Maia Mural Project

The Middle East Children's Alliance is excited to join Break the Silence Mural Project, the Olympia-Rafah Sister City Project and the Estria Foundation for the Maia Mural Project! This inspiring new project expands on our long partnership with Break the Silence Mural and Arts Project and we are looking forward to using art as a tool for educating people about the water crisis in Palestine and building connections between communities. 

The Middle East Children's Alliance is excited to join Break the Silence Mural Project, the Olympia-Rafah Sister City Project and the Estria Foundation for the Maia Mural Project! This inspiring new project expands on our long partnership with Break the Silence Mural and Arts Project and we are looking forward to using art as a tool for educating people about the water crisis in Palestine and building connections between communities. 

The Maia Mural Project will be a series of murals focusing on environmental justice and water in particular, or "maia" in Arabic. The mural locations will be six schools and kindergartens where MECA has installed water purification and desalination units. A group of US artists and activists will travel to Gaza in July 2011 to design and paint the murals with the children and youth who attend the schools. They will also be joined by local artists. 

Making things even more exciting, the MAIA Mural Project joins the ESTRIA Foundation’s “Water Writes Project."  The MAIA Murals will be the 10th mural in “Water Writes Project” of 10 murals in 10 cities around the world  focusing on the universal right to clean water. The project is also co-sponsored the Rachel Corrie Foundation, The International Trauma Treatment Program and the Gaza Community Mental Health Programe.

The MAIA Mural Project is part II of a multi-site, interdisciplinary, international project called  “A Tale of Two Cities.”  Part I is “Olympia-Rajah Solidarity Mural Project” located in Olympia WA.  These projects make connections between struggles and movements for social justice around the world. 

Artists will be blogging, tweeting, and sharing video updates from Gaza so please check back for more info on how to follow this incredible and exciting project.

For more info and to donate to the project, visit http://olympiarafahmural.org/donate-2/