"Miitarists say that to gain peace we must prepare for war. I think we get what we prepare for. If we want a world where peace is valued, we must teach ourselves to believe that peace is not a ‘utopian vision’ but a real responsibility that must be worked for each and every day in small and large ways. Any one of us can contribute to building a world where peace and justice prevail"                                                                   
                                                                                            Jody Williams, Nobel Laureate

The Pinwheels for Peace Project

Hand-painted pinwheelswill be available for purchase at the Festival!!!

Imagine...  whirled peace!
In today’s world, peace needs to be more than just a word.

Please join us on International Day of Peace, September 21st, as we create a visual public statement about peace!

Imagine…  millions of pinwheels spinning in the wind – pinwheels in the United States, Great Britain, South America, Australia, the Middle East, Canada, Africa, Europe and Asia; pinwheels all over the world! – big pinwheels, small pinwheels; pinwheels of all shapes and sizes – colorful pinwheels, decorated with drawings, paintings, collages, photographs  – pinwheels with words of peace and harmony written on them – fields of pinwheels, pinwheels along roadsides, in schoolyards, in parks, pinwheels EVERYWHERE!  This is the Pinwheels for Peace project!

It is our hope that through the Pinwheels for Peace Project, we can make a public visual statement about our feelings about war/ peace/ tolerance/ cooperation/ harmony/ unity and, in some way, maybe, awaken the public and let them know what we are thinking. 

This is not political. Peace doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war, it can be related to violence/intolerance in our daily lives, to peace of mind.  To each of us, peace can take on a different meaning, but, in the end, it all comes down to a simple definition: a state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.

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Thank you!!! to everyone who hand-painted pinwheels for the Festival!!!!!

Special Thanks to:

the UMHB Art Department!!!