Photo courtesy of 29 Pieces via YouTube.

29 Pieces, a nonprofit founded by East Dallas neighbor Karen Blessen, is asking for artwork.

The group wants people from every state in the U.S. to participate in The American LOVE Project. This is a response to divisions in the country, manifested by the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. Its goal is to inspire hope and love within participants, which are seen as necessary in mending division.

“Getting as many participants as we can from each of the 50 states in our land is vital for the success of the project,” Blessen said. “We encourage teachers, students, artists, the general public and communities across the country to join us as we hope to reach thousands of people so they can experience the power of the American LOVE lesson which will plant seeds of hope and universal love.”

Anyone who creates and submits art to the project will be included on an online gallery in September. The Dallas-based nonprofit will also display the art locally and look for an opportunity to exhibit the pieces in Washington, D.C.

Participants are eligible for a free online lesson that will teach about the project and how to create and submit images of the art for the gallery.

Register here, and then links to the training and resources will be available. Submissions are due by Sept. 10. For more help on the process, watch this video.

The American LOVE Project is based on the Dallas LOVE Project, which marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. 29 Pieces has also used art to teach peace to students.


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