Activism through Art.
I have dedicated my career
to the message of human solidarity and compassion,
and will continue to do so, because these are things
I believe in.
I appreciate your support, both of my artistic work and my contribution in the public arena, and I hope that together, we can break the impasse.
New Israel Fund
NIF has put in motion a plan to ease tensions in Israel and to repair and bridge the divide by working with existing organizations, grassroots movements and regular people to calm tensions, rebuild trust, and get the shared future we are all dreaming of.
Mira is on the International Council of the NIF, and through her initiative The Good Word Project, she raises money and awareness for educational programs for tolerance and dialogue that work under their umbrella.
The Abraham Initiatives
Mira Awad is on the International Board of Directors of The Abraham Initiatives, which is a not-for-profit organization working since 1989 to promote coexistence and equality among Israel’s Jewish and Arab-Palestinian citizens. Named after the common ancestor of both Jews and Arabs, The Abraham Fund works toward a prosperous, secure and just society by promoting policies based on innovative social models, conducting large-scale initiatives, advocacy and public education.
Combatants for Peace
Mira Awad works closely with “Combatants for Peace” movement which was established jointly by Palestinians and Israelis, who have taken an active part in the cycle of violence; Israelis as soldiers in the Israeli army (IDF) and Palestinians as part of the violent struggle for Palestinian freedom. After brandishing weapons for so many years, and having seen one another only through weapon sights, they decided to put down their guns, and to fight for peace.
Seeds of Peace
Mira Awad is a 2016-2017 Seeds Of Peace GATHER fellow. The GATHER Fellowship is a program for social entrepreneurs that accelerates sustainably-designed and impact-oriented social ventures transforming conflict in their respective communities. Mira is also one of the advisors for Seeds Of Peace's Creative Retreat for Artists, that brings together artists from various mediums and walks of life to get acquainted with the different narratives in the region and explore collaborations.
The Jerusalem Youth Chorus
Mira sits on the board of
The Jerusalem Youth Chorus.
The JYC is a choral and dialogue program for Palestinian and Israeli youth in Jerusalem. The mission is to provide a space for young people from East and West Jerusalem to grow together in song and dialogue.
Artsbridge is a Boston based project that brings together Palestinian and Israeli youth through Art. These kids who often see each other as enemies, are brought together in order to create art, and who knows, maybe also a better future.
Elmina House of Creation in the Jaffa port is a meeting point for culture, children plays, musicians and workshops, that was founded by Norman Issa and Gidona Raz. As opposed to the belief that living together is not natural, or that it is a learnt behavior, Elmina believes it is all in the environment – or the ecology – in which children develop and live. And it offers an environment not for learning, but for being.
Mira Awad is on the board of Elmina and is an enthusiastic supporter of the work done there.
Save A Child's Heart
Mira Awad is a good will ambassador for SACH, which is an Israeli-based humanitarian project, whose mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children in developing countries. Mira issued a song following her word with SACH called Chambers Of Your Heart, available for download HERE.
Children of Peace
Children of Peace is a non-partisan children’s charity dedicated to building trust, friendship and reconciliation between Israeli and Palestinian children, aged 4 – 17, and their communities. It aims to develop a shared spirit via arts, education, health and sports programmes; so future generations might live and work peacefully side-by-side.
Mira Awad joined as Friend of Children of Peace in 2014.
The Arava Institute
The Arava Institute is a leading environmental and academic institution in the Middle East, working to advance cross-border environmental cooperation in the face of political conflict. Students from Israel, Palestine and Jordan study and live there together, proving that environmental issues know no borders.
Mira Awad joined the Public Council in 2015, and in 2019 she received the Arava Award for her efforts to promote a shared society in Israel.
Mariam Foundation is the first and only Arab foundation in Israel working in battling cancer. They have a major role in spreading awareness within the Arab community in Israel, encouraging early detection, and assisting patients.
Mira joined the Mariam foundation as a good will ambassador in September 2016.