"Art Miles Shoes of Hope"
Shoes of Hope Mission Statement

Art Miles Mural Project’s Shoes of Hope is an interactive initiative that spreads inspiration around the world. Donated shoes painted by community Peace Paint Ambassadors (children and adults from around the world) are shipped internationally to children in need. Combining the practicality of shoes with emotional, passionate messages, lives are changed and hope is spread.


The Art Miles Mural Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization recognized by UNESCO as an international program supporting The Decade for the Culture and Peace. AMMP is a powerful global initiative that uses community-building and expression through mural painting, shoe painting and music.

AMMP’s latest initiative is Shoes of Hope. In 2005, AMMP collaborated with San Diego’s International High School to paint canvas shoes that were donated to the “invisible children” (disarmed child soldiers) of Uganda. Officially launched in 2006, Shoes of Hope parnered with Rotary International in painting events at San Diego State University, University of California San Diego and University of San Diego.
Over 1,000 pairs of shoes were painted for disarmed child soldiers, HIV/AIDS victims and orphans in South Africa.

Walk a Mile in Art Miles Shoes

Accomplishments since 2006

•Art Miles Shoes of Hope have been painted in the US, Canada, Japan and Korea.
•Thousands of shoes have been donated by Art Miles, Wal-Mart, Steve & Barry’s and many others.
•Special hand-written message of peace and hope are tucked into every shoe.
•Nearly 5000 shoes have been shipped to Africa, including Uganda, South Africa, Namibia and Ghana.

•Shoes of Hope recipients include: babies, children and youth at refugee centers, orphanages and schools.
•Our collaborators have included Rotary Club International, Hairapy, Mission Uganda, Voices of African Mothers, the International World Peace Tour for Children, Charity Network International, Embassy of Uganda, Embassy of Germany, LTU/Air Berlin Airlines and the International Committee of Artists for Peace.

•Our plan is to ship our Art Miles Shoes of Hope to any area of this world that is in need. Both the educational painting process and the personal delivery of giving the shoes is a profound experience.

•Please contact our marketing firm Kubichan Communications or the Art Miles Mural Project directly if you would like to collaborate with us in any way.

Founders of Art Miles Mural Project:
Joanne and Foaud Tawfilis Contact Art Miles, United Nations Association, USA, SD,
2171 Pan American Way Balboa Park, San Diego, California 92101

Art Miles Shoes of Hope in Korea "TV Interview"
Mizy & Art Miles Shoes of Hope
5 june 2007
New York City
News PDF files:
Art Miles Shoes of Hope UGANDA

August 2007, Art Miles Shoes with Vision Force from Los Angeles to Kampala and children's orphanage and group camp.


South Africa


Gulu Walk San Diego
      Explorer Charter School, San Diego                  
      United Nations Association San Diego California                  
Art Street
Athens, Ohio, Shoes of Hope
      iEARN Polen                                      

International Education Week 13 - 17 Nov.2006 USD UCSD SDSU

SDSU, Shoes.Of.Hope

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