Updated: Dec 21, 2022
Dear Friends of the Singing Tree™ Project,
I need your help so that Unity Through Creativity can keep serving the world with its peacebuilding efforts.
“The greatest thing about making the Singing Tree mural was the deep sense of community that developed as we went along. … I saw kids working together who don’t normally choose to be together, and I saw so much kindness.”
This year has seen a great intensification of our work. We have had 13 Singing Trees in progress, most of them completed and a number still in progress. You can see the full year’s work here.
With your support, our work is making a difference throughout the United States and across the world, in places such as Cyprus, Uganda, Japan, and England.
One of the most important events for us was our first in-person event in El Paso, Texas, where we organized a celebration of the International Day of Peace with our partner, the Interfaith Alliance of the Southwest. Please watch the video below to get a taste of this joyful event.
With the El Paso community, we created the Nectarine Singing Tree of Peace. Over 120 people attended the event, marked by addresses by Pastor Mike Grady and Prof. Neema Soratgar and featuring such local artists as Grupo Folklórico Valle del Sol, featured in the video.
I learned that if we could come together to make a mural in a short time, then we could come together to change global warming.
If we can come together to make a Singing Tree mural, we can come together to do anything—this is the lesson people are taking from the Singing Tree Project.
What the world needs right now is people—children, youth, and adults—experiencing that each individual’s voice matters and that what they do can impact their own lives, the lives of their communities, and the entire world. With your help, we will launch into 2023 and extend our work of bringing empowerment to thousands of people around the world and the confidence that they matter and can bring about change and peace. Please—join us in our work and give generously.
With many thanks, Laurie Founder and President
A work in progress with 3rd -12th graders at East Oakland Boxing Association, with Certified Singing Tree™ Facilitator Leslie Rein