For nearly three decades, Paintbrush Diplomacy’s mission has been to promote cross-cultural communication and understanding through the exchange of children’s art and personal stories from across the globe. Through the years, an annual theme, which is accompanied by a teacher’s guide, has inspired students to share their interpretations of these themes ranging from music and dance, sports and games, war and peace, to the environment.

Each year a selection of artwork was chosen to represent these themes and are now part of a permanent art collection. Over the years, paintings from Paintbrush Diplomacy’s permanent collection have been exhibited with the United Nations, UNICEF, Smithsonian Sites, National Geographic, and many other international organizations.

Over the years Paintbrush Diplomacy has had the opportunity to inspire the public through art exhibitions. The many venues include the Thoreau Center in San Francisco, the Princess Grace Foundation in Monaco, and the United Nations headquarters in New York.


Exhibitions 2010 & 2011

December 11th through January 12,2011
Celebrations Around the World
Pleasanton Firehouse Art Center, Harrington Art Gallery
Pleasanton, CA

August 1-30
The Many Themes of Paintbrush Diplomacy
Firehouse Gallery North
Berkeley, CA



Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA),
Oakland, CA,Sports and Games
December 2 – January 8, 2009



The Thoreau Center
Collaboration with World Music Festival
Presidio, San Francisco
Music and Celebration across the Globe
November 9-21, 2008

San Francisco International Airport
A Look at Many Cultures
April 1 – May 31, 2008

Palo Alto Research Center, PARC
Palo Alto, CASports and Games
May 1 – September 30, 2008



Artistic Diplomacy
San Francisco, CA
April 3 -–June 4, 2006

Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA)
Oakland, CA,
Diplomacy through Youth
April 1 – May 31, 2006

Herbst International Exhibition Center
Collaboration Presidio Dance Theater
San Francisco Presidio
Dancing Across Cultures
April 9 – May 9, 2006



United Nation Association gift shop
Palo Alto
Sunday Afternoon with Char
September 18, 2005

Thoreau Center
San Francisco Presidio, CA
Freshwater and what it means to me and my environment
June 1 – August 12, 2005

Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA)
Oakland, CA
Fairytales, Myths, and Legends
February 2 – 27, 2005



Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA)
Oakland, CA
March 2004

Community School of Music and Art (CSMA)
Mountain View, CA
Freshwater and what it means to you and your environment
June 4 – July 31, 2004

The Princess Grace Foundation
March 10, 2004
United Way, Santa Clara, CA
Spring 2004



Community School of Music and Art
Mountain View, CA
Summer 2003
Stanford’s Tresidder Memorial Union
Architects of Peace
January 6 – February 28, 2003

Santa Clara University
Architects of Peace
Santa Clara, CA
April 1 – June 7, 2003

The San Mateo County Historical Museum
Redwood City, CA
April 1 – August 31, 2003

Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)
Palo Alto, CA
Fall 2003