Pieces For Peace Project
Empowers Kids To Create
anniversary benefit at Samsung Experience, at the Time Warner
Center in New York, honored philanthropist Irene
Pritzker and CBS News correspondent Byron Pitts.
Serving as emcee, Sade O. Baderinwa,
anchor of WABC-TV Eyewitness News, noted that CITYarts Pieces
for Peace Project is now in its 11th year. The most
recent project was completed in April 2011 in Jaffa-Tel Aviv,
with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by 200 Arabs and
Israelis, including Nadia Chilo, former Arab Knesset member;
Ibrahim Abu-Shindi, director of Arab Jewish Community Center in
Jaffa; Mayor Ron Huldai and former UN Ambassador Dan
Tsipi said that about 1,000 kids from
35 schools participated over two years in the mosaic project.
Last June she created a Pieces for Peace project at Polo Grounds
in Harlem, 8th Avenue and 155th Street.
CBS News correspondent Tyrell Brown
accepted award for Byron Pits who was busy in Washington.
Amir A. Dossal, founding chairman
of Global Partnerships Forum, told how Tsipi approached the UN
with her program five years ago. "The UN honored Tsipi two years
ago. Now she’s embedded at the UN."
Irene Pritzker, president, IDP
Foundation, told how IDP helps children in other parts of the
world. "We’re all about the global village. We connect with kids
all over the world. Everything we achieved has been done in
collaboration with other organizations, particularly the UN.
"Tsipi has found us, and this is the
first time children in the rural areas of Ghana have been
allowed to be creative. When they create, they don’t destroy."
Tsipi’s husband, the prominent artist
Zigi Ben-Haim, installed a sculpture in May at Sheba
Medical Center in Tel Aviv. He calls it a PoeTree, a stone bench
on which a poem is engraved from Song of Songs (Shir
Hashirim). He planted two trees in Valbone, in South of
France. "Next year he plans to plant in China," Tsipi said.