The original Colours of Freedom Project began as a response to September 11, 2001. Canadian artist Joe Catalano offered a collection of his art as a book, featuring his painting “Colours of Freedom” and the poetry of Donna Penrice, to raise funds for children’s peace initiatives.

The book was launched September 10, 2002 at an inspiring, poignant ceremony at St. Paul’s Basilica, Toronto – a church that serves a diverse community of people from 33 countries.

Musicians, entertainers and speakers representing Islamic, Jewish and Christian faiths joined together with 500 guests to share their visions and desires for peace, in a magical, unforgettable evening of sincere, hopeful celebration.

The Colours of Freedom Children’s Peace Initiatives Fund was off and running with hundreds of books sold through the launch event.

Colours of Freedom, now a foundation, is devoted to the development and implementation of programs that bring children together in dialogue, exchange of ideas, culture and shared experiences.