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Peace is an ART - A Celebration of Youth, Creativity, and Peacebuilding

On Saturday May 15, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. over 100 youth and adults will gather at the Western Justice Center for a creative celebration of youth in the Los Angeles region who is actively building peace in their communities. Peace is an ART will feature dozens of submitted works from young peacebuilders who express their creativity and win valuable prizes for their best works.

Peace is an ART will feature prizes in three categories. Category 1: Drawings, paintings, sketches, watercolors, or other two-dimensional art. Category 2: Photography. Category 3: Video submissions of less than 3 minutes. A panel of judges will use a variety of criteria to evaluate the submissions, including creativity of vision, integration of peace-building themes, and artistic execution. In addition, the event will feature up to four spoken word artists who will receive stipends for performing pieces with peacebuilding and/or conflict resolution themes.

In addition to the works submitted by peacebuilders aged 8-19, Peace is an ART will feature several selected peace-themed works by emerging professional artists under 35.

Peace is an ART builds upon a three-day event entitled "The 7th Annual Peer Mediation Invitational" that was held March 16, 18 & 23. At this event, youth and adult peace mediators networked involving over 250 people. For the first time in its seven years of convening this event, WJC expanded the event to encourage the peer mediators to create visual or video art that conveyed their enthusiasm for peacebuilding to their peers. The overwhelming response of the youth to the integration of art and peacebuilding led WJC to create Peace is an ART.

For more information about Peace is an ART, visit www.westernjustice.org, or contact David Campt at (626) 584-7494 or (510) 610-5102; for more information about submitting art for the contest contact Abbie Genzink at (626) 584-7494.


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