On October 23, 2014 a 1,760 foot art installation will open on the National Mall in Washington DC displaying paintings of over 1,000 Syrian refugee children. The artwork will serve as a reminder that despite the trauma caused by the ongoing Syrian conflict on the lives of Syria’s most vulnerable population, its children remain resilient.
“Peace & Hope” shares firsthand stories of Syrian children and youth impacted by over 3 years of conflict that has a country shaken, with millions of refugees displaced and in need of life saving aid.
The art installation, named “Peace & Hope,” was created in the Shakespeare Tent at the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. The installation will be displayed from October 23-27th on the National Mall directly in front of the Smithsonian Museum.
The art is just part of an effort led by Syrian actor, Nawar Bulbul, a war refugee who at one time flew to Midland, Texas to perform an Arabic-language play in President George W. Bush’s hometown as a diplomatic mission. Over the course of a few months, children and youth of all ages were invited to paint on the canvas. The drawings tell stories of hope, of despair, of innocence, of peace, of love, and of devastation.
Nawar Bulbal also works with the children teaching them theatre and art, providing a much-needed outlet for lives filled with trauma, poverty and boredom. In the Shakespeare in Zaatari tent, Syrian actor Nawar Bulbul organizes workshops and initiatives around the life and work of English playwright William Shakespeare.
Children from the camp perform the plays together. “The show is to bring back laughter, joy and humanity,” Nawar Bulbul told The New York Times about the project. “There are people who want to go home, and they are the victims while the great powers fight above them.”