Weaving artist, Maryann Talia Pau, met with members of the local community to promote her international community arts project, One Million Stars to End Violence, yesterday.
The meeting was held at Legends Café at Taumeasina where she spoke to members of the local community about the project.
First launched in 2012 as a personal response to the escalating racial, domestic and family violence, it was the rape and murder of A.B.C journalist Jill Meagher that sparked the artist’s imagination to see one million stars in a stellar installation.
“Every man, woman and child around the world is welcome to learn how to weave these simple and beautiful symbols of light, courage and solidarity,” she says.
The stars are being collected by Maryann for a spectacular arts installation for the Games in just under two years from now.
“Stars from Samoa, my island home, would be very special indeed. It shows that they are just as dedicated and passionate about ending all forms of physical and psychological violence and that they are keen to support the arts as a powerful platform to discuss critical issues like ending violence against women.”
Maryann is in Samoa for this week to promote her project and anticipates another visit in November as part of the 16 Days of Activism.
Another workshop is scheduled for Saturday 16 April 12pm-2pm at Vanya Taule’alo’s Gallery.
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