Break the Silence Mural Project (BTS) was born 19 years ago when four Jewish American artists traveled to the West Bank city of Ramallah and worked on a series of community mural projects with Palestinian community members and artists. Upon returning from that first trip in 1989, the artists presented reflections on their experiences to over a 100 audiences in high schools, universities, art galleries and community centers across the United States. BTS has also produced an award winning videotape that was aired on cable TV and distributed at festivals. We have been published in several journals and books. Since our first mural was painted in Occupied Palestine in 1989, BTS has collaborated with Palestinian and North American communities to produce 13 more murals depicting community organizing and grassroots political movement’s efforts.
Today, BTS continues to be is an arts/activist group committed to using creative projects to facilitate social change and greater awareness of the complexities in Occupied Palestine. We have partnered with many amazing people over the years to produce art events aimed at raising awareness about the Palestinian struggle while making local connections with other indigenous populations and communities fighting for justice.