March 7, 2003

United Nations Group to Honor Artist Laurel Burch During International Women’s Day Celebration at Bazaar Del Mundo

International Women’s Day will be observed at Bazaar Del Mundo in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park from 10:00 am through 2:00 pm, on Saturday, March 8, 2003. California’s beloved and world renowned artist, Laurel Burch, will be honored by the United Nations Association, Soroptimist International, The Art Miles Mural Project founders, and the World Center for Strategy and Policy, during this special dedication ceremony. A “Laurel Burch Kindred Spirit” mural, by Silvia Pecha of Austria, will be unveiled during the Women’s Day ceremonies.

The colorful mural by Silvia Pecha, “Laurel Burch Kindred Spirit” will be unveiled at the Bazaar del Mundo during Women’s Day ceremonies .

Women in major cities across the nation and around the globe will recognize Laurel Burch’s lifelong work and positive influence for human rights, peace, and unity on this specific day as they paint murals for the official launching of the Women’s Mural Mile. Burch’s work has been an inspirational source for women, including those who have been victims of war, violence and atrocities. Examples are the women of Srebenica in Bosnia, the Chiapas women in Mexico and women of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

In 2002 Laurel Burch was honored by Mexico City and 1,505 children for her lifetime work and close relationship to the Mexican people, whose art and culture have been a great influence to her. The mural marathon, at the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon in Teotihuacan, celebrated Burch for her artistic accomplishments and deep, personal commitment to create joyful and inspirational art. Her colorful images have garnered her global recognition and the endearment of many people around the world.

The ceremony will take place at Bazaar Del Mundo located in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Diane Powers, one of San Diego’s most successful businesswomen and a mentor and longtime friend of Laurel Burch, will unveil and present her with the special “Laurel Burch Dedication Mural.” Women artists and the public are invited to join others in creating original murals for the project with materials provided.

The Women’s Mural Mile is one of 11 miles of canvas murals, and is an official project of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Decade of the Culture of Peace. The Art Miles Mural project is based in California and Austria and is currently attempting to qualify for entry in the Guinness Book of World Records’ category of the “Longest Painting in the World.” It takes 440 murals to equal one mile; to date nearly two miles have been completed and exhibited throughout major museums and venues worldwide.

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