Walls of Hope
A member of Intersection for the Arts
Walls of Hope / The School of Art and Open Studio of Perquin is an international art and human rights project of education, diplomacy building, and community development that uses the strategies and methodology of art to develop and facilitate efforts towards conflict resolution and sustainable bridges of collaboration in areas of the world affected by war, political conflict, violations of human rights and forced exiles. The Perquin Model reaches victims of violence who find in the creation of collaborative art projects a way to retain and disseminate their silenced voices, their never spoken personal and communal histories. Walls of Hope has been successfully implanted in El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Northern Ireland, Germany, Serbia, Switzerland and the United States. Walls of Hope is a locally run art initiative. Three Salvadoran artists/ teachers direct the school: America Argentina Vaquerano, Claudia Verenice Flores Escolero and Rosa del Carmen Argueta working in collaboration with Claudia Bernardi, artist and educator from Argentina.