Changing the world is exactly what gallery owner, Lisa Schultz is trying to do beginning with Sierra Leone, Africa. About a year and a half ago, Schultz, who runs and owns The Whole 9 Gallery in Culver City, California, began The Peace Project inspired by some of the art she had seen. Schultz had also learned that 20% of the world’s amputees reside in Sierra Leone which is the size of North Carolina. Many have been crawling around the ground ever since the civil war ended 10 years ago.
Last year on World Peace Day, Schultz organized the distribution of 10,000 pairs of crutches across the country in one day. The goal has been to create ‘sustainable peace’ so the people of Sierra Leone can take care of themselves and their families. As Schultz stated at our launch for Progressive Pulse, “we want to join hands with the people of Sierra Leone”.
Currently, Shultz is in Sierra Leone hitting some of the most remote areas that were the hardest hit during the war. These areas have little to no roads or infrastructure. ’The Peace Project will reach them”, said Schultz.
In addition to the distribution of crutches, The Whole 9 Gallery donates 25% of sales from all art work, jewelry, books and t-shirts which goes directly to the Peace Project. Visit Gallery 9: www.thegallery9.com
Now they’ve just launched the Make Peace Campaign. Make Peace is a fundraising campaign that continues to open the door in a different way to create change — one that promotes greater equality between donors and recipients. The funds raised will help build the first Peace Center in Sierra Leone. The Peace Center, according to Schultz, is not just a building, but a symbol especially as the country has been experiencing tremendous amount of civil unrest due to the upcoming elections in the country. Now you can donate as little as $5 to as much as $15,000 to help raise funds to build The Peace Center. Each donation has a perk! For example, if you donate $10, you’ll receive a download of ‘Peace Rises’, featuring music by Dan Reed and Chris Jasper (recorded with The Isley Brothers). An $80 donation will elicit a Peace Necklace by artist, Renee Day, or donate $1600 to receive an original 24″ x 24″ work entitled “Blue Dance” by Joan Scheibel. Visit www.thepeaeproject.com/makepeace2012.php to learn more and see all of the amazing perks and then you can donate here: www.indiegogo.com/makepeace2012
Watch the video below featuring Schultz’s inspiration for starting The Peace