VozPropiaTrainingGuadalupe Urbina

Voz Propia Training
Costa Rica


Sacred Geometry


Peace paintings by Children of
Former Yugoslavia


Korean Comfort Women Art




South Africa with CRABGRASS
Three week tour in South Africa in 2001 with Balkans youth leaders  between the age of 18 to 21, from every region of former Yugoslavia at a time when there were ethnic hostilities throughout the regions. Attended U.N. Conference on Racism and then toured South Africa visiting truth and reconciliation projects while youth leaders from the Balkans region discussed their ethnic conflicts.  Goal of project was to develop a network of youth leaders throughout the Balkans region who could provide the basis for ongoing inter-ethnic peacemaking.

Project in Panama with EARTH TRAIN
Developed and ran a digital media project in the rainforest in Panama. Youth leaders were taught the basics of storytelling; how to narratives and video and photographs to tell their stories; basic editing; and how to put the final product into a "container" such as a website or a DVD.

Member of film crew in the rain forest with Shuar Indians; Film Quiche in Andes: Matico and Huarmi Marqui

Costa Rica work with VOZ PROPIA   2007 - 2016
Digital Media support for non profit Voz Propia with socially challenged children, mostly in Guanacasta region. Developed materials: website; project proposals; branding materials such as cards, event posters, logos, etc.; several short films; event photographer,

KOSOVA 1997 during formation of BALKANS YOUTH LINK
Trip to Kosava to assess the situation with youth in Kosava during the hostilities between Kosova and Serbia to determine what kind of youth programs might be developed between the two regions. Also made a short film for Balkans YouthLink "We Must Not Forget The Children". [Balkan YouthLink (USA) is no longer a non profit in the US as it evolved into an project  [BYL International] with branches in several regions)

The RAFAIL MANRIQUEZ KOLECTIV is a group of musicians, producers and Manriquez family members who are inspired by the cultural legacy of Rafael Manriquez to continue his work in the Bay Area promoting Latin American culture with a distinct allegiance to social justice and folk life. They promote events and spaces for musicians and artists where music is celebrated as the one of the deepest forms of human interaction. Iris Arts and Education Group has agreed to be their fiscal sponsor. This group produced The Rafael Manriquez Festival in May 2015.

CHILE AL CANTA A LATINO AMERICA at the Solano Stroll in Berkeley in September 13th 2015. An afternoon of stage perfromances in front of the Restaurante Valparaiso, 1403 Solano Avenue presenting various renowned musicians, artists and dancers performing music and dances celebrating the cultures of Latin America, particularly the Southern Cone.

VOZ PROPIA FUNDACION project in Longo Mai developing programs for children including theater, art, music with cultural education, gardening and sustainability education.  Iris works as consultant with this project.


HEIST premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival in 2011 and is stunning audiences across the globe as it traces the worldwide economic collapse to a 1971 secret memo entitled Attack on American Free Enterprise System. Written over 40 years ago by the future Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell, at the behest of the US Chamber of Commerce, the 6-page memo, a free-market utopian treatise, called for a money fueled big business makeover of government through corporate control of the media, academia, the pulpit, arts and sciences and destruction of organized labor and consumer protection groups. It has won awards across the U.S. and is a New York Times Critics Pick in 2012.   Currently major US unions, as well as national NGOs are using the film as an educational tool across the country, an it is on TV in a number of European countries.   2010 - 2014


Project Director: Roberto Zamora, Costa Rica
This project, headed by Roberto Zamora, seeks to strengthen and develop the concept of Peace as a Human Right by developing coalitions with people and organizations in the international community that embrace principles such as disarmament, gun control, peace as a “human right”, fair trade between nations large and small, the rule of law and access to justice.  It seeks to challenge the practice of perpetual war, the “outsourcing” development of ‘weapons of mass destruction’ to less dominant nations; the impact of the development of these weapons on struggling third world economies and the impact of weapons development and war on the environment and climate change.   2008 - 2014


The Positive Peace WarriorNetwork (PPWN) works towards a culture of positive peace through the institutionalization of Kingian Nonviolence. By providing communities with the opportunity to explore the skill and will of Dr. King’s philosophy, we will learn from the past, creatively apply lessons to our present and foster a better future. PPWN nonviolence trainers introduce community participants to the Kingian Nonviolence philosophy and the ways Kingian nonviolence, as espoused by Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.   2012 - 2013


The aim of the Eradicating Ecocide, a campaign of The Earth Community Trust, is to stop the destruction of ecosystems by human activities, putting in place a law of Ecocide as the 5th International Crime Against Peace. A major campaign strategy of this initiative is to use a range of online sources (including our website, social media, visual arts,posters and short films) to build a global campaign to educate people about ecocide and give them tools to call on governments to agree for Ecocide to become a crime at Rio+20. Iris is the U.S. fiscal sponsor of this iniative.   2012 - 2014

Former Iris Arts projects not included on this website

Digital Media Literacy for Youth Leaders
The Altruistic Archetype