YOUTH ICONS Ghana, a vibrant youth oriented NGO committed to the empowerment of youth in Ghana and Africa received a massive boost when world renowned American Jewish and Noble Peace Prize Nominee, Richard J. Rapaport accepted to serve on the Board of Directors of the NGO among other distinguished individuals.
This was disclosed in an interview with the Founder and Executive Director of Youth Icons Ghana on his return from a working visit to the US where he participated in a series of important meeting including one at the Committee for American Foreign Policy on the role of Africa at the United Nations.
Nana Yaw Osei-Darkwa said the inclusion of Mr. Rapaport was welcome news which underscored the credibility and reach of Youth Icons Ghana. He said the very rich experience of Mr. Rapaport would be brought to bear on the organization which would enhance its programs and visibility especially in the area of peace promotion.
He said Mr. Rapaport an art mogul whose work had been accepted in different countries and many international bodies including the UN and NASA was bound to illuminate the world with peace through his art.
Mr. Osei-Darkwa indicated that Mr. Rapaport was an art student at Mamaroneck High School in the 1950s, studied art at Syracuse University as an undergraduate and then at Yale as a graduate student.
He narrated ‘after Yale he was frustrated with the existing art movements and… set out to change that. It was not until July 16, 1969, however that his vision really began to take shape. This was when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first set foot on the moon, and left a plaque there that read, ‘We came in peace for all mankind.’ As Rapaport watched this historic scientific achievement, he recognized that Aldrin and Armstrong had created a global, even universal message of peace. And this is what drives Rapaport to date.’
He said Richard sought to create a new ‘global visual aesthetic’ of an art movement intended to effect peace through evolutionary means of communication.
Mr. Yaw Osei-Darkwa indicated that Mr.Rapaport’s work had earned him recognition from both New York City and New York State and has been under consideration for the Presidential Medal of Freedom of the US.
He said the most recent of his accolades is the letter by a professor at New York University nominating him for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize for his work to promote peace through the creation of a new visual communication aesthetic.
He stressed that Mr. Rapaport believed humanity could weave a new global fabric, a new tapestry for the global mind by using linguistic and scientific structures.
He said the way in which he intended to do that was through a new genre of art that utilized words and symbols inundating the viewer with the idea of peace in every language imaginable. He said Mr. Rapaport created colorful, vibrant works of art, the content of which was embedded in the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Mr. Rapaport he noted saw Youth Icons Ghana as a very credible organization whose passion for the promotion of a culture of peace and nonviolence makes it an organization to identify with as he also envisages and pushes for a new global peace movement through art.
He said that Ghana would soon be leading the way in Africa with the experience of a New Global Movement of Peace through art.