Performing and Fine Artists for World Peace (PFAWP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and educational organization created in 1986 on the island of Kaua'i.
Our mission is to integrate the arts into the community to affect positive change. We promote the use of visual and performing arts to address social, environmental and cultural issues. These include the protection of the environment and natural resources, the promotion of cultural understanding through artistic exchanges, support for human rights and indigenous peoples rights and support for the treatment and prevention of substance abuse and addiction.
We work with artists, community organizations, businesses and government agencies. A number of our programs have been implemented in communities locally in Hawai'i and internationally. These programs include Artists and the Environment, Artists in Action for Human Rights, Earth-Friendly Schools Hawai'i-International, International Month of Peace, Caring for the Earth Month, International Peace Gardens, The Dream Lives On: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and We Are 'Ohana-Songs of Hope.
We co-sponsor many community events. These have addressed issues such as Native Hawaiian rights, hunger and poverty, children's advocacy, and peace through non-violence. Some of the organizations in Hawai'i that we have worked with include: University of Hawai'i Matsunaga Institute for Peace, University of Hawai'i Sea Grant Program, Recycle Hawai'i, Kokua Hawai`i Foundation, Youth for Environmental Service, Kaua'i Center for Independent Living, YWCA, YMCA, Hawai'i Environmental Education Association, Volcano Art Center, North Hawai'i Drug-Free Coalition and Healing Our Island.
In 1987 Performing and Fine Artists for World Peace received the Peace Messenger Award from the United Nations. Through this recognition we established a network with national and international organizations. We have attended conferences and cultural exchanges across the United States and in many other countries. We have made presentations internationally in Moscow, London, Brussels, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin, Auckland and Vancouver, British Columbia. Nationally we have made presentations in New York City, San Francisco, Washington D. C., Atlanta, Detroit, Memphis and Nashville.
We currently are working in partnership with Earth Patriot Productions LLC sponsoring the Earth Patriot Graphic Art Competition. The competition is open to aspiring artists from Hawai`i between the ages of 13-22. The goal of this competition is to promote environmental awareness and action among young adults in Hawai`i. The winning artist will receive a $100 cash prize and a selection of products from Earth Patriot Productions.
We are also working with EP Productions on our next major project, an interactive storybook entitled Earth Patriot: Origins -Nani i ke Kumu. The storybook will be distributed to schools in Hawai`i in 2014.
As we continue to expand our outreach to the international community, we remain focused on supporting our community at the 'grassroots' level. Today we are located in the town of Volcano on the island of Hawai'i. Much of our work continues to be seeking ways to work in partnership with others in protecting the natural beauty of our islands as well as perpetuating and preserving the Native Hawaiian culture.