Special Report
Protecting Patagonia through Music and Art, Mar 19, 2017
Participants in the program spent time hiking in Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia to learn about the flora and fauna of the region.
In February 2017, participants from the Music and Art Peace Academy (MAPA), organized by Peace Boat's sister organization Peace Boat US, joined the 93rd Global Voyage between Valparaiso, Chile and Lima, Peru. MAPA invites aspiring young creators to participate in Peace Boat's global voyages and engage in workshops, lectures and hands-on learning opportunities alongside professional artists. Chilean musician and guest speaker Pier Bucci, together with New York-based photographer Brian Park and Christian Voldstad, an MBA student from Fordham University, participated in the voyage to raise awareness about the need to protect Patagonia's natural beauty.

New York-based photographer Brian Park captures the nature in Patagonia for his upcoming exhibition at the Energy Thought Summit entitled 'Energy From'.
For more than ten years, Peace Boat has been working in partnership with Chile's National Committee to Protect the Flora and Fauna of Chile (CODEFF) on a campaign to declare 7,500,000 hectares of Chilean Patagonia territory a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As part of this campaign, Peace Boat has used its global reach to organize public events in Chile, the US and Japan, as well as press conferences onboard its ship while docked in Valparaiso and Punta Arenas in Chile. To date, these events have collected thousands of signatures in support of this declaration.

Guest educator and environmental activist Pier Bucci speaks about his work as a musician and his project in Peru to conserve the Amazon rain forest.
Onboard Peace Boat, Pier Bucci gave a lecture about his project for environmental conservation in Peru and the nonprofit organization Amaru Mayu, which is dedicated to protecting the Amazon rainforest. After a fortuitous meeting onboard the ship, Bucci is now collaborating with guest educator Mario Tuki from Rapa Nui to create an album of traditional music from the island. Through his music and art productions, Bucci continues to raise awareness about important global issues in the hope of fostering a more peaceful world.

Participants were able to vote for the photo of their choice in a photo contest focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
During the voyage, Peace Boat US also organized a photography competition to promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 on Climate Action, in which participants exhibited their photos of the pristine nature of Patagonia. During the award ceremony, winning photographers explained how their pictures related to the SDGs and climate action. Images included glaciers, mountains, rivers, penguins, whales, sunsets, the fjords of Patagonia and nature along the coastline.

Peace Boat organized a cultural exchange programme in Villa El Salvador, Peru, with the non-profit organization Arena y Esteras.
During the visit to Peru, MAPA participants joined a cultural exchange programme with the nonprofit organization Arena y Esteras in Villa El Salvador, where they had the opportunity to meet with local youth who are learning about social issues including gender equality, human rights, and identity through the arts. In 1986 Villa El Salvador was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and in 1987 it joined the UN Peace Messengers Cities network. Integral to the town's development has been the performance troupe Arena y Esteras (meaning Sand and Mats). Their community-based art and education programmes include theatre, circus, dance and sculpture, which has humanized their town and brought people - especially youth - together for a more peaceful future.