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About Katherine Josten


Katherine Josten is an artist, educator, speaker and Founder/Director of the Global Art Project for Peace, a multi-cultural celebration of peace and diversity that has actively involved 160,000 participants in 95 countries on seven continents. Nominated for a 2002 UNESCO Peace Prize for Tolerance and Non-Violence, her work inspires personal and social evolution through creativity.

Katherine holds a B.S. Ed. in English from Ohio University, a B.F.A. from the Atlanta College of Art and an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an award-winning artist whose paintings are included in museum collections and have been shown in numerous museum and gallery exhibitions. Before founding the Global Art Project for Peace, Katherine taught art for fourteen years at University and College levels.

Awards for Katherine's art include the 2017 Arizona Governor’s Arts Award for Artist of the Year and grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Cultural Exchange Council of Tucson, International Friends of Transformative Art, and the Tucson/Pima Arts Council. In 1999 she was an Arizona Arts Award Nominee. Katherine has lectured and led workshops around the world. Her postcard book, Visions of Global Unity: Inspired Images from the Global Art Project is sold at the United Nations Bookshop/NY.

The idea "We Are All One" expressed in Katherine Josten’s art is made real in the world through her Global Art Project for Peace. Her Project gives people in local communities an opportunity to join together to form a cooperative global community. The Boston Globe wrote about the Global Art Project, “The idea is as simple as it is profound, to create world peace through art.”

Speaking Engagements

Katherine Josten speaks regularly to large audiences. Most notably, Josten makes appearances in front of art and community groups, volunteer organizations, schools and spiritual organizations. Her lectures and workshops inspire personal and planetary evolution through creativity. Her Global Art Project for Peace slide presentations include hundreds of deeply moving images of global goodwill created for the Project by groups and individuals in cultures on every continent. The presentation also gives exciting creative ideas for what groups, schools or communities can do to get involved in the Global Art Project for Peace exchange.

Josten’s speaking engagements have included:
9th  International Conference of Museums for Peace - Belfast, Northern Ireland
Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Association - Toronto, Canada

Peace Conference International Panel Speaker: Call to World Peace from the Universal Brotherhood - Istanbul, Turkey
7th International Conference of Museums for Peace - Barcelona, Spain
Colorado Art Education Association Annual Conference - Breckenridge, CO
Mills College, Institute for Civic Leadership - Oakland, CA
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum - Hiroshima, Japan
Sixth International Conference of Museums for Peace - Kyoto, Japan
Peace Acts Forum, Carter Presidential Center - Atlanta, GA
Lanai Art Center - Lanai, HI
The Lodge at Koele - Lanai, HI
Syracuse University. Women, Art and Culture Symposium – Syracuse, NY
Nichada International Club – Bangkok, Thailand
Tucson/Pima Arts Council – Tucson, AZ
University of Washington, UW Art Alumni – Seattle, WA
Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom – Tucson, AZ
18th International Conference on Shamanism and Alternative Modes of Healing – San Rafael, CA
Tucson Jewish Community Center – Tucson, AZ
Unitarian Universalist Church – Dayton, OH
Scottsdale Center for the Arts – Scottsdale, AZ
Emerson Umbrella, Artist’s Cooperative – Concord, MA
Tucson Museum of Art – Tucson, AZ
National League of American Pen Women – Tucson, AZ
Association for Global New Thought (AGNT) Annual Conference – Palm Springs, CA
Baha’is of Greater Tucson, “Unity Through the Arts”, World in Transition Series – Tucson, AZ
International School of Bangkok – Bangkok, Thailand
Arizona International College – Tucson, AZ
Community and Concern Association at St. Philip’s – Tucson, AZ
Telluride School of Book Art – Telluride, CO
International Friends of Transformative Art – Phoenix, AZ
Natural Choices Expo – Art and Healing, Tucson, AZ
Independent Artist’s Gallery – Newport, RI
National Organization of Women – Tucson, AZ
Sunnyside School District Art Teachers – Tucson, AZ
Artists in Residence of Heal Our Planet Earth (Air of Hope) – Pebble Hill, NJ
Bangkok Art Group – Bangkok, Thailand
Celebrating International Women’s Day: A Community Summit. United Nations Association of SouthernArizona and the American Association of Women in Community Colleges - Pima Chapter –Tucson, AZ
Southern Arizona Clay Association – Tucson, AZ
Rancho Linda Vista Artists’ Community – Oracle, AZ
St. Francis in the Foothills Episcopal Church – Tucson, AZ
Spirit of the Senses Artistic and Literary Salons, Radix Gallery – Phoenix, AZ
Santa Barbara Spinners and Weavers Guild – Santa Barbara, CA
Women’s Caucus for the Arts – Denver, CO
The Village School, Pacific Palisades, CA
S.O.U. Hristo Botev High School – Kubrat, Bulgaria
Razgrad District Education Center – Razgrad, Bulgaria
Gymnasium School Professor Ion Visoiu - Bucharest, Romania
Tucson Unified School District, Multicultural Education Center - Tucson, AZ

For inquiries about workshops and speaking engagements, please contact Katherine Josten at peace@globalartproject.org, 1-520-628-8353.


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