“Eyes Wide Open” Art Installation – human cost of Iraqi War, May 1-4

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Eyes Wide Open, the American Friends Service Committee’s widely-acclaimed exhibition on the human cost of the Iraq War, features a pair of boots honoring each California military casualty, a labyrinth of civilian shoes to memorialize the Iraqis killed in the conflict, and a display exploring the history, cost and consequences of the war. Come to Kings’ Plaza in Palo Alto (corner of Hamilton and Ramona, in front of the City Hall) to honor and grieve for the lost lives of loved ones and strangers, near and far. An ongoing vigil with the boots and shoes will begin Saturday, May 3rd at 10 a.m. and continue through the day and night until Sunday, May 4th at 6 p.m.

The Eyes Wide Open exhibit will also be offered at Stanford Thursday-Friday, May 1-2.

Throughout the time the exhibit is out there will be a spirit of prayer, respect and peace sustained. Most of the time silence will be maintained, with occasional spoken prayers, music and quiet conversation.

To volunteer to be present for a 2 hour shift with 3 other people, click here.

They are collecting pairs of civilian shoes to represent Iraqi deaths and create the labyrinth. Please bring shoes to the Unitarian Church of Palo Alto, 505 East Charleston Road, Palo Alto, 94306. Call 650-494-0541 to make sure the office is open. Please securely tie or attach each pair of shoes together. Usable shoes will be donated to local charities after the exhibit.

Presented as a vigil for the whole community, the exhibit is sponsored by Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice, and co-sponsored by the Council of Churches of Santa Clara County, American Muslim Voice, Peninsula Peace & Justice Center, Mountain View Voices for Peace, and Declaration of Peace – San Mateo County. To add your congregation or organization’s name as co-sponsor, or to volunteer to help, contact diana@councilofchurches-scc.org.

For more info check out: http://www.multifaithpeace.org/index.php

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Global art project for peace, sign-up by 2/29

Is this cool or what? I think the Global Art Project would appeal to artists, seekers of peace, community participants, kids and adults. I like the idea of being paired up with another person in another part of the world to exchange peace art. 

Here is how they explain it on their website:

The mission of the Global Art Project (GAP) is to spread world peace by promoting tolerance and non-violence through art. The Project expresses the idea: We Are All One. People of all ages and from all around the world who choose to participate each create a work of art expressing their vision of global unity. The art is displayed locally in each participant’s community. Global Art Project then organizes an international exchange by matching participants group-to-group and individual-to-individual.

The exchange occurs April 23-30 biennially, resulting in thousands of people sending messages of global peace and goodwill around the world at one time–visions of love and peace simultaneously encircle the earth. The art is sent as a gift of global friendship and exhibited in the receiving community.

Participants may send slides and documentation of the art created and of the people who came together to create the art, to the GAP Art Bank. Global Art Project exhibitions, books, slide presentations, and the website give people an opportunity to experience visions of peace and unity created by individuals from diverse cultures around the world.

Let’s All Join Hands is another element of the Global Art Project for Peace. People are invited to trace around their hand on a piece of paper, cut it out, write their name and country in their native script on one side and embellish the other side in any way with their ideas for global peace, love and friendship. The paper hands may be sent to the Global Art Project at any time. Volunteers in Tucson string the hands together as a visual expression of the thousands of people who join their energy together to create peace. The paper hands are exhibited as a source of inspiration and a book of selected paper hands The Handbook for Peace is planned for publication.

You must register by sending your name, address, and donation ($15 US for individuals, $20 US for groups, if possible) to GAP postmarked by February 29, 2008. GAP will match you with a participant in another part of the world.

For more info check out their site: http://www.global-art.org/about/projectdescription.html

10 things we can do….

I found this list on http://cnvc.org/tensteps.htm and I found it very helpful to remind myself how I communicate and relate to others – to be more conscious about it. After all it is an exchange of energy with another being, right?

10 things we can do to contribute to internal, interpersonal, and organizational peace:

(1) Spend some time each day quietly reflecting on how we would like to relate to ourselves and others.

(2) Remember that all human beings have the same needs.

(3) Check our intention to see if we are as interested in others getting their needs met as our own.

(4) When asking someone to do something, check first to see if we are making a request or a demand.

(5) Instead of saying what we DON’T want someone to do, say what we DO want the person to do.

(6) Instead of saying what we want someone to BE, say what action we’d like the person to take that we hope will help the person be that way.

(7) Before agreeing or disagreeing with anyone’s opinions, try to tune in to what the person is feeling and needing.

(8) Instead of saying “No,” say what need of ours prevents us from saying “Yes.”

(9) If we are feeling upset, think about what need of ours is not being met, and what we could do to meet it, instead of thinking about what’s wrong with others or ourselves.

(10) Instead of praising someone who did something we like, express our gratitude by telling the person what need of ours that action met.

The Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) would like there to be a critical mass of people using Nonviolent Communication language so all people will get their needs met and resolve their conflicts peacefully.

© 2001, revised 2004 Gary Baran & CNVC
The right to freely duplicate this document is hereby granted.

Art show raises $1071 for Doctors Without Borders

The Gift of Peace art show at M Coffee in Half Moon Bay, California, ended today and we brought in a grand total of $1071 for Doctors Without Borders! 12 artists participated in the month long silent auction. I wanted to provide a venue for artists to focus on peace and then offer these gifts of peace to the public. The reception was really well attended and fun. Thank you to all the artists and art purchasers and viewers! Maybe this will be come a yearly event.

Click here for some more background on the show: https://judykitsune.wordpress.com/2007/11/07/13-artists-create-gifts-of-peace-silent-auction-for-doctors-without-borders-119/

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L to R, Lisa Petrides, Kim Criswell, Judy Johnson-Williams

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L – Richard Kirchner, R – Jo Jackson

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Ander Meyer

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L to R: Iris Brightwater, Mauro FF, Stephanie Navarro, Shirley McClure

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L: Carol Brehm, R: Judy Shintani

13 Artists Create Gifts of Peace, Silent Auction for Doctors Without Borders, 11/9

"One of the most calming and powerful actions
you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up
and show your soul."
 - Clarissa Pinkola Estes

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This show is about offering and receiving a gift of peace. Some of us want a ‘moment of peace’ in a hectic day and many want peace in the world. I have felt a lot of stress and anxiety in people’s lives and broadcasted through the media too. I wanted to create a positive alternative for people to experience.

I feel that M Coffee in downtown Half Moon Bay is an ideal location for this show because they have a loyal clientele as well as tourists that come in throughout the day. Many people do not have to go out of their way to experience these gifts of peace. The “Gift of Peace” show will be on display November 9 – December 3, with the reception on November 9, 6-8pm and will include a silent auction of the art, refreshments, and live music.

I invited a group of artists to create gifts of peace, using their own interpretation of what that meant to them. Many of the artists are from the Half Moon Bay area as well as from Oakland, Palo Alto, and San Mateo. Artists participating are: Iris Brightwater, Kim Criswell, Mauro FF, Jo Jackson, Judy Johnson-Williams, David Hodge, Hi-jin Hodge, Richard Kirchner, Shirley McClure, Ander Meyer, Stephanie Navarro, Lisa Petrides, and myself. There will be a wide variety of art including painting, photography, sculpture, video, and poetry on display and available for purchase.

The artists are truly gifting their works of art because proceeds from purchases made during a silent auction will be donated to Doctors Without Borders. This is an independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries.

Peace will be getting a lot of visibility. A group of artists will be focusing on creating peace for a month, people will be reading about this show in the Half Moon Bay Review; and then there will be those viewing the art for 23 days while drinking coffee. People will want to have these “gifts of peace” in their homes and then the sale proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders to help people in other countries. That way peace will resonate to other communities too. This is a way for many of us to make a difference in the world.

Event Details:
Gift of Peace Art Show – 13 Artists
Silent auction sales proceeds to “Doctors Without Borders”
November 9-December 3, 2007
Reception November 9, 6-8pm – Music, Refreshments, silent auction
M Coffee 522 Main Street Half Moon Bay, CA

Click here for results of the benefit. 

For more information: Judy Shintani, 650-464-4736