Kailua’s Mural To Spread Peace Far
The students of St. Anthony School have just painted a mural with a peaceful message that could reach all the way to Japan. Thanks to a partnership with Pali Lions Club and Lions Club of Nagasaki, the school is now a participant in the international Kids’ Guernica project.
Inspired by Pablo Picasso’s famous Guernica mural, painted in 1937 after the bombing of the village Guernica in Spain during the Spanish Civil War, Kids’ Guernica strives to echo the artist’s protest against war. Art Japan Network founded the project in 1995, and hundreds of murals, from as far as Nepal to Greece, have been painted since.
“We want to inspire people throughout the world to be peacemakers,” explained Cecelia Izuo, a St. Anthony School teacher and Pali Lion who brought the project to the Kailua school. While attending a Lions convention
St. Anthony School students, including McKenzie Miyata and Kyra Fo, work on a special peace mural Feb. 19 with peers from Japan in Father Henry Hall at the Kailua church. Photo by Bodie Collins, firstname.lastname@example.org.