The whole world is invited to make a painting together.
The Singing Tree Mural Project is an invitation to everyone on the planet to transcend disconnection and loneliness by having fun creating together. It was inspired by Meredith Miller, an 8 year old school girl who asked “What if the whole world made a painting together?” When founder Laurie Marshall heard Meredith's idea, the vision of all of humanity working together resonated with a deep longing for peace in the world. She designed the Singing Tree mural structure - works of art created by many people working together inspired by the mutualism of trees and forests. Each Singing Tree is a collaged painting that envisions a positive future to a community challenge, helping to heal heartbreak and spark innovative action. Many of the murals are youth-led with multigenerational participation.
“As we seek this healing, let us do so with the knowledge that oneness is not sameness. It is the transcendence of our differences and the weaving of our diverse expressions into a tapestry that is harmonized and aligned with common purpose.”
The title of the Singing Tree Mural Project™ is inspired by Kate Seredy’s book called The Singing Tree. She tells the story of her father, who was a soldier in World War I:
One night, his battalion crawled all night long on their bellies to escape the enemy. Everything had been destroyed by war. When the dawn came, one tree was still alive. Birds from hundreds of miles away, who aren’t normally together, filled the tree, singing a song that had never been heard before.
The earth is like the Singing Tree of the Solar System. All the things that divide us are not as important as the fact that there is no life around us, that we know of. We can chose to destroy each other and our Earth, or to create something beautiful, like the new song of the birds in the Singing Tree.
The Singing Tree Mural Project demonstrates that collaboration is not only possible, but it produces extraordinary results. 108 murals have been made by over 21,000 people from 52 countries. This leadership training program incorporates Peace Literacy, neurobiology, STEAM, Worldview Exploration, Conversational Intelligence and artistic skills for both youth and adults.