Peace in the Park
An Annual Celebration of Collaboration and Creativity for Youth
Kids as Peacemakers sponsored its fourth annual Peace in the Park event on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011 at the Bartlet Mall in Newburyport, MA.
The three-hour program of entertainment and crafts for families upheld a theme of cooperation and freedom from violence. Children and teens provided most of the entertainment under the leadership of community organizations in the Greater Newburyport area.
E. J. Oulette's Whole Music Artist Review anchored the live music program for the day. In addition to E.J.'s young musicians and vocalists, several other organizations contributed their talents: the Bracken School of Irish Dance, Greg Coles African Dance and Drum, and the River Valley Charter School gave performances and offered some basic instruction to the audience. Members of Newburyport's Congregation Ahavas Achim demonstrated and led an Israeli circle dance with enthusiastic audience participation.
Visitors to the Kids as Peacemakers activity booth created a new mural during the event. The traditional four by eight sheet of plywood (right) began as a blank "quilt" with squares. Each young painter created a unique personal peace sign in one of the squares.
Peace in the Park began in Newburyport in 2008, timed to coincide with the UN International Day of Peace and the World Council of Churches' International Day of Prayer for Peace.
About Kids as Peacemakers:
We are a community based group of individuals and organizations dedicated to the reduction of violence and fostering development of child-friendly communities. We are best known for our Kids as Peacemakers Mural Program.
Kids as Peacemakers partners with religious and social organizations to develop programs for reducing violence and improving child-friendliness in our communities. We work regularly with both public and private schools, from pre-school through high school.
Thank you for your interest in Kids As Peacemakers! We provide materials that can assist you in starting a peace/art mural program. Please contact us for more information.
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