Imagine..."Whirled Peace"

September 21, 2006

In today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word. On September 21, 2006 W. E. Balmer Elementary of Northbridge, MA plan to take part in an International art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace by "planting" pinwheels with messages of peace at (where you’re putting your pinwheels).

Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started last year by two Art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives. In 2005, groups in over 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning pinwheels on September 21st - there were approximately 500,000 pinwheels spinning throughout the world. Locally, Sue Davis, the Art Teacher, will be coordinating the Pinwheels for Peace project this year.

This project is non-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."

W. E. Balmer Elementary will create pinwheels, pinwheels of all shapes and sizes - as part of the creation process, the (students, scouts, etc.) will write their thoughts about "war and peace / tolerance/ living in harmony with others" on one side. On the other side, they will draw, paint, collage, etc. to visually express their feelings. The (students, scouts, etc.) will assemble these pinwheels and on International Day of Peace they will "plant" their pinwheels (the location where your pinwheels will be located) as a public statement and art exhibit/installation.

On September 21, 2006, keep a lookout for the pinwheels - the spinning of the pinwheels in the wind will spread thoughts and feelings about peace throughout the country and the world!

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