The mission of the Ship of Tolerance is to educate and connect youth of different continents, cultures, and identities through the language of art.  It is a conceptual piece that is meant to reflect how divergent cultures interpret tolerance and how these interpretations overlap. The ship’s sails are stitched together from paintings by hundreds of local schoolchildren from different ethnic and social backgrounds, and will convey a message of tolerance and hope. By participating in the creation of this ship children will learn about respecting different cultures and ideas while appreciating how they differ from their own. In short, through this creative process they will both demonstrate and gain a vibrant lesson in tolerance.

Eight interpretations of this project have taken place in: 

          Siwa, Egypt               Venice, Italy                   San Moritz, Switzerland               Sharjah, UAE  

          Miami, USA                Havana, Cuba                Moscow, Russia                              New York, USA

The project begins with an outreach to schoolchildren ages 8 to 12 to discuss the meaning of tolerance and the merits of other cultures, races, and ideas. For three weeks they will work with local teaching artists to expand their own cultural, creative, and academic horizons. At the end of the workshop period, children will draw pictures, some of which will become part of the installation.  Children will view the ship’s construction -- and meet the young carpenter apprentices from Manchester, England who will be building the boat. Selected paintings created by the children will form a giant sail, hoisted atop the just constructed ship.  The entire process will take 3-4 weeks, and during that time, hundreds of visitors will come by daily to view the construction, learn about the project, and be inspired by its message.  The ship’s launch is the project’s climax. Beautifully lit, the ship creates an atmosphere of joy and celebration for participants, including children, supporters, friends, local community leaders and the general public.