Break the Silence Mural Project presents
Art and Action:
Collaborative Murals on Rachel Corrie Center for Children and Youth
Where: The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St NW, Multi-Purpose Room B
On Sunday, January 28th, there will be a follow-up organizing meeting with Susan Greene to introduce and discuss ideas for an Olympia-Rafah Sister City mural project and a proposed documentary about the project, Rachel Corrie, and the struggle for justice in Palestine. Those interested are urged to join the discussion. Participants will be invited to share ideas for the project and to explore possibilities for their own participation.
When: Sunday, January 28
Where: St. John’s Episcopal Church, 114 20th Ave SE, Guild Room
Time: 2:00 – 4:00PM
For information contact the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice at 754-3998.
About the Mural Project
Susan Greene, renowned community mural artist and clinical psychologist, >will speak in Olympia on Friday, January 26th, about her twenty years of experience with collaborative community based mural projects that re-inscribe walls in Occupied Palestine. Greene’s talk will focus particularly on murals that were painted in 2005 on the Rachel Corrie Center for Children and Youth in the city of Rafah, in the Gaza Strip. Greene’s work in Gaza has been supported by the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, sponsor of the Olympia event.
Greene is one of four Jewish American female artists who in 1989 formed Break the Silence Mural Project (BTS)Break the Silence painted a mural about the occupation of Palestine and the Palestinian right to a homeland, making connections with issues of “home.” Break the Silence artists have returned to the West Bank and Gaza numerous times to facilitate community mural projects, conduct arts workshops, and create sculpture in refugee camps in Bethlehem, Ramallah, Nablus, Beit Hanoun and Rafah. and traveled to the West Bank city of Ramallah to paint community murals with Palestinian community members and artists. Upon returning they presented their work and reflections to high school, university, and community audiences across the United States including at the San Francisco Art Institute, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Alternative Museum in New York. The group produced an award winning video that aired on cable TV networks and in film festivals. In San Francisco’s Mission District, a traditional haven for refugees the world over,
Originally from New York City, Susan Greene has lived in San Francisco for twenty-five years and has long been involved with public art practice and the intersection with memory and history. A clinical psychologist, she directs the learning center at the San Francisco Art Institute and teaches at Goddard College in VT and New College of San Francisco.
Co-Sponsored by: The Olympia-Rafah Sister City Project