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World Services partners to bring unique peace exhibit to La Crosse
Award-winning photographer and author John Noltner has spent the past three years exploring the meaning of peace. Amidst culture wars and political battles, Noltner has posed the question "What does peace mean to you?" to more than 50 ordinary people. Their answers have opened up an extraordinary dialogue that illuminates the common good that connects us.
Now, World Services of La Crosse, Viterbo University and the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration are partnering to host an exhibit which brings this dialogue to life in La Crosse, offering students, families and organizations an opportunity to explore the meaning of peace and how each person can convey peace to help transform the world.
"A Peace of My Mind" will be on display at the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center in La Crosse Feb. 23 through the end of March 2014. All are invited to view the exhibit throughout its run.
"’A Peace of My Mind’ is designed to empower communities to collectively examine the ways we categorize one another and how we can bridge our differences by sharing stories," said World Services CEO and President Sandra McCormick. "We at World Services, FSPA and Viterbo recognize its tremendous potential to spark meaningful dialogue."
Also funded in part by the Rotary Works Foundation, the exhibit features 52 black and white portraits, each two feet wide by three feet tall and each including a brief bio and text. The subjects are ordinary people with extraordinary stories. They speak of spiritual peace, political peace and inner peace. They describe what peace means to them, how they work toward it in their lives and some of the obstacles they encounter along the way. The exhibit was presented at the 2011 Peace and Justice Studies Association National Conference and at the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum.
Exhibit runs February 23 through March 31 • Viterbo Fine Arts Center
Viterbo University welcomes school and private groups to visit the exhibit. Area schools participating in the La Crosse Compassion Project may find the exhibit offers a rich resource for reflection and discussion among students.
To arrange a group visit, call or email Beth Franklin
at 608-796-3735 or email@example.com
With additional support from the Rotary Works Foundation
World Services of La Crosse is a non-profit organization that works on connecting communities by connecting people. Through offering in-country consultation services or by hosting foreign professionals, we focus on developing programs, people and leaders who can make a difference in their community. In providing an opportunity to bring people from different countries together we hope that the experience will change their view of one another. Our belief is that by connecting communities you can create bridges to building peace because people make the difference.
World Services programs are strategically aligned with global partners in order to build and sustain a more secure and prosperous world.