about namaya

Art-Word- Performance for Peace Building and Human Rights.

Namaya ART RAT

Poet, artist, rEvolutionary & the B4 Peace Team

Namaya and his team of artists and designers create projects globally to engage communities on critical global issues of peace, ecology, and human rights.

“I am a USN Vietnam era medic, and since my service, I have focused my art, writing, and life’s work on peace and human rights. We create art and performance to inspire people to create peace and human rights.” said Namaya

“An integral part of my lifelong journey has been about healing and forgiveness as individuals and communities as an artist, activist, poet, and Homeopathic physician. In Vietnam in 2020, I undertook a two-month art, and writing residency called a “Journey to Forgiveness.” These and other journeys to Yemen, Palestine, Syria, South Africa, Belfast on peace projects have all shaped understanding of peace and reconciliation.

Team Members

Namaya and Zoe Kopp are co-directors of the B4 Peace projects and, twenty years ago, created  GRACE Cares, which provides grassroots community development and peace projects throughout the world.

Team members:

• Joey Sawyer Shaw- Videographer and audio engineer who has worked with NPI for over a decade.
• Zoe Kopp – Project Director of B4 Peace Projects and co-founder of Gracecares.org
• Dean Gallea – Chief technical engineer and project advisor
• Yen Thai – Vietnam Project coordinator for Agent Orange: Do Not forget Me
• Grace Cares Team and a host of committed volunteers and technical advisors

Key Peace, Art and Performance Installation Art Projects

His solo and ensemble projects have included “Witness: Israel-Palestine: Journey to Peace,” “War is a Racket,” and the new multimedia show “Pornography of War – In An Age of Desire.” His peacebuilding video and installation project 100 Flowers of Peace has been presented at peace centers and museums. It will appear at Panama Museum of Human Rights in 2022. Pending Children’s play in 2022 is “House of War: House of Glass”

He is the author of books of poetry, essays, and stories-“GOD.SEX.POLITICS,” “Vermont My Home,” “Thirst,” “Journal of the Plague: Living and working with AIDS,” and “Celebrate Life: Viva La Vida.” His children’s stories and CDS are “On the Island of Binga Bonga. His plays have included “Beatnik Café: Musical Revue of the Jazz Beat Generation,” “Memoria. Hablar. Dignidad” in Santiago Chile. Follow his blog and podcasts at www.namayaproductions.com/blog. As a performance poet, he has performed on 5 continuents.

•News Space Art Center. Residency Hue, Vietnam
Jan 2020
•New Orleans Art Center –Pornography of War
Jan 2018
•International Museum of Peace Conference Belfast, Ireland.
April 2017
•Vermont Center for Photography–Member show
2012 – 2016
•Fellowship of Reconciliation, NY–100th Anniversary Peace Sculpture
2015
Edinburgh Peace Center –Presentation of 100 Flowers of peace
2016
•Tehran Peace Museum –Invitation to present “Peace Building”
2015
•Peace Abbey, Massachusetts–100 Flowers of Peace
2015
•Dominican Republic –Community “Water is our Human Right”
2016
•War is a Racket –Maj. General Butler –Performance Multimedia
2016-2019
•School for International Training, VT -“Inevitability of Peace”
2015
•Witness: Israel-Palestine: Journey to Peace Performance
2012-2015
•Artrageous Gallery, VT–Art and photography
2014
•Rose D’espoir-Peace Community Building, Algeria
2014
•Clearwater Festival, NY-B4 Peace Art & Sculpture
2011-2014
•Villa Grimaldi, Chile–Multimedia art for Human Rights
2013
•Vermont My Home: Multimedia/ photography touring show
2015
•Al Rowadd Theater in Palestine, a performance of “Witness”
2011
•Gallery Posos, MexicoWinner“Wings for Peace.” Peace Arts
2011

What people say

“Namaya shares insights of a life spent on the political and religious margins, in conflict zones such as Israel, Palestine, Yemen, and North America. Most of all, as an artist and a public intellectual, he sees his work not as a static statement, but as a starting point for open and frank conversation – welcoming a dynamic exchange, with critics and supporters alike, in a collaborative forum to envision a just and peaceful world.”

Ethan Vesely-Flad – Fellowship of Reconciliation

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Namaya’s art subject goes straight to the danger zone and it is what is needed in our moment. In going to our collective underworld, it honors our humanity and foibles. The direct imagery, actual charged objects and his availability to participate in dialog about war and peace creates a safe place to bring matters out from the darkness, which is exciting and refreshing.”

Alison Beth Levy, Independent Art Curator

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VILLA GRIMALDI  SANTIAGO, Chile  Memoria. Hablar. Dignidad. We were very pleased to have Namaya and the B4 Peace Team created a collaborative project here Villa Grimaldi. They showed great sensitivity and understanding in creating a dance, performance and art project that celebrates human Rights. Many of our guests were deeply moved by this art project.”

– Director at Villa Grimaldi-Carola Hidalgo.“

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