TAMAD e. V. – Peace Project The Art Road to Peace
The vision of “The Art Road to Peace” is to achieve peace through art. For many years TAMAD e.V. has brought together Jewish, Muslim and Christian children and teenagers of all social backgrounds in the museum, in order to discover the world of art together. The project, which has been brought to life by Helene Gleitman (psychotherapist and psychoanalyst) and her husband Dr. Samy Gleitman, uses art as a social changing device, and therefore, acts as a zipper between children of different religions, whose parents and grandparents have been standing in conflict for decades. Here it turns out that peace is possible everywhere and always, and that all people want to live together in harmony.
TAMAD e.V. describes their goals as follows:
“The centre of attention is the peaceful living together in the group, formed by the acceptance and respect between all participants. Origin, language and believes don’t play a role if it is about painting together, taking a photograph or sculpturing and thereby learn identity relevant cultural forms and contents together. Through “The Art Road to Peace” a new generation of peace shall grow up, which should transfer the friendly relations to the parent generation.”
I know Helene Gleitman and her husband Dr. Samy Gleitman personally and could convince myself about their commitment in Israel. Here are two people in harmony, conscious of their social responsibility. It is as important to save children’s lives as it is to give children perspectives. The child project “The Art Road to Peace” is a matter of the heart and shall enable the Arab and Jewish schoolchildren of all social backgrounds to take part in art courses. The goal is to make children trust in art, through creative workshops, as well as through appreciation and understanding of original art pieces, and to work off prejudices and fears of embarking on something new. The project allows them to test their manual skills, to transfer new social behaviors to schools and gain teamwork experiences. By the combination of observing, describing and creative behaviors, not only the knowledge of a single person is promoted but also the social contact with each other. In the course of being together the children can develop more understanding and acceptance for other cultures and religions.