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[teacherartexchange] Pinwheels for Peace 2008


From: Ann Ayers (art304_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Aug 30 2008 - 09:13:57 PDT

Don't forget to sign up to participate in Pinwheels for Peace 2008!

The project is simple:
Students will create pinwheels, pinwheels of all shapes and sizes – as
part of the creation process, the students will write their thoughts
about "war and peace / tolerance/ living in harmony with others" on
one side. The writing can be poetry, prose, haiku, or essay-style –
whatever writing form is appropriate as the children express
themselves. On the other side, the students will draw, paint, collage,
etc. to visually express their feelings. They will assemble these
pinwheels and on International Day of Peace, Sept. 21, 2008, everyone
will "plant" their pinwheels outside (at the schools, museum, public
places, etc.) as a public statement and art exhibit/installation. The
spinning of the pinwheels in the wind will spread thoughts and
feelings about peace throughout the country, the world!

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.

Please plan to join us again, on Sept. 21, 2008, as we once again
celebrate International Day of Peace with "whirled peace!"

September 21st falls on a Sunday in 2008. Some schools/organizations
may wish to create a community celebration of peace on Sunday, and/or
plant the pinwheels on their school grounds on the 19th or 22nd.

To join with 2,500 schools and groups all over the world who will be
spinning over 1.7 million pinwheels on Sept. 21st, go to

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