Through a worldwide project, people from all over the world have been creating and exchanging works of art that send the message of peace.

The Global Art Project for Peace is a local volunteer-based project that has been running since 1994.

"I was only going to do it once," said Katherine Josten, founder and director of the project. "I'm shocked that I'm still doing it 20 years later."

Josten said the idea sprang from an art project installation she did called "Origins." The piece was a mixture of poetry, painting, sculptures and other work.

The mission of the project is to create a culture of peace through art.

"It's not just needed in the world, but in each person," Josten said.

Participants are partnered with someone in another location for the project. Once their artwork is finished, they share it with their community and their partner across the world.

The exchange happens every two years at the end of April. This year, the exchange will take place on April 23 to 30.

The deadline for registration is Feb. 28.

For more information on how to participate or to volunteer, visit their website at