“In the past few years, I have grown increasingly tired of helplessly watching the world’s most powerful people seem unable or unwilling to foster peace in the world. One day I thought to myself “the only way it’s going to get better is if all of us – the “little people” as Frau Pöltzlbauer would say — confront our fears and start talking to each other. And it is so that I created 4Art&Adventure: World Peace One Friendship At A Time. I want my life to make a difference and I want to do it with whatever skills at my disposal, “do it as who I am now” – an artist, a motorcyclist, a community builder, a Buddhist, someone who loves to laugh and often marvels at the Magic of Life; and someone who is alson profoundly moved by the suffering of humanity.”
Devoted to her vision of growing a “human blanket,” Dionne Haroutunian travels the world by motorcycle to meet people, experience their culture, share hers, and form lasting friendships. She strongly believes that personal relationships are the key to a better world. Through her artwork, writing, lectures and evolving website, she strives to highlight our similarities, no matter our citizenship, our creed and our origins.
To be congruent with her mission, she decided that as the daughter of an Armenian Genocide survivor, she had to start with Turkey. “I wouldn’t be honest if I said that I can be friends with ANYone in the world… EXCEPT for Turks. So… I will face the visceral fear that has lived in me all my life and go befriend the people of Turkey.”
In 2016, she rode her motorcycle from her native Switzerland through Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia i Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece and Italy.
In 2017 she had the extreme good fortune to be invited to join a group of twelve women riders and travel to Pakistan with the aim to meet Pakistani women, visit schools for girls and for pre-med/pre-engineer women and learn about the culture.
The next leg of her journey, starting in the fall of 2018, will take her to Morocco and beyond. She has no itinerary as of yet and, knowing her, she may very well never have one!
Dionne is extremely fortunate to be able to travel with her own very talented photographer, Mike Cooks, whose mission in life is to find the next adventure while concurrently documenting Dionne’s growing human blanket.