CITIES OF PEACE's innovative program, Peace Education through the Visual Arts, offers a variety of customizable frameworks in peacebuilding and leadership for students, artists, educators and the public. Our program integrates the use of art to celebrate civil society through multi-disciplinary and inter-art curriculum and inquiry: history, religion, governance, archeology, science and literature. Importantly, our peace education program provides participants with tools to aid in developing their active sense of global responsibility, conflict resolution, and community building. Our curricula are suitable for individuals and groups, including populations at risk, marginalized, in exile as well as host populations.

In fall 2018 Cities of Peace implemented its first 15 week accredited college course at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, a College of the University of New Haven. The course, titled Cultural Diplomacy through the Arts, was led by Cities of Peace board member and Lyme faculty member Patricia Miranda, in consultation and partnership with Dr. Ellen Frank.

Educational courses and workshops include:

  • Creation of new works of art produced through collaborative participation by artists, students, and scholars from concept through design to execution

  • Guest lectures and special workshops on the art, history and techniques of gold leaf illumination

  • Symposia on “art as an instrument for global understanding”; panelists drawn from international and local communities

  • Internship and mentoring for students and artists

  • Peace education through the visual arts: curriculum development and application for educators and community leaders

CITIES OF PEACE provides educational programs that foster an understanding and appreciation of world cities, diverse cultural traditions, religions, ethnicities, and governance.