Public Speaking

Joanne Tawfilis (PhD), Fine Arts is available as a “Keynote Speaker” on topics involving culture and education, youth, human rights, and women’s issues. She facilitates exciting and lively dialogue among groups of professionals, academic programs, student audiences, health organizations, and community groups looking for inspiration and for ideas that will generate solutions.  As a community organizer, she has many years of experience utilizing the arts that are making a difference in the world.  

Joanne Tawfilis, PhD, Fine Arts

World-Renowned Artivist and

Inspirational Speaker

Featured in Oprah Magazine

With the White House Women Rule Project

Mrs. Tawfilis is a retired United Nations Executive (Director of Human Resource Management Services, United Nations Environment Program; and Director, Management Services, International Atomic Energy Agency) and former Director of the Women of Srebrenica Project in the former Yugoslavia.  She is an award-winning careerist; winner of the Bob Marley Peace Award; recipient of the Peacemaker of the Year Award/My Hero Project, United Nations Association UNA USA (regional and local chapter); honored by the International Committee of Artists for Peace, the Youth For Human Rights International Peace Hero Award in Geneva, Switzerland and a commendation from the California State Superintendent of Schools, to name but a few of her honors. Joanne was featured as a keynote speaker at the United Nations Youth Forum and 5th World Conference on Arts Education held in Seoul, South Korea. In Seoul, she convinced the Incheon International Airport to display an exhibition of Art Miles Murals for the more than 18 million visitors annually that remains to the present time.

Joanne was one of 4 women selected by AOL/AT&T to attend the lst TED Women’s Conference in Washington, DC and as a TEDx Woman Speaker 2012 “Painting Outside the Lines” and again in 2015 with  “STEM to STEAM”. The lifelong work of The Art Miles Mural Project is featured in the recently published important book, “Sea Voices” and “Unity” and OPRAH Magazines.  

As Co-founder/Executive Director, with her husband Fouad, of The Art Miles Mural Project and the Muramid Mural Museum and Art Center, Joanne and her late husband Fouad, have accomplished the incredible feat of mobilizing more than ½ million people from more than 125 countries to paint more than 4,000 murals, which were highlighted at the famous “Culture Wheel” in Cairo, Egypt and live streamed to over 200 million people throughout the world. The Art Miles was also presented and exhibited by the United States as an exhibition at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France.

The Muramid Mural Museum was also founded and is operated in Oceanside, California as the FIRST MURAL MUSEUM in the world and has been acclaimed as one of the “Top Three Landmarks” in Oceanside.  

Joanne was appointed as a Commissioner by the US State Department to the US National Commissioner for UNESCO in 2012 and works diligently on World Heritage designation, education advocacy, refugee support and healing arts.

Joanne is available for speaking opportunities and can offer testimonials on how Art Miles Heals,  supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Women’s Issures, and promotes collaboration, understanding, and respect on local, national and global and actions, preventing violence and promoting  peace.

Please contact Joanne Tawfilis for further information and booking requests at: or (760) 637-2225