultural landscapes and heritage preservation that features a series of large scale gold-leaf paintings honoring the history and culture of world cities that have suffered trauma and strife. Architecting a new cultural diplomacy, Cities of Peace issues a global call to recognize the critical role cities play in sustaining what is creative and hopeful in civilization. It is our mission to inspire those who view these works of art to act to protect critical urban centers throughout the world. Cities of Peace includes collaborative artistic creation, human rights education, film, internship training and peacebuilding workshops.

CITIES OF PEACE exists to continue, capture, and echo the outcry of many: to stop war, conflict and violence against humanity, against nations, against cities.