History

Our History

Creating Joy. One Mural at a Time.

     The Art Miles Mural Project is a non-profit and was established in 1997. It was approved and accepted as a major project for the United Nations, UNESCO. Our 100% volunteer participants work relentlessly to facilitate the creation of murals ranging from schools, organizations, public venues, hospitals, refugee camps and local, national and international museums.

     The project started with a bedsheet full of bullet holes being painted by orphans in Bosnia. Our founders, Fouad and Joanne Tawfilis saw the big impact on how art affected the children. They watched as the woefulness in their eyes transformed into a sparkle of joy. They watched as their stiff hands loosened up around a paintbrush. They watched as all the orphan's hearts started to become warm again. The power of Art is unexplainable. It can remove, transform, and heal pain, sorrow, and sadness.

     Joanne and Fouad's experience in Bosnia sparked an idea for a Global Project, using painting and art to promote a culture of peace. And now, imagine more than 20 years later, we have completed more than 5,280 murals with 1/2 million people painting from over 100 countries around the world.

     Though with the thousands of murals, Art Miles needed a place to show off the beautiful works of art. And now through all the years of our global team’s hard work and the generous support of the public, Art Miles now has a place to call home, The Muramid Museum.

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