NO New Nuclear Weapons... NO New Nuclear Targets... NO New Pretexts For Nuclear War... NO Nuclear Testing...
NO Star Wars... NO Weapons In Space...
NO All Types Of Weapons, War & War Culture...
We have only one WORLD yet! If we destroy it, where else will we go?
YES For The Global Peace Movement, YES Loving & Caring Each Other, YES Greatness in Humanity, YES Saving Our Unique Mother Earth,
YES Great Dreams For Better Tomorrows, YES Emerging Positive Global Energy, YES National and Global Transparency, and YES Lighting Our Souls & Minds.

Dedicated to: Children of the World

Imagining You and Your World

An Eye-Opening Exhibit
Presented by Others Are Us

An eye-opening exhibit of children's drawings and stories were showcased at the annual celebration of Imagining You and Your World
, a project promoting peace through art and culture. Students from public schools in New York City communicated with children in Israel, Yemen, Jordan, Egypt and the Occupied Palestinian Territories about their respective cultures and lives via the Internet and a guided curriculum with their teachers and a New York City artist. 

Imagining You and Your World is a project of Others Are Us, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in New York City that works to achieve a better life for all the peoples of the world and especially our children by using the arts as a vehicle for bringing individuals from different countries, cultures, backgrounds and beliefs together in community to establish mutual understanding, tolerance and cooperation.

Imagining You and Your World promotes long-term world peace by encouraging children to approach others with tolerance and respect. The project innovates a more constructive way of dealing with differences than the suspicion, defensiveness and fear that have overtaken us. Imagining You and Your World represents a first step towards building positive connections between people in conflict.

Others Are Us
piloted Imagining You and Your World in the 2002-2003 school year and successfully continued and expanded the project this past year. Imagining You and Your World links children in New York City public schools with children in Arab and Jewish communities both in the Middle East and the USA. Art is the primary means of communication and technology is our vehicle. This exhibit, the public culminating event, where children present what they have learned and serve as ambassadors of cultural understanding is an integral project component.

Through creative expression and technology, children get to know and understand each other as children not ideologies and cultural caricatures. They can then share with adults what they have learned about building positive relationships and opening avenues of communication. Children are thus empowered to play an active role in shaping our world today and the one they will inherit in the future. This is vital in our post-9-11 society where fear and anxiety have entered children's lives, fostering feelings of helplessness.

The 2004 celebration of Imagining You and Your World, highlighted by students reading their collaborative stories and an exhibit of artwork and other communications, took place at the Gallery of the Art Institute of New York City between May 28 until June 30 at 11 Beach Street in Tribeca.   The Art Institute of New York City is a leading institution for career preparation in culinary arts, restaurant management, pastry arts, graphic design and multimedia and web design, fashion design and video production.

The mission of Others Are Usis to engage the global public in projects that use creative expression to build bridges between people and to confront and explore important issues in our world today. 

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Please contribute to the creation of this language of peace and tolerance by sending symbols as you find or invent them to imagining@othersareus.org.  Both projects will be ongoing and we hope to expand them to more corners of the world over time. 

For additional information about OTHERS ARE US or Imagining You and Your World, please contact us@othersareus.org or visit our web site, http://www.othersareus.org. (We have a new look thanks to webmaster, David A. Hirsch, who is donating his time and expertise to OAU!)  

The Art Institute of New York City                            ....Others Are Us
Midge Elias                                                                .Annette Swierzbinski
Director of Public Relations                                      .. .Director
melias@edmc.edu                                                       us@othersareus.org

This issue is dedicated to: CHILDREN OF THE WORLD & WHEN PEACE COMES
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