Joel Bergner’s Art & Social Action projects have been covered by many news media outlets around the world. Here are some highlights…

New York 1 News feature on the Queens Tunnel youth mural project:


Feature in the Jerusalem Post about project with African refugee children in Tel Aviv:


Joel’s interview with Indian news service DNA India about his 2016 projects in Mumbai:


Interview with Irish radio program The Green Room

Listen to Joel Bergner’s interview with Orla Barry on The Green Room, a weekly culture program on Ireland’s national independent talk radio station, Newstalk 106-108 FM. Previous guests include George Clooney, Salma Hayek and Stevie Nicks. Joel discusses his community public art initiatives with Syrian refugees, street youth in Brazil and his current project in South Africa.

Za'atari Syrian Refugee Camp, 2014,

Street Child World Cup, Rio de Janeiro: World Policy article 2014

By Ali Herman

The media has focused in on the corruption and economic instability that accompany the 2014 World Cup. Media reports on the inequality between starving families in the favelas, the plight of sex workers and trafficked women, and the labor injustice surrounding FIFA’s international soccer games reveal a darker side to the sport. But, amid all of the negative news coming out of Brazil, there is an opportunity for change, a chance to recognize and champion the rights of these marginalized communities.

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NPR (National Public Radio): the Nairobi Peace Train Project

The Peace Train! Local graffiti artists joined Joel Bergner and his youth participants to paint messages of peace on a huge commuter train that passes through Kibera slums.Kenya’s Graffiti Train Seeks To Promote A Peaceful Election 


The train will travel through the massive Nairobi slum of Kibera, one of the largest in Africa, where young gangs torched, looted and killed in the spasms of violence that followed the 2007 Kenyan presidential election.

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Sahar Sarshar for Voice of America: “Social Action Muralist”

Reuters Foundation features Syrian Refugee Project

Za'atari Syrian Refugee Camp in Jordan, 2013. This piece was created in collaboration with Syrian refugee children, and explores the importance of water conservation, especially for those who suddenly find themselves stranded in a desert. Collab with the organizations AptART and ACTED.

Refugees and artists turn camp into art in Jordan

by Magda Mis

Syrian refugees living in Zaatari camp in northern Jordan were engaged in unusual activity in recent weeks.

With help from international artists, they transferred their hopes and dreams into colourful paintings on the walls of buildings and tents of the camp.

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Arise TV piece on the Kibera Walls for Peace initiative in Kenya

“From the Ashes” Bloomington IL youth project on local TV and newspaper


Muralist, RAS students paint picture of hope

by Rachel Wells, The Pantagraph

BLOOMINGTON — Abbey Otto believes people look down on her school because many students there were in trouble at their previous schools, but she hopes a mural she’s working on will change people’s minds.

“I think they’ll think we’re creative and that it (the mural) is awesome,” said Otto, a 15-year-old student at RAS (Regional Alternative School), 408 W. Washington St., Bloomington.

She and about 15 other alternative-school students began painting the south wall of 121 N. Main St. earlier this week under the guidance of world-renowned muralist and Normal Community High School graduate Joel Bergner.

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Featured on WEEK Nightly News: “Bloomington students paint second chances”

Interview with Joel Bergner on Arte Soy: Cultural TV show in Cuba (in Spanish)

Entrevista con Joel Bergner para el programa cultural de televisión Arte Soy en Cuba

Al Jazeera covers the 2009 Global Refugee Mural

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