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Full Name: Lars Hasselblad Torres
NCDD Member Since: Oct. 6, 2002
Contact For: Global Peace Tiles Project
About Me: An experienced educator, writer, and artist living in Vermont. Founder of an artist-run gallery and education center in Washington, DC and a former high school teacher; cut my arts educator teeth as a photography instructor for Shooting Back, the photography program started by former UPI photographer Jim Hubbard. Today, Lars is the founder and coordinator of the Global Peace Tiles Project.
My Interest Areas: art education peace-building youth online-participation
My Work
Organization Name: Peace Tiles
Description: Peace Tiles is an easy to follow, dynamic process to engage people of all ages in the exploration of global issues through art, while building connections around the world. The Peace Tiles projects stimulates and supports the production and exchange of “Peace Tiles,” intimate works of art that, when displayed together, create vibrant, dynamic, large-scale murals.
Other Organizations: Until recently, Lars served as a Researcher for AmericaSpeaks (www.americaspeaks.org).
Where to Find My Work: There are several great places to learn more about the Global Peace Tiles Project. Your first stop should be http://www.peacetiles.net – others include:

– Flickr, where you can browse a growing collection of images:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/peacetiles/sets/72157602811563252/

– Community Arts Network has a nice story about Peace Tiles:
http://www.communityarts.net/readingroom/archivefiles/2007/08/actalive_addres.php
My Favorite Links: The Gulu-to-Darfur Peace Tiles effort is amazing!
http://www.lifeinafrica.com/4/we/3/gallery/2/arts/1/peacetiles/2/gulu/3/c4p/4/darfur/

My Contact Info
Email: [email protected]
Phone Number: 802-563-2757
Website URL: http://www.peacetiles.net
Street Address: Box 208
City: Cabot
State/Province: VT
Zip or Country Code: 05647
NCDD Involvement
Member Type: Individual Member (non-dues-paying)
NCDD 2008 Attendee: Yes
NCDD 2006 Attendee: Yes
NCDD 2004 Attendee: Yes
NCDD 2002 Attendee: Yes
Mentorship Program: N/A
I’d like to: Be more involved in a network of practitioners looking to develop – and use – arts-based activities as an entry into transformative dialogues.
Other involvement: In 2004 and 2005, Lars ran a scoping study for NCDD to determine whether a National Dialogue Bureau was a feasible idea. The Dialogue Bureau, if developed, would supply journalists with a one stop destination for the collection of views held by ordinary Americans who engage in dialogue about current affairs. The Dialogue Bureau would create a network of leaders of dialogue and deliberation groups who are willing to speak with the media about the key findings and concerns of their group. The Dialogue Bureau would deepen media coverage of an issue while providing D&D; leaders and D&D; in general with increased publicity. NCDD is currently seeking funding to move forward on this idea.

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