IVONNE BEZERRA DE MELLO
STREET CHILDREN AS ARTISTS
Ivonne Bezerra de Mello is an innovative artist who rescued over 1500 children from the slums in Rio de Janeiro, giving them shelter, food, and education. One of her approaches is to teach street children to paint. Some of these children are talented artists. They know how to draw weapons and scenes of violence. Ivonne Bezerra de Mello teaches them how to paint flowers and symbols of peace. It is through drawings and paintings that these deprived children learn to express their fears and needs. ART BECOMES A CRUCIAL MEANS OF FINDING A NEW MEANING IN LIFE.
PATRICK MAUBOUSSIN’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO PEACE
For decades the French artist Patrick Mauboussin has helped children at risk from many different countries and religious denominations. Patrick Mauboussin stands up for social justice and peace. This year Patrick Mauboussin, one of the most innovative artist jewelers of past and modern times, created a ring entitled “Peace Colors.” May the beauty of his ring inscribe the idea of peace into the consciousness of those who will wear it and of those who will see it. Since representatives of often conflict-ridden heterogeneous religious denominations as well as ethnic groups cherish Patrick Mauboussin’s unusual artistic talent and work, he brings them together. In this respect, he is a cultural mediator who prompts people to help protect peace.
Patrick Mauboussin sculptures other important messages into his work. A wedding ring which he recently designed symbolizes the equality between men and women as well as the idea that gender relationships need to be based on mutual respect and understanding. This message is particularly important because some of his clients live in countries where women often do not enjoy the same rights, professional possibilities, and/or social status as men.
THE GOLEM IN BAYREUTH
A Music Theater Play
Lesch Schmidt, noted composer from Germany, is the recipient of the “Franz Liszt Award for Musical Composition 2004” from Pro Europa: European Cultural Foundation and the City for the Cultures of Peace. His opera “The Golem in Bayreuth: A Music Theater Play” (1999) brings together in an unusual way German and the Jewish cultural and artistic traditions, including Wagner’s music and Yiddish songs, undermines habitual modes of artistic expressions as well as familar readings of contemporary German society. This opera was performed by the Burgtheater/Akademietheater (Vienna, Austria) and published by the Suhrkamp Verlag and Schott Verlag, Germany, see: http://www.schott-musik.de. Ulla Berkéwicz, well-known author, actress, and editor, wrote the libretto. Zweitausendeins-Verlag – www.zweitausendeins.de – distributes the CD recording.